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The latest drumming news.

Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group Boston Hosting Third Annual Drum-Off Competition

Blue Man Group Boston is hosting their third annual drum-off competition to find the most creative, talented drummers in the greater Boston area. This year’s finals will be held July 16 at 1 pm on the main stage as part of the Outside the Box Festival on Boston Common.

Guitarist Paul Gilbert on Mike Portnoy

Guitarist Paul Gilbert on Mike Portnoy

Mr. Big founder and ex-Racer X guitarist Paul Gilbert is releasing his seventeenth solo album today, ‘I Can Destroy’, featuring Thomas Lang on drums. Gilbert has performed in a number of musical projects over the years with Mike Portnoy, including the drummer’s Beatles tribute group Yellow Matter Custard, which played the Modern Drummer Festival in 2003. Gilbert talks about those gigs in the brand-new Episode 18 of his “Scarified” video series; we asked him to expand on the subject here.

Dick DiCenso

Dick DiCenso Passes

We at Modern Drummer were saddened to hear of the passing of Dick DiCenso, the father of renowned drummer Dave DiCenso and the founder of Dick DiCenso’s Drum Shop, which was founded in 1982 and for twenty-three years served the Quincy, Massachusetts, area.

Asheville Rhythm Presents Percussion Festival

Asheville Rhythm Presents Percussion Festival

This year’s festival will feature teaching artists from around the globe, including NYC-based drummer and composer Allison Miller, Portuguese world music hand pan artist Kabeção, Vicki Genfan, multi-percussionist David Kuckhermann, Mo’Rhythm Percussion School owner and innovator Monette Marino, West African dancer and choreographer Barakissa Coulibaly, and the founder of the festival, Asheville’s rhythm ambassador River Guerguerian….

Mikkey Dee

Scorpions Recruit Mikkey Dee For US Tour Dates

Iconic rockers Scorpions will hit the road in May for twelve North American headlining dates with Mikkey Dee, formerly of Motörhead, sitting in on drums for James Kottak, who is currently on break while he seeks medical attention….

Sabian Education Network Hosts Los Angeles Event at Musicians Institute

Sabian Education Network Hosts Los Angeles Event at Musicians Institute

The Sabian Education Network hosted a panel discussion event for drum teachers at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California. Led by SEN director Joe Bergamini, the panel featured Dave Black, Jeff Bowders, Fred Dinkins, and Pete Gamber and was attended by drum teachers and SEN members from Southern California….

Billy Martin and Cyro Baptista Rhythm, Sound, and Magic

Rhythm, Sound, and Magic Spring Camp

Join two old friends and masters of percussion Billy Martin (Medeski, Martin and Wood, John Scofield, Iggy Pop, Bob Moses) and Cyro Baptista (Paul Simon, Herbie Hancock, John Zorn, Yo Yo Ma, Trey Anastasio), plus special guests John Medeski and Amir Ziv, for a spring camp filled with playing, listening, composing, films, and playing some more….