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John Sparrow of Violent Femmes

Expect the Unexpected After spending 18 years as the Violent Femmes percussionist, John Sparrow has been playing drums in the band for a while now. But what is the musical training ground for playing drums in one of the most…

By Mark Griffith
Mar 31, 2023

Emil Richards

What Los Angeles studio percussionist refers to his equipment, an assortment of over 650 percussion instruments from around the world, as his "collection"? TO READ THE FULL STORY: LOG IN Digital Access $4.99 /month or $49.99 /year SAVE 15% Digital…

by Dave Levine
Jun 19, 2017

Donald Knaack

If you have ever complained about the problems of hauling around and setting up a standard drumset, imagine the problems faced by a musician whose instruments are made entirely of glass. TO READ THE FULL STORY: LOG IN Digital Access…

by Rick Mattingly
Jun 8, 2017

Susan Evans: Doin' It All

A person interested in playing percussion has a lot to choose from. First of all, a decision must he made as to which instrument should be studied. Will it be drum set, congas, vibes, timpani, or one of the many…

by Rick Mattingly
Apr 24, 2017

Master Percussionist: Oregon's Collin Walcott

It was really one of the major lessons of my life when I first started to study Indian music with a guy from Pakistan who was studying psychology at Indiana. TO READ THE FULL STORY: LOG IN Digital Access $4.99…

by Harold Howland
Apr 12, 2017

Double Play: David Peters, Bobby Campo of Le Roux

While the plight of the drummer is strenuous enough in Los Angeles and New York, it is almost impenetrable for those living in various other parts of the country, which is most often the case. While the opportunities are surely…

by Robyn Flans
Mar 23, 2017

Show & Studio

At one point in your drumming career, you're apt to ask yourself, how can I earn more money? The answer may be, become a percussionist. TO READ THE FULL STORY: LOG IN Digital Access $4.99 /month or $49.99 /year SAVE…

Modern Drummer
Feb 23, 2017

John Hadfield

The drummer/percussionist with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, bassist and composer Petros Klampanis, and other big thinkers simultaneously plays traditional drumset and traditional ethnic percussion, in the service of some decidedly un-traditional musical statements. TO READ THE FULL STORY: LOG IN Digital…

Modern Drummer
Feb 23, 2017

Adam Rudolph

In the liner notes to the album Turning Towards the Light, Adam Rudolph comments on one of his compositions, explaining, “a triple-diminished cosmogram is explored.” Of another track, he notes, “In this orchestral narrative, entities of macro or micro electro-magnetic…

Modern Drummer
Feb 23, 2017