Bob Belanski - DRUMS

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LEARN: Bob Belanski is a versatile musician with extensive experience in a variety of styles. Students will learn Rock, Jazz, Big Band, Latin, Hip-Hop, Funk, and traditional classical styles. Having apprenticed with James Sewrey (a founding member of the Percussive Arts Society), Bob is an expert in rudiments and technical snare performance. He stresses the importance of proper technique, reading music, and developing a deep groove across several musical mediums.  

Bob has been teaching drums and percussion in the San Francisco Bay Area for over thirty years. He has also taught percussion at New Mexico State University, and was assistant percussion instructor for James Sewrey (author, founding member of the Percussive Arts Society, symphonic conductor, educator, and a Yamaha Percussion artist.). Bob has taught a number of professional musicians throughout the years, including one of the members of the Chicago symphony. Several of Bob's students have become members of various youth symphonies around the Bay Area (San Jose, Marin, Oakland).  

As a performer, Bob has played in countless venues around the country with a tremendous collection of musicians. (For a short list, see below.)

Bob has performed in the studio with several recording labels, including Fantasy Records, Arista, RCA, Bluebird, and Warner Brothers, as well as on a number of miscellaneous private record labels.

PERFORMING: Bob is a versatile performer and leads his own small groups and Big Bands. He is the featured drummer on the world premiere recording of the Charlie Brown Suite with Vince Guaraldi:

Bob has played with the Glen Miller Orchestra (directed by Buddy de Franco), the El Paso Symphony, Fantasy Records as an on-call drummer, jazz pianists Vince Guaraldi, Tee Carson, Horace Henderson, Laurie Holloway, Lonnie Hewitt, Larry Vuckovich. Bob has played and recorded with the Latin-American rock band Pantera along with Jose Flores and R.D. Burman (one of the most celebrated Bollywood music composers of all time-- R.D. Burman changed the sound of hindi film music forever)   as well as for Big Bands: John Coppola, Don Piestrup, The Bossmen, the Joe Henderson Legacy Big Band, and the Stardust Orchestra, Mike Vax, Cuz Cousineau, Rudy Salvini; Latin Music: Cal Tjader, Pete Escovedo, Walter Wonderly, Eddie and Mad Duran, Manny Duran, Carlos Duran, and Sharman Duran, Johnny Rae (Vibraphonist); Johnny Cash, Elvin Bishop, Ronnie Profit; Famous R&B Groups: The Drifters, The Coasters, and The Platters; R&B/Soul: Roger Collins; Vocalists: Anita O'Day, Marion Montgomery, Holly Penfield, June Christy; Jazz Sax: John Handy, Pete Yellin, and Mel Martin; Paramount Motion Pictures Music Contractor: Carl Fortina; Music Contractor: Ron Borelli; Accordion legend: Dick Contino; Pianist, Accordionist, Roland Clinician: Steve Albini; Renowned Trumpets: John Capobianco, Tom Harrell, Louis Gasca, Chet Baker, Waldo Carter of the Harry James Orchestra, and Warren Gale, Jr.; Soundtrack Composer: Mark Isham; Comedians: Bob Hope, Flip Wilson, and Pete Barbutti; Trombonist: Steve Turre of the Saturday Night Live Orchestra.

BIOGRAPHY: Bob studied music at New Mexico State University. He has also studied privately with Ludwig Drum Company education director James Sewrey, national rudiment drum champion Frank Arenault, jazz and studio drummer Ed Thigpen, and all-star drummer Louis Bellson.


Bob Belanski on drums, with the legendary Vince Guaraldi on the album, Charlie Brown Suite and Other Favorites.

The Vince Guaraldi trio featured Bob Belanski on drums and Peter Marshall on bass with the Amici della Musica Orchestra. Derrek Bang, music critic and author of 'Vince Guaraldi at the Piano' mentions Guaraldi madly improvising in the foreground while Bob Belanski maintains a sparkling beat.

Derrek Bang, music critic and author of 'Vince Guaraldi at the Piano': "Sounds like Marshal and Belanski are whipping the horses!"

Bob Belanski on drums, with the great Steve Turre (Saturday Night Live Band) and the Joe Henderson Legacy Band, directed by Warren Gale, Jr. and produced by Bob Belanski.


With Nashville vocalist, Carolyn Martin, and the band, Lost Weekend.


With Dick Contino (worlds' greatest accordion player) at the Cotati Accordion Festival


With Denise Perrier, Bryan Gould and Swing Fever


Rock/Funk tune with Nerio Degracia.


Bob Belanski's Specdrum Band