Other, Harmonica, Piano, Keyboard, Saxophone, Bass Guitar, Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocalist.


I've reached a stage in life where I can spend a little more time pursuing the passion of my life -- playing the drums. I am not looking for steady gigs every week at this point. I am looking for a few other solid musicians who are interested in getting together a few times a month to have fun and make music. Weekly practices and a couple gigs a month would suite me well, but I'm mainly interested in just getting together with some players to stretch a bit and play off one another. I have practice space.

A graduate of Hartford Conservatory, I spent my youth playing mostly in rock bands, but played my share of weddings, country gigs and hotel circuits. I've played most of the major clubs in the area: Toad's, the old Agora Ballroom, the Shaboo Inn before it burned down, etc. I taught drums at Music Men music shop back when it was in Enfield some years ago.

Played on a number of recordings -- a couple of country albums, commercial jingles and various sessions with rock bands. "Tell Me Goodbye"', a cut from a self-produced collection of songs, was selected for inclusion on the WHCN Homegrown Album, a compilation of "the best Southern New England had to offer".

email: toniocola(at)(dot)com

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Member since:
May 03 2012
Active within 1 week
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years playing music:
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week


Just about anyone (or anything) that made me think, but growing up listening to some of the following players has certainly been formative: Ringo, Dino Danelli, Buddy Rich, Bobby Columby, John Bonham, Mitch Mitchell, Bill Bruford, John Guerin, Grady Tate, Elvin Jones, Dave Weckl, Steve Gadd (yes, that's him standing next to me in my profile picture).

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Yamaha Recording Custom drums. Zildian and Sabian cymbals. Various snare drums including a 1930s era Ludwig Black Beauty. Vintage Slingerland oversized kit. LP bongos, LP portable conga, djembe, the usual battery of hand drums, tambourines, shakers, woodblocks, etc., and, of course more cowbells.