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  • Grover Pro Aluminum-Handle Bass Drum Mallets
    Grover Pro Aluminum-Handle Bass Drum Mallets
    The Showroom - August 21, 2014
    Grover Pro’s six new models of aluminum handle bass drum mallets feature .625"-diameter aluminum shafts with a finish that is easy to grip....
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  • Drummer Harvey Mason
    Influences: Harvey Mason
    Feature Stories - August 19, 2014
    Here, as a companion to our August 2014 Influences piece on Mason, we speak with the drummer about his new album, his early days, the drummers who inspired him, and more....
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  • Sabian’s Fast Hat Pocket cymbal bags
    Sabian Releases Fast Hat Pocket Cymbal Bags To Speed Up Set-Up and Tear-Down
    News and Events - August 15, 2014
    Making it faster for a drummer to get in and out of a gig is the focus of this new cymbal bag collection from Sabian. The bags feature the patent pending Fast Hat Pocket....
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  • Drummer Ches Smith Taking Residence at the Stone in NYC Beginning September 30
    Drummer Ches Smith Taking Residence at the Stone in NYC Beginning September 30
    Drummers - August 15, 2014
    From September 30 until October 6, drummer Ches Smith will bring in different collaborators and projects, both long-standing and burgeoning, to the Stone in New York City. In the past decade, Ches Smith has become one of the most in-demand drummers in New York. He has lent his unique style to bands led by Marc Ribot, Tim Berne, and Mary Halvorson, and he is an active collaborator with the bands Secret Chiefs 3 and Xiu Xiu....
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  • Swiss Chris Clinic at School of Rock, Brooklyn, NY
    Swiss Chris Clinic at School of Rock, Brooklyn, NY
    Drummers - August 14, 2014
    Drummer/educator Swiss Chris has played on Grammy winning tracks with artists like John Legend, Sir Elton John, Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Mos Def, Dead Prez, Wyclef Jean, DMC, Gloria Gaynor, and Estelle. As an educator, Swiss has led courses at Berklee College of Music, Brooklyn College, Sam Ash, Guitar Center, Drum TV, NAMM, and Musikmesse....
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  • Guitar Center’s 26th Annual Drum-Off Searches for the Nation’s Best Drummers
    Guitar Center’s 26th Annual Drum-Off Searches for the Nation’s Best Drummers
    News - August 14, 2014
    Guitar Center recently launched its 26th annual search for the next great drummer. Developed to inspire and support on-the-rise musicians, the Drum-Off has proven to be a launching pad for a flourishing professional career as a drummer. Past Drum-Off winners have gone on to play with Prince and Beyoncé (Cora Coleman-Dunham), Mars Volta and Trash Talk (Thomas Pridgen), and Jay-Z (Tony Royster Jr.). As Guitar Center’s longest running program, Drum-Off continues to unearth some of today’s top undiscovered drummers and provide an excellent platform for exposure....
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    Kenny Aronoff Joins Rick Springfield For Cancer Benefit
    News and Events - August 13, 2014
    Rick Springfield is hosting a once in a lifetime benefit concert tagged “Rock For Ruben” in benefit for his good friend and guitar tech Ruben Velasco.
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  • Mike Johnston to host CreativeLive class “Becoming a Music Teacher: The Art of Sharing Your Talent”
    FREE EVENT! Mike Johnston to host CreativeLive class “Becoming a Music Teacher: The Art of Sharing Your Talent”
    Drummers - August 13, 2014
    Mike Johnston, drummer, educator, and founder of the world’s largest educational website for drummers, Mikeslessons.com, will host a free CreativeLive class on August 14, beginning at 9 am PDT/12 pm EDT, titled “Becoming a Music Teacher: The Art of Sharing Your Talent.” The seven-hour course covers everything from delivering information and engaging students to the business end of teaching....
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  • Pete Lockett Fall 2014 “Drums Around the World” Solo Tour
    Pete Lockett Fall 2014 “Drums Around the World” Solo Tour
    Drummers - August 13, 2014
    This fall, award-winning percussionist Pete Lockett will treat audiences to a dynamic, entertaining, and informative showcase of drumming and percussion from every part of the globe. His “Drums Around the World” tour will include the exploration of world rhythms complemented by subtle sound design and electronics....
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  • Castle Drum Company Produces Tapered Stave Snares
    Castle Drum Company Produces Tapered Stave Snares
    The Showroom - August 13, 2014
    Castle Drum Company produces made-to-order drums using a wide variety of exotic and domestic woods. Company founder, David Cheney, is a professional woodworker and drummer of over thirty years, and he specializes in building tapered stave snares with 14" batter heads and 13" resonant heads. These drums are said to have greater snare movement, sensitivity, action, and response....
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  • Fred Gretsch Leads Historic Gretsch Drums Walking Tour
    Fred Gretsch Leads Historic Gretsch Drums Walking Tour
    News - August 13, 2014
    On a sunny afternoon in July, twenty lucky Gretsch enthusiasts were treated to a once-in-a-lifetime event, as current president and fourth-generation founding family member, Fred Gretsch, led an intimate and historic walking tour through the streets of the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, New York and shared personal stories and memories of the manufacturing origins of the iconic drum brand....
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  • Drummer Wanted's Dean Zimmer
    Dean Zimmer: Drummer Still Wanted
    Feature Stories - August 12, 2014
    Drummer Dean Zimmer spoke with Modern Drummer about his viral success and life since gaining notoriety through the short film, "Drummer Wanted."
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  • (L) Doane Perry, with Mark Craney and June Calhoun (R)
    A Tale of Two Tull Drummers: Doane Perry and Mark Craney
    Feature Stories - August 12, 2014
    Modern Drummer recently chatted with longtime Jethro Tull drummer Doane Perry while doing research for an article on drummer Dean Zimmer. Perry spoke at length about his relationship with Zimmer as well as his great friendship with the late, great Mark Craney, who, in addition to preceding Perry in Tull, turned heads with fusion violinist Jean-Luc Ponty and sophisticated pop vocalist Gino Vannelli. Next year marks a decade since Craney’s death, so this was the perfect opportunity to reflect on his exceptional talent....
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  • IDM Winner Eric Austin
    PMC Announces Drum Roadie for a Day Winner
    News and Events - August 11, 2014
    The Percussion Marketing Council (PMC) has announced that the International Drum Month (IDM) “Drum Roadie for a Day” winner is Eric Austin, 23, of Springfield, IL.
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  • Acrylic Customz creates custom bass drum heads of any size!
    Acrylic Customz Creates Custom Bass Drum Heads of Any Size
    News and Events - August 11, 2014
    Company founder Katie Costantino says, “I use acrylic paints and acrylic-paint pens to come up with eye-catching designs and graphics, from abstract pieces to album artwork, for drummers all over....
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  • VIDEO! Syncopation Revisited, Part 5: Brazilian Applications
    VIDEO! Syncopation Revisited, Part 5: Brazilian Applications
    Education - August 11, 2014
    Click here to check out a video to accompany the Jazz Drummer's Workshop column on Brazilian applications of Syncopation from the September 2014 issue.
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    Stephen Perkins and Rock Against MS Present…
    News - August 8, 2014
    Stephen Perkins, drummer of Jane’s Addiction will lead the BEAT MS Drum Circle Sunday August 10th at the Paramount Ranch nestled in Agoura Hills, CA.
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  • Grover Pro now offering colored ChromaTone timpani mallets.
    Grover Pro now offering colored ChromaTone timpani mallets.
    The Showroom - August 8, 2014
    The colored felts of ChromaTone seamless timpani mallets are molded to a solid core. The mating of the core to the lightweight bamboo handles moves the center of gravity forward, which is said to produce a round sonority with greater fundamental tone....
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  • The Modern Drummer Podcast
    Episode 1 with Brian Reitzell -
    The Modern Drummer Podcast

    Multimedia - August 7, 2014
    Brian Reitzell, drummer (Redd Kross/Air) and soundtrack multi-talent (Marie Antoinette, 30 Days of Night, TV’s Hannibal) has recently moved into the wild world of video game music, while continuing to guide the soundtracks of major films by directors like Sofia Coppola and collaborating with adventurous rockers like Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine and Beck main man Roger Joseph Manning Jr. Brian shares valuable insight into all of those unique musical situations, discusses his brand-new solo debut, Auto Music—the self-styled soundtrack to his L.A. commutes—and wonders what O.J. might have been listening to during his infamous trip along those very same speedways.
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    Porter and Davies partners with Precision Devices for its drum monitoring systems.
    The Showroom - August 7, 2014
    Porter and Davies has partnered with Precision Devices to produce its tactile transducers, which will be installed in all drum monitoring models to give them a greater frequency response range....
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