Drummer – Percussionist



Drum Set Artist /Vibraphone Artist /Percussionist /Composer

Bob Leatherbarrow has been a top musician for both studio and live performances ever since he moved to Los Angeles from Buffalo, New York. A working professional since the age of 14, Bob has been playing with top musicians in all-different musical settings for most of his life. He plays with jazz and rock/pop artists, has worked on Grammy Award-winning albums, and you’ve heard him on a million film and television soundtracks as well. You can hear Bob play on the 20th Century Fox fanfare playing the snare drum every minute of the day somewhere in a movie theatre or DVD, for example. He has also played around the world at most major jazz festivals and toured with many top performers.

In addition, Bob’s compositions have been recorded by many other jazz and pop artists. They have also been featured in films and TV, and he has produced for other artists as well.


  • Studied drums from age 10 with Charlie Lorigo in Buffalo NY, later studied orchestral percussion with John Rowland of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and vibraphone with Grammy-winning artist Dave Samuels
  • Studied music throughout high school including jazz and concert ensembles, was chosen for the All-New York State and All-County Orchestra programs, and received the Arion Achievement Award
  • Attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and won the “Outstanding Drummer Award” at the Notre Dame Jazz Festival before moving to Los Angeles


Bob Leatherbarrow plays DW Drums, PAISTE cymbals, REMO drumheads, and INNOVATIVE PERCUSSION sticks and mallets exclusively.

Credits By Category:

Jazz Artists:

Bob has played with a long list of great Jazz artists, and some of the top Big Bands in the country. He has been with the Ernie Watts Quartet for over 20 years, and had a long run with Bill Holman’s Band that included a tour of Europe and 2 Grammy-winning albums. Bob also played vibes in Peggy Lee’s quintet for years. A partial list:

Ernie Watts

Peggy Lee

Doc Severinsen

Victor Feldman

Rosemary Clooney

Jack Sheldon

Horace Silver

Natalie Cole

John Klemmer

Joe Farrell

Stanley Clarke

Howard Roberts

Bill Perkins

Billy Childs

Pete Christlieb

Don Menza

Pedro Aznar

John Pizzarelli

Bobby Militello

Russell Ferrante

Lorraine Feather

Mark Murphy

Don Grusin

Norah Jones

Big Bands:

Bill Holman Band

Bob Florence Jazz Orchestra

Mike Barone Big Band

Jack Sheldon Big Band

Bill Watrous Wildlife Refuge West

Ray Anthony Big Band

Bruce Lofgren’s 18-piece band

Marty Paich Big Band

Pop/Rock/Classical Artists:

Nelly Furtado

Bette Midler

Dolly Parton

Five For Fighting

Gordon Lightfoot

The Temptations

Henry Mancini

Jennifer Warnes

Chantal Kreviazuk

Engelbert Humperdinck

Placido Domingo

Larry Gatlin

Bob Hope

Patti LaBelle

Andy Williams

Hollywood Bowl Orchestra

Gary Morris

Leon Redbone

The Baja Marimba Band

Dianne Carroll

Leonard Cohen

The Joffrey Ballet

Merv Griffin

Television Soundtracks:

Family Guy

Parks and Recreation

The Simpsons

King Of The Hill

The Cleveland Show

American Dad!

Samantha Who

Secret Life Of An American Teenager



Married With Children

Drew Carey Show

Mind of a Married Man


Who’s The Boss

Fantasy Island

Remington Steele

Murphy Brown

Star Trek: Deep Space 9


Hallmark Hall Of Fame

The Love Boat

The Colbys

ABC TV Logo themes

Square Pegs

WB Network logos

China Beach

Access Hollywood Theme

Daddy Dearest

Pinky & The Brain

101 Dalmations

Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries



Max Headroom

Matt Houston

The New Gidget

The Charmings


In Cold Blood

Time And Again

Falcon Crest

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Morton & Hayes

Blue Skies

Phil Donahue Show theme

Showtime “Drive-In Classics”

Movie Of The Week (various)

The Room Upstairs


Motion Picture Scores:

20th Century Fox Fanfare



The Big Short

Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Airplane II

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

Almost An Angel

Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle

AMC Theater Logo theme

A Guy Thing

Baby’s Day Out

Batman: Subzero

Best Defense

Betsy’s Wedding

Bottle Rocket

WB Looney Tunes: Box Office Bunny

Bruce Almighty

Buffy The Vampire Slayer

The Butcher’s Wife


Can’t Buy Me Love

City Slickers II

Club Paradise

Dead Again

Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star

Dr.Seuss’ The Cat In The Hat

Police Academy 5

Dracula: Dead And Loving It

Police Academy 7

Drop Dead Gorgeous


Dress Grey

Remember The Titans


Robin Hood: Men In Tights

For Love or Money

The Red Coat

Girls In Prison

Woman On The Run

Good Boy!

Scary Movie 2

Glimmer Man

Sorority Boys

Glory Road

Sugar & Spice

He’s My Girl

Sweetheart’s Dance

Heartbreak Ridge

Till I Kissed Ya

Herbie: Fully Loaded

Tiny Toon Adventures



Little Big League

Trust The Man

The Lost Boys




Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas

No Way Out

Necessary Roughness

SEGA videogames:

“Phantasy Star Universe”


“Saint Saiya”

TV and Radio Commercials:

Coca-Cola/ Sprite /Dreyer’s Ice Cream

Budweiser /Burger King/ Shearson-Lehman

Anhueser-Bush Nat.Lite /Minute Maid /Armor-All

Ford /Dodge/ Chevrolet

Honda/ Nissan/ Peugeot

The Hartford /Levi’s /Century 21

Cheetos/ Quaker Oats /Midas Muffler

Kellogg’s Cereals/ Hunt’s /Sunny Delite

California Lottery Infinity Sutter Home Wine

L.A.Gear/ America West Air etc…

Live Television Shows:

The 75th Annual Oscars/Academy Awards

The Screen Actors Guild Awards

The 1st and 2nd annual TV Guide Awards

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson

The Merv Griffin Show

The Late Show with Craig Kilborne

The Late Show starring Joan Rivers

Disney’s “The Hunchback Of Notre Dame” Live worldwide premier

from the Superdome with Bill Conti

The American Giving Awards


Bob has played on hundreds of records- here is a partial list:

Bob Leatherbarrow Bumpin’ In The Basement


Bill Holman Band Brilliant Corners : The Music Of Thelonious Monk * Grammy Winner *

Bill Holman Band A View From The Side * Grammy Winner *

Ernie Watts Quartet Four Plus Four

Ernie Watts Quartet To The Point

Ernie Watts Quartet Spirit Song

Ernie Watts Ernie Watts Quartet

Ernie Watts Musican * Grammy Winner *

Stanley Clarke 1,2 To The Bass

Rosemary Clooney Sentimental Journey

Nelly Furtado Folklore

Mike Barone Big Band Flight Of The Bumblebee

Chantal Kreviazuk Ghost Stories

AJ Croce Adrian James Croce

John Pizzarelli Let’s Share Christmas

Lorraine Feather Ages

Lorraine Feather Café Society

Greta Matassa I Want To Be Loved

Kathy Kosins To The Ladies Of Cool

Reggie Hamilton My Village

Billy Childs Midland

Amia Dane Have Mercy

Gloria Loring Turn The Page

Angel Romero Remembering The Future

Bobby Militello Straight Ahead

Bobby Militello Easy To Love

Bobby Militello Heart And Soul

Bill Perkins Quintet +1

Sam Riney Playing With Fire

Steve March Torme The Essence Of Love

Café Tacuba Avalancha De Exitos

Mark Winkler Tales From Hollywood

Mark Winkler Color Of Love

Amarna Shadowplay

Brian Mann Cafe Du Soleil

John Chiodini Weightless

Ray Anthony Dream Dancing Vol.1&2

Live Shows

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