Peter Erskine was born in Somers Point New Jersey June 5th, 1954. He began playing drums at the age of four.
Erskine is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, and studied percussion at Indiana University. His first major professional work was with the Stan Kenton Orchestra in 1972. In 1978 he joined the band Weather Report. During his 4 years as a member of Weather Report, he recorded five albums including the Grammy Award winning "8:30". After leaving, he began to play with the group “Steps Ahead”. He also toured with Diana Krall, Steely Dan, Chick Corea, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Gary Burton & Pat Metheny, Boz Scaggs, Joni Mitchell, Ralph Towner, Sadao Watanabe, Hubert Laws, Queen Latifah, Al Di Meola, Eliane Elias, Miroslav Vitous and JanGarbarek, the John Abercrombie Trio, the Kenny Wheeler Quintet & Big Band, and the Bob Mintzer Big Band. He has also recorded ten solo albums.
Peter is now currently pursuing his career by composing for dance, theatre and animation. He has completed musical pieces for Shakespeare's King Richard II and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Erskine also conducts clinics worldwide. He is the Director of Drumset Studies at the USC Thornton School of Music, and is the Jazz Drumming Consultant to the Royal Academy of Music in London. He has won the Modern Drummer magazine Readers' Poll in the "Jazz Drummer" category 10 times, and was awarded an honorary Doctorate degree from the Berklee College of Music.