Greetings, fellow Modern Drummer readers! My name is Sammy K and I am honored to be a part of the blog section of the world’s leading drum magazine. I’m an independent musician and educator residing in Los Angeles and blessed to work internationally. My career has been based on diversity, and I enjoy the musical challenges and rewards of the many gigs I play. From brushes to double bass drum playing, a typical week will include working with singer/songwriters, playing jazz trio gigs and rock gigs, and doing country work and clinics. I’ve had the honor of working with artists as diverse as the late Bob Hope, Lucy Lawless, Burt Bacharach, Jon Hendricks, Michael Orland (American Idol), the Coasters, Jon Faddis, Bill Watrous, Bobby Vinton, and numerous others. I am active as a clinician and am also a drum circle facilitator for Remo.
Additionally, I created the Groove Boot Camp program, for which I teach internationally. It covers the basic drum vocabulary required to play in a big-band setting, and it has proven to be very helpful to drummers and educators of all skill levels.
Los Angeles provides many unique opportunities, and I’ve had many great experiences. I’ve appeared in or on the Emmy-winning Wayne Brady Show, Ally McBeal, Unsung Heroes on CMT, and the film The Fast And The Furious, and I’ve played with KC And The Sunshine Band and Josh Groban. The clients that I’ve worked for include the Walt Disney Company, Ferrari, the Hal Leonard Corporation, MuchMusic, Six Flags, Daimler-Chrysler, the International Toys For Tots campaign, ABC, CBS, and NBC. I am also a member of the Los Angeles Lakers Band and play at many of the home games of the world champions. Grammy winners Ted Perlman and Mike Acosta use me for projects they produce, and, needless to say, I get to play with some of the best musicians in the world!
This summer I’m traveling to jazz camps as an artist in residence and performing with some great players. I’m very pleased to be associated with Remo, Zildjian, and Yamaha, and I couldn’t do what I do without them. If you have a chance, please check out my Web sites, and maybe I’ll see you out on the road or in line for the next great roller-coaster ride. Thanks for reading!