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Craig Pilo

Originally from Connecticut, Craig Pilo graduated from the University of North Texas in 1995 with a Bachelors Degree in Music. A short time after moving to Los Angeles in 1996, he began touring with famed trumpeter Maynard Ferguson in 1997 to promote his “One More Trip To Birdland” CD. Craig attributes his early success to some of his private teachers Alan Dawson, Ed Soph, Dave Weckl, and Jeff Hamilton.

From 1998 until 2002 Craig worked around Los Angeles and maintained a regular schedule with Player (Baby Come Back), a few local artists and did sessions for TV, Film, and local artist CD’s. A partial list of credits from this period includes: Ally McBeal, Boston Public, Sex in the City, CSI Miami, Malcolm in the Middle, Sabrina, The Osborne’s, and the Movies Basic and Dirty Dancing II Havana Nights. Some of the other artists include: Billy Vera, Malo, Heatwave, Blue Magic, Deniece Williams, Chris Montez, and Danny Weis (Iron Butterfly).

In the Spring of 2002 Craig began playing regularly with Pat Boone. He did several tours over the next few years and recorded for a few of Pats CD’s. Craig played on the title cut “Under God” for the re-release of Pat’s American Glory CD released in 2002. In 2004 Craig broke away from his regular gigs and began playing with Angela Carole Brown and did a few tours with the Red Elvises. Each project produced a CD that included Craig on the drums. The Red Elvises recorded and released a live CD from one of the concerts in Russia and Angela Carole Brown recorded and released “The Slow Club”. Craig was a major part of Angela Carole Brown's "Slow Club Quartet" which was a featured act at the Playboy Jazz Festival the following year.

In October of 2005, Craig joined Rock N Roll Hall of fame singer Frankie Valli in his touring band. Over the next 3 years, in addition to approximately 80 dates a year with Frankie, Craig managed to squeeze in shorter tours with Edgar Winter, Player, perform locally in Los Angeles with Angela Carole Brown and Margo Reymundo, and release his first solo CD "Just Play" which featured Mitch Forman, Tom Kennedy, Ed Czach, Doug Webb, Dave Enos and a lot more Craig's session buddies. Craig produced and played on “Expressionism” by the Slow Club Quartet (2008 featuring Angela Carole Brown, Ed Czach and Don Kasper) and a few tracks on “My Heart's Desire” by Margo Reymundo.

In April of 2011 Craig released his second solo CD, "Unsupervised" and continued touring with Frankie Valli. On non-touring days, he became a full time recording artist both solo, and for those that employed his services at his home studio. By 2011 Craig had been tracking drums on remote projects for nearly 6 years and could deliver high quality drum tracks to anyone with internet access in a variety of formats.

From 2012 to 2015, Craig was more in demand and busier than ever. In addition to taking a part time lecturer position at the California College of Music in Pasadena, he joined the Las Vegas cast of Jersey Boys, performed with Maxine Nightingale and performed throughout Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the UK, and most of the US with Frankie Valli. Craig got a lot of camera time on the PBS special "A Capitol 4th" with Frankie Valli in July of 2014 at the US Capitol. There were 300,000 in attendance and an additional 6 million TV viewers.

"Drummer Boy" Craig's third solo release, was released on CD Baby and iTunes in 2014 and received national airplay for nearly 6 straight weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

By 2015 after nearly 10 years of tracking drums at his home studio, Craig expanded his home recording business to include composing and producing custom music for TV and Film. His music has been featured in Keeping Up with the Kardashian's, Catfish, Access Hollywood, Bad Dog, Real Life the Musical, Dog the Bounty Hunter, the 2012 Emmy Awards, MTV Challenge, LA Hair and RuPauls Drag Race. You can see a partial list of his credits at:

In 2016-2017 Craig played with Jefferson Starship and finished his twelfth year with Frankie Valli. He performed for 50,000 people at the BBC Proms in Park, filmed live in Hyde park, London. That year also included a sold out, 2 week run on Broadway in New York City at the Lunt-Faontaine Theater.

After 13 years, Craig left the Frankie Valli band in September of 2018 to spend more time producing music for TV, Film, and advertising in his home studio. The California College of Music expanded his lecturing role and he currently serves as the head of the drum department. Entering 2019, Craig is busy with sessions around Los Angeles and playing with "Little Fish," a rock trio with former Quincy Jones partner Jeff Pescetto and bassist Richard Grossman.

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