Chad Szeliga

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Chad Szeliga
Szeliga performing on stage at a Breaking Benjamin concert
Background information
Genres Heavy metal, post-grunge, hard rock, Jazz, Fusion, Gospel, Funk, Hip hop, Bebop
Instruments Drums
Years active 1999–present
Labels Hollywood
Associated acts Breaking Benjamin, Switched, Leo, Forever Oeuvre, APG, OurAfter, Crystal Bowersox, Hourcast, Black Label Society, Black Star Riders

Chad Szeliga is an American drummer and percussionist from Elyria, Ohio. Formerly the drummer for the band Breaking Benjamin, he joined Black Label Society in 2013, replacing Mike Froedge.[1] In 2017, he replaced Jimmy DeGrasso in Black Star Riders.

Breaking Benjamin[edit]

While with Another Path, Szeliga recorded an audition video for Breaking Benjamin playing drums for the song "So Cold".[2] The video submitted happened to be the only VHS tape submitted. Ben Burnley was forced to borrow a VCR from his neighbor to view the tape. After Burnley reviewed the tape, the band decided he was the right guy for the job.[3] His first official recording with the band was for the full-band version of the song "Rain" from We Are Not Alone in mid-2005, which was sent to modern radio, and later appeared on the band's cover of Queen's "Who Wants to Live Forever". He recorded with Breaking Benjamin on their 2006 album Phobia, which was released August 8, 2006. He also joined the band on their tour supporting that album.[4] Szeliga left Breaking Benjamin in April 2013 due to creative differences and notified his fans via a Facebook post on April 22, 2013. He went on to drum with Black Label Society until 2014 and also recorded and toured briefly with Scott Stapp.

On 5 May 2017, Szeliga was announced as the new drummer for Black Star Riders, replacing Jimmy DeGrasso.[5]


With Breaking Benjamin

With Black Label Society

With Switched

With Forever Oeuvre


  1. ^ "BLACK LABEL SOCIETY Recruits BREAKING BENJAMIN Drummer". September 14, 2011. Retrieved August 10, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Chad Szeliga Video Audition for Breaking Benjamin So Cold Elyria Ohio". YouTube. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  3. ^ "Breaking Benjamin Underground". The Shallow Bay. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  4. ^ "Breaking Benjamin – Chad Szeliga". Retrieved 2009-04-07. 
  5. ^ "Black Star Riders joined by ex-Black Label Society drummer Chad Szeliga". Blabbermouth. 5 May 2017.