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Angel Bartolotta has been playing drums his whole life. From a kid banging on pots and pans, to a Billboard charting drummer touring The United States, Canada, Germany, France, England, Italy, Switzerland, Denmark, Holland, Austria, Belgium, The Netherlands, Australia, and New Zealand. Angel has devoted his entire life to the art of music.

Angel has over 100 recording credits in his discography. He is best known as the drummer for Dope (who’s album “No Regrets” debuted at #88 on the Billboard 200, #11 on Billboard’s Hard Rock Albums, and #7 on Billboard’s Independent Albums), shock-rockers Genitorturers, industrial rock pioneers PIG, the iconic punk band The Undead (original members of the Misfits), as well as Switched, Rikets, and many other bands. He currently plays drums for the industrial metal band Crossbreed. Angel is an Artist on the DW Drums, PDP Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Evans Drumheads, Vater Drumsticks, Westone Audio, SkyGel Damper Pads, and Orthopedic Drum Thrones rosters. He is also the founder of Team Cybergeist, a collaborative music project featuring over 100 musicians from all around the world. In the Summer of 2018, Angel was chosen as one of the drummers to perform in the Volumes exhibit at The Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida.

Angel has toured and shared the stage with many well-known bands including Motley Crue, KoRn, Godsmack, Alice In Chains, Corey Taylor (Slipknot), Limp Bizkit, Five Finger Death Punch, Seether, Evanescence, Black Label Society, Sevendust, Puddle of Mudd, Mudvayne, Staind, Halestorm, Saliva, Candlebox, Orgy, Lords of Acid, Powerman 5000, Mushroomhead, Buckcherry, Volbeat, In This Moment, Insane Clown Posse, Soil, (Hed)PE, and many others at some of the world’s most famous live music venues. Angel has also spent time in the recording studio writing and tracking songs with members of Ozzy Osbourne, Shinedown, StoneSour, Hellyeah, Static-X, Nonpoint, Coal Chamber, Morbid Angel, Soulfly, Kittie, Black Veil Brides, KMFDM, and Ministry to name a few.

Angel has a true passion for teaching. He has been teaching private lessons, group lessons, online lessons, and drum clinics/workshops for 20+ years with students from 2 years old to 80+. He has released seven instructional books and one DVD (available HERE). He is also the creator of The Dinosaur Method, an easy-to-use lesson plan for kids. Angel is a member of the DW Drums Department of Education, the D’Addario Education Collective, he is a Zildjian Educator, and a certified member of the National Association of Rudimental Drummers (N.A.R.D.). He specializes in beginner lessons, but also works with intermediate and advanced players who are looking to learn something new. Angel’s students have gone on to form their own bands (performing locally, nationally, and internationally) as well as earning Scholarships and Superior ratings and awards by leading their school’s marching, orchestra, concert, symphonic, and jazz bands, competing in state and national levels. They have earned jobs performing overseas at Sea World in Abu Dhabi and Universal Studios in Japan. Some of his students have been accepted into prestigious music schools and colleges, and a few have studied under him and have used his mentorship to become teachers themselves.

In 2016, Angel and his wife Sally opened The Rock Box Music School & Stage; an award-winning school where growing musicians of all ages can learn how to play a variety of instruments, perform live on stage, and record in a real studio.

With over twenty years of professional drumming experience, world touring and major studio sessions under his belt, Angel offers much more than the average drum instructor!

 

Endorsements/Sponsorships:  DW Drums, PDP Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Evans Drumheads, Vater Drumsticks, Westone Audio, Skygel Damper Pads, Orthopedic Drum Thrones

Certifications:  DW Drums Department of Education, National Association of Rudimental Drummers (N.A.R.D.)

Lessons:  Teaching privately since 2001. Teaching full-time since 2014.

 

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Angel Bartolotta drum clinic at Ace Drums in Venice, Florida (2014)

 

CURRENT DRUM SET

 

PDP Concept Metal:

– 5.5×14 dual-beaded 1mm rolled Black Nickel over Steel snare

 

PDP Concept Maple (Satin Black FinishPly over 7 ply European maple):

– 14×24 bass

– 5.5×14 backup snare (10 ply)

– 9×13 tom

– 16×16 floor tom

– 16×18 floor tom

 

Hardware:

– DW 9000 Series double pedal

– DW 9000 Series 2-leg hi-hat stand

– PDP Concept Series cymbal stands x6

– PDP Concept Series snare stands x2

– ODT drum throne (custom hand-made)

 

Evans Drumheads:

– Snare: Onyx 2-ply coated batter / Snare Side 300 resonate

– Bass: Onyx EMAD batter / EQ3 resonant (w/ custom print)

– Toms: Hydraulic Black batter / G1 Clear resonate

 

Zildjian Cymbals:

– 14” A Mastersound Hi-Hats

– 20” A Rock Ride

– 16” A Heavy Crash

– 17” A Heavy Crash

– 18” A Heavy Crash

– 19” A Heavy Crash

– 18” A China High

 

Accessories:

– Vater Drumsticks (Rock sticks w/custom print)

– Westone Audio in-ear monitors (ES20 and AC10 Musician Monitors)

– SkyGel damper pads (Onyx Black)

– Vater Stick Bag

– Vater Single Pair Stick Holder

– Vater Drink Holder

– Assortment of Humes & Berg and SKB drum cases

 

 

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