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The Modern Drummer Education Team is made up of a selection of top drummers, educators, and clinicians from around the world, and each member is also a regular columnist for Modern Drummer Magazine. Over the years, the MD Education Team has brought you cutting-edge and informative articles on a range of topics, from basic technique and practice methods, to more advanced concepts like soloing over ostinatos, playing with drum loops, and creating linear grooves.

MD Education Team Members
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  • 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....

    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....

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  • 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 […]

    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 […]

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  • 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 […]

    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 […]

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  • 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 […]

    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 […]

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  • 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 […]

    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 […]

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  • 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 […]

    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 […]

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  • 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 […]

    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 […]

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  • 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 […]

    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 […]

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  • 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 […]

    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 […]

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  • 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 […]

    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 […]

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  • David Stanoch has performed with jazz greats Doc Severinsen, Richard Davis, Herb Ellis, Jack McDuff, Stanley Jordan, and Ben Sidran; pop and R&B artists Sheryl Crow, George Clinton, Freedy Johnston, Bonnie Raitt, Butch Vig, New Kids on the […]

    David Stanoch

    David Stanoch has performed with jazz greats Doc Severinsen, Richard Davis, Herb Ellis, Jack McDuff, Stanley Jordan, and Ben Sidran; pop and R&B artists Sheryl Crow, George Clinton, Freedy Johnston, Bonnie Raitt, Butch Vig, New Kids on the […]

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  • Jason Gianni is a full-time faculty member at Drummers Collective in New York City. He co-authored The Drummer’s Bible with Mick Berry, which is a guide to mastering various drumming styles, and he has recorded television and radio commercials for […]

    Jason Gianni

    Jason Gianni is a full-time faculty member at Drummers Collective in New York City. He co-authored The Drummer’s Bible with Mick Berry, which is a guide to mastering various drumming styles, and he has recorded television and radio commercials for […]

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  • George Marsh is a San Francisco-based jazz drummer/composer currently playing with the David Grisman Sextet. He’s recorded with John Abercrombie, Terry Riley, David Grisman, Jerry Garcia, Pauline Oliveros, Denny Zeitlin, Maria Muldaur, and others. Marsh […]

    George Marsh

    George Marsh is a San Francisco-based jazz drummer/composer currently playing with the David Grisman Sextet. He’s recorded with John Abercrombie, Terry Riley, David Grisman, Jerry Garcia, Pauline Oliveros, Denny Zeitlin, Maria Muldaur, and others. Marsh […]

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  • Florian Alexandru-Zorn’s book The Complete Guide to Playing Brushes, published by Alfred, received a five-star review from Modern Drummer. As a clinician, Florian has presented at various events across Europe and the United States, including […]

    Florian Alexandru-Zorn

    Florian Alexandru-Zorn’s book The Complete Guide to Playing Brushes, published by Alfred, received a five-star review from Modern Drummer. As a clinician, Florian has presented at various events across Europe and the United States, including […]

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  • Jeremy Hummel works regularly with EVE, a guitar/bass/drums trio that plays jazz standards, contemporary jazz, and fusion, and he is musical director for Into the Spin, an eight-piece horn band that specializes in R&B, funk, […]

    Jeremy Hummel

    Jeremy Hummel works regularly with EVE, a guitar/bass/drums trio that plays jazz standards, contemporary jazz, and fusion, and he is musical director for Into the Spin, an eight-piece horn band that specializes in R&B, funk, […]

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  • Jim is the drummer and bandleader for multi-platinum group Rascal Flatts. His recording credits include Rascal Flatts’ multi-platinum disc Me and My Gang, EA Sports’ Madden NFL 11, Brian McKnight’s Ten, and a track on […]

    Jim Riley

    Jim is the drummer and bandleader for multi-platinum group Rascal Flatts. His recording credits include Rascal Flatts’ multi-platinum disc Me and My Gang, EA Sports’ Madden NFL 11, Brian McKnight’s Ten, and a track on […]

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  • Mike Sorrentino has performed with Joe Lynn Turner, Zebra, Ritchie Blackmore, Allan Toussaint, Mary Wilson, and James Fox, and in Broadway productions of Movin’ Out, Grease, and In the Heights. Sorrentino also played on the […]

    Mike Sorrentino

    Mike Sorrentino has performed with Joe Lynn Turner, Zebra, Ritchie Blackmore, Allan Toussaint, Mary Wilson, and James Fox, and in Broadway productions of Movin’ Out, Grease, and In the Heights. Sorrentino also played on the […]

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  • Chuck Silverman is one of the world’s leading exponents of Cuban and Brazilian drumming, and he recently produced an e-Book and video documenting the snare drum techniques of legendary teachers Murray Spivack and Richard Wilson. […]

    Chuck Silverman

    Chuck Silverman is one of the world’s leading exponents of Cuban and Brazilian drumming, and he recently produced an e-Book and video documenting the snare drum techniques of legendary teachers Murray Spivack and Richard Wilson. […]

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