Biography

Here is a bit about me:

Early Life

I am originally from Liverpool, NY, just outside of Syracuse. It’s a good place to be from. Here is how I got my start. 1972, I was 5. I have no idea who is on the drum-head.

Todd Vinny Vinciguerra with his first drum kit aged 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flash forward to 1984, first rock band Vantage Point, thanks Bob for the pic
and sweet version of Stone Cold by Rainbow!

Actually, Bob “Roz” Rozwod was the first guitarist I jammed with, 8th grade.
We played Dazed & Confused by Led Zeppelin.

A funny side note is that Bob played Big Brother & The Holding Company’s “Cheap Thrills” for me, who knew that I would end up touring with them 17 years later.
Todd Vinny Vincigeurra's first band Vantage Point in 1984

Education

  • Graduate of Musician’s Institute (P. I.T.), Hollywood, California, 3/92.
  • AS Degree in Business, Onondaga Community College, Syracuse, New York, 5/87.

Tour & Stage Experience

  • Lucky Strike live with The Immortal Soul Band featuring Neil Turbin ex Anthrax on Vocals
  • Ultimate Jam night at the Whisky, Hollywood, Ca
  • Ox and Loon Jan 2015 with Tony Franklin on bass, Gilby Clarke guitar, Michael Devin Vocals and Joe Retta backing vocals
  • Big Brother & The Holding Company (Janis Joplin’s original band) European tour 2002 / Midwest tour winter 2001. Here are photos from my 2002 European tour with Big Brother & The Holding Company.
  • San Diego Repertory Theater – Love,Janis 2001, 2002
  • San Diego Repertory Theater – Working 2002
  • Some of the musicians I have jammed with include:
  • Peter Albin (Big Brother & The Holding Company)
  • Sam Andrew (Big Brother & The Holding Company
  • Joey Belladonna (Anthrax)
  • Ira Black
  • Nazim Chambi (Fire)
  • Gilby Clarke (Guns N Roses)
  • Brett Copeland (Fire)
  • Kevin Cooper (Ike Turner)
  • Carlos Cruz (Stonebreed)
  • Jesse Damon (Silent Rage)
  • Michael Devin (Whitesnake)
  • Francesco DiCosmo (Avril Levine, Evanescance)
  • Christopher Eliot (Fortress/Eliot)
  • Steve Ferlazzo ( Avril Levine)
  • Joe Floyd (Warrior)
  • Cherokee Fortune
  • Tony Franklin (The Firm, Blue Murder, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, VHF)
  • Anthony Gallo (Suicidal Tendencies, Sons of Anarchy)
  • Beth Hart
  • Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake, Trans Siberian Orchestra, VHF)
  • Darren Householder (Love/Hate, Solo guitarist, Immortal Soul Band)
  • Bill Hudson  (Trans Siberian Orchestra)
  • Walter Ino (Survivor)
  • Alex Kane ( Life Sex and Death, Little Caesar)
  • Kenny Kanowski (Steelheart)
  • Johnny Martin (La Guns)
  • Andrea Martongelli ( Arthemis)
  • Stephen McSwain (McSwain guitars)
  • Alex Mitchell (Circus of Power)
  • Tony Moore (Riot, Immortal Soul Band)
  • Mitch Perry (Edgar Winter, Ratt)
  • Barry Pointer (Methods of Mayhem)
  • Yohai Portal
  • Koko Powell (Edgar Winter)
  • Chad Quist ( Big Brother & The Holding Company)
  • Eric Ragno (The Babys, London)
  • Joe Retta (Heaven and Earth, The Sweet)
  • Rowan Robertson (Dio, Bang Tango,  DC4)
  • Jesse Snider
  • Georgio Terenziani (Arthemis)
  • Brian Tichy ( Dead Dasies, Whitesnake, Billy Idol, Bonham Bash creator)
  • Neil Turbin (Anthrax, Immortal Soul Band)
  • Ike Turner

Published Works

  • Advanced double bass lessons, Modern Drummer August 2013-Jan. 2014
  • “Complete Double Bass Book” – Mel Bay
  • “Burning on Double Bass – Hands and Feet”- Modern Drummer Jun.12
  • “Beginning Independence for Rock and Alternative Drumming” – Mel Bay
  • “Studies in Drum Set Independence Vol. 1 & 2” – Mel Bay
  • “Burning on Double Bass: Kick-Ass Exercises for your Feet Part 1 and 2” – Modern Drummer Jan.09 and April 09
  • Contributing writer for Drum! Magazine

Studied Under:

  • Ralph Humphrey: Odd Meter
  • Joe Porcaro: Studio work
  • Chuck Flores: Jazz concepts
  • Vinnie Ludovico: Improvisational concepts
  • Jim Ahearn/Matt Savage: Drum Corps Percussion

Teaching

Instructor since 1985. Emphasis on double bass, odd meter, independence, Jazz, Latin, Funk, Blues, Rock.