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Wally Schnalle

Wally Schnalle has been playing drums well over 40 years and has a long history of working with San Jose Jazz. For the past 20 years he’s been sharing his knowledge and experience as a teacher, bandleader, recording artist, and sideman with many great Bay Area bands. He performs and teaches in many genres, including Latin, funk, and rock and blues, but the bulk of his work is in Jazz and fusion. He has performed widely, including gigs at the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest, Monterey Jazz Festival, Portland Jazz Festival and San Francisco’s Jazz in the City series. Schnalle has nine CDs of original compositions in release and was awarded a compositional commission from the Santa Clara University School of Music and Dance as well as an Artist In Residence Grant fro The California Arts Council. In addition, he has worked with DRUM! Magazine as Music Editor and columnist for almost 20 years. Wally earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Jazz Performance at San Jose State University.


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