Studied with Charles Wackerman, Chuck Flores, Murray Spivack and Walt Goodman.
Chad's itinerary has included tours with:
- 1981-1988 Frank Zappa - USA, Canada and Europe.
- 1982-1998 Allan Holdsworth - USA, Canada, Europe, Australia and Japan.
- 1985-1986 Men At Work - Japan and Australia.
- 1989-1992 Andy Summers Band - USA, Mexico, Europe and Japan.
- 1994 John Patitucci Band - Europe.
- 1995 "Banned From Utopia" - USA.
- 1996 Joe Sample - Australia.
- 1996 "The World Drummers Ensemble" (Bill Bruford, Louis Conte and Doudou N'Diaye Rose) Netherlands and Belgium.
- 1999 Chad Wackerman Group - Europe
- 1999 James Taylor with Symphony - USA
- 2000 "The Art Of Drumming Tour" - Southern USA tour with Terry Bozzio
Forty Reasons -
CMP Records features Allan Holdsworth, Jimmy Johnson and Jim Cox.
The View -
CMP Records features Allan Holdsworth, Jimmy Johnson, Jim Cox, Walt Fowler and Carl Verheyen.
Favored Nations Records and Metalimbo/EFA Records (Europe) features James Muller, Daryl Pratt, Leon Gaer, Jim Cox and Walt Fowler.
Allan Holdsworth - Atavachron
Allan Holdsworth - Metal Fatigue
Allan Holdsworth - Road Games
Allan Holdsworth Sand
Allan Holdsworth - Secrets
Allan Holdsworth- Sixteen Men Of Tain
Allan Holdsworth - Wardenclyffe Tower
Band From Utopia - Tribute to the Music of Frank Zappa
Tom Grant - The View from Here
Albert Lee - Speechless
The Lovers - Embrace
Ed Mann - Get Up
Ed Mann - Perfect World
Michael Villmo's Koln Big Band - KBB
Makoto Saitoh - Be Careful of Your Smile
Spies - By Way of the World
Barbra Streisand - One Voice
Andy Summers - Charming Snakes
Andy Summers - World Gone Strange
Steve Vai - Flex-Able
Steve Vai - Flex-Able Leftovers
Chema Vilchez - El Sue-o del Navegante
Chad Wackerman - Forty Reasons
Chad Wackerman - The View
Colin James Hay- Looking for Jack
Dweezil Zappa - Having a Bad Day
Frank Zappa - Absolutely Free
Frank Zappa - As An Am
Frank Zappa - Best Band You Never
Heard in Your Life
Frank Zappa - Broadway the Hard Way
Frank Zappa - Cruisin' with Ruben & The Jets
Frank Zappa - Does Humor Belong In Music?
Frank Zappa - Guitar
Frank Zappa - Jazz From Hell
Frank Zappa - Kill Ugly Radio
Frank Zappa - Kill Ugly Radio Some More
Frank Zappa - London Symphony Orchestra
Frank Zappa - Make a Jazz Noise Here
Frank Zappa - Meets the Mothers of Prevention
Frank Zappa - No Commercial Potential
Frank Zappa - Sexual Harrassment in the Workplace [CD single]
Frank Zappa - Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch
Frank Zappa - Sleep Dirt
Frank Zappa - Specialized Digital Audio Gratification
Frank Zappa - Stairway to Heaven/Bolero [CD single]
Frank Zappa - Strictly Commercial
Frank Zappa - The Man From Utopia
Frank Zappa - Them Or Us
Frank Zappa - Thing-Fish
Frank Zappa - Valley Girl [single]
Frank Zappa - We're Only In It For The Money (CD release:overdubs)
Frank Zappa - You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 1
Frank Zappa - You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 2
Frank Zappa - You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 3
Frank Zappa - You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 4
Frank Zappa - You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 5
Frank Zappa - You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 6
Frank Zappa - You Can't Play That On the Radio Anymore
Frank Zappa - Zomby Woof [CD single]
The Lovers- Black Orchid
Liz Myers-Le Rendez-vous
Montreal Drum Fest 1996/1997
Chad has recorded albums with Australian artists The Lovers, Marcia Hines, Orange Horse, Grace Knight, Margret Urlich, Ann Kilpatrick, Clint Beattie, Rachel Gaudry and Ed Kuepper. Chad has also performed with Australian Chamber Orchestra director Richard Tognetti and guitarist Slava Grigorian.
'Zappa Halloween Special' (MTV) Live at New York Palladium
'The Dub Room Special' Zappa
'Video From Hell' Zappa
'The Torture Never Stops'-Zappa
'You Are What You Is'-Zappa
'Allan Holdsworth Live in Japan'
'Does Humor Belong in Music?' - Zappa
'Electric Hoe-Down' - Dweezil Zappa
'Can I Hold You' - Colin James Hay
'One Voice' - Barbra Streisand (HBO Live Concert)
'Allan Holdsworth' instructional video for REH
'The American Dream' vol.1 and 2 -D.W. Video
'Buddy Rich Memorial Concert # 5' (features Chad Wackerman, Chester Thompson, Chuck Morris and Steve Ferrone).
Chad has been featured in the following magazines:
'Modern Drummer', 'Musician' ,'Drums and Drumming', 'Jazziz','Down Beat', 'Jazz Times', 'Drum!' and 'Pulse' (U.S.A.)
'International Musician', 'The Wire', 'Top' (U.K.)
'Modern Drummer' (Japan)
'Drums and Percussion', 'Sticks', 'Fachblatt' (Germany)
'Drum Scene' ,'Skin Full', 'Drum Media', 'Drummer'(Australia)
'Guitar Club' and 'Percussioni' (Italy).
Chad has composed music for Allan Holdsworth's albums 'Secrets' 'Wardenclyffe Tower' and 'Sixteen Men of Tain', composed music for his own solo records 'Forty Reasons', 'The View', 'Scream', and composed music for the Dennis Miller television show.
Chad tours as a clinician in the USA, Europe, Australia and Japan. He has been a featured artist with the North Texas State University Percussion Ensemble and has given master classes at Berkelee School of Music, Boston, Mass., Percussion Institute of Technology, California. and the Los Angeles Music Academy.
As a solo drum artist Chad has performed at the Modern Drummer Festival in Montclaire, New Jersey, The Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Los Angeles, The Montreal Drum and Percussion Festival, Canada, The Koblenz Drummer Meeting, Germany, and The Ultimate Drummers Day, Melbourne, Australia and "Rhythm" festival in Marktoberdorf, Germany.
Chad is also the author of the book, 'Double Hi Hat Exercises For The Contemporary Drummer' published by Drum Workshop.