Mark DAmato


Band to Join.


Prefer Working Tribute or Cover Band.
Bars, Fairs, Casinos, Parties
Some Travel Possible, Day gig has some flexibility.

Recent projects:
Sub work for STRUT Classic Rock

Rock Classic - Ballads to Anthems

LAC/DC, a Los Angeles based tribute to the legenday AC/DC.

Screen name:
Mark DAmato
Member since:
Nov 29 2007
Active within 1 week
Level of commitment:
Years playing music:
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
1 time per week
Available to gig:
1 night a week
Most available:


My drumming inspiration comes from a lot of places, but I was influenced early on by Jeff Porcaro (Toto), Steve Smith (Journey), Neil Peart (Rush). I always loved the power and simplicity of Phil Rudd (AC-DC).

Simon Kirk (Bad Co), Danny Seraphine (Chicago), Denny Carmassi (Heart), John Bonham (Led Zeppelin), Ian Paice (Deep Purple) crafted amazing drum parts, without which many classic songs just wouldn't be the same. I've got a pair of Tommy Aldrich (Whitesnake, Black Oak Arkansas) Signature Drums Sticks that I got from Tommy at a Clinic In Simi Valley. They have been in every car I've owned since the 80's. (They help me stay calm in LA Traffic).

I'm a big fan of Matt Cameron (Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Temple of the Dog), Daniel Adair (Nickelback, 3 Doors Down), Greg Upchurch (3 Doors Down, Puddle of Mudd), Scott Phillips (Creed, Alter Bridge), Matt Sorum (Velvet Revolver, GNR, The Cult). Recently, I had the chance to meet Bobby Jarzombek (Rob Halford, Sebastian Bach) who has seriously influenced the way I think about double bass!

Instrument experience:



I use Tama Rockstar Custom Drums and Tama Titan Hardware, Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks, Evans Heads, AKG & Shure Micrphones.

Drum sizes available are 10", 12", 14" 16" & 22" Kick.
I'll use different setups depending on the performance.

I have these snare drums available as well- Tama 8x14" Imperialstar Steel, Pearl 5x14" Seamless Brass, Yamaha 5x13" Mushashi Oak, Tama 8x14"Birch.

I always use a Tama Iron Cobra Single or Double Pedal.