Teaching drums since 1992, Philip Cefalo was born on January 31, 1973. He is the oldest of three boys and was born into a musical family. Both his grandfather and father play the accordion and piano. At the young age of 3, Philip followed in his father’s footsteps and started playing the piano. At a very young age, he had the natural ability to hear a song and play it. During Philip’s years in elementary school he entered and won various statewide contests for original compositions on the piano. He was also very active in chorus and drama, which he continued all the way through high school. At the age of ten, Philip started playing drums. When he was thirteen, he would occasionally work with his father’s general business band, filling in on drums. Phil was able to play Rock, Jazz and Latin beats without any formal training. Like piano, the drums came naturally for him. Through his teenage years, Phil went on to study with some of the states most qualified and accomplished drum instructors, such as Fred Buda from the Boston Pops. Phil was very active in his high school Jazz and Concert Bands and as a freshman, he earned the lead drummer role with the Jazz group.
After high school, Phil went on to study at UMASS Lowell, which has an outstanding music program. Being very involved with his Rock (metal) band Love, Life and Fury, Phil decided to withdraw from UMASS and take his shot in the big time with his fellow bandmates. The band did very well and went on to do a showcase for MCA records at the world famous CBGB’S in New York City. Due to the changing music scene in 1992, Love, Life and Fury disbanded. Phil went on to teach drums briefly in 1998 and has continued playing drums with various bands over the past 22 years.
For the past 3 years, Phil has been the drummer for Draw The Line… The only Aerosmith endorsed tribute band in the world! In March 2014, Draw The Line was chosen by AXS TV as the “World’s Best Aerosmith Tribute Band” and appeared live on television. Draw The Line performed live at the Whisky a GoGo on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles California, which led to meeting and rubbing elbows with Steven Tyler after the show. The show was broadcast nationwide and was the experience of a lifetime.
While in Los Angeles, Phil solidified his first endorsement with a company called, “Drumballs.” Drumballs are rubber balls that mount on your sticks to help train speed and control.
Throughout the year, Draw The Line tours the country playing to sold out crowds, sometimes in upwards of 8,000-10,000 people in attendance. Because of this experience, Phil is confident that his teaching methods will keep his students interested and satisfied. “I will dedicate myself to customize a lesson tailor made for each individual student – for there are no two students alike.” Philip focuses on stick control, technique, reading and is versatile in all styles of drumming.