Karl Sterling

Karl Sterling


Versatile freelance drummer with over 30 years of professional experience. Pushing boundaries in all types of music! ******** I Travel to Play - if you need a drummer, let me know! ********


Karl Sterling is a very versatile and highly sought after drummer in the New York area, for both live performances and recording sessions.

Born in Ithaca, New York Karl has spent the majority of his life in the Syracuse, NY area. Having grown up in a musical household, it was a natural thing for Karl to take to music and drums, in particular. Both of Karl's parents attended the Ithaca College School of Music. Karl's father, Bob Sterling is a drummer, composer/arranger, and leader of several successful bands in the Central New York area for many years. His mother, Helen majored in vocal studies at Ithaca College and is also a talented pianist.

It was in 1970 when Karl was 9 years old that he first saw legendary drummer Buddy Rich. At that very point he KNEW the drums were his instrument and started seriously studying and practicing. His first teacher was his father and after 4 years, at the age of 13, he started playing gigs with his dad's band. Karl also met and became friends with drummer Peter Erskine in 1972 at age 11. Peter had just graduated from high school and was on his first tour with the Stan Kenton Band. Peter and Karl have remained friends and stayed in touch with each other now for over 36 years!

Karl attended Onondaga Community College for 2 years majoring in music and studying percussion with John Barker. Karl has also studied drums with Mick Lewander, Danny D'Imperio, Joe Morello, Mike Melito, Wilby Fletcher, and Peter Erskine.

In addition to being published several times in "Modern Drummer" magazine , Karl has had the good fortune to play and record with many wonderful musicians and bands in the Syracuse, Rochester, and New York City area's including; Ronnie Leigh, Nancy Kelly, ESP, Frank Stagnitta, Dino Losito, Jeff Palmer, Devin Garramone, Andy Calabrese, Rick Montalbano, Ron France, Bob DiBaudo, John Rohde, Mark Copani, Larry Arlotta, Joy Adler, Mala Waldron, Steve Salerno, Miriam Sullivan, Classified, Eye Level, Moss, Prime Time, Seaflight, Diamond in the Rough, Dave Hanlon's Cookbook, John Puma, Rick Sheppard and "The Drifters" and many others.


Frank Stagnitta - "Wish" (2009)
E.S.P. - "Times Up" (2009)
John Magnante - "Standards" (2008)
Three For All - "Three For All" (2008)
Phillip Golub - "Phillip Golub" (2008)
Seaflight - "New Horizons" (2008)
Dana Marcine - "Love is Funny" (2006)
Classified - "Classified Live" (2000)