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Chris DeRosa
New York
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Teaching Location:Brooklyn, New York, 11201
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About Chris DeRosa

Chris DeRosa is a Professional Freelance Drummer/Producer/Composer who currently lives in New York City, although his experience has taken him to many parts of the world (over 50 countries). Chris was born in New Haven, Connecticut but later moved to nearby Guilford where he took up the drums. At a very young age Chris was mesmerized by the sounds of the ecm record label he would hear pouring out of his radio on WPKN’s late night Jazz program. He was fortunate enough to get a scholarship to attend the Educational Center For The Arts (ECA) High School and at 16 studied with University of North Texas famed Drum set Professor Ed Soph while he was on sabbatical in Connecticut.

By Chris’ senior year in High School he was performing with The Five Satins with whom he opened up for Chuck Berry at the Nassau Coliseum (at only 18). Prior to that his 1st steady professional gig was with a local New Haven, Connecticut top 40 band called Horizon at 15 years of age. Chris’ 1st professional recording session was with the Neapolitan singer Benny Del Mare for the album “Ménage A Te” recorded @Trod Nossel studio. This recording led to Chris performing at many concerts and outdoor festivals throughout the Connecticut region with L’anima Benny’s backup band.

As a well-versed Seasoned Drummer Chris studied at both The Berklee College of Music where he received the prestigious 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. While in Miami Chris was further influenced by the rhythms of both Jamaica and Cuba that continued to shape his sound and style.

Drum Lessons in Brooklyn, New York.


Evans Drumheads
Vic Firth Drumsticks
Sabian Cymbals
Brady Snare Drums
Audix Microphones
MOTU Electronics
RhythmTech Percussion


For a full list of Chris's credits, please check out the resume page at