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Chris Ralles
Pat Benatar - United States


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

Masterworks Series
24x14 bass drum
22x16 bass drum
10x8 tom
12x8 tom
13x9 tom
14x14 floor tom
16x16 floor tom
14x6.5 snare drum

DR503C ICON Rack System
CH1030 cymbal arm
PCX100 rack clamp 
PCX200 rack clamp
TH1030S tom holder
P2052C Eliminator double pedal
BC1030 boom stands
S1030 snare stand 
S930D snare stand
H1050 hi hat stand
BC150S flat based cymbal stands
S150S flat based snare stand
H150S flat based hi-hat stand

Reference Series
Piano Black
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
14x6.5 Ian Paice Signature snare drum

Reference Pure Series
Antique Walnut
22x18 bass drum
20x16 bass drum
8x7 tom
10x8 tom
12x8 tom
14x14 floor tom
16x16 floor tom
14x6.5 SensiTone Maple snare drum