Some of us may relate to the peaceful lyrics of the band Chicago: “I still dream of the Lake of peacefulness; the warm summer breeze-'cause my life was so much simpler then--street corners and Taste Freeze”…
Danny Seraphine’s drumming style is almost poetic in nature. His experience with the renowned band Chicago proves his influence and worth in the industry. His own style has a sense of romanticism and divulges feelings that few drummers can bring forth.
"To be a good drummer," he has explained in past interviews, "one must develop his own technique. Good timing and good taste is essential, but it is the technique that sets the truly great drummers apart from the rest.”
Seraphine was raised in Chicago, Illinois. A graduate of DePaul University, he learned performance skills and the art of the drums at a young age. He quickly advanced his skills and is a huge supporter of Chicago music.
Danny believes that the band Chicago has a significant influence on the upcoming and developing bands of today. He wishes to provide a sense of inspiration for musicians wanting to break into the field, as well as those wishing to open themselves to new experiences and different music styles. He hopes his influence will help create new and significant styles of music for new generations to enjoy. Presently Danny has stared a new band CTA California Transit Authority And is touring nationally. Danny donated his time and talent for the Foundation when he performed a free drum clinic at the Portage Park Center for Arts. This historical event took place Saturday May 21st 2005.
In early 2006, Danny Seraphine debuted a new band, California Transit Authority (CTA), featuring himself on drums, Marc Bonilla on lead guitar, Mick Mahan on bass guitar, Ed Roth and Peter Fish on keyboards, Mike Wallace on guitar, and Larry Braggs on vocals. Seraphine and Bonilla initially put the band together to play for several charity benefit shows.
Following a positive response, they put together a full 70 minute set. Their first Los Angeles area performance took place at the Canyon Club on January 27, 2006.
Included in the new band's repertoire are several Chicago songs, including "Make Me Smile," "25 or 6 to 4," "South California Purples," "Happy Cause I’m Going Home," "Devil’s Sweet" and Steve Winwood's "I'm A Man". Also included is a be-bop number co-written by Seraphine, which features a drum solo Seraphine describes as "challenging". Seraphine considers "Something Different" (a hard-driving jazz-rock cover of a Cannonball Adderley song) to be the band's signature piece, which highlights Bonilla's virtuosity as both a player and an arranger.
CTA released their first studio album, Full Circle, on August 14, 2007, followed by a tour of the United States.
More about Danny at Drummer World
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