Peter Erskine on the cover of Modern Drummer magazine June 2016


(Available in print and digitally April 28, 2016)

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On the Cover

Peter Erskine

“Can we still keep getting better as we get older? It is possible. But art is deffinitely a two-way street, and a commitment.”

With the recent release of a new solo album, a big band app, and a Weather Report box largely made up of recordings from his own personal collection, Erskine is clearly as committed to furthering the art of drumming as he’s ever been. – by Rick Mattingly

Cover and contents photos by Alex Solca



Catching Up With…KENNY ARONOFF and Black Stone Cherry’s JOHN FRED YOUNG



His childhood in Cuba provided him with inherent musicality. Conservatory training and the experience brought by thousands of working hours gave him the rest of what he needed to become one of the most in-demand players in L.A. – by Robin Tolleson


As long as there are players like him keeping the fl ame alive, the breakthroughs of legendary educators like Sanford Moeller and Jim Chapin will continue to live on. – by Ilya Stemkovsky


Driving a Broadway show as record- and rule-breaking as The Lion King is no small feat, and this drummer has proven more than up to the task. – by Michael Dawson


PAUL WELLS defines the word authentic with the pre-swing jazz institution Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks—then turns around and backs the contemporary jazz and pop vocalist Curtis Stigers. It’s all in a day’s work. – by Jeff Potter


Still in his twenties, he’s already worked with the kind of players who have entire chapters dedicated to them in music encyclopedias. – by Willie Rose

A Different View: JON ANDERSON

As a founding member of Yes, prog’s most famous band, he helped push rock music well past its original borders—lyrically, melodically, and rhythmically. – by Adam Budofsky


Teacher’s Forum – Those Who Can, Teach

Simple Tips for Making the Move From Player to Private Instructor – by Michael Vosbein

Basics – Six-Stroke Success

Variations on a Classic Roll – by Rich Redmond (click here for supplemental video content)

Strictly Technique – Nine Over Two

Part 1: Accenting the Quarter-Note Triplet  – by Bill Bachman

Rock ’n’ Jazz Clinic – Groove Construction

Part 2: More Snare Displacement – by Jost Nickel (click here for supplemental video content)

Rock Perspectives – Progressive Drumming Essentials

Part 11: Making Four Sound Like More – by Aaron Edgar (click here for supplemental video content)

Concepts – Organize Your Gear

Part 1: Cartage – by Russ Miller


Product Close-Up
• Kumu Limited series All Maple and All Mahogany drumsets (click here for supplemental video content)
• Masterwork Jazz Master and Valena series cymbals (click here for supplemental video content)
• Doc Sweeny Midnight Edge and Narra King snare drums (click here for supplemental video content)
• Porter & Davies BC Gigster

Gearing Up: Electronica Drummer/Producer Shigeto

Collector’s Corner : 1964: The Tribute’s Bobby Potter by Harry Cangany

New and Notable



by Michael Dawson

Readers’ Platform


It’s Questionable – The Value of Learning Other Instruments by Marko Djordjevic

Showcase Featuring Drum Market

Critique – Black Mountain, Glenn Kotche with S?? Percussion, Robby Ameen, and more

Inside Methods Denny Seiwell’s What Not to Play!

Backbeats – 2015 Guitar Center Drum-Off  Grand Finals, Scouts Honor documentary

Kit of the Month – Slingerland Radio King

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