Backbeats – Woodstick Groove 2016

 This excerpt is taken from the complete article that appears in the September 2016 issue, which is available here.


Woodstick Groove 2016

This past April, Groove Music for Youth and the Emerald Queen Casino held their annual nonprofit drumming charity event, Woodstick Groove, in Tacoma, Washington. Hundreds of drummers attended master classes and performances while raising money to provide instruments to underfunded schools and at-risk youth. Educator Dom Famularo hosted, and special guests included Gregg Bissonette (Ringo Starr, David Lee Roth), Tony Coleman (B.B. King), Jared Falk (Drumeo), David Garibaldi (Tower of Power), Longineu Parsons III (Yellowcard, Adam Lambert), Jules Radino (Blue Öyster Cult), Mark Schulman (Pink, Cher), Brian Tichy (Whitesnake, Billy Idol), Alan White (Yes), Mike Wrench (Upbeat Outreach), and Jeff Kathan (Paul Rodgers, Ronnie Montrose, Spike and the Impalers).

Throughout the day, participants had access to master classes and workshops by Schulman, Tichy, Bissonette, and Wrench. Attendees and guest artists closed the evening together by playing a set of classic-rock and pop songs with a live band. A special tribute to the late Joe Hibbs, a music industry veteran and longtime supporter of the event, was among one of the many highlights of the show. For more information, visit

Check out our highlight reel of the event below!

Miguel Monroy

Learn more about the September 2016 issue of Modern Drummer magazine