Gaetano Nicolosi drummer author clinician

Gaetano's biography

Gaetano Nicolosi is Italy’s hottest newest export. As a drummer, performer, recording artist, author, and instructor, this native of Ramacca, Sicily, has quickly ascended to the top level of his craft. 

His musical career began at the early age of 7.  Throughout his teenage years, his passion for music, and more specifically drums, found him continuously playing in both marching bands and rock groups. 

In 1993, Gaetano earned his first diploma in Catania at the Music Institute, “M. Clementi”.  The following year he served his country’s military where he played in the military marching band of the Brigata Meccanizzata “Aosta”.  After that year of military service, Gaetano made the decision to continue his music studies in Milan at the prestigious Accademia di Musica Moderna with the famous Franco Rossi as his teacher.  During his studies at AMM, Gaetano had the opportunity to learn from some of his favorite musicians and teachers such as Dom Famularo, Gregg Bissonette, Gary Chaffee, David Garibaldi and more. He earned his second degree at the Accademia di Musica Moderna in 1997.

Gaetano has performed on or been featured on many Italian TV programs such as RAI2, TMC (Tele Monte Carlo), Teletna, and Tele D. He has been also profiled in many of his country’s newspapers: La Sicilia (Italy’s version of the USA Today), Il Resto Del Carlino, and Corriere Adriatico.  He has even written musical transcription for the Italian drum magazine called Drum Club.

As a music instructor, Gaetano taught at the Accademia Musica Moderna in Modica, Sicily, and the Accademia Amor Vitae in Catania.  He was also a private music instructor in Ramacca, Sicily, at the Centro Polifunzionale.

He spent six months in 1999-2000 performing in Sicily with veteran vocalist Ron Keel (KEEL, Steeler, etc.), playing for the men and women of the United States Armed Forces as well as Italian audiences, which led to the formation of their band IronHorse.

Since arriving in America in 2000, Gaetano has performed over 800 shows nationwide with IronHorse, headlining and opening for acts like ZZ Top, 38 Special, The Doobie Brothers, RATT, The Outlaws, Skid Row, and The Kentucky Headhunters. His powerful yet intricate drumming technique has been the foundation of the band’s music, as demonstrated on "Change My Religion", their most recent release on Tanus Records. IronHorse also released in 2004 “BRING IT ON” Compendia/VTone Records, and their debut self-titled CD in 2001, in addition to appearing on other CD releases such as “The Tour Bus: Road Trip” from Impulse Music and “Warmth In The Wilderness: A Tribute To Jason Becker” released by Lion Music. 

Despite a hectic touring and recording schedule, Gaetano manages to find time to share his knowledge through Drum Clinics and private lessons. In 2004 he has published his first two instructional books: "Reading Rhythms In Simple Time Signatures" books 1 and 2, and in 2005 Gaetano published his latest instructional book "Play Along with IronHorse".

Gaetano is currently an independent drummer working in various studio recording projects as well performing live, and drum instructor at the "Delaware Music Academy" in Delaware OH.

play along with IronHorse Bookreading rhythms book 1reading rhythms book 2

Gaetano endorses Amedia Cymbals, Vic Firth Drumsticks, Evans Drumheads, Humes & Berg cases, Beatnik Rhythmic Analyzers and PURESOUND snare wires.