Greg Fundis is a rising star among fellow musicians, live music fans and music critics alike being described as a “phenomenon” and “a monster performer in any setting”. Having found a unique, creative voice through the drums, Greg Fundis brings energy, positivity and groove to every performance in genres that span the spectrum from jazz to jamband, funk to hip-hop, pop to fusion and electronica to world music. Currently touring with Old Shoe, world-renowned guitarist Fareed Haque as well as Hammond B-3 organ master Tony Monaco, he has shared the stage throughout the U.S, Europe, South America, Caribbean Islands, Indonesia and Japan with other notable artists such as George Benson, Joey DeFrancesco, Paquito D'Rivera, Roy Hargrove, Zap Mama, Louis Bellson, comedian Rich Little, Joe Lovano, Bob Brookmeyer, Maurice Brown and Tom Harrell.
Greg was recognized in Downbeat Magazine as a notable jazz alumnus holding a Masters Degree in Jazz Studies from DePaul University in Chicago and a Bachelors from Millikin University. While at Millikin, Fundis became an internationally published percussion composer at the age of 19 with his book of compositions, "Contemporary Audition Solos for Percussion"(Studio 4 Music/MostlyMarimba). His teachers and mentors have included Brian Justison, Kim Klickna, Joel Spencer, Steve Smith, Louis Bellson, Jim Chapin, Michael Taylor, Guinean Grand Master musician Mamady Keita and Griot Lansana Camara.
In addition to relentless performing, Fundis is a highly sought-after music educator, ensemble director and clinician in the Chicago area where he has held positions at Roosevelt and DePaul universities and currently teaches music theory and percussion at People's Music School, Whitney Young High School, Lakeview High School and coordinates world percussion activities for over 3,000 area youth with JCC of Chicago.
Greg Fundis plays Gretsch and Mapex drums, Zildjian cymbals, Remo heads, Roland, Novation, Apple and Keith McMillen electronics and is a proud endorser of Vic Firth drumsticks, brushes and mallets.