A native of Albany, New York, Bittner attended Berklee College of Music and played with Stigmata, one of the biggest hardcore bands on the New York scene, for seven years. In the fall of 2001, Bittner joined Shadows Fall. For the past 10 years, he has toured extensively with the band and released “The Art of Balance;” “The War Within” (debuted #38 on Billboard and received a Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance); “Fallout From the War;” “Threads of Life” (Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance); and “Retribution,” one of the band’s most powerful albums to date that debuted in Billboard’s Top 40.
Bittner has been nominated for numerous awards including the 2004 Modern Drummer Reader's Poll for #1 Up and Coming Drummer; the 2005 Modern Drummer Reader’s Poll for #1 Best Recorded Performance for the Shadows Fall album “The War Within” and #1 Metal drummer; and for the second consecutive year, the 2006 Modern Drummer Reader’s Poll for #1 Metal drummer. Bittner’s book, Drumming Out of The Shadows, which was co-authored by Joe Bergamini, received the #2 award in the DRUM! Magazine Reader’s Poll for Best Educational Book.
Commenting on the upcoming clinic tour, Bittner said, “The clinic tour will feature play alongs, free-form playing, educational content, and fun. I’m hoping to have a few Shadows Fall tracks from my new record to share with fans on the tour
Bittner’s Zildjian cymbal set up includes: 20” K Heavy Ride, 14” K Mastersound HiHats, 17” K China , 18” K Dark Crash Medium Thin, 8” K Splash, 17” A Custom Medium Crash, 10” K Splash, 18” A Custom Medium Crash, 21” Z3 Mega Bell Ride, 18” Oriental China Trash, 13” A Custom Mastersound HiHats (auxiliary), and 10” ZHT Mini Hats (auxiliary).