Brad Wentworth

Drums. Recording. Education.


Photographer: Sid Ceasar




Brad is a freelance drummer in New York City. His career is focused on 3 areas of music making: Performance and Recording, Education, and Music for Dance.  Brad is comfortable playing many styles of music from balls-to-the-wall rock and roll to delicate singer-songwriter originals, electronic pop, hip hop, improvised instrumental music and beyond. His passion is for finding the right groove for the song. He has performed or recorded with many great artists including Michael Bellar and The As Is Ensemble, Howie Day, Reni Lane, Howie D (Backstreet Boys), The Humble Grapes, The Sweet Remains, Oliver Wood, Aretha Franklin, Melissa Ferrick, Zs and many more.

As a composer, Brad is a frequent collaborator with Peter Kyle Dance, he has performed and composed for many works including the evening length Vigilance (2015), Move-Remove (2014), KnowOne (2010) and Nearer (2007). Brad has also worked with Doug Varone and Dancers, Parson’s Dance, The Nikolais-Louis Foundation, NYU, The Juilliard School, The New School, Marymount Manhattan College among others.

Brad’s passion for teaching music comes from his father, Jay, who is a lifelong teacher in interdisciplinary studies. As a young drummer, Jay helped Brad develop a flexible and open approach to the practice of learning. Throughout his career, Brad has continued to develop his practice as a musician with great teachers including Rob Falvo, Rick Dior, John Riley, Chris Lamb and Shawn Pelton. His passion for the art of music making has fueled 15 years of teaching aspiring drummers. Brad tailors his teaching approach to suit the individual learning style and goals of each student. His unique perspective as a dance musician has heavily influenced his focus on the relationship of movement to sound, time, and feel. Brad is on faculty at The 92nd Street Y and Hunter College.





Brad is a freelance drummer in New York City. He has performed with Oliver Wood, Melissa Ferrick, Aretha Franklin and Howie Day and currently performs with Michael Bellar’s As-Is Ensemble, The Sweet Remains, Fever High and other artists. Since 2007 Brad has been a frequent collaborator with choreographer Peter Kyle including 2015’s evening length solo composition for drums, percussion and electronics entitled, Vigilance. He has also worked with Doug Varone and Dancers, Parson’s Dance and The Nikolais-Louis Foundation among others. Brad is on faculty teaching drum set at Hunter College and the 92nd St Y. He received a Bachelor’s Degree from The Manhattan School of Music in 2002, where he studied with John Riley.