gary rissmiller
  • Artist-Lecturer in DrumsetGary Rissmiller


A native of Bethlehem, PA, Gary has been playing drums for more than twenty-five years. He has studied with Joe Morello and performed with jazz greats Phil Woods, Dave Liebman, Eric Kloss, Tom Harrell, Randy Brecker, Don Patterson, Urbie Green, George Young, Bobby Troupe, Janet Lawson, Gary King, and others. He has opened for Lionel Hampton, Cab Calloway, Joe Henderson, and Spyro Gyra. He performs regularly with his own combos, the Skip Wilkins/Jill Allen Quartet, the Nick Driscoll Quartet, and the Alan Gaumer Quintet, among others. His appearances include The Village Gate and Tavern on the Green in New York City; The Deerhead Inn in Delaware Water Gap, PA; and Ortlieb's Jazz Haus, Chris's, and The Blue Moon Jazz Club in Philadelphia. He has performed with various combos, including his own, at the Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts since its inception. He has also played at the Central Pennsylvania Mellon Jazz Festival, the Scranton (PA) Jazz Festival, the Wichita (Kansas) Jazz Festival, and Mayfair (Allentown, PA), and as artist-in-residence at Musikfest (Bethlehem, PA). Gary has taught drum privately for around twenty years. He has served as adjudicator at the Wichita Jazz Festival and as instructor at Moravian College's July Jazz Getaway, during which he also performed with the legendary Clark Terry.