Chad Wackerman

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Chad Wackerman was born 23 May 1960 in Long Beach, CA of drummer parents (his father was a music educator and mother has played the rudiments in drum & bugle corps). Chad auditioned for Frank Zappa in 1981. Wackerman: "I heard about [it] through a bass player friend who had auditioned. He didn't work out, but Zappa was looking for a bass player and a drummer. Throughout junior high school, I was studying drums with teachers who were very good, and very hard on me. I learned to read quite well from doing that, although nothing prepares you for Frank's music."

Chad Wackerman was one of FZ's longest standing drummers. He provided drums for:

Chad can be seen in the following Zappa movies, as well:

Chad Wackerman is a band member of The Band From Utopia. He was interviewed in the documentary The Drummers Of Frank Zappa (2010).