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Danny SeraphineThe Drummer Cafe recorded the entire Danny Seraphine drum clinic on Sunday, May 17th, 2009 at 3:00pm during The 19th Annual Chicago Drum Show.

During the clinic, besides a lot of interesting stories, Danny plays a number of Chicago hits, some of which are now covered by his new band, CTA (California Transit Authority). Songs from the clinic include "Make Me Smile", "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?", "Baby Please Don't Go" and "25 or 6 to 4". He also plays several tunes from the new CTA album, Full Circle, including "Something Different", "Introduction", and "Antonio's Love Jungle".

Clinic appearance was made possible by DW, Auralex, Beyer, Zildjian, Remo, Pro-Mark and Rebeats.

Danny Seraphine is one of the world's most highly-respected rock drummers, rated by the legendary Buddy Rich as one of his favorite young drummers. He was the drummer, percussionist, and a founding member of the multi-million selling, Grammy award-winning band Chicago. From 1967 to 1990, Seraphine played on and helped produce 18 gold and 13 platinum albums, 50 top 40 hits (including 20 Top 10 singles,) and 5 number ones.

Seraphine grew up in Chicago and started playing drums at the age of nine, eventually studying privately with famed percussionist, Bob Tillis. After forming Chicago in 1967 he continued studying the drums, first with big band drummer Chuck Flores, then with legendary jazz drummer Papa Jo Jones. When Danny and Chicago parted company in 1990, he moved to Colorado to set up his own label and production company. Returning to Los Angeles in 2001, Seraphine continued to produce and manage recording artists and produce Broadway and off-Broadway shows.

All this time, Danny continued playing drums, but it was after conversations with his friends Peter Fish (composer and musician,) Don Lombardi (DW Chainnan and founder,) and John Good (DW Vice-president) that he started thinking about forming a band. Danny was introduced to Marc Bonilla by Gregg Bissonette; as soon as they started to jam, they developed a rapport. Seraphine and Bonilla first assembled a band to play several charity benefit shows. The response was so overwhelming that they decided to get serious and put a full 70-minute set together. CTA (California Transit Authority) was born. "I was born to play," explains Seraphine, "it's been my calling since I was nine years old, and it's what I do best."

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