About Pat Gesualdo
Celebrated Drum Virtuoso Pat Gesualdo made medical, education, and drumming history when he pioneered the “Healing Art of Drum Therapy.” New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his Administration, and the New Jersey Department of Education Commissioner, helped Pat launch his non-profit organization D.A.D. (Drums and Disabilities) in 2004, as a special education program. The WWE Superstars, New York City School Officials, and the New York Giants helped Gesualdo promote the D.A.D. Program, at the Meadow lands Izod Arena at a televised WWE Raw Show and Wrestle Mania.
Gesualdo’s research study on his pioneering Drum Therapy techniques was published in the peer reviewed Journal of Clinical Case Studies Reviews & Reports. Doctors, Psychologists, Neuroscientists, Special Needs Therapists, and Teachers in over 15 Countries use his Drum Therapy program in schools, health facilities, and community centers.
Gesualdo was invited to the White House to meet President George W. Bush, in an effort to help bring his Drum Therapy program to wounded troops throughout the United States. The U.S. State Department brought Pat to the West Bank region of Israel to help disabled Israeli and Palestinian children. The United States Pentagon calls on Gesualdo to train and certify U.S. Military health professionals in his Drum Therapy techniques, so they can help troops throughout the world minimize physical and mental health issues. Gesualdo wrote the first disability law in the United States, which brings expanded protection to special needs children and adults.
Gesualdo is also the Founder/CEO of the Metal Hall of Fame, where he is responsible for some of the music industry’s most historic moments. Some include having Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne Join with him to arrange to have Lee Kerslake receive his Platinum Record Awards for his Ozzy recordings after 38 years. Having Metallica Induct Mega force Records founders Jon and Marsha Zazula. Inducting Judas Priest at Wacken Open Air. Having Don Airey’s surprise Induction for Black Sabbath co-founding member Bill Ward. Inducting Anthrax at Heavy Montreal. Having Kathy and Kelle Rhoads Induct their brother Randy Rhoads. Having Slayer’s Kerri King surprise Induction for BrianS lagel and Metal Blade Record’s 35TH Anniversary, and more.
Numerous celebrities, fortune 500 companies, and law enforcement agencies, join with Gesualdo to help children fight disabilities on a Global basis. He was also sponsored by Sony to do all 40 tour dates of the Warped Tour. He also represented the United States at the International Disabilities Music Festival in Europe.
Gesualdo has performed and or recorded with Geoff Tate, Michael Romeo, Steve Vai, Bjorn Englen, Joe Satriani, Chris Poland, members of Rainbow, Twisted Sister, Billy Joel, and Winger. He has also performed – recorded for various Columbia, Sony, Atlantic, RCA, and Paramount Pictures artists and special projects. He was also featured in a public service announcement video series with Ray Charles, Lars Ulrich and Todd Rundgren, which aired in rotation on MTV, VH-1, and other major television networks.
The drum guru has an exclusive Drum Therapy column in Modern Drummer magazine, and is the author of the grounding drum instruction book/CD “The Healing Art of Drum Therapy.” (Alfred Music Publishing). Gesualdo was nominated to Who’s Who In America, has won various awards, and performs in clinic and lecture tours throughout the world. He is an artist/clinician for Pro-Mark Drumsticks, ProLogix drumpads, Evans Drumheads, and Zildjian Cymbals. Gesualdo’s major media features include WABC TV, MSNBC, Milan TV, People Magazine, ABC Television News, Parents Magazine, Fox Morning Show, New York Post, MTV, NBC Television News, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone, USA Today, the Star Ledger, VH-1, Modern Drummer Magazine, China Epioch, Yahoo News, The Herald News, Percussive Notes, Talk Radio Magazine, Drum Tracks Magazine, Clear Channel Radio Networks, CBS Television News, the WOR Radio Network, and, DrumHead Magazine among others.