NAME: Sam Aliano
Sam Aliano was born in Melbourne Australia July 16 1972. He started showing an interest in drums at the tender age of 4 and started taking lessons at the age of 5. From the ages 6 through 14, Sam played in a Latin dance band with his family, performing in Melbourne and Interstate. With this band, Sam was the youngest musician to perform live on 3EA radio station.
From the ages of 15 to 19, Sam took drum lessons with a vast range of teachers, Serge Carnovlae, Darryn Farrugia, Graham Morgan and Frank Corniola. Learning many different musical styles and techniques...
In 1996 Sam headed off to the USA to study with world renowned players and build solid friendships with the legendary Dom Famularo and local New Jersey drummer Joe Bergamini. Sam also studied with, Joe Morello, Frank Katz, Michael Lauren, Brian Kirk and Anton Figg.
In 1997 Sam was invited to Italy to perform at the "Musica Academa Moderna" in Milan with local Italian drummer Tulio De Piscopo. Sam also performed at U.M. University in Sicily to a sell out crowd before returning to Australia.
In 1998 Sam was asked to perform at the "Ultimate Drummers Day" in Australia alongside formidable artists such as Dave Weckl and band, Terry Bozzio, Dom Famularo, Chad Wackerman and local Australian drummer Grant Collins. Samís performance was filled with many musical styles, blistering technique, double bass drumming and showmanship which left a lasting impact on all who were there. In that same year, Sam was invited back to Italy to tour with his band Downtown.
In 1999 Sam maintained a busy work schedule playing and freelancing in Australia and throughout Asia with the Tom Jones tribute band, Disco Inferno, Downtown, Geoff Atchison, Reverend Funk and the Horns of Salvation etc. as well as maintaining a busy teaching schedule at Drumtek. Work began on Sam's solo CD, emalgamation.
In 2000 Sam toured with the Tom Jones tribute band in: Singapore, Bangkok, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and Hong Kong. Sam also finished his solo CD and planned a released during 2001
In 2001 Samís solo CD, emalgamation was launched at the "Ultimate Drummers Day" in Melbourne. An event featuring the likes of Ndugu Chancler (Michael Jackson), Zoro (Lenny Kravitz), Dave Lombardo (Slayer) and Planet X (Virgil Donati, Tony McApline, Dave La Rue & Derek Sherinian). The Sam Aliano Band also went on to support Planet X during their national tour.
Sam Aliano and his band continued performing throughout Australia in support of his Solo material including a showcase appearance at the inaugural "Electric Jazz Festival" on December 2, 2001. The event also featured the Chad Wackerman Group and others.
In 2002 The Sam Aliano Band toured with Allan Holdsworth. Sam was also asked to perform at this years "Ultimate Drummers Day Weekend," along side Dom Famularo, Virgil Donati, Frank Gambale, Ricc Firabracci, Dave Weckl Band, Luis Conte, John Tempesta. Sam also toured the U.S.A to perform drum clinics, Master Classes and Gigs.
2003 Sam relocated to Los Angeles and joined Pool House Asylum and Prototype. Sam was asked to perform in Brazil at the "Batuka Drum Festival" along side Dom Famularo, Jim Chapin, Marco Minemann, Julio Figueroa and Vera Figueiredo. Sam's performance was powerful, energetic and musical and received a standing ovation. Sam joined fusion power house group Gongzilla (Gong).
2004 Sam toured the USA / Japan constantly with Gongzilla . Sam also performed at "Montreal Drum Festival" alongside artist such as: Virgil Donati, David Langguth, Billy kilson, Vito Rezza, Gustavo Meli.." Donati and Aliano score big. Sam's fast, he's furious and the crowd shows their appreciation with a standing ovation (Modern Drummer)
2005 Sam maintained a busy schedule, working with, Paige Hamilton (Helmet) 3 Days Grace, Logan Mader (Machine Head) Bullets and Octane, Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme) Billy Sheehan. Sam also recorded with Japanese pop group "J-Storm" the record went no: 1 in its first week.
2006/2007 Sam joined singing sensation "Summer Rose". The band won 2 awards,"Artist of the Year" (LA Music Awards) one month later "Outstanding Independent Artist" (Rock city news). The band continues to tour the USA. Sam's also touring with "Ruby James".
Sam's level of experience, ability to play multiple styles of music, and provide professional value added services such as musical directorship and sight reading put him in high demand for shows ranging from small club trios playing jazz through to large capacity stadium shows playing classic rock and country music. Sam continues the path toward becoming one of the highly respected and world renowned drummers of modern times.
Sam's credits include:
Billy Sheehan, (Steve Vai/ David Lee Roth) Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme), Logan Mader (Machine Head), Paige Hamilton (Helmet), 3 Days Grace, Endrone, Summer Rose, Gongzilla, Napolean Brock Murphy (Frank Zappa), Bullets & Octane, Vanetta Fields, Johnny Disel, Wendy Mathews, Jack Jones, Fisk & Cristian, Jeffery Baxter (Doobie Brothers) , Brett Garsed, Geoff Atchison, Dave La Rue (Dixie Dregs / Steve Morse).