Chris DeRosa is a Professional Freelance Drummer/Composer who currently lives in New York City, but his experience has taken him to many parts of the world (40 countries).
As a well-versed Seasoned Drummer Chris has studied at both The Berklee College of Music where he received the Buddy Rich Jazz Masters scholarship and at the University Of Miami where he was the recipient of the Bowman Ashe scholarship for artistic and academic achievement. There he also received his Studio Music/Jazz Performance degree.
Chris has played and/or recorded with the likes of Deborah Harry and Chris Stein, Skinner Box, Motorbaby, Nate Ouderkirk, E-trance, Ben Stivers (MatchBox 20), Jonathan and Victor (Camper Van Beethoven), Tony Scherr (Norah Jones, Al DiMeola), Fluffer, Magnet (Replacing Moe Tucker of the Velvet Underground), The Five Satins, Air-O-Sol, Matt Bonelli (BeeGee's), Collider, Liquid, Mark White (The Spin Doctors), Yale University Big Band, Willie Ruff, Bill Brown Quartet, Matthew Brubeck, Chris DeRosa Group, Oh! Calcutta (National and International Tours), Grease, Songs Of Paradise, Mikado, Barbara Feldman Dance Co., Gus Solomons jr, Ron Brown/Evidence, Elisa Monte Dance, David Brown, Andrea E. Woods (Souloworks), Kun-Yang Lin, Kosad, Peridance, David Dorfman Dance, Bebe Miller, Ana Marie Forsythe, Sean Curran, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Douglas Nielsen, Doug Varone And Dancers, Kevin Wynn, Donald Byrd, Jennifer Muller, 2nd Avenue Dance Co., The Island Moving Company, Joy Kellman, Dance Space Inc., Zeynep Tanbay, Jose' Limon Dance Foundation, Nicholas Leichter (nicholasleichterdance), Paul Taylor Dance Co., University of Utah Dept.of Dance, and such Producers as Daniel Rey (White Zombie, Ramones), Steve Eigner (Nelly), Jon Brion (Fiona Apple), and Roger Fife among others.
Chris is currently working at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts (Staff Musician, Guest Lecturer), Marymount Manhattan College (Adjunct Professor) as well as Freelancing with some very talented artists.
As a creative drummer Chris plays all styles of music (ie. Rock, Reggae, Jazz, Latin, Brazilian, Pop, Afro, and Solo drumming) and has released many offerings as both a leader and a sideman. Chris has performed on among others WXPN’s (Philadelphia) “World Cafe”, WDST’s (Woodstock) “Sessions”, and has toured the Middle East for the Armed Forces in support of our troops.
Chris Is Endorsed By Vic Firth Drumsticks, Evans Drum Heads, Brady Snare Drums, RhythmTech, and Grover Pro Percussion.
Oh! Calcutta, Grease, Songs Of Paradise, Marymount Manhattan College, Barbara Feldman Dance Co., Kosad, Peridance, Gus Solomons jr, The Island Moving Company, Joy Kellman, Dance Space Inc., Zeynep Tanbay, Ron Brown/Evidence, Elisa Monte Dance, David Brown, Kun-Yang Lin, Andrea E. Woods, David Dorfman Dance, Ana Marie Forsythe, Bebe Miller, Sean Curran, Jennifer Muller, 2nd Avenue Dance Co., NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Doug Varone And Dancers, Douglas Nielsen, Kevin Wynn, Donald Byrd, Jose' Limon Dance Foundation, Paul Taylor Dance Co., Mikado, University of Utah Dept.of Dance
Deborah Harry & Chris Stein, SkinnerBox, Glow, Fluffer, Liquid, Nate Ouderkirk, Raul Midon, Torn Earlobe, Brendan O'Shea, E-Trance, Vibrolush, Coppersonic, Arc, Gangway Fathead, The Groove, Mark White (Spin Doctors), Johnathan Segal and Victor Krummenacher (Camper van Beethoven), MotorBaby, The Five Satins, Aquaman Jones, Junie Strongheart, Air-O-Sol, The Dependents, Lies, Wax, Sara Dabo, Tiaa Wells, Collider, Paul Mark & The Van Dorens, Acoustic Blue, Ether Park, Andy Burton (Freedy Johnston), d'atlee, Brewster, John Washburn, Changing Modes, The Leaves, SOS, Ariel, Benny Del Mare, One Way Ticket, Wendy Ip, Elvis, Random Axis, Eyelash, In One Ear, Jenn London, Gonzo Station, Ashok Warrior, Chris Wilson (Love Spit Love), Rayz Hell, The Fool, Jefferson Thomas, White Courtesy Telephone, Marcus, Bliss, Ann Klein (Natalie Imbruglia, Joan Osborne), Proton Accelerator, Magnet (Replacing Mo Tucker of the Velvet Underground), Rachel Derry, Kevin Patrick (Blondie, Portishead), Steve Eigner (Nelly), Daniel Rey (White Zombie/Ramones), Jon Brion (Fiona Apple), and Roger Fife.
Ashita, ECA Jazz Ensemble, Yale Big Band, Willie Ruff, Tony Scherr (Norah Jones, Al DiMeola), Gary Keller, Bill Brown Quartet, Randall Dallahon, Yoshiaki Masuo (Sonny Rollins,Jack Dejohnette), Cross Currents, Alter-Trance, Matt Bonelli (Bee Gees), House A 'Fire, Ron Miller, Matthew Brubeck, Ben Stivers (MatchBox 20), Kaya, Nori Nori, Chris DeRosa Group
Wrote an Article For The Italian Drum Magazine "PERCFEST" About Playing With Deborah Harry & Chris Stein, MTV Review Of A Show With Ether Park, A New York Times Review For A Performance Of "Sakuna" An Original Composition Chris Did With The Island Moving Dance Company, Write up in DRUM! Magazine of Chris’s USO Tour for the Armed Forces
University Of Miami Miami, Fl
Bachelor of Music In Studio Music and Jazz Performance (Chris Received The Bowmen Ashe Scholarship For Academic And Artistic Achievement From The University of Miami)
Berklee College Of Music Boston, Ma
Jazz Performance (Chris Was A Recipient Of The Buddy Rich Jazz Masters Scholarship From Berklee College Of Music)
Education Center For The Arts New Haven, Ct Performing Arts High School (Chris Was A Full Tuition Scholarship Recipient)