(Available in print June 2, 2015; digitally May 28, 2015)

On the Cover

Daru Jones

“One of the most important things I’ve learned is how to play with my heart and soul. That, and being in tune with what the lyrics are saying. We’re not just banging, we’re listening.” The church-breddrummer packs a lot of emotion into his beatmaking. And it’s a wonder to behold. – by Robin Tolleson

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July 2015 issue of Modern Drummer featuring Daru JonesFEATURES
Catching Up With… Phil Ehart /// Werner “Zappi” Diermaier /// Randy Ciarlante

Dave Elitch Antemasque’s beast spreads the knowledge. – by Adam Budofsky

Vince Cherico Prime groover of Arturo O’Farrill’s Latin jazz. – by Jeff Potter

Kyle Crane Freedom and  re with Daniel Lanois. – by Stephen Bidwell

10 Reasons to Love Mick Avory Half a century of timeless tracking with the Kinks. – by Patrick Berkery


Basics – Attack of the Juh-Ba Harness the Power of the Flat Flam Followed by a Kick Drum – by Rich Redmond (click here for video)

Strictly Technique – Flowing Groupings and Fill-Ins Exercises for Increased Single-Stroke Control by Bill Bachman

Rock ’n’ Jazz Clinic – Grooving in Form Part 1: AABA Beats by Mike Johnston (click here for video)

Jazz Drummer’s Workshop – Elvin Jones–Style Triplet Fills Part 3: More Two-Bar Patterns by John Xepoleas (click here for video)

Rock Perspectives – A John Bonham Foot Pattern Creative Ideas Based on the “Four Sticks” Ostinato – by Powell Randolph

Rock Perspectives – Progressive Drumming Essentials Part 1: Understanding Odd Time Signatures – by Aaron Edgar (click here for video)

Concepts – Don’t Make It Harder Than It Has to Be Leave Your Attitude at the Door – by Russ Miller


Product Close-Up
• Gretsch Renown Birch and Walnut Drumsets (click here for video)
• Sugar Percussion Stave-Shell Snares (click here for video)
• TRX Blends Series Cymbals (click here for video)

Electronic Review – Slaperoo Percussion N-100 Noodle (click here for video)

Shop Talk – Do-It-Yourself Drum Rack! 3 Steps to an Industrial-Looking Setup – by Jordan Hill

Gearing Up X’s DJ Bonebrake

New and Notable Highlights From NAMM 2015


What’s on Your Mind? by Billy Amendola

Readers’ Platform


It’s Questionable Advice for Tennis Elbow – by Dr. Asif Khan

Showcase Featuring Drum Market


In Memoriam
Keith Copeland
Ronnie Bedford
Dallas Taylor

Kit of the Month Vintage Fever

and more!