Sandy Gennaro


Sandy Gennaro was born and raised in NYC and currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.
Sandy has toured and/or recorded with:
The Pat Travers Band – recorded the “Radioactive” and “Black Pearl”  LP’s and toured extensively from 1981-1983. Sandy is currently back with The Pat Travers Band after a 30 year hiatus, recording material for a new release and touring non-stop including dates in the US, UK, and Europe.

Bo Diddley – Drummer/Musical Director, European, UK and Australian Tours.
Cyndi Lauper – 18 month “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” Tour and “The Goonies” soundtrack.
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts – Headline Tours of US and SE Asia. Sandy’s drumming is included on Joan’s “Hit List” album.
Johnny Winter – US headline dates.
The Monkees – The 20th and 30th Anniversary Tours of the US,SE Asia and Japan, as well as the recording of “MonkeeMania” and “Monkees-Live in Las Vegas” CD’s.
Michael Bolton / Blackjack – US Tour and the “Blackjack” and “Worlds Apart” records.
Benny Mardones – Sandy recorded the “Never Run, Never Hide” LP which included the Top 10 single: “Into The Night.”
The Mama’s and Papa’s – Headline tours of US, South America and Korea.
Craaft: recorded the “Craaft” CD and toured Europe extensively as an opening act for Queen.
Jon Paris – recorded his “Rock the Universe” and “Blue Planet” CD’s.
Sandy has made numerous TV appearances including The Tonight Show, The Grammy Awards and American Music Awards, The MTV New Years Ball and David Letterman, among others.

Sandy is a “celebrity” councilor at the Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp held worldwide several times a year. Sandy has been teaching private lessons and giving master classes at The Drummers Collective since 1987.

Sandy’s specialty is Rock and Blues drumming and rhythm section master classes with emphasis on playing as a team, groove, meter, independence, reading, song charts and structure, double bass, career guidance, audition prep and the “Business of Music”. His instructional DVD/Book “Drum Basics” has been certified platinum by Warner Brothers publishing. Sandy is also the author “Contemporary Rock Styles for the Drums” a CD/Book that is part of The Drummers Collective Contemporary Styles Series published by Carl Fischer Music.

Sandy has “tutored” Peter Criss of KISS for their CD/DVD recording with the Australian Symphony and for the KISS/Aerosmith Tour (2004). He has also assisted Matt Dillon in preparation for a movie role.

Sandy is honored to have had the opportunity to assist in the “drumming rehabilitation” of Lionel Hampton after his stroke.

Sandy proudly endorses DW drums, pedals and hardware, Zildjian Cymbals, Hot Sticks, Remo heads, Rhythm Tech percussion and SKB Cases.


Certificate Program A: Rock/Blues
Certificate Program A: Musicianship/Business Savvy 1 & 2
Certificate Program B: Musicianship/Business Savvy 3 & 4

Sandy is available for Private lessons. Please call (212) 741-0091 extension: 110 for availability.

Contemporary Rock Styles for the Drums-Bk./CD (Paperback)

Written by Sandy Gennaro

Contemporary Rock Styles for the Drums breaks down Rock into fifteen important sub-styles. For each sub-style, you get a comprehensive lesson centering on a fully notated “chart” of the music on the CD. The CD contains a performance demo and then a version without the drums for you to play-along. With the sound of the music in your ears, you can study and practice the technical aspects performing the rhythms of each style.

Each style section contains:

* Historical references and background
* Useful information and explanations about the sub-style
* Notated musical examples of the style for drums
* Additional exercises and alternative variations
* Important performance tips
* Discographies and Bibliographies
* Demonstration performances and play-along tracks on the CD
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