Bob DiSalle

Robert C. DiSalle has been an international drummer, percussionist, recording artist and performer for over forty years. He has more than sixty albums and CD’s to his credit, having recorded in Paris, France; Copenhagen, Denmark; Milan, Italy; Hamburg, Germany; Hilversum, Holland; Sacramento, California; and Toronto and Montréal, Canada. His concert tours and performances across North America and Europe with Roger Whittaker (12 years), Bruce Cockburn (7 years), Bob Hope, Murray McLaughlan, Shirley Eikhart, Chuck Mangione, Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders, The Drifters, Buffy St. Marie, Valdy, Ronnie Prophet, Raffi, Jackie Richardson,Carol Baker, Dinah Christie, Don Franks, Ron Nigrini, Scott Merritt, Sandra Beech, Shari Lewis, Banda Brava, China, Lisa Dalbello, Ken Tobias, Ted & Kathryn Moses, and many more, attest to his ability and the diversity of his style. Bob is based in Toronto, Canada and has been a full-time studio musician with extensive experience in television, radio, film, and theatre. Credits include “The Producers”, “Mama Mia”, “Hair”, “Swing Step” (Mirvish Productions, Toronto); “High Society and “Mack and Mable” (Shaw Festival); “The Full Monty”, “A Chorus Line”, “Cabaret”, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, “The Rocky Horror Show” (Stage West), “Saturday Night Live” and “The Bottom Line” (New York), “Live at the Improv” and “The Roxy” (Los Angeles), “Roger Whittaker Live at Tivoli Gardens” (Copenhagen), “Roger Whittaker PBS Special” (Sacramento), “Rumours of Glory” (Film: Bruce Cockburn), Rita McNeil & Friends, The Bob MacLean Show (Toronto), and many others. He also performed on and co-produced “The Drift,” an album by Ron Nigrini, and has solo production credits on four Canadian country singles. Born and raised in Sudbury, Ontario, Bob attended Laurentian University, leaving a Bachelor of Commerce program to pursue a career as a professional musician in Toronto (1970). He continued to study with noted teachers, musicians and authors: Joe Morello in New York (The Dave Brubeck Quartet), Marty Morell (Bill Evans Trio) , Jim Blackley and Peter Magadini. Bob also studied piano in Toronto with Darwyn Aitken and was a member of the teaching faculty at the Columbus Cultural Arts Centre (1995 – 2000). From 2001-2003, Bob served as Director of Education at Soul Drums Percussive Arts Academy, Toronto, for whom he authored a syllabus and course of study to prepare students for post-secondary percussive education. Recent studies include “World Music” classes on “djembe” with West African master drummer, Abraham Adzenia.