Pete Drummond (drummer)

Pete Drummond is an Australian session drummer, composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist, and educator who has developed a digital platform for drum lessons.[1] Since 2006, Drummond has been associated with Australian band Dragon.[1] He is known for his soundtrack work on The Killing Season (ABC), Living Universe (feature film); Search For Second Earth (ABC/BBC), and for his live solo performances alongside Virgil Donati, Thomas Lang, Mike Mangini, Dave Weckl, and many others.[1][2][3]

Pete Drummond
Background information
GenresJazz, Fusion, Prog
Occupation(s)Drummer, Music Composer
Years active1994-current

Thomas Lang stated in Modern Drummer Magazine: “Pete Drummond is an amazing Australian Drummer”.[2]

Early life

Drummond began drumming at three years of age. He started his formal training two years later with his mentor Jess Zappia.[4] He later continued on his own, learning from recordings, instructional books, and videos.[5]


Bands career

Drummon joined Dragon in 2006 when the band reformed after a nine-year hiatus.[6][7] In 2008, he was enlisted into the ARIA Hall of Fame.[8][9] He plays drums, keyboards and sings in the live shows with Dragon.[10] He had previously performed with The Bushwackers, Glenn Shorrock (Little River Band),[11] Joan Rivers (US Comedian), The Temptations, Jeremy Barnes (The World's Fastest Guitarist), Ricki Lee, Shannon Noll and Thirsty Merc.[2][4]

Career as a composer and songwriting

Drummond has worked as a composer and producer.[12] ‘Not the Question’ (2002) was his debut album as arranger, mixer and producer.[5] A few programs which feature Pete's music are ‘Crude: The Incredible Journey of Oil’, ‘Holy Switch’, ‘Ten Bucks a Litre’, ‘Inside The Inferno’, ‘Life On Us’, ‘Australia: A Time Traveler’s Guide’, ‘A Traveler’s Guide to the Planets’, and ABC's ‘The Killing Season’.[13]

Solo performer

In 2003, Drummond appeared at Australia's Ultimate Drummers Weekend.[14] In 2012, he performed on Shannon Noll's ‘Switch Me On’. He played on the ARIA award-winning album ‘Homefires’ by Dead Ringer Band, ABC TV, NRL, and Channel 10. He has also released multiple international DVDs as a cover artist.[2]

Drummond's solo album ‘Identity Crisis’ was launched in 2006. It contains eight original tracks of Jazz and Fusion, featuring Bill Risby, Jeremy Barnes, James Muller, Steve Weingart, and others.[15][16]

In 2015 he played on Lee Kernaghan’s number one Australian album ‘Spirit of the Anzacs’.[17]

In 2018 Drummond was featured in Australia's drumming publication Drumscene Magazine.[4]


  • Lee Kernaghan – Beautiful Noise (2012)[18][19]
  • Adam Brand – My Side of the Street (2014)[20]
  • Lee Kernaghan – Spirit of the Anzacs (2015)[17]
  • Dead Ringer Band – Homefires (1995)[15]
  • Dragon – Roses (2014)[21]
  • Pete Drummond – Identity Crisis (2006)[22]


  • 1996 – Session Drummer on ARIA award-winning Homefires album[2]
  • 2011 – Legacy Award for Dragon[23]
  • 2011 – Vodafone Music Awards in New Zealand[23]

See also


  1. "Pete Drummond - Discography & Songs - Discogs". Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  2. "Pete Drummond - Hudson Music". Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  3. "Pete Drummond - Drum Solo Artist". Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  4. "Pete Drummond - DRUMscene Magazine. Australia's #1 Drum Magazine". Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  5. "Pete Drummond". Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  6. "Are you old enough to be a fan of Dragon?". 1 July 2018. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  7. "pete drummond's chop shop - MusicSA". Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  8. "Album reviews: Paul Kelly; Dragon and Pete Drummond; Jenn Grant". Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  9. "Dragon - Person - AudioCulture". Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  10. "Dragon touring chartoppers to Shoal Bay Country Club". 10 October 2018. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  11. "Glenn shorrock returns with the hits live in studio". Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  12. "Pete Drummond - IMDb". Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  13. "ABC Music publishing - Pete Drummond". Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  14. "The Ultimate Drummers Weekend 11 - Hudson Music". Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  15. "Dead Ringer Band - Home Fires (CD, Album) - Discogs". Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  16. "Pete Drummond - Identity Crisis - CD Baby Music Store". Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  17. "Lee Kernaghan - Spirit Of The Anzacs (CD, Deluxe Edition, Limited Edition) - Discogs". Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  18. "Pete Drummond - Credits - AllMusic". Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  19. "Lee Kernaghan - Beautiful Noise: CD, Album For Sale - Discogs". Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  20. "Adam Brand - My Side Of The Street (CD, Album) - Discogs". Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  21. "Dragon still rocking with new album - Roses". Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  22. "Pete Drummond - Identity Crisis (CD, Album, Stereo) - Discogs". Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  23. "Pete Drummond Photos Photos - 2011 Vodafone Music Awards - Show - Zimbio". Retrieved 22 February 2019.
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