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Introduction: Hello! My name is Bob Belanski, professional drummer, composer, producer, and teacher. I am a working professional drummer who loves to teach. I have been teaching for over forty years. I have recorded with Vince Guaraldi - "The Charlie Brown Suite and Other Favorites" ( RCA) , Vince Guaraldi, "The Complete Warner Brothers - Seven Arts Recordings." (Warner Brothers) Disc 2 Track 3 "Oh Happy Day" Disc 2 Track 4 "The Sharecroppers Daughter". I studied with James Sewry, founding member of "The Percussive Arts Society." I also studied with many other renowned drummers. I love teaching drumming to students of all ages. I enjoy giving a student information and demonstrating proper technique to enable them to become the best. My teaching system includes reading music for snare and drum set in various styles and grooves, such as - Concert, Rock, Jazz, Big Band, Latin and Recording. Several of my students have become part of various Youth Symphonies; including the Marin County Youth Symphony Orchestra, The Oakland Youth Symphony, and the San Jose Youth Symphony, to name a few. Several of my students have gone on to professional careers in Music as well as becoming Music Teachers. For example, Tom Kosik -Chicago Symphony, Sikand Srinivas - Excellent Drummer and Film Animator. Some of his movie credits include: "Finding Dory," "Toy Story 4," "The Peanuts Movie," "Smurfs,"and more. Michael Passaris - teaches at "Mozart, Einstein and Me," -Benicia, California, Brady Fishler, teaches at his own Drum Studio, "Brady's Drum Studio" in Campbell, California. My new album "Bob Belanski's Specdrum," PUESTA DEL SOL - Includes 5 of my original songs. I have recorded many jingles and commercials for both radio and TV. I was an On-Call Drummer for Fantasy Records, Berkeley, California. I have played and traveled with "The Glen Miller Orchestra," directed by Buddy De Franco, "The Joe Henderson Legacy Big Band," directed by Warren Gale, Jr., Trumpet Virtuoso, "The El Paso Symphony Orchestra." I have played with many different bands. Latin Music: Cal Tjader, R &B: The Drifters. Saxophonist: John Handy. Jazz Trumpets: Tom Harrel and Chet Baker. Trombonist: Steve Turre of the "NBC Saturday Night Live Orchestra". For more information, please Google Bob Belanski, Play Music Studios.com. Take a moment to watch my You Tube videos to see and hear my drumming.

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Gregory A.

My 13 year old daughter told me when she was 10 that she wanted to learn to play drums. There were a number of drum instructors who teach in the City where we live, but when I asked the owner of the music store in town she told me that Bob was the best drum instructor in the area and the clear choice. My daughter is now 13 and has been going to Bob for drum weekly drum lessons for over 2 1/2 years. She went from a complete novice knowing nothing about drums to playing songs and even different kinds of jazz drumming, including salsa, etc. It is really quite amazing to see the progress she made under Bob's instruction. He is very good at teaching the fundamentals but in a fun and progressive way so that they stay interested. Without Bob's encouragement and teaching ability, my daughter would not be the drummer she is today. He also showed up on time every week , answers any questions and is a great value compared to some other instructors. I HIGHLY recommend Bob as a drum instructor.
May 6, 2020
Akhilesh S.

An absolutely great teacher. Mr. Belanski is a walking genius and I am lucky and blessed to have learned the art of drumming from him. A seriously great man.
Jun 14, 2020
Sikand S.

I had the pleasure of studying drumming under Bob Belanski and would highly recommend him as a teacher. He is very patient, nurturing and supportive which I appreciated. As a freshman in high school, I had 3 weeks to learn drumming from scratch for a jazz audition. He got me up to speed very quickly and I made the band in the beginner jazz combo. I spent the next few years continuing to learn from him and was exposed to grooves of all types. I particularly enjoyed the Jazz and Latin grooves the best. He makes sure to never sacrifice on the fundamentals and helps you learn to jam, solo and read sheet music. By the time I was a senior in high school I was in the most advanced jazz combo group and confident to play and jam with anyone. Learning from Bob helped speed that progression along. Bob will help you with any style you want to learn and if you have a song you want to learn the drum part for, he also puts in the effort to transcribe it for you. You also get the bonus of hearing fun stories from his accomplished career as a professional drummer!
Jun 9, 2020
Rachael M.

Bob is a fantastic teacher and musician, with a wealth of experience. He is knowledgeable, detailed, and methodical in his teaching style, always looking for the best way to help me learn the material. He is also patient and encouraging. I was a total beginner at the drums when I started with Bob, and in less than two years I played my first concert with a band! I would totally recommend Bob if you are looking to learn drums from a real pro.
May 8, 2020
Abhinav t.

Bob taught both my boys for many years. My younger one stayed on longer and loved learning the drums.
Feb 7, 2021
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Bobby Michael Belanski


  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    The first thing I discuss with a potential new student is the length of the lesson. I offer half hour, forty five minute, or one hour lessons. Having the proper equipment is required before the student can begin lessons. Minimally, the student must have one pair of matched drum sticks, a music stand, a "snare drum" practice pad with an adjustable stand, and an adjustable drum stool. If the student has a complete drum set that is fine, but it is not necessary to begin studying. If the student continues on he will need a complete drum set. The student will need to make a one time purchase of my Drum Method Book. The book encompasses everything the student needs to know about the snare drum and the drum set and how to play them incorporating the hands and feet. It is complete with music notation.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    When I was eleven years old my Dad enrolled me in concert and marching band entitled "The Junior Police Band." I worked my up to become the Ist Chair Percussionist and Section Leader. During Middle School and High School, I performed with the school's Concert, Marching, and Big Band. At age thirteen I began my study of Classical Percussion with James Sewrey, Founding Member of "The Percussive Arts Society." I started playing professionally in High School with world renowned musicians. I also began to teach percussion privately. After graduating High School, I attended New Mexico State University on a full tuition Music Scholarship. The University hired me while I was a student to teach Percussion classes. I continued playing with named musicians and singers. I joined the Army and became a member of The NORAD COMMANDER'S BAND in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I then transferred to the 6th ARMY HEADQUARTER'S BAND in the Presidio, San Francisco, CA. I became the Section Leader of the Percussion Section in that Band. Just before leaving the Army Band, I began playing with Vince Guaraldi - Music Composer for the famous "Peanuts" cartoons; and recorded with him on the RCA and Warner Brothers Record Labels. Along the way I continued taking MASTER LESSONS, from Roy Knapp, Joe Morello, and Ed Thigpen. I played a concert in which I "traded" drum solos with the famous drummer Louie Bellson.

  • How did you get started doing this type of work?

    I began playing drums professionally and teaching drums in my high school years.

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