Frank Briggs is best known among drummers for his top-selling instructional book/DVD package “The Complete Modern Drum Set,” which has remained in Mel Bay Publications’ top 10 percussion books for the past 22 years along with 6 other titles.
Frank has worked, gigged, toured or recorded with; Jimmy Haslip (The Yellowjackets, Gino Vannelli) Dean Brown (Marcus Miller, Roberta Flack, Billy Cobham) Julian Coryell (Aimee Mann, Leonard Cohen) Philippe Saisse (Steve Winwood, Chaka Khan) Kit Walker (Solo Artist, Neil Schon) Atlantic Starr, Mike Keneally (Frank Zappa, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai) Brian Beller (Joe Satriani, Steve Vai) Tony Award winner Billy Porter (Kinky Boots) Jennifer Batten (Michael Jackson, Jeff Beck) 805 (RCA Records, member/composer) Engelbert Humperdinck, Swamp Thang, Pat Boone, Five for Fighting (aka John Ondrasik), Page Hamilton (Helmet) Divinity Roxx (Beyonce) Minako Honda (Japanese Superstar) Frank Gambale (Chick Corea) George Clinton, Tim Pierce (LA Studio) Gary Shea (Alcatrazz, Yngwie Malmsteen) Masters of Reality, Matthew Charles Heulitt (Narada Michael Walden, Zigaboo Modeliste) Frank Macchia (Film Composer, Swamp Thang) AntiGravity, Cirque Du Soleil, Ronnie Lawson, St. Clair, Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy, Whitesnake) Pete Lockett (Tabla Master) Don Randi (The Wrecking Crew, Everyone) Loren Gold (The Who, Kenny Loggins) Brian Price (The Crusaders, John Tesh) Ryan Quinn (The Voice) William Aura (Solo Artist, Playing For Change) Mariana Ingold, Pamela Polland (Joe Cocker; Mad Dogs & Englishman, Leon Russel) Steve Weingart (Dave Weckl, Simon Phillips) Ric Fierabracci (Chick Corea, Billy Cobham, Yanni) Ohm, Chris Poland (Megadeth) Freddie Fox (Chaka Khan, Atlantic Starr) Lee Thornburg (Tower of Power, Joe Banamassa) Mitchel Forman (Mahavishnu Orchestra, Mike Stern, John Scofield) Andrew Lane (Producer, Disney) Nick Mancini (vibist extraordinaire) Darek Oles, Eric Marienthal (Chick Corea Electric Band) Jeff Babko (Jimmy Kimmel Show, Sheryl Crow) Jimmy Earl (Chick Corea) Doug Lunn, Ken Rosser (Todd Rundgren) Chris Goss, Maxine Nightingale, Alex Isles, Bob Magruder (Voice Over Superstar) Sal Lozano, Robbie Angelucci (Beth Hart, Frankie Valli) Hale, Rafael Moreira (Christina Aguilera) David Lawrence (High School Musical) Paulie Cerra (Joe Bonamassa) Satnam Romgotra (tabla master, Hans Zimmer) Chris Golden (Rod Stewart, Black Eyed Peas) Aaron Kaplan (Rod Stewart, TV/Film Composer) Derek Frank (Shania Twain, Brian Auger) and many others.
Albums / Television / Movies
Frank has appeared on many top record labels; Universal, EMI/Sony, Warner Bros, Reprise, RCA, Tone Center, Immune, Higher Octave, and MTM (Germany) and has composed and/or edited TV/Radio commercials and underscore for; Disney, Galoob, Micro Machines, PBS, NPR and Deutsch Welle (Germany). TV/Movie appearances/music cues include; Soul Train, Arsenio Hall, Pat Sajak, Jerry Lewis’ Muscular Dystrophy Telethon with Ed McMann, MTV, VH1, Studio Jams, Argentine TV Buenos Aires, and Ulysse Films.
In 2008 Frank released a solo album of 10 original instrumental compositions entitled ‘China Ranch’, that features some of the best musicians in the world today. You can find it on all streaming services including; Spotify, Apple Music, Emusic, Deezer, Pandora and more. . . have a listen.
He currently endorses Istanbul Agop cymbals, Attack drum heads and Yamaha drums.
Musical Director / Composer
Frank has lent his band leading, music directing, composition and performance skills to Fortune 500 companies American Express, Toyota, Forest Labs, Roche Diagnostics, GameStop, Disney, SAP, AstraZeneka, Sepracor, Amway, Lunesta, Celexa, Novartis and Eli Lilly – just to name a few. Mr Briggs has worked with the biggest event producers in this genre and has performed with Jay Leno, Jeff Foxworthy, Riverdance, Cirque Du Soleil, The Answer Guys, AntiGravity, Caroline Rhea, Hector Elizondo, Billy Porter, Earth Wind & Fire, Hip Pickles, and many others.
Education / Books / Clinics / Master Classes
Frank Briggs has written over 10 instructional books and 2 DVDs on drum set for publishing companies Mel Bay, and Hal Leonard. His educational books and videos have been used worldwide by professional drummers, educators and music schools. He has traveled extensively giving master classes and clinics on drum set vocabulary and performance. Some of his clinic/masterclass hosts include; The Collective (NYC), Musicians Institute (Hollywood, CA), Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY), Berklee School of Music (Boston, MA), EMU Music School (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Red House PAC (Syracuse, NY) and many retail outlets, including Guitar Center (27 locations), Sam Ash, Tom Lee Music (Vancouver, BC), Big Apple Music (New Hartford, NY), The Music Center (Syracuse, NY), House of Guitars (Rochester, NY), Drome Sound (Albany, NY) Music Go Round (Phoenix & Mesa, AZ), Creative Music (Wethersfield, CT), Mackenzie Music (Eugene, OR), and dozens more.
Press / Reviews
Modern Drummer magazine recognized Frank’s Complete Modern Drum Set instructional DVD as one that helped set the standard for the industry and has consistently given his educational books 4 star reviews, and a featured interview.
“LA-based drummer/educator Frank Briggs exposes his jazz-fusion roots on his first solo recording, China Ranch (frankbriggs.com). Briggs displays fat, loose, and powerful Tony Williams–style technique and tone on this outstanding recording. He’s also recently recorded a new release, Circus Of Sound, with OHM, a Southern California–based progressive rock fusion trio featuring former Megadeth guitarist Chris Poland and bassist Robertino Pagliari.
OHM allows Briggs the freedom to stretch and explore, which he does tastefully and with attitude. A disciple of fusion music, Briggs studied with legendary jazz drummer Jack DeJohnette to help gain insight into this advanced musical art form. “Jack taught me that time was internal,” states Briggs, “that how tightly you hold a stick can change your sound and feel, and that it’s always about the music. After studying with Jack, I wanted to become a great musician, not just a great drummer–there is a difference.
Briggs composed all ten tracks on China Ranch and describes his drumming as supportive. “This recording is all about the music,” he says. “There is plenty of blowing, but in essence, the drums play a supportive and featured role.”
Briggs’ drumming reflects the feel and musicality of a seasoned veteran of electric jazz. His compositional style is highly influenced by his musical idols, which include Tony Williams, Herbie Hancock, Weather Report, and Pat Metheny. Regarding his composing, Briggs notes, “I ‘use’ the keyboards for composing but don’t really play. I usually start with chord progressions, and I seldom rely on theory. I sometimes spend months composing a tune.”
Briggs is well versed in many musical styles, and he explains how that aspect has shaped his career: “I think it’s helped me develop my own voice more than anything else,” he says. “I draw from a lot of different sources in music and drumming, which has made me who I am. That approach has certainly advanced my musical ideas.” -Mike Haid (Modern Drummer Magazine)
A native of Central New York, Frank settled in southern California where he remains busy as a private instructor, session/live drummer, drum set clinician/coach, and where he produces various projects at his studio in Los Angeles, CA.
Frank is available for recording, tours, gigs, masterclasses, clinics, general sessions, corporate events, drum set coaching and instruction, in person or via his online school.