Joseph Pusateri

Joseph Pusateri '81
jopusateriAfter graduating from Quincy in 1981, Joseph Pusateri moved to Chicago where he worked as a studio musician and live performer in a number of projects.  Throughout the 1980’s, the multi-instrumentalist’s talents became in high demand for many nationally-recognized artists, bands and ensembles.  Pusateri moved to Los Angeles in 1989 where he worked as a session player and also drummed with the band “BET”; a supergroup comprised of bassist John Entwistle (The Who), guitarist Jeff “Skunk” Baxter (Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan), and vocalist Mickey Thomas (Starship, Elvin Bishop).   In three decades of professional music, Pusateri graced his composing and musical talents to more than 1000 television commercials as well as dozens of movie and television soundtracks including those of American Gangster, Body of Lies, Just Shoot Me, and Dawson’s Creek.  In addition, Pusateri has recorded, collaborated and performed with many of the industry’s most successful and respected musicians including John Lee Hooker, Styx, Dave Mason, and Anita Baker (among numerous others). He’s performed with the Chicago Symphony, the L.A. Philharmonic, as well as several European orchestras.  Pusateri also leads many of his own musical projects.

During his days at Quincy College, Pusateri was a member of various ensembles both on and off-campus. He even adopted the nickname “Woody” due to his constant practice pad tapping—a sound that classmates likened to that of woodpecker. He credits the late professor of music, Hugh Soebbing, as a mentor and key influence in his music-enriched life.

(Originally published in March 2012 QUniverse)