Pinson Chanselle

Pinson Chanselle has been playing drumset and percussion for 24 years. He’s known for a feel good, explosive style at once raucous and groovy. Pinson found a love for music and drumming at the age of 9. His high school years were spent playing music at coffee shops and local events where he discovered a love for improvising and experimenting. He left the valley in 2001 for Richmond, Virginia to earn a Jazz Studies degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. Upon graduating in 2007 Pinson remained in Richmond forming lasting and influential relationships playing in bands such as The Great White Jenkins, Fight The Big Bull, and Amazing Ghost. These deep friendships led to co-founding Spacebomb Records. He is currently a member of the Spacebomb house band and tours regularly with Matthew E. White. Pinson has made over twenty studio recordings, has performed with Ken Vandermark, Steven Bernstein, Megafaun, Sharon Van Etten and Justin Vernon. He has appeared as an artist at The Kennedy Center and performed with Matthew E. White on The Late Show with David Letterman. Pinson is endorsed by C & C drum company and regularly tours the U.S and Europe.

Pinson has an extensive background in drumset, marching percussion, and concert percussion. He was the captain of his high school drumline for three years, performed for two years with VCU’s University Concert Band, and was a member for one year in VCU’s concert percussion ensemble. His jazz studies at VCU offered him much experience performing in small jazz ensembles as well playing big band arrangements with VCU’s Jazz Orchestra I and II. As a teacher Pinson is a firm believer in patience, repetition and fun. He employs a systematic approach which balances focus, energy, motivation and fun. He allows students to be actively involved in their lesson plans to encourage agency and motivation. Ownership over one’s future and one’s progress through hard work, perseverance and self love creates a healthy environment for learning. Pinson believes that music and learning are many things other than sound and information; exploring the world with a creative and open mind can deeply enrich one’s daily experience.