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Category: On the Beat

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

Cole Marcus

On the Beat With Cole Marcus

Hey Modern Drummer readers, this is Cole Marcus. I’m a seventeen-year-old drummer with a thirteen-year long professional career. I started playing at ten months old, and landed my first artist endorsements at age four with Mapex, Zildjian, and Vic Firth, with more added after that (Evans, Yamaha DTX, Cympad, GoPro, Humes & Berg, RocNSoc).

Educator Mike Wrench

On the Beat With Educator Mike Wrench: Overcoming Obstacles

Greetings, fellow drummers! I’m very excited to introduce Upbeat Outreach to the drumming community. My name is Mike Wrench, and I am a drummer and clinician whose passion is exploring the endless abilities in the realm of drumming. You can find me speaking and teaching at events from Rich Redmond’s Drummers Weekend to my local YMCA and regional development centers.

Matt Byrne of Hatebreed

On the Beat With Matt Byrne of Hatebreed: Improvisation!

Greetings, MD family! Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Matt Byrne and I reside in the Queen City on the Hudson, Poughkeepsie, NY (located just north of NYC). For the past sixteen years, I have played drums for the heavy metal/hardcore band, Hatebreed….

Charlie Z Drumageddon

On the Beat With Charlie Z: Drumageddon Cyborg Drummer/DJ

Hello! It is my honor to be a part of the Modern Drummer “On the Beat” section. Being a young drummer, Modern Drummer was actually how I got the idea to become the successful NYC session drummer, producer, and music director that I am today.

Michael Bettine Gongtopia

On the Beat With Michael Bettine of Gongtopia: Relax and Bang a Gong

Greetings, Modern Drummers! Michael Bettine here and it’s been a very busy 2016 so far. In January, I was in Australia as the artist in residence at the MONA FOMA festival in Hobart, Tasmania. Over the course of three days, I performed eight times: four solo performances, three duos, and one quartet with Australian musicians. It was a fantastic experience and the response was wonderful.

Mike Fuentes

On the Beat With Mike Fuentes of Pierce the Veil: Self-Taught Style

Hello everyone, my name is Mike Fuentes and I play drums for a band called Pierce the Veil. When I was fourteen years old my dad bought me my first drumset at a local swap meet along with a Buddy Rich DVD. After that, my brother Vic and I started jamming every day after school—writing songs and recording demos in my bedroom, where the walls were completely covered in posters of all my favorite bands….