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September 2021:
Authentic Latin Rhythms

Listening implants music in a person at a very early age. Listening is accepting all different genres of music—from ethnic to jazz, rock, classical, Latin, African, and everything else. This is when we really begin to understand the different essences of each style and genre. Drumming is rhythms, timbres, sounds, …

June 2021:
Modern Drummer June 2021 Cover
Session Thoughts

From the MD Archives Modern Drummer has assembled tons of wisdom from incredible players throughout its 45 years, so it’s no surprise we have exhaustive data on how drummers approach their art in the recording studio. Here are ten quick session tips we’ve plucked from our archives that may inspire …

April 2020:
2020 Readers Poll Results

It’s that time of year again, when the drummers of the world show love for the most compelling players of the past twelve months. Find out how your favorites did.

May 2019:
May 2019
Todd Sucherman

The Percussive Arts Society held its annual international convention this past November 14–17 at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis.

May 1982:
Alex Acuna – Transcending All Influences
Alex Acuna

Photo by Lissa Wales   At 37, L.A.-based Alex Acuna could honestly call himself—if he weren’t so self effacing—one of the world’s most versatile drummer/percussionists. Though most people know his mid-Seventies work with the globe-hopping Weather Report, many are unaware of the depth of his Latin chops (schooled in Peru …

January 1998:
January 1998 – Volume 22 • Number 1

Alex Acuna, Emil Richards, Joe Porcaro, Lenny Castro, Luis Conte, Mike Fisher, Gene Hoglan, Louis Hayes, Bill Stewart, Jason Marsalis, Brain, Terry Bozzio, Tommy Lee, Pete Escovedo, Dino Daneli, Darren Jessee, Jim Keltner

February 1991:
February 1991 – Volume 15 • Number 2

In this Issue: David Garibaldi, Fred Coury, Ralph Peterson, William Calhoun, Larrie Londin, Tony Williams, Joe Morello, Ed Shaughnessy, Anton Fig, Alex Acuna, Jonathan Mover

October 1990:
October 1990 – Volume 14 • Number 10

In this Issue: Alex Acuna, Eric Singer, Willie Green, Frank Bua, Herman Ernest, Johnny Vidacovich

May 1982:
May 1982 – Volume 6 • Number 3

Aynsley Dunbar, Neil Peart, Alex Acuna, Bobby Colomby, Derek Hess, Billy Cobham, Bill Bruford, Jake Hanna, Mel Lewis, Joe Morello

Posted: April 18, 2019

Category: On the Beat
Bob Holz on His Latest Album and More!

What a pleasure it was to headline at the world famous Catalina Jazz Bar in Hollywood and share the stage with Dean Brown, Brandon Fields, Andrew Ford, and Hans Zermuehlan!

Posted: November 2, 2015

Category: Feature Stories
Dom Famularo’s Teachers List

Over the course of his forty-year career traveling the globe to teach, perform, and conduct clinics, Dom Famularo has interacted with some of the finest drummers and drum instructors in the world. The following list contains many of those names, organized by country/continent. If you’re looking for top-notch drum instruction, …

Posted: February 4, 2015

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Lessons, MD Education Team
Modern Drummer Education Team Weighs In On: Learning Other Styles

We asked the members of the Modern Drummer Education Team if they felt that it’s important for all drummers to study Latin music and other musical genres, even if they don’t intend to ever perform those styles. Here’s what they had to say….

Posted: August 25, 2014

Category: Drummers, News and Events, The Showroom
Rudiments On Congas by Alex Acuña Available as Download or on DVD

Rudiments On Congas, available via Drum Channel, features nearly two hours of lesson material from world-renowned drummer and percussionist Alex Acuña (Weather Report, Paul McCartney, Whitney Houston, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, and more)….

Posted: April 16, 2014

Category: News, News and Events
KoSA Percussion Workshops

The 2014 South Florida Percussion Workshop/KoSA Miami will take place…

Posted: May 9, 2012

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Boxwave’s Brad Ellsworth

“On a recent episode of The Late Show, host David Letterman jokingly tells his musical guest at the conclusion of his performance, “You’re doing pretty well now, buy [your drummer] an actual drum!??? Dave was referring to the talented percussionist Mona Tavakoli, who was backing Mechanicsville, Virginia native Jason Mraz.” …

Posted: April 20, 2012

Category: Clinics and Events, News, News and Events
Drum Channel Live Music Event To Support the Fender Music Foundation

On Wednesday, April 26, DrumChannel.com will be supporting the Fender Music Foundation’s first Save Music Education online benefit concert. (continued)

Posted: March 26, 2012

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Jose Rosa

My name is Jose Rosa, and I’d like to tell you about my latest book, The Art of Latin Drumming, and share information about the Contemporary Drums & Percussion Camp.

Posted: March 21, 2012

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Eric Boudreault

My name is Eric Boudreault, and I am a drummer from Montreal, Canada. I’ve had a chance to play with many incredible musicians—John Patitucci, Alex Acuña, John Beasley, Michel Cusson, Ron Di Lauro, and many more—and it helped me to become a better musician.

Posted: March 2, 2012

Category: Clinics and Events, Drummers, News, News and Events
Alex Acuna at University of Central Florida’s Contemporary Drums and Percussion Camp

Alex Acuna will be part of the 2012 edition of the University of Central Florida’s Contemporary Drums and Percussion Camp, along with his nephew Hector “Pocho” Neciosup, Jose Rosa, John Riley, Tony Cintron, Ekendra Das and Larry Washington. When: July 12 – 14, 2012 Where: University of Central Florida in …

Posted: December 6, 2010

David Phillips Modern Drummer Drummer Blog
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
David Phillips: "A Drummer’s Perspective???

Photo by Marc Rouve You can probably guess I dabble a bit on the old drumkit myself, and it is always difficult trying to explain to someone what it looks like sitting on that throne—the best seat in the house. With my images in the book I try to give …

Posted: December 6, 2010

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
David Phillips: “A Drummer’s Perspective???

Photo by Marc Rouve You can probably guess I dabble a bit on the old drumkit myself, and it is always difficult trying to explain to someone what it looks like sitting on that throne—the best seat in the house. With my images in the book I try to give …

Posted: March 26, 2010

Category: Drummers, The Greats
Dennis Chambers: Fiercely Comin’ At You From Multiple Directions

Dennis Chambers was born on May 9, 1959, and started playing the drums at the young age of four. By his sixth birthday he was already playing in nightclubs. Strictly self-taught, at the age of eighteen Dennis went straight from high school to playing with George Clinton’s Parliament Funkadelic, where …

Posted: May 12, 2004

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Grant Collins

As the saying goes, it’s not what you’ve got, but what you do with it that counts. Australian drummer Grant Collins is proof. Many drummers have a big kit like his. But not many players can audiences amazed with their drum compositions for two hours straight. And Collins performs at …

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