Larry Lelli


drumpaintingLarry is known as a "musical chameleon", easily switching from one musical style to another, and that's part of the reason he is one of the top-call freelance drummers in NYC.  His eclectic resume spans the gamut from major pop/rock artists, to jazz to country and even classical percussion.  He was most recently the drummer for the Tony Award-Nominated, box office record-breaking hit Broadway musical, "A Christmas Story, The Musical", at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  Prior to that he was the drummer & substitute Conductor for "How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying", as well as the drummer and In-House Contractor for the hit rockabilly Broadway show "Million Dollar Quartet" at the Nederlander Theatre.  All this after completing a multi-year run as the drummer for the 12 time Tony Award winning hit Broadway musical, "The Producers".  He also maintains a busy schedule filled with studio recording projects for artists, film and TV jingles, along with live gigs around New York and occasional major artist tours. (Check out his isolated live dates page or his or pages for more info.)  It doesn't matter where he is or what style of music he's playing, Larry is simply happiest when he's behind his drums.

In the past, Larry has recorded and performed with artists such as
bluesy rocker Melissa Etheridge, vocal star Josh Groban, Hollywood bombshell Anne Hathaway, star of TV's "GLEE", Jonathan Groff, stage and screen star Anika Noni Rose, Tony Award nominee, Laura Osnes, Sebastian Bach (former lead singer of Skid Row), pop star Vanessa Williams, Doug Stone (Multi Platinum Nashville Recording Artist), Heather Headley (RCA), and a two year world tour for the reunion of the legendary 1960's band, The Mamas & The Papas.  He is also a former member of the Brooklyn-based indie rockers:  Holding Back EntirelyHis impressive resume also includes performances with jazz piano virtuoso Geoff Keezer, Indie hard rockers SuffraJett, Latin trombonist Andre Stephani, and the Minneapolis based, nationally acclaimed Cedar Avenue Big Band. A veteran of countless jingles and film scores, he can be heard playing on recent ads for Fisher Price, Toro, American Express and of course, he can be heard playing percussion on the Major Motion Picture release of "The Producers".

His versatility has taken him to Broadway, where he is called upon to play pop, swing, latin, country and traditional 2 beat styles, often within the same show!  His resume of Broadway shows is extensive, including over 30 different shows.  In addition to the above mentioned shows, he has also held the Broadway drum chair for "Jekyll & Hyde", "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer", "The People In The Picture" and the Broadway debut of Stephen Sondheim & John Weidman's five time Tony Award winner, "Assassins".

An advocate for music in the schools and promotion of the arts in general, Larry remains an active educator making music festival, school and store appearances on behalf of Yamaha Drums & Percussion.  He also enjoys writing and is a regular contributing author for Modern Drummer Magazine among others.  He has also been the subject of several feature articles in Modern Drummer, International Musician, Drum! Magazine, The LaCrosse Tribune and The View.  Larry holds a bachelor's degree in music performance from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.  Recent web features:

Yamaha All Access Magazine Feature Interview

Sabian "Who The Heck Is Larry Lelli" Feature Interview

Yamaha All Access 360 Video Feature Interview

Vic Firth Larry Lelli Feature Interviews

Latin Percussion Larry Lelli Broadway Feature Article (page 5)

Lastly, Larry is honored to have been included in a portrait book featuring the most inspirational drummers from across the globe: "Sticks N Skins".  Available wherever books are sold, or click