By the early '70s, Bozzio had landed gigs with such rock musicals as Godspell and Walking in My Time, in addition to playing in several jazz/fusion outfits and appearing on his first record - backing trumpeter Luis Gasca on his 1972 release Born to Love You.
1975 saw Bozzio catch his big career break, when he auditioned for and got a spot drumming for Frank Zappa. Bozzio's tenure with Zappa lasted only three years, but the drummer was featured on ten albums and countless tours (Bozzio also appeared in the Zappa concert movie Baby Snakes). Bozzio also served as the inspiration for several Zappa compositions during their time together, including "The Black Page" and "Punky's Whips."
After leaving Zappa in 1978, Bozzio nearly landed spots with a pair of potentially interesting outfits - a jazz supergroup called Group 87 (consisting of bassist Patrick O'Hearn and keyboardist Mark Isham, among others) and already-established hard rockers Thin Lizzy.
Unfortunately, both wound up not working out for Bozzio (although he would play on Group 87's self-titled debut recording a couple of years later). But Bozzio didn't have to wait long to join his next project, as he got the thumbs up to join prog rockers UK in 1979. The same year, he played on a pair of UK albums (Danger Money and Night After Night), plus their subsequent supporting tours.
Up next for Bozzio was a new wave project with his wife Dale Bozzio and former Frank Zappa guitarist Warren Cuccurullo, called Missing Persons. The group's space age sound and look turned heads right off the bat, as they enjoyed a pair of hit singles/videos ("Words" and "Destination Unknown"), as well as a gold certified debut album, 1982's Spring Session M. But the band didn't last much longer, as Missing Persons issued only two more albums before splitting up - 1984's Rhyme and Reason and 1986's Color in Your Life.
Subsequently, Bozzio has focused primarily on either recording or touring with a wide variety of acclaimed artists, including Robbie Robertson, Gary Wright, Don Dokken, Paul Hyde, Herbie Hancock, Dweezil Zappa, Richard Marx, Jeff Beck, Duran Duran, Explorer's Club, Billy Sheehan, Steve Vai, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, among others.
Bozzio also began performing clinics for fellow drummers across the country, in addition to issuing an instructional home video in 1992 called Solo Drums.
The late '90s saw the drummer issue albums as part of the all-star trio Bozzio Levins Stevens (Black Light Syndrome and Situation Dangerous), plus collaborative albums with Chad Wackerman (Solos & Duets Vol. I & II), and solo releases (Drawing the Circle, Chamberworks, Solo Drum Music Vol. I & II).
2001 saw Terry rejoin Missing Persons for a series of reunion concerts.
Hosts DC Live w/ Cobus Potgieter. Covers & Interviews Ari Gold & Adrian from Entourage at DVD release of “The Adventures of Power” (the air-drumming movie). Signs DW snaredrum for VH1 Save the Music auction to support music in schools for the tie-in w/the movie.
Sets up Ziracote Big Kit in Green Screen Room at DC to do Live Lessons. Interview for Gannin Arnold DVD. DC Show w/ Dave Etilich (The Mars Volta). Bruges, Belgium Solo Concert for Come On, Beat It! Festival.
TB’s first Free Live Lessons on Big Kit ( www.drumchannel.com every Mon. & Wed. @ 4 PM PST). Live Lesson w/ Collin Bailey. Mike Cosgrove (Alien Ant Farm/ Mystery Schools) Lesson. The reunion of outTrio w/ Alex Machacek, Doug Lunn & Terry Bozzio at the Baked Potato Mar. 24 & 25. DC Live w/ Mike Cosgrove & Mystery Schools. DC Live w/ Chad Zeliga (Breaking Benjamin),Danny Seraphine & Jimmy Chamberlain were surprise guests.