"I remember starting the first semester surrounded by 200 young, hungry drummers and about 199 of them were better than me," he says.
He definitely improved. The Los Angeles-based Pilo has drummed for fellow alumnus Pat Boone, Frankie Valli and other musicians, as well as for a variety of TV shows. He's recorded three CDs, including his most recent Drummer Boy.
"They did a good job shaping our practice habits and preparing us for auditions in the real world," he says.