<em>Modern Drummer</em>’s 2013 Readers Poll Winners

Modern Drummer’s 2013 Readers Poll Winners
The results are in for the longest-running, most prestigious drummer poll in the world. Without further ado, here are your winners for 2013.


Hall of Fame in the Modern Drummers Readers Poll

 Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, Modern Drummer Readers Poll Hall of Fame WinnerBernard “Pretty” Purdie

The renowned stylist continues to set an example of soulfulness and strength for drummers of every age and in countless musical genres.


MVP in the Modern Drummers Readers Poll

Neil Peart, Modern Drummer Readers Poll MVP and Prog WinnerNeil Peart

Peart is one of a number of drummers this year who took top honors in two categories. Besides being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Rush’s drummer released a book to accompany his instructional DVD Taking Center Stage, and he collaborated with writer Kevin J. Anderson on a novel based on Rush’s Clockwork Angels album.


Pop and Studio in the Modern Drummers Readers Poll

Vinnie Colaiuta, Modern Drummer Readers Poll Pop and Studio WinnerVinnie Colaiuta

Whether touring with Sting and Herbie Hancock or recording for Paul McCartney, Lee Ritenour, and Wayne Krantz, Vinnie captures the imagination of drum fans in a way no other living player does. He has now won the Studio category fifteen times.


Fusion and Recorded Performance in the Modern Drummer Readers Poll

Jojo Meyer, Modern Drummer Readers Poll Fusion and Recorded Performance WinnerJojo Mayer

Mayer, who has greatly elevated the art of groove playing within a largely electronic setting, toured the States and Japan this year with the band Nerve, which recently released the fourth installment of its EP series, a winner in our poll. Advertisement


book in the Modern Drummer Readers Poll

Benny Greb, Modern Drummer Readers Poll Clinician/Educator and Educational Book WinnerBenny Greb

The wild popularity of his educational materials, private clinics, and drum camps motivated readers to name Greb as the year’s top educator, and to call specific attention to his Language of Drumming book.


Mainstream Rock in the Modenr Drummer Readers Poll

Travis Barker, Modern Drummer Readers Poll Mainstream Rock WinnerTravis Barker

Upon learning about his win, the popular Blink-182 drummer was moved to thank readers personally: “I’ve read Modern Drummer for over thirty years. I used to dream about even being mentioned in the magazine. The Readers Poll is always such a great honor to be a part of.”


Jazz in the Modenr Drummer Readers Poll

Antonio Sanchez by Justin Bettman, Modern Drummer Readers Poll Jazz WinnerAntonio Sanchez

During this past year Sanchez toured in guitar legend Pat Metheny’s group and released his third album as a leader, New Life, the first consisting solely of his own compositions.


Metal in the Modenr Drummer Readers Poll

Matt Halpern, Modern Drummer Readers Poll Metal WinnerMatt Halpern

Periphery’s drummer joined fellow 2013 Modern Drummer Pro Panelists Antonio Sanchez, Stephen Perkins, and Benny Greb as a category topper this year.


R&B in the Modern Drummer Readers Poll

Tony Royster Jr., Modern Drummer Readers Poll RandB WinnerTony Royster Jr.

Jay-Z’s drummer first appeared in the MD Readers Poll in 2000 as the top Up & Coming drummer. In 2013 he took the R&B category for the second year in a row.


Alternative in the Modern Drummer Readers Poll

Stephen Perkins by Alex Solca, Modern Drummer Readers Poll Alternative WinnerStephen Perkins

Perkins, who continues to tour and record with the alternative glam band Jane’s Addiction, has also become a crowd favorite at the Guitar Center Drum-Off finals, which he hosts.


Country in the Modern Drummer Readers Poll

Jim Riley, Modern Drummer Readers Poll Country WinnerJim Riley

The former MD Pro Panelist, who spent 2012 touring and recording with country superstars Rascal Flatts, took the Country category for the third year in a row.


Percussion in the Modern Drummer Readers Poll

Daniel De Los Reyes by Kathy O'Toole, Modern Drummer Readers Poll Percussionist WinnerDaniel de los Reyes

The veteran Latin-jazz drummer recently became a full member of the Grammy-winning Zac Brown Band, and fans took notice.


Up and Coming in the Modern Drummer Readers Poll

Garrett Goodwin, Modern Drummer Readers Poll Up and Coming WinnerGarrett Goodwin

Carrie Underwood’s powerful nonconformist raises eyebrows with every backbeat.



Check out the the July 2013 issue of Modern Drummer for complete coverage, available now in print and digital.