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Pete Sweeney

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Pete Sweeney is a drummer, author, and educator who performs in every genre of music. He has performed, recorded, and toured with many outstanding artists such as Pat Metheny, Lee Ritenour, Robben Ford, Frank Gambale, Duke Robillard, Ronnie Earl, “Dangerous” Dan Toler, Ed Mann (Frank Zappa), Andy Summers (The Police), Mick Goodrick, Dan Faulk, Laurel Masse, Scottie Pippen (Chicago Bulls), Steve Bailey, John Abercrombie, Malcolm Cecil, producer Joel Moss, Jay and the Americans, Larry Coryell, Murali Coryell, Johnny “Clyde” Copeland, Lorne Lofsky, and Ray Vega. In addition to his performing, Pete has written 15 drum instructional books for the Alfred publishing company, as well as 3 dvds. He has numerous instructional lessons online with Workshoplive. He is also a faculty member of the National Guitar Workshop, The Berkshire Music School, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, and the Crown of the Continent Guitar Foundation.


  • Matt Smith Band “Whisper to a scream” 1991
  • Matt Smith Band “Tanqueray Rocks Talent contest” 1991
  • Matt Smith Band “Delta Radio” 1994
  • Matt Smith Band “Black and White” 1996
  • Matt Smith Band “Big Fun” 1998
  • Soundtrack for the Mirimax movie “The Castle” 1999
  • “Dangerous Dan Toler Band “Live” 1999
  • Jay Traynor and the Joey Thomas Big Band “Live on WAMC” 2000
  • Adrian Cohen Trio “Standardized” 2003
  • Nat Phipps Trio 2010
  • Sensemaya “Shake it!” 2010

Drumhead Setup

Snare - Texture Coated
Toms - Texture Coated on top, Classic Clears on the bottom
Bass Drum - Jack DeJohnette front and back

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