In my last article, I gave nine rules for better big band drumming. As you may recall, they were: (1) Support, (2) Don't get in the way, (3) Cue (or Direct) the band, (4) Don't overplay (simplify), (5) Keep the energy up, (6) Know the chart, (7) Phrasing, (8) Keep time, and (9) Listen!

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