Paul Francis

Drums, Percussion

New York City-based drummer and educator Paul Francis has extensive experience working with some of the world’s greatest musicians. He has recorded and/or performed with Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett, Jon Faddis, David Hazeltine, Jim Belushi, Ralph Lalama, Brian Newman, Rich Little, The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra and The Albany Symphony Orchestra, and has toured extensively with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra conducted by Buddy Morrow. Paul has also appeared on shows for HBO, ABC and MTV, and is on the soundtrack for the movie Friends with Kids.

As an educator, Paul has taught all ages and playing levels. He is currently on faculty at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and has taught private lessons and master classes at SUNY Purchase and The Ohio State University, as well as continuing to teach at his own private studio. He has also been published in Modern Drummer and Drumhead magazines.

Paul holds a Bachelor of Music from The Ohio State University and a Master of Music from SUNY Purchase. He has studied with amazing musicians such as John Riley, Kenny Washington, Jim Chapin, Jim Rupp, Joe Ong and Chad Rager.