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Pete Magadini


PETER MAGADINI (drummer) was born in 1942 in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, U.S.A. Living and working in Canada from 1971 through 1997 (and a Canadian citizen since 1994) Pete Magadine currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area (Marin County) where he performs regularly, teaches privately, tours, travels and occasionally participates in drum festivals and clinics.

Some of the artists Magadini has appeared with during his career include: George Duke, Andre White, John Heard, Al Jarreau, Don Ellis, Oliver Jones, Chet Baker, John Handy, Bobbie Gentry, Diana Ross, Stephan Grappelli, Don Menza, George Coleman, Mose Allison, Sonny Stitt, Dave Young, The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the Berkshire Music Festival Orchestra at Tanglewood.

Peter holds percussion performance degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the University of Toronto and includes among his teachers Donald Bothwell, Roy Burns (NYC) Roland Kohloff, John Wyre, Russell Hartenberger and North Indian Tabla Master Mahapurush Misra. He is currently the drum instructor for the Dave Brubeck Institute (University of the Pacific) and formerly taught drums at McGill and Concordia Universities in Montréal, Canada.

Peter Magadini has several drum set methods published including: Learn to Play the Drumset and The Complete Drum Set Rudiments as well as the recently released DVD JAZZ DRUMS (Hal Leonard Publishing ). Further published works include two acclaimed volumes on the comprehension and application of polyrhythms in music: Polyrhythms: the Musicians Guide (Hal Leonard Publishing ) and Polyrhythms for the Drum Set(Alfred Publishing ).


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