Originally from New Jersey, drummer/Author Jason Gianni is a full time instructor at the prestigious Drummers Collective in New York City as well as an adjunct professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He holds a Master of Music degree from Pennsylvania State University as well as a Bachelor of Music degree & a Minor in Jazz Studies from the University of Delaware both in Percussion Performance.
Jason is a proud Drummers Collective alumni and studied with many great teachers who were both affiliated with The Collective as well as the NYC music scene. Notable players such as Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Clayton Cameron, Mike Clark, Pete Zeldman, Frank Katz and Kim Plainfield were among the names who have been a big influence to Jason’s style and background.
Jason is the co-author of the well-known book, The Drummer’s Bible, a guide to popular drum styles which offers approximately 400 musical examples in standard drum notation. It includes grooves & practical variations and also provides overviews of the history & development of almost all popular music styles for the modern drum set player.
As a session drummer for countless television and radio commercials, he is most known for being the drummer for the theme song for the popular cartoon, ‘Spongebob Squarepants.’ He is the featured drummer on the 2008 Hudson Music DVD called ‘Set Up, Tune and Play Your Drums.’ Jason was the back up drummer for the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and is a guest recording artist on their popular platinum selling CD entitled, ‘Night Castle.’ Currently, he is a sub for drummer Mike Portnoy for progressive artist, Neal Morse, he had been an active drummer for the Broadway & touring hit musical ‘Rock of Ages,’ is the drummer for the Mark Wood Band (original violinist of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra) and was the house band drummer for the Hispanic version of the TV show ‘The Voice’ entitled, ‘La Voz, Kids‘ on the Telemundo network. Over the past 2 years, he has performed drum clinics throughout Italy, Switzerland, in Spain at the La Rioja Drum Festival, and was at both PASIC & Philly DrumPhest 2014. Additionally, Jason serves as a member of the Modern Drummer Educational Team and is a member of the PASIC drum set selection committee.
Since September of 2006, he has been a faculty member of the Drummers Collective where he specializes in classes, private lessons and clinics/masterclasses. In addition to standard courses, he runs specialized elective courses in Progressive concepts, focusing on advanced polyrhythm work, odd-time studies, ostinato soloing and other related topics.
Jason is proud to endorse drum companies such as Yamaha Drums, Paiste Cymbals, Remo Heads, Vic Firth, Humes & Berg, Kickport Products and Hudson Music.
Prep A/Prep B: Groove mechanics, rhythm sections and private lessons
Certificate Program A/Certificate Program B: Rock
Elective Intensive Program: Progressive Rock
Jason is available for Private Lessons.
Please call (212) 741-0091 extension: 104 for availability.