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Toss Panos

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Anastasios “Toss” Panos was born in Athens, Greece and came to San Diego, California with his family at an early age. At seven, Toss started playing the drums. In family jam sessions with his guitar-playing uncle, the two rocked to the songs of Eric Burdon and The Animals. Since Greek music was always heard in the house, naturally Toss’ first gig at age ten – was playing Greek folk music at a Greek nightclub. Both types of music would remain influences for the rest of his life. For the next nine years, Toss played in funk, rock, country, and progressive rock groups around San Diego County. At age 19 he began formal studies at the Musicians¹ Institute in Los Angeles. After graduation, Mr. Panos began a teaching position with MI that continues to the present, while, at the same time he performed on jingles, movies, session work, and as the house drummer for TV shows such as “The Dennis Miller Show” and “The Roseanne Show.” Mr. Panos has played or recorded with Dweezil Zappa, Sting, Steven Stills, Paul Rodgers, Mike Landau, Robben Ford, Toy Matinee with Fields, Jude Cole, Mike Keneally, John Goodsall, Steve Vai, Mark Hart, Peter Himmelman, Andy Summers, Robben Ford Band, Cliff Richard, Vonda Sheppard, Boozo Chavis, Hazy Jane, Mel Torme – and Eric Burdon. Toss Panos is also the owner of Tossimos Recording Studio.