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Peter Magadini

Professional drummer, educator, producer & author Pete(r) Magadini has played for several renowned musicians and artists including: Diana Ross, George Duke, Bobbie Gentry, Mose Allison, Sonny Stitt, Chet Baker, The Don Ellis Band plus the John Handy Quintet. He has also performed as a percussionist with the Berkshire Music Festival Orchestra at Tanglewood, Toronto Symphony Orchestra (Massey Hall) and the Fromm Festival of Contemporary Music (Tanglewood) w. final performance in Carnegie Hall, NYC. Included in the mix are several major shows including – the Montreal run of “Les Miserables” and the Toronto run of “Ain’t Misbehavin”.


As a studio musician in both the US and Canada Peter has played on a mix of recordings and was the drummer for the Diana Ross, Los Angeles, tv special + album “Diana”. Included are five recordings with his own bands and was the producer for Mose Allison’s final 2015 album release: “Mose Allison American Legend Live in California” in which the magazine “Mother Jones” reviewed and listed it in their top ten (of all) releases for 2015.

Formal education includes: degrees from both the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (bm) and the University of Toronto (mm)  Private teachers include: – drummers Don Bothwell (Phx.) Roy Burns (NYC) Timpanists, Roland Kohloff (San Francisco Conservatory)  John Wyre (University of Toronto) and North Indian tabla master Mahapurush Misra. …And of equal importance >  many nights, playing clubs in five major cities.

…”I started playing professionally as a country drummer”.

The author of five books including:

“Polyrhythms The Musicians Guide”

"voted #6 in Modern Drummer Magazine’s
survey of the top”25″ drum books”

“Polyrhythms For The Drumset”

Alfred Publishing is endorsed by top drummers including: Cindy Blackman, Steve Smith, Peter Erskin, Vic Firth, Chad Wackerman, Roy Burns, Jim Chapin, Jeff Watts,

Mike Johnston and Paul Delong.

Study with Pete


Pete Magadini currently offers private instruction to drummers in Chicago and the adjoining states. If you are considering flying in for a “one time” lesson the studio is a direct subway ride from both airports and is centrally located in downtown Chicago’s South Loop.


Parking is not a problem.

One hr. every-other week. (reasonable rates) – or – for some exceptions:

40 minutes every week.

One hour a day practice is the minimum requirement.

For: Intermediate and advanced levels. (w. focus on playing time, technique, Moeller system, reading and chart reading (through the years have developed a system to bring chart reading up 100% in some cases to major studio session work levels) also emphasis on independence,  Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and West African rhythms. Plus Polyrhythmic  – hi hat & hand & foot coordination and >more advanced > Polymeter and Polyrhythmic techniques and soloing & phrasing in all styles.

Former students included:

Michael Shrieve (Carlos Santana)
Paul Delong (one of Toronto’s 1st call drummers)

Rich Matchulette ( Univ. of North Texas 1 o’clock lab band)
Ches Smith (NYC playing with many top musicians including: Mary Halverson & Tim Berne)
Mike Johnston (Lessons with Mike)
Steve Smith (studied with me out of the book on the right + drummer with: Journey – Vital Information and many more)
Joanne Blondin (Montreal, Quebec hard hitter and jazz phenom)
Dave Brogan (drummer with ALO)
Sam Ospovat (NYC freelance)
Diane Vitalitch Ace of Cups (the first Haight Ashbury all female band)
Steven Berkley (Nashville)
Chad Wackermann – as a beginner ( drummer with: Frank Zappa)
Matt Swindles (San Francisco recording artist)
Dave Breckels (Toronto professional)
Robert Lopez (SF Bay Area – Graduate Mills College))
Daniel Pearce (NYC)
Jordan Glenn (producer, band leader,drummer, composer)
Eric Huang (up & coming Bay Area drummer + a Berklee graduate)
Dave Mihal (top Toronto professional)
Aaron Kierbel (World Music drumming master)
Thom Gossage (Montreal,Roddy Ellias)
Adam Brodsky (North Bay Area high school sensation)
Dan Tomlison (Phoenix, Az. 1st call + Lyle Lovette band)
Leah Bowden (Univ.of California at La Jolla drummer/percussionist)
Cory Jerome Cox (Master young drummer studied with me at the Brubeck Institute)
Robert Kaufman (Jazz artist & long time drum professor at Berklee College of Music)
Stephen Flinn (creative Drum Artist NYC)
Nasser Addi (master of the “Algerian Beat”)
Robert Kazenel (recording studios: Montreal & Austin, Tx)
Steve Forman (percussion: Pink Floyd, Phil Collins, LA Studios)
Darius Minaee (funk,hip hop,heavy hitter)
Tim Carr (“America” graduate California Institute of the Arts)
Pierre Pineault ( Concordia University, Montreal Studios)
Aldo Mazza (founder “Kosa”)
Dawn Richardson (top San Francisco drummer w. 4 Non Blonds and Tracy Chapman)
Nick de Ryss (SF Bay Area)
Larry Mansbridge (drummer and former VP Yamaha Drums, Canada)
Katrine Spang-Hanssan (drummer,band leader and Las Vegas performer)

Robert Fernandez (percussionist LA studios)

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