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Category: Education Team Members

Jayson Brinkworth

Jayson Brinkworth

Canadian drummer/educator Jayson Brinkworth teaches private lessons at Music in the House, which he is co-owner, and he runs an interactive percussion program in the Regina public school system….

Steve Fidyk

Steve Fidyk

Steve Fidyk co-leads the Taylor/Fidyk Big Band with Stan Kenton arranger Mark Taylor, and he has performed with Slide Hampton, Maureen McGovern, James Moody, New York Voices, Arturo Sandoval, Doc Severinsen, Terell Stafford, Dr. Billy Taylor, and Clark Terry. Fidyk…

Modern Drummer Education Team Member Jim Payne

Jim Payne

Jim Payne has performed with Maceo Parker, Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis, Michael Brecker, and Dave Liebman, as well as with his own group, the Jim Payne Band. A respected historian of funk and R&B drumming, Payne has authored several…

Modern Drummer Education Team Member Claus Hessler

Claus Hessler

Claus Hessler currently teaches at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt, Germany, and he is a professor at Keimyung University in Daegu, South Korea. He’s an active clinician in Europe, Asia, and the United State, having appeared…

Drummer/Educator Bill Bachman

Bill Bachman

Bill Bachman is a world-renowned specialist in hand technique with a heavy background in rudimental drumming and its application to the drumset. Bachman is a regular contributing columnist for Modern Drummer magazine, author of the book Stick Technique: An Essential…

Modern Drummer Education Team Member Donny Gruendler

Donny Gruendler

Donny Gruendler has played behind such artists as Kenny Burrell, John Medeski, D.J. Logic, the Funk Brothers, and Rhett Frazier Inc. He has composed and/or played on jingles for Axe Body Spray, RE/MAX on the Boulevard, and NPR. His film/TV…

Modern Drummer Education Team Member Marko Djordevic

Marko Djordjevic

Marko Djordjevic has played on over forty albums and has performed with artists such as 
Wayne Krantz, Bill Frisell, Aaron Goldberg, and Eric Lewis. Marko’s own band, Sveti, performs the drummer’s compositions inspired by his Balkan roots. Marko has been…

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Mike Johnston

Online educator and clinician Mike Johnston began playing drums at the age of five, and he studied privately with some of the greatest educators of our time, including Peter Magadini and Steve Ferrone. At the age of twenty-one, Mike received…

Modern Drummer Education Team Member Joe Bergamini

Joe Bergamini

Joe Bergamini is currently the senior drum editor for Hudson Music, where he oversees book projects and acts as an associate producer on various DVD productions. He is the co-author of Pedal Control and It’s Your Move with Dom Famularo,…

Modern Drummer Education Team Member Jeff Salem

Jeff Salem

Jeff Salem is an internationally recognized drummer/educator based in Toronto, Canada. He has performed and recorded with the rock bands Fist, Sword, and Saints & Sinners; solo acts Lee Aaron, Randy Bachman, Robben Ford, and 2004 Canadian Idol winner Kalan…