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Chris Ralles
Pat Benatar - United States

Overview

By age 17, Chris began his career playing with local bands throughout Los Angeles.

Chris is currently playing with Pat Benatar and has also played with top recording artists such as, Kenny Loggins, Don Felder, Jimmy Messina, Christopher Cross, Michael McDonald, Poco, Dave Koz, Ambrosia, Badfinger, Percy Sledge, Maia Sharp, Peter & Gordon, Skrapp Mettle, Barry Ryan, The Bay City Rollers and Dave Mason. He has made numerous television appearances on "NBC The Today Show," "The Tonight Show," "The Arsenio Hall Show," "The Dennis Miller Show," "ABC In Concert," VH1, TNN, The Disney Channel and CSPAN.

Here are some quotes from a few artists Chris has had the pleasure of working with:

"Chris Ralles is one of those rare combinations of a great guy and great talent. He has the musical sophistication to be able to morph into whatever style of drumming I might need to feel for each song, a particularly challenging request on my gig, as I range from R&B to Country to straight ahead rock within a two hour show." - Kenny Loggins

"Chris is a gifted player, with an innate sensibility for working with songwriters. His playing is dynamic, and stylistically unique, but he has a 6th sense for playing exactly what the song needs. A rare talent, reminiscent of my friend, the late, great Jeff Porcaro." - Christopher Cross

"Chris Ralles puts the song first. He's a great drummer who has the chops to take over the stage but he'd always rather serve the ensemble than his own ego. The huge bonus for musicians who tour with him is that he's like that offstage as well." - Maia Sharp

With so much musical experience behind him, Chris looks forward to the future, as a believer that his greatest musical accomplishments are still to come.

Equipment Configuration

Reference Series:
Piano Black (103)

24x18 bass drum
8x7 tom
10x8 tom
12x8 tom
14x14 floor tom
16x16 floor tom
14x6.5 Reference Series Brass snare drum
14x6.5 Sensitone Aluminum snare drum

Hardware:
DR503C ICON Rack System
CH1030 cymbal arm x8
PCX100 rack clamp x7
PCX200 rack clamp x10
TH1030S tom holder x3
P2002C Eliminator Powershifter double pedal
S1030 snare stand 
S930D snare stand (low)
H1000 hi hat stand