Category: On the Beat

An archive of blog posts from drummers and percussionists in the Modern Drummer community.

Ralph Alexander

On the Beat With Ralph Alexander of The Dose: The One Man Rhythm Section Experiment

Hello MD and greetings to all my fellow drummers! My name is Ralph Alexander and I play drums and bass in a rock duo called The Dose. My buddy Indio (guitar/vocals) and I wanted to form a two-piece band that could sonically fill a room without sacrificing any of the low end by omitting a bass player. We also didn’t want to use any backing tracks. So, I came up with the idea of playing both drums and bass—at the same time.

Steve Fidyk

On the Beat With Drummer/Educator Steve Fidyk: The Making of Allied Forces

Hello, On the Beat readers. Steve Fidyk here. You may be familiar with the column Jazz Drummers Workshop that I have been contributing to for the past five years in Modern Drummer magazine. I’ve also been performing as a member and featured soloist with the Army Blues Jazz Ensemble for over twenty years! I’m blogging today to inform the MD family of readers of my latest solo CD effort, Allied Forces.

Bobby Rydell teen

On the Beat With ’60s Pop Idol Bobby Rydell: A Teen Idol’s Seven-Decade Love Affair With the Drums

Hello MD! Bobby Rydell? Yeah, that’s me! I was that teen idol guy in the early ’60s who sang all those pop hits like “Wild One,” “Volare,” and “Forget Him.” You know, the one with the huge pompadour haircut who was always on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand, and then got to kiss Ann-Margret on-screen before he punched out Conrad Birdie in the film version of the hit musical Bye Bye Birdie.

Marc LaFrance of the Randy Bachman Band

On the Beat With Marc LaFrance of the Randy Bachman Band: Singing Drummer

Hello, On the Beat readers! My name is Marc LaFrance and I am the drummer/singer for Randy Bachman (Guess Who/BTO) and Bachman and Turner. I’m also a producer, songwriter, and session singer. I have performed on many albums over the years with such acts as Mötley Crüe, Bon Jovi, the Cult, Long John Baldry, Cher, Glass Tiger, Carly Simon, and the Scorpions, just to name a few….