Joe Beninati


Joe Beninati

Joe Beninati grew up in a suburb of NYC surrounded by musicians. With music running in his blood, Joe begged his parents for a drum set at the age of 9.

While on vacation in upstate, NY, Joe and his parents found a music store called “Joe’s Drumshop”. After stopping in, they ended up coming home in the family station wagon with both their luggage and a new drum set surrounding him in the back seat. This was the beginning... Throughout his journey as a drummer, Joe has found inspiration from such jazz legends as Buddy Rich, Tony Williams and Elvin Jones, to classic rockers like John Bonham and Mick Fleetwood, to the more contemporary influences of Steve Gadd, Jojo Mayer, Matt Chamberlain, Carter Beauford and Jimmy Chamberlin. While drawing much inspiration from well known musicians and learning from various teachers, Joe credits his development to three drum mentors in particular: Jazz drummer David Jones Jr., Howard Hirsh, (Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra, countless orchestras and Broadway), Bob Meyer (John Abercrombie and Joe Lovano), and Jordan Perlson (Kaki King, Becca Stevens, Blue Man Group). Though Joe has been playing professionally for over twenty years with numerous bands, he attended Lehman College in 2004 to study percussion, theory, ear training and composition to become a more rounded musician. While he is skilled in piano, guitar and bass, he has always felt the strongest gravitational pull from the drums. “I always loved rhythm, because as a drummer, playing utilizes your entire being.” Versatile in styles from rock, pop, Latin, soul, funk, and jazz, Joe’s abilities are boundless. Currently, you can find him performing and recording with various groups all around Maine.\n\nJoe has been teaching for over 5 years and uses his playing experience to help other drummers develop their own sound and feel while learning proper technique and the fundamentals. Joe’s outlook on music is refreshing. He is grounded in his desire to continuously evolve as a player. “This path of music is a rewarding and tough road. It takes dedication and perseverance.”