Marco Minnemann (born December 24, 1970) is a German-born drummer, composer and multi-instrumentalist. He lives in San Diego, California.
He has many solo CDs (check the discography section) on which he plays most of the instruments and sings, and he is constantly working as a composer and session recording artist.
His work as an educational book author along with Rick Gratton brought out three books including the award-winning and in many magazines as #1 voted Extreme Independence. Also one of his DVDs Extreme Drumming won polls and achieved Marco a Telly Award.
He has worked with guitarist Paul Gilbert on his solo album called Space Ship One and was also involved in the development of the "Space Ship One Live" DVD (both released in 2005).
He did a trio tour with Terry Bozzio and Chad Wackerman and on numerous clinic tours around the world. His educational book Maximum Minnemann was released in August 2006. His DVD "The Marco Show", with featured artists Mike Keneally, Bryan Beller and the Buddy Rich Big Band, was released in 2007.
His instructional DVD Extreme Drumming was published in 2003 by Warner Brothers. In October 2007, he was announced as a member of new band UKZ with Eddie Jobson (ex-Zappa), Trey Gunn (ex-King Crimson) and Alex Machacek (virtuoso guitar player). Marco toured with death metalists Necrophagist on the Summer Slaughter tour 2007 which is featured on their live DVD released in 2008.
He's part of the progressive Rock power trio "KMB" (Keneally/Minnemann/Beller), which performs music from all three members' solo albums as well as original material and improvised "jams". Minnemann has performed several times as the drummer in "The Mike Keneally Band" along with KMB-mates Mike Keneally and Bryan Beller.
He was on a world tour with thrash metal band Kreator in 2009.
Minnemann performed three concerts in Poland in November 2009 as part of Eddie Jobson's Ultimate Zero (UZ) project. The line-up also featured John Wetton, Greg Howe (guitar) and Tony Levin (stick bass). They performed music from UK and King Crimson. It was the first time in 30 years Eddie Jobson and John Wetton played together after UK disbanded.
Marco was on tour with Adrian Belew Power Trio in 2010. He also was part of the Dream Theater drummer auditions that same year after Mike Portnoy left the band. He ended up in the second place, with Mike Mangini winning the audition.
Minnemann's new DVD is planned for 2013 and features band collaborations, drum solos and duets with Simon Phillips, Johnny Rabb and Alex Gonzalez and more.
He recorded for XTC's Andy Partridge along with Mike Keneally for a CD release for 2012.
His new trio The Aristocrats together with Guthrie Govan and Bryan Beller released its self-titled, debut album The Aristocrats (album) in summer 2011 and was followed by an extensive tour.
He played with Steven Wilson on the "Grace for drowning" tour 2011–12, appearing in the live DVD "Get All You Deserve", and recorded drums for Wilson's 2013 album The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories), as well as playing drums on the following tour in support of the album.
The Aristocrats DVD "Boing! We'll do it live".
Marco's touring with his band Aristocrats, Steven Wilson and Joe Satriani in 2013.
He confirmed to be working on a new The Aristocrats album via his and official, band Facebook page.
Currently Minneman is touring with Joe Satriani as his drummer for the "Unstopable Momentum" tour 2013.
Marco Minnemann Drumstick Collection
Current Drumstick Count in Collection: 3.