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  • Mapex “Over the Edge Tour” With Russ Miller and Rashid Williams
    Mapex “Over the Edge Tour” With Russ Miller and Rashid Williams
    Drummers - August 29, 2014
    Mapex artists and staff members will be stopping in fifteen cities across the USA for the Mapex SONIClear “Over the Edge Tour.” The tour is designed to allow players to experience first-hand the award-winning SONIClear bearing edge and the sound of Armory and Mars drumsets and Armory snare drums....
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  • Thomas Lang Drumming Boot Camp Dates Announced!
    Thomas Lang Drumming Boot Camp Dates Announced!
    Drummers - August 29, 2014
    Drummer/producer Thomas Lang (stOrk/Paul Gilbert/John Wetton) has announced a Thomas Lang Drumming Boot Camp (TLDBC) scheduled for November 14–16, 2014 at the Palm Garden Hotel located at 495 N. Ventu Park Road, Thousand Oaks, California. Reserve your spot before September 8 and get all equipment rentals for free....
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    Cympad Expands Chromatics Series with Crimson, Yellow, and White Models
    News and Events - August 29, 2014
    Expanding its popular line of Chromatics cellular-foam cymbal washers, Cympad is now offering them in crimson, yellow, and white models....
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    John Favicchia Fall 2014 Clinic Tour
    News and Events - August 27, 2014
    A list of drummer John Favicchia's Fall 2014 Clinic Tour dates...
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  • Drumerica Contest for Young Drummers Launches July 1!
    Drumerica Announces 2014 Contest Finalists
    News and Events - August 27, 2014
    Drumerica, the National Contest For Young Drummers, has announced the names of the 18 finalists in this year’s competition. They are:
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  • Boso Bamboo Drumsticks Introduces New Fixed Handle Wire Brushes
    Boso Bamboo Drumsticks Introduces New Fixed Handle Wire Brushes
    The Showroom - August 26, 2014
    Boso Drumsticks recently released new Natural 5A and Strata 5A fixed handle wire brushes. By layering natural and compressed bamboo, using a method Boso calls “Strata Technology,” Boso is able to mimic the density of hickory to produce bamboo sticks that match the weight drummers are accustomed to. Boso also produces sticks made entirely of natural bamboo (Natural) and entirely of compressed bamboo (Dark) for players looking for a lighter or heavier stick. In a series of reliability tests performed by National Technical Systems (NTS), Boso’s bamboo sticks were found to have greater shock absorption than hickory....
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  • Rudiments On Congas by Alex Acuña Available as Download or on DVD
    Rudiments On Congas by Alex Acuña Available as Download or on DVD
    News and Events - August 25, 2014
    Rudiments On Congas, available via Drum Channel, features nearly two hours of lesson material from world-renowned drummer and percussionist Alex Acuña (Weather Report, Paul McCartney, Whitney Houston, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, and more)....
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  • Simmons Introduces Stryke6 iPad Drum Controller
    Simmons Introduces Stryke6 iPad Drum Controller
    The Showroom - August 22, 2014
    The new Stryke6 is an iPad controller that delivers a tactile playing experience in a compact, tabletop design. Equipped with six velocity-sensitive pads plus two foot pedals for kick and hi-hat control, the laptop-sized Stryke6 is ideal for on-the-go playing, portable practice, and other times when a full kit is not a viable option....
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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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  • Hello, <em>Modern Drummer</em> readers! It’s been a while since I last checked in from “the North Woods.” I see all is great in drum land—so many amazing new talents every day!

    Karl Latham

    Hello, Modern Drummer readers! It’s been a while since I last checked in from “the North Woods.” I see all is great in drum land—so many amazing new talents every day!

  • We’re coming up to the one-year anniversary of the band Tempt, and I thought that in my blog it would be interesting to give you the drummer’s perspective on trying to make it in the music business....

    Jimmi Kane of Tempt

    We’re coming up to the one-year anniversary of the band Tempt, and I thought that in my blog it would be interesting to give you the drummer’s perspective on trying to make it in the music business….

  • When I was twelve, my two best friends decided they wanted to perform as a band in our middle school talent show. The problem was that only one of us could actually play an instrument with any decency, and that person was not me. It was decided that I would learn the drums for the Weezer song “Why Bother,” and I had about a month to figure it out....

    John Fontana of the Futures League

    When I was twelve, my two best friends decided they wanted to perform as a band in our middle school talent show. The problem was that only one of us could actually play an instrument with any decency, and that person was not me. It was decided that I would learn the drums for the Weezer song “Why Bother,” and I had about a month to figure it out….