Bernie Dresel has been one of the busiest studio and live musicians in the world as both a drummer and percussionist since moving to Los Angeles in 1983 after graduating from the prestigious Eastman School of Music. He has traveled the world, occupying the coveted drum chair for Grammy Award-winning Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band since its inception in 1999 to 2015. And also, for an overlapping 15 years (1992 to 2006), he was the drummer for the multi-Grammy Award-winning Brian Setzer Orchestra, selling close to 4 million records. Modern Drummer magazine’s readers’ poll named Bernie “Best Big Band Drummer” and Drum! Magazine has put him on their list of “53 Drummers Who Made a Difference in the ’90s” as well as honoring him with a Drummie® for Best Big Band Drummer.
Bernie now leads his own big band, The BBB Featuring Bernie Dresel, which is without question one of Los Angeles’ most exciting, innovative and hard swinging large jazz ensembles, if not on the planet. The BBB provides potent testimony to the sheer exhilaration of big band jazz…a combination of intense swing and fiery soloing, as well as tight ensemble playing, powered by Bernie Dresel’s extraordinary, energetic, and intense drumming talents. This jazz orchestra is comprised of 16 seasoned pros on the Los Angeles studio scene. The ensemble delivers a contemporary, highly original sound featuring the witty, intricate, and hard-swinging compositions of established and up-and-coming composers and arrangers. The sound has a contemporary and dynamic energy with a focused edge to it that is like no other jazz orchestra. At times, it is reminiscent of drummer-led ensembles of the past. The instrumental makeup is unique in that there are four trumpets, four trombones, five saxophones, upright slap bass, jazz/rockin’ acoustic and electric guitar, some slight coloring of electronic keyboards and samples (no piano), and Bernie on drums and percussion. And guesting on this tune are 9 members of the Los Angeles Clarinet Choir as the title track of the album Bern Bern Bern tips its hat to Benny Goodman’s Sing Sing Sing. When people hear this exciting combination, the first thing that hits them is its energy and intensity.
The BBB Featuring Bernie Dresel has recorded two albums, “Bern Bern Bern” and “Live N’ Bernin” and they are available on CD, Pure Audio Blu-ray (in 96k/24bit stereo, 5.1 surround, and 9.1 Auro-3D), vinyl, and here on Crowd Music (NOT on Spotify or Apple Music).
You’ve also heard Bernie on countless film and television soundtracks including Incredibles 2, Zootopia, Up, Ratatouille, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Ford v. Ferrari, Spiderman: Far From Home, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Jersey Boys, Jurassic World, American Sniper, Batman v Superman, The Bourne Supremacy, SpongeBobMinions 2, Cars 2, Ted, Me Myself and Irene, Ice Age: The Meltdown, The Mask, Get On Up, Transformers, Family Guy, American Dad, The Simpsons, various Star Trek tv shows and films, AND MANY MORE!
Bernie Dresel plays Craviotto drums, Sabian cymbals, Remo drumheads, Drum Workshop hardware, and Vic Firth drumsticks & mallets.