Join Rich Stitzel, author, educator, and creator of DrumMantra, as he hosts a masterclass with some of today's leading players & educators!
Chicago Fusion Master, Frank Alongi
Frank Alongi has been creating music in Chicago since 1999. He has performed with a variety of local Chicago bands, orchestras, and percussion ensembles, and has been behind the kit on countless recordings and performances by notable Chicago artists such as Hector Hermosillo, Chris Seibold (Prairie Home Companion), Fred Cantu (Chuchito Valdez), and others such as Heather Headley, Doc Severinson, and recently with Bruno Mars in Las Vegas.
Most notably, he has toured Central and South America with the fusion rock group "Torre Fuerte”. He is the drummer for the Chicago-based, fusion super group "The Renegades". As a teenager, he was a Guitar Center drum-off semi-finalist twice. He attended DePaul University where he studied with greats such as Joel Spencer (U of I), Ted Atkatz (CSO), and the inventor of the rototom, Al Payson (CSO). He then studied at NEIU where he received a degree in music education, and is currently director of bands at Old Quarry Middle School in Lemont IL., where he has the privilege of teaching music to two-hundred students in twelve ensembles.
When he's not doing that, he puts on a tuxedo every weekend with the Ken Arlen Orchestra, which plays over 60 gigs a year. He holds an endorsement with Innovative Percussion Inc, and percussion inventor Kelly Shu.
What Level Player Is Appropriate For The Masters Session?
Most Masters Sessions are for upper/intermediate to advanced level players. You are welcome to join and just watch if you are unable to play the material in real time during the session. Just experiencing the presentation and interacting with the guests will be a huge benefit to your overall musicianship.
What you will need for the Masters Session:
- Computer, phone or tablet with internet connection
- Headphones if you need isolation
- At least one practice pad
- Drum Throne
- Optional - bd pedal & practice pad (stomping your foot on the floor or a book works fine, too)