Toss Panos – Drummer

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Tos Panos – drummer

Drummer Anastasios Toss Panos was born in Athens, Greece and came to San Diego, California with his family at an early age. At six, Toss started playing the drums. In family jam sessions with his guitar-playing uncle, the two rocked to the songs of Eric Burdon and The Animals.

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Tos Panos

Since Greek music was always heard in the house, naturally Toss’ first gig at age ten – was playing Greek folk music at a Greek nightclub. Both types of music would remain influences for the rest of his life. For the next nine years, Toss played in funk, rock, country, and progressive rock groups around San Diego County.

At age 19 he began formal studies at the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles. After graduation, Toss Panos began a teaching position with Musicians Institute that continues to the present, while, at the same time he performed on jingles, movies, session work, and as the house drummer for TV shows such as “The Dennis Miller Show” and “The Roseanne Show.” During this time he studied with Joe Porcaro, Ralph Humphrey, Steve Houghton and Efrain Toro.

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From Left to Right: Jim Keltner, Toss Panos, Curt Bisquera, Vinnie Colaiuta & John JR Robinson

Toss Panos has played or recorded with John Scofield, Michael McDonald, Draco Rosa, Larry Carlton, Beck, Chris Cornel, Kevin Gilbert, Sheryl Crow, Anthony Hamilton, Mike Stern, Chely Wright, Rueben Blades, Vince Gill, Brad Paisley, Steve Lukather, Larry Goldings, Jack Bruce, Oz Noy, Lyle Workman, Faith Hill, Michael Landau, Dweezil Zappa, Sting, Steven Stills, Paul Rodgers, Mike Landau, Robben Ford, Toy Matinee with Fields, Jude Cole, Mike Keneally, John Goodsall, Steve Vai, Mark Hart, Peter Himmelman, Andy Summers, Robben Ford Band, Cliff Richard, Vonda Sheppard, Boozo Chavis, Hazy Jane, Mel Torme – and Eric Burdon.

See Toss Panos on DRUM Smack Episode 11

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