BILL ROTELLA'S BIOGRAPHY
Bill is know for his modern teaching approach. He is a performer, Teacher, Clinician, Author, Manufacturer and Adjudicator. He has been in the Music business for 62 years.
Starting at age 10, he studied rudimental snare drumming and played with St. Joseph's Drum Corps in Waterbury, Connecticut. He studied with Ed Stokes and Howard Keneally, along with others to develope his technique in this style of drumming. He then studied with Sam Ulano, to develope Drum Set and commercial playing. Mallets, with Clarence Fischer and Harmony and Theory through Berkley College.
He opened his studio in 1964, teaching some 60 students a week, plus evening classes with Drum corps. During the next 30 years, he became involved with the Waterbury and New Britain Symphony, performed for noted conductors, Frank Brieff, Leroy Anderson and Aurther Fiedler. He also played with various bands, both small combo and big band. Performing for such artists as Don Cornell, the Ink Spots, and Henny Youngmann. He also played with the Waterbury Municipal band, and the Fulton American band.
His involvement with the Waterbury Civic Theater gave him the oppurtunity to play such shows as, West Side Story, Company, Fiddler on the Roof, and Man of LaMancha.
His background in Rudimental drumming won him over 90 awards.Ten years as Connecticut, six years Massachusetts, and 10 years North Eastern states Championships. He was winner of thr Dan English perpetual throphy, for three years. Bill also has been inducted in the New York state Hall of Fame.
He is an Adjudicator, for various Drum corps,and music associations. Member of the Percussive Arts Society, National Drum Association, and National Association of Rudimental Drummers.
Bill is author of various drum publications and method books. 30 Drum solo's, Any time swings, and Double drumming. Also various solo studies. He also manufactures metal practice sticks, for hand development.
Many of his students, are presently playing and teaching. Several have won drum awards.
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