Perc Up is proud to have drummer Gregg Bissonette as a featured percussion and drumming clinician!
Gregg Bissonette is best known for his ability to play in a wide variety of styles. His credits range from the big band jazz of Maynard Ferguson to the hard rock of David Lee Roth to Britain’s loudest band, Spinal Tap.
After growing up in Detroit, Michigan, Gregg received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas). While at NTSU, he played for three years in the famed “One O’Clock Jazz Band.” After graduation, he joined the Maynard Ferguson Big Band that already featured his brother Matt on bass. The band toured the world and recorded the Live in San Francisco CD. Gregg later moved to Los Angeles and that has been his home ever since where he continues to record with other artists as well as for films and television.
*Special thanks to Rob Shanahan for a great photo of Gregg Bissonette!
Gregg has played with James Taylor, Joe Satriani, Gino Vannelli, Tania Maria, Brian Wilson, Robin Zander, Yarbrough & Peoples, Toto, Ray Charles, Don Henley, Electric Light Orchestra, Andy Summers, Linda Ronstadt, Don Henley, & many others. One of his favorite gigs came about in 1985 when David Lee Roth left Van Halen and started his own band that included Gregg on drums. They recorded three albums together: Eat ‘Em and Smile, Skyscraper, and A Little Ain’t Enough, as well as touring the globe extensively.
During 2003 and 2005, Gregg had the “honor and thrill” of performing with Ringo Starr in promotional tours for the albums Ringo Rama and Choose Love. In 2008, Gregg joined his drumming hero in Ringo’s All Starr Band, performing all across the United States as well as Europe and South America. In July 2010, Gregg was part of Ringo’s 70th birthday celebration including a surprise appearance by Paul McCartney.
Gregg played on Santana’s Grammy-winning album Supernatural, including the tune “El Farol” which was named “Best Pop Instrumental” at the 2000 Grammy Awards.
He also played on Larry Carlton’s and Steve Lukather’s CD No Substitutions, recorded live in Osaka,Japan, which won the Grammy for “Best Pop Instrumental Album” in 2002.
Gregg has played live on American Idol as well as on the Academy Award-winning song “Man or Muppet” from the major motion picture The Muppets
Another highlight of Gregg’s career was being invited to perform on the Buddy Rich Memorial Concert and video. In 2006, he released the award-winning 2-disc DVD Musical Drumming in Different Styles (Hudson Music) and also has two other instructional videos, Private Lesson and Playing, Reading and Soloing With A Band. He has two solo CDs, Gregg Bissonette and Submarine, that he did with his brother Matt.
Perc Up and “Dream Big, Do Big!”
Gregg had a dream of playing in a rock band like his favorite band, The Beatles. One of Gregg’s musical dreams came true when he and his brother were both asked to play drums, bass guitar, and sing in Ringo Starr’s Band in 2003. They toured promoting Ringo’s album “Ringo Rama.” Gregg also played drums while Ringo fronted the band on vocals like “Yellow Submarine,” “With A Little Help From My Friends,” “Photograph” “It Don’t Come Easy,” and new songs like Ringo’s tribute to George Harrison called “Never Without You.”
From Maynard Ferguson to Ringo Starr, from multi-platinum albums to world tours and a Grammy, Gregg Bissonette has seen his musical dreams come true.
Gregg Bissonette has also played with:
The Maynard Ferguson Big Band
David Lee Roth
Jeff Lynne And ELO (Electric Light Orchestra)
Gino Vannelli Britain’s Loudest Band “Spinal Tap!!!”
The Doobie Brothers
The Brian Setzer Big Band
Dan Hicks And His Hot Licks
Robert Downey Jr.
AND MANY OTHERS…..
Films such as:
Waiting For Guffman
Best In Show
The Mighty Wind
For Your Consideration
The Devil Wears Prada
The Bucket List
College Road Trip
Flash Of Genius
Blades Of Glory
You And Me And Dupree
The Goods and many others…