Primary Instrument: Drums
Peter is an accomplished professional with nearly four decades’ experience holding down the beat in jazz, rock, R&B and fusion bands. His impeccable timing and feel have earned him accolades in the studio and on the stage.
Having studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Peter has the academic chops to back up his innate sense of rhythm and passion for performance. Peter is well-versed in all contemporary and traditional styles of music, and is as comfortable in quiet trio settings as he is driving a big band.
Peter also enjoys helping others learn to play the drums, and have been a successful instructor teaching students of all ages for 25 years. His instructional studio, The Gregory Tech Drum Center, is a state-of-the-art facility that features professional drum sets and the latest recording, sound, and video technology. Cameras surround both the instructor’s drum set and the student’s, and large video monitors can be split to feature side-by-side comparisons of student and teacher hand and foot techniques. Students can also play along with their favorite mp3s, videos on YouTube.com, or instructional DVDs for the richest, most rewarding drum instruction experience available today.
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A Denver native, Peter Gregory trained at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he studied with Joe Hunt, Skip Hadden, and Alan Dawson. A year after his Berklee education, he moved to New York City.
While in NYC, he had the honor of working with such artists and ensembles as Ralph Towner, Bo Diddley, The Drifters, The Ink Spots, The Marvelettes, The Coasters, The Crystals and Gary U.S. Bonds. He continued his studies with Kenwood Dennard, Frankie Malabe, and Buster Bailey, former percussionist of the New York Philharmonic. In addition to numerous other projects, Peter was a session drummer and contractor for the daytime show Guiding Light; was band leader for the cruise liner Spirit of New York; and worked in New York studios replacing drum machine tracks with live MIDI drumming.
Peter has been teaching drums since 1985. In addition to teaching privately, from 1991 to 2000 he was a percussion instructor at The Juilliard School with the Music Advancement Program (MAP), a program dedicated to bringing music to inner-city children.
Festivals include Blues Under the Bridge (Colorado Springs), Blues from the Top Festival (Winter Park), Moab Arts Festival, Crested Butte Music Festival, Ritzville Blues, Brews & BBQs “Sweet 16 Party featuring The Women of the Blues” (Ritzville, WA), Bluewater Blues Festival (Lewellen, NE), Sweet Water Blues n’ Brews (Rock Springs, WY), Trinidaddio Blues Fest (Trinidad, CO), and Big Aspen Barbecue Block Party (Aspen, CO).
Peter is proud to have represented Colorado at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee, in 2009 and 2010.
He has shared stages with Steps Ahead, Joe Zawinul, Sadao Watanabe, Lew Soloff, Pierre Bensusan, Zac Harmon, Backdoor Slam, Jimmy Thackery & The Drivers, Tinsley Ellis, Indigenous, Otis Taylor, and The Neville Brothers.