Wally Schnalle

Wally Schnalle


David Constantin Editor of Drum Magazine put it best "Wally Schnalle fuses head and heart like few other musicians working today — making the abstract accessible, the complex communal, and delivering deep, soulful grooves with an effortlessness that belies their often fiercely technical foundations.


Wally Schnalle has released 8 CD’s released as leader and his compositions as well as his drumming skills consistently receive positive reviews. Bill Milkowski wrote in JAZZTIMES "Fans of Dave Weckl and Mike Clark will dig this."

His ensembles regularly perform in top shelve jazz venues such as Yoshis and Kuumbwa in the SF Bay Area and The Baked Potato in LA as well as for major Jazz Festivals like The Monterey Jazz Festival, The San Jose Jazz Festival, SFJazz, The Portland Jazz Festival and San Jose’s SoFA Festival.

"Live, this is a high energy, fast paced jazz fusion unit. This is a seasoned band, one that you can come back to time and time again and always find something new in the music. Wally Schnalle and his quartet come highly recommended." Bill Leilkam obverted in a live review of the band on AllAboutJazz. Wally's ensembles range from quartets to sextets. Most of the musicians he works with have played with him for many years their performances of his challenging compositions are filled with the kind of musical interplay and tightness you can get no other way.

Schnalle also acts as music editor-at-large for DRUM! Magazine. His drum transcriptions and educational columns have served to enlighten and educate readers internationally for years. Schnalle also teaches drums both privately and as a clinician. He has also been the recipient of an Artist-In-Residence Grant from the California Arts Council. Wally plays and endorses Pearl Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Earthworks Microphones and Vic Firth Sticks. And most importantly his name rhymes!


Wally Schnalle Live At Yoshi's (2012)

Out of the Pan (2010)

Louder Than Your TV (2009)

Physics & Magic (2007)

The Suit (2005)

That Place (1999)

Why Do They Call You That (1997)

It Rhymes (1994)