The BBB Featuring Bernie Dresel

About the Band

The BBB Featuring Bernie Dresel - Leader & Drummer - Bernie Dresel

Bernie Dresel has been one of the busiest studio and live musicians in the world as both a drummer and percussionist since moving to Los Angeles in 1983 after graduating from the prestigious Eastman School of Music. He has traveled the world, occupying the coveted drum chair for Grammy Award-winning Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band since its inception in 1999. And also, for an overlapping 15 years (1992 to 2006), he was the drummer for the multi-Grammy Award-winning Brian Setzer Orchestra, selling close to 4 million records. Modern Drummer magazine’s readers’ poll named Bernie “Best Big Band Drummer” and Drum! Magazine has put him on their list of “53 Drummers Who Made a Difference in the ’90s” as well as honoring him with a Drummie® for Best Big Band Drummer.

Bernie Dresel’ s jazz orchestra, The BBB, is without question one of Los Angeles’ most exciting large jazz ensembles, if not on the planet. It is one of the most innovative and original hard-swinging large jazz ensembles ever. The BBB provides potent testimony to the sheer exhilaration of big band jazz...a combination of intense swing and fiery soloing, as well as tight ensemble playing, powered by Bernie Dresel’s extraordinary drumming talents.

The BBB is comprised of 16 seasoned pros on the Los Angeles studio scene. Populated by LA’s finest players, The BBB delivers a contemporary, highly original sound featuring the witty, intricate, and hard-swinging compositions of established and up-and-coming composers and arrangers. And like those other famous jazz orchestras such as Buddy Rich’s, Count Basie’s, Woody Herman’s, Stan Kenton’s, Maynard Ferguson’s, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis’ and Gerald Wilson’s, the music and delivery of The BBB’s music is nothing less than astonishing when experienced live. The sound has a contemporary, dynamic, and hard-swinging energy, with a focused edge to it that is like no other jazz orchestra, though, reminiscent of Buddy Rich’s ensembles. The band make-up is unique in that there is no piano but jazz/rockin’ electric guitar instead, in addition to four trumpets, four trombones, five saxophones, and upright acoustic slap bass and drums. When people hear Bernie’s BBB, the first thing that hits them is its energy and intensity.

At the helm of The BBB is jazz drummer extraordinaire Bernie Dresel. Bernie is the first-call drummer and percussionist on the Hollywood stage for motion picture and television soundtracks. Count Basie, Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman, Duke Ellington, Buddy Rich, Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Tower Of Power, among many others established and new jazz orchestra composers and arrangers, fill the book for the music his band makes today. And like those other bands, Dresel’s rendering style is nothing less than exciting, driven by one of the most accomplished jazz drummers in the world.

Established in 2014, with a live performance tribute to Buddy Rich, The BBB plays monthly at jazz clubs in the Los Angeles metropolitan area.

Prior to forming his own jazz orchestra, Bernie backed Maynard Ferguson, the Brian Setzer Orchestra, and Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band. Bernie served 15 years for both Setzer and Goodwin. He has been the drummer on numerous Brian Setzer Grammy Award®-winning recordings and more recently on every recording that Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band has released, including the Grammy Award-winners.

Bernie’s credits with respect to motion picture and television soundtracks represent “A” movie projects and such television work as The Simpsons and Family Guy.

Bernie Dresel's complete list of credits is extensive, but here are some of the notable ones:


You can see Bernie on the silver screen and hear him in Jersey Boys. He also played on Jurassic World, Inside Out, Tomorrowland, Minions, American Sniper, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Mission Impossible 3, Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice, Superman: Man Of Steel, Up, The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie, Cars 2, Super 8, Transformers 3, Get On Up, Star Trek Generations, Star Trek 2009, Speed Racer, The Bourne Supremacy, Payback, The Hulk, Ratatouille, Pearl Harbor, Elf, Me Myself And Irene, The Santa Clause, Once Upon A Time In Mexico, Stuart Little, Three To Tango, Jingle All The Way, The Mask, Oz: The Mighty And Powerful, Analyze This, The Flintstones In Viva Rock Vegas, The Madagascar Penguins In A Christmas Caper, An Extremely Goofy Movie, Bah Humduck, The Aristocats, North And South, Liberace: Behind The Candelabra, Muppets Wizard Of Oz, Ice Age: The Meltdown, Hairspray, The Bucket List, Walk Hard, Enchanted, and many more.


Bernie has played on Family Guy, American Dad, The Cleveland Show, The Simpsons, Crazy Ex Girlfriend, Galavant, King Of The Hill, Pinky And The Brain, Animaniacs, Tiny Toon Adventures, Scooby-Doo Where Are You?, Lost, The Sopranos, Jag, Star Trek Voyager, Star Trek Next Generation, Star Trek Deep Space Nine, Star Trek Enterprise, Baywatch, The Young And The Restless, American Music Awards, Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild Awards, Emmy Awards, American Comedy Awards, Family TV Awards, Quincy Jones The First 50 Years, Sinatra 80 Years My Way, House Of Mouse, Jake And The Fatman, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, Dawson's Creek, Our House, Dallas, Knots Landing, Simon And Simon, Murder She Wrote, Cheers, Frasier, News Radio, The Unpleasant World Of Penn & Teller, Beverly Hills 90210, Christmas At Rockefeller Center, Tom And Jerry, Ugly Betty, and many more. He also performed as the drummer for Jerry Lewis’s MDA Labor Day Telethons.

As A Musician

In addition to Brian Setzer and Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band, Bernie has recorded/performed with A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, Maynard Ferguson, Chaka Khan, Andrea Bocelli, Ben Vereen, Ringo Starr, Brian Wilson, Van Dyke Parks, David Byrne, Brian Adams, The Lettermen, The Rippingtons, Keiko Matsui, Seth MacFarlane, Dixie Chicks, Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers, LeAnn Rimes, Andy Summers, Brian May, Men At Work, Carl Anderson, Clare Fischer, Hugh Masekela, Phillip Bailey, Take 6, Henry Mancini, José Feliciano, Doc Severinsen, Herb Alpert, David Sanborn, Johnny Mathis, Lou Rawls, Barry Manilow, Eric Idle, Expose, Randy Newman, Keely Smith, James Taylor, James Brown, Frank Sinatra, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Jack Jones, Little Richard, Dr. John, Albert Lee, Gene Simmons, B.B. King, Patti LaBelle, Luis Miquel, Petula Clark, Lesley Gore, The 5th Dimension, Gwen Stefani, Christina Aguilera, Steven Van Zandt, Chris Issak, Paula Abdul, Joe Strummer, Hootie & The Blowfish, Babyface, Celine Dion, David Foster, Vanessa Williams, Natalie Cole, Brenda Russell, Ann Margaret, Julie Andrews, Ray Charles, Linda Ronstadt, Gloria Estefan, James Ingram, Smokey Robinson, Nancy Wilson, Stevie Wonder, Peabo Bryson, Roberta Flack, Tom Jones, Bebe & CeCe Winans, Wynonna Judd, Paul Anka, Dolly Parton, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr., Bob Hope, Don Rickles, Darlene Love, Frankie Laine, Teresa Brewer, Tony Danza, Radio City Music Hall Rockettes, Mickey Dolenz, Diane Reeves, Maurice White, David Lindley, Robben Ford, Lee Rittenour, Richard Elliot, Jeff Lorber, Gerald Albright, Kenny G, Dave Koz, David Benoit, Eddie Daniels, Patti Austin, Arturo Sandoval, George Seagal, Robert Downey Jr., Gregg Karukas, Grant Geissman, Kilahuea, Rick Braun, Boney James, Mindi Abair, Eric Marienthal, Kirk Whalum, Peter White, Greg Adams, Frank Gambale, Freddie Ravel, Norman Brown, Ricardo Silveira, John Pisano, Maureen McCormick, Maureen McGovern, Gloria Loring, Barbara Morrison, Steve Lawrence & Edie Gorme, Shelby Flint, Marilyn Scott, Linda Eder, Michael Crawford, Lea Salonga, Shirley Maclaine, Jane Krakowski, Bernadette Peters, Jazz At The Movies Band, Johnny Mandel, Emil Richards, Bob Florence, Barbara Morrison, Tierney Sutton, James Moody, Red Mitchell, Clark Terry, Barry Harris, Sara Ramirez, Eddy Mitchell, Johnny Hallyday, Sylvie Vartan, Hotei, Little Milton, Sonny Burgess, Billy Lee Riley, Duane Eddy, Nick Lachey, Thelma Houston, Trevor Rabin, American Idol, his band BERN, his newest jazz orchestra, The BBB, and others.

Video Games

The Incredibles, Ratatouille and Fall Of Liberty.


Co-wrote Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band Play-Along Series For Drums (as well as the follow-up Volume 2).