Originally from Connecticut, Craig Pilo graduated from the University of North Texas in 1995 with a Bachelors Degree in Music. In the fall of 1996 he moved to Los Angeles where he resides today. In 1997 Craig did the fall tour with famed trumpeter Maynard Ferguson 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”. Later in the summer of 2005 Craig rejoined Pat for his tour of Ireland.
In November of 2005, Craig joined Rock N Roll Hall of fame singer Frankie Valli for his touring band. In addition to approximately 80 dates a year with Frankie, he also toured with Edgar Winter, Player, and performed locally in Los Angeles with Angela Carole Brown and Margo Reymundo. Craig produced and played on “Expressionism” the most recent endeavor by the Slow Club Quartet featuring Angela Carole Brown, Ed Czach and Don Kasper. He played on “Organica” the most recent release by Margo Reymundo, and released his own Solo CD “Just Play”. All 3 CD’s are available on Amazon.com, iTunes, and the undisputed king of all online music retailers, CD Baby.
Currently Craig is busier than ever. in April of 2011 Craig released his second solo CD called "Unsupervised", a title given to works he records when he's not under the direct orders from several music supervisors throughout Los Angeles. He continues touring with Frankie Valli and plays with numerous local artists in Los Angeles, CA. He is also a full time recording artist both solo, and for those that employ his services at his home studio. Craig has been tracking drums on remote projects for more than 5 years and can deliver drum tracks to anyone with internet access in a variety of formats.
On the rare occasion Craig is met with a day off, it’s quickly filled with Craig’s other interests. He is a contributing author for Musicians Wages.com, a website for working musicians and he is an active blogger for Modern Drummer Magazine. Feel free to contact him via
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