Basic Background Info

Birth: Unknown
Location: Houston, Texas
Band: Angela Bofill, Go West
Genres: Latin Jazz, Contemporary Pop, Rock
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician, Teacher


At the age of eight, Pam Manganaro fell in love with drums. Pam Manganaro learned to play as a child when her mother took her to lessons at a music store in Houston, Texas. In junior high school and high school, Pam Manganaro played percussion instruments in the orchestra (snare, timpani, bells, xylophone, and marimba), as well as bass and snare drum with the marching band. In college, Pam Manganaro formally studied percussion and played in the jazz band. When Pam left Houston and headed to Los Angeles with the hopes to make it big, she wrote 'Hollywood Here I Come' in shoe polish on the back window of her Chevy Camaro. In Los Angeles, Pam Manganaro went to the Musicians Institute (then called the Percussion Institute of Technology).

In 1989, Pam Manganaro joined the Drum Workshop team and when she received her drum kit, she slept on the floor next to it for three days. Pam Manganaro used that drum set for fifteen years and played at every available opportunity. Pam Manganaro worked hard for a record contract on more than twenty original projects. She played at countless weddings, parties, and bar mitzvahs. Pam Manganaro also went on tour with pop band Go West, as well as Angela Bofill's Latin jazz band.

Pam Manganaro recently appeared on the E! program 'Dr. 90210,' where she gave drum lessons to Dr. Rey and his family. She also created a television pilot for a national drumming championship reality show called 'American Drumming Competition.' 

Now, Pam Manganaro is a mother and a teacher. Her drum school in North Hollywood, California, primarily instructs children in every style of drumming including rock, Latin, jazz, funk, blues, and reggae. Pam Manganaro is grateful for her natural ability to teach and share the wonder of music with children.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
2001 Village Strut Larry Antonino


  • Her favorite drum solo is Buddy Rich's 1974 Dinner Club.
  • Pamela believes that the factors that distinguish her from other drummers are her passion, groove, timing, and feel.
  • Pam was the stunt-drummer for Mary Stuart Masterson in Some Kind of Wonderful.
  • She appeared in episodes of Wings, Something So Right, Days of Our Lives, and The Naked Truth. 
  • Pam idolizes Jonathan Moffett, Terry Bozzio, and Neil Peart.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Drum Workshop
Cymbals: Sabian
Hardware: Drum Workshop
Heads: Remo
Electronics: Roland
Sticks: Pro-Mark

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