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April 2020:
The 2019 Hollywood Drum Show

The nineteenth Hollywood Drum Show was held this past October at the Glendale, California, Civic Center.


May 1983:
Chad Wackerman – Enjoying All Challenges

We had done a series of sessions. Most of it was adding drums to ‘Wendall,’ the drum machine, tracks. For some reason Frank wanted to add live drums to the stuff he had already recorded for the new album.


August September 1982:
Ed Mann – Expanding Percussion

What exactly is a “percussionist” anyway? It sounds rather imposing. To a lot of people, a percussionist is someone who plays in a symphony orchestra.


December 2015:
Innovative Percussion – Artist Signature Sticks

Highly regarded for manufacturing some of the finest keyboard and timpani mallets for concert and marching players, Innovative Percussion also offers a range of drumset sticks for jazz, big band, studio, rock, Latin, and other contemporary styles.


April 2005:
April 2005 – Volume 29 • Number 4

Tommy Lee, Paul Motian, Bill Rieflin, Shauney Baby, Branden Steineckert, Chad Wackerman, Jordan Burns, Sam Fogarino, Jason Smart, Cody Dickinson, Gena Oliver, Scott Abels, Neil Peart, Chad Smith, Marco Minnemann, Hilary Jones


April 2003:
April 2003 – Volume 27 • Number 4

Brad Wilk, Al Foster, Ged Lynch, Mike Wengren, Chad Smith, Stewart Copeland, Terri Lyne Carrington, Nick Tosco, Mike Clark, Rick Woolstenhulme, Jerry Leoni, Viola Smith, Armand Zildjian, Abe Laboriel Jr., Jeff Hamilton, Chad Wackerman


July 1998:
July 1998 – Volume 22 • Number 7

Ricky Lawson, Jim Black, Susie Ibarra, Jeff Porcaro, Abe Cunningham,, Robert Wyatt, Matt Abts, Randy Castillo, Andy Stochansky, Chad Wackerman, Jeff Hirshfield, Don Famularo, Aaron Comess,


February 1990:
February 1990 – Volume 14 • Number 2

In this Issue: Charlie Watts, Frederick Waits, Deen Castronovo, Dave Weckl, Jack DeJohnette, Vinnie Colaiuta, Danny Gottlieb, Gregg Bissonette, Liberty DeVitto, Chad Wackerman, Michael Shrieve, David Beal, Carl Palmer


December 1988:
December 1988 – Volume 12 • Number 12

In this Issue: Chad Wackerman, Allan Schwartzberg, Lionel Hampton



Posted: April 25, 2016

Category: Clinics and Events, Drummers, News, News and Events
Thomas Lang Presents Fifth Annual Big Drum Bonanza

Drummer/producer Thomas Lang (stOrk/Paul Gilbert) has announced that Big Drum Bonanza 2016 (BDB2016) will take place June 28 to July 2 at the Palm Garden Hotel in Thousand Oaks, California. Drummers of all ages, levels, and styles are invited to join Thomas Lang and his special guest instructors, including world-renowned …


Posted: March 1, 2016

Category: Clinics and Events, News, News and Events
News: Study With World-Class Players at Rhythm Retreat Spring 2016

Rhythm Retreat 2016 takes place April 3-8 and April 17-22 in Skaneatles, NY, and is presented by legends and new voices at the forefront of modern drumming….


Posted: December 30, 2015

Category: Clinics and Events, Feature Stories, Multimedia, News, News and Events, Videos
Exclusive Video Interviews from PASIC 2015

This past November 11–14, the Percussive Arts Society held its annual international convention in San Antonio, Texas. This milestone event marked the fortieth anniversary of PASIC and the first year that live-streaming passes were offered. Within the convention, attendees had access to an expo hall filled with the latest gear …


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: July 20, 2015

Category: Feature Stories, Reviews
Music Review: Steve Vai, Aquiles Priester and
Gustavo Carmo, Adam Moore

Guitars, guitars, and yet more guitars, served up hot. The drums ain’t too shabby either….


Posted: May 4, 2015

Category: News, News and Events
Thomas Lang Announces Big Drum Bonanza 2015

Drummer/producer Thomas Lang (stOrk/Paul Gilbert), has announced the Big Drum Bonanza 2015 (#BDB2015), which will take place July 1 through 5 at the Palm Garden Hotel in Thousand Oaks, California.


Posted: March 26, 2015

Category: News, News and Events
News: Vic’s Drum Shop Wins 2014 Outstanding Retailer Award From Vic Firth Company

Vic’s Drum Shop in Chicago has been selected to receive the 2014 Outstanding Retailer Award from Vic Firth. The award was presented to drum shops across America that achieved double-digit sales growth last year with more than $25,000 in annual sell-through of Vic Firth products….


Posted: November 19, 2014

Category: Drummers, News, News and Events
News: John Wackerman’s Drum Duets Volume II Features Duets With Chambers, Hawkins, Bozzio, Lang, and More

The follow-up to the popular and successful CD and book release, Drum Duets Volume I, John Wackerman’s Drum Duets Volume II features top LA session drummer, composer, and producer John Wackerman teaming up with sixteen world-class artists. The video project was shot with multiple camera angles at Drum Channel, runs …


Posted: February 26, 2014

Category: Drummers, Multimedia, Videos
VIDEO – Korn’s Ray Luzier and Special Guests Play “Sluggo’s Revenge??? at Guitar Center’s 2014 Drum-Off Finals

Watch Korn drummer Ray Luzier’s exclusive performance of “Sluggo’s Revenge??? from Guitar Center’s 2014 Drum-Off Finals, held this past January 18. Ray’s band featured Jeff Kollman on guitar, Billy Sheehan on bass, and DJ/producer Sluggo.


Posted: February 21, 2014

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Multimedia, Videos
VIDEO – Chad Smith’s Bombastic Meatbats With Steve Lukather Play “We All Swing the Tuna??? at Guitar Center’s 2014 Drum-Off Finals

Check out this video of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith leading his band the Bombastic Meatbats at Guitar Center’s 2014 Drum-Off Finals, held this past January 18. The band, which also consists of guitarist Jeff Kollman, keyboard player Ed Roth, and bassist Kevin Chown, was joined onstage by …


Posted: February 20, 2014

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Multimedia, Videos
VIDEO – Steve Ferrone and Questlove Play “Pick Up the Pieces??? at Guitar Center’s 2014 Drum-Off Finals

Check out this video of longtime Tom Petty drummer Steve Ferrone and the Roots’ Questlove playing “Pick Up the Pieces,??? from Guitar Center’s 2014 Drum-Off Finals, which were held this past January 18. The song was the biggest hit for the Scottish funk group Average White Band, which Ferrone played …


Posted: November 27, 2013

Category: News, News and Events
Carlos Vega Memorial Birthday Concert

The sixteenth annual Carlo Vega Memorial Birthday Concert will take place on December 8, 2013 at 8 pm at Cafe Cordiale. This year’s concert will feature several different drummers playing tribute to Carlos, in a variety of styles. The line up includes such greats as Chad Wackerman (James Taylor, Frank …


Posted: October 25, 2013

Category: Clinics and Events, Drummers, News, News and Events
MD Writer “Pistol” Pete Kaufmann Conducts “Big Picture Drumming” Clinic

Musician and Modern Drummer writer “Pistol” Pete Kaufmann will be conducting his clinic on “Big Picture Drumming” at Warlock Drum studios in Downtown Jersey City, Saturday, November 9th, from 1 to 3pm. Big Picture Drumming is based on Pistol’s Modern Drummer Magazine educational piece and concepts will be geared towards …


Posted: March 18, 2013

Category: Clinics and Events, News, News and Events
Guitar Center to Launch Its First Musician’s Expo

Guitar Center to showcase the latest music products shown at the NAMM tradeshow in January, offering the public unprecedented access to preview products before they hit Guitar Center stores later this year.


Posted: July 17, 2012

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Curtis Marrero of Milo Greene

My name is Curtis Marrero, aka Tron—or as my bandmates in Milo Greene would say, Tronaldy! Our self-titled debut album comes out today, and I’m very excited for people to hear it.


Posted: January 26, 2012

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Josh Freese: How to Promote Yourself, and Other Insights

This article originally ran in the December 2009 issue of Modern Drummer magazine.   1. Think marketing. I made my latest record [Since 1972] on my own dime. So I thought, How can I do something cool and interesting to make people aware of it? My last record sold so …


Posted: August 25, 2011

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Siouxsie Sioux’s Robert Brian

My name is Robert Brian, and I am the current drummer for singer and punk legend Siouxsie Sioux. I have been Siouxsie’s drummer since 2007…


Posted: February 16, 2011

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Chris Tsagakis: Gearing Up

by Corrado Rizzi A conversation with the RX Bandits drummer, who goes from So-Cal ska to prog and beyond. It’s safe to say that you will never see RX Bandits drummer Chris Tsagakis play a song live the same way twice. Some of his parts certainly remain constant—his integral grooves, …


Posted: April 17, 2007

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Marco Minnemann: Beyond Chops

A new breed of drummer has emerged over the past decade. This elite group of international super-drummers has changed the face of drumming and raised the bar on speed, ambidextrous technique, soloing, stick tricks, multi-pedal coordination, and independence to levels that seem unimaginable to most drummers….


Posted: July 19, 2005

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Tommy Lee

Tommy Lee is in a great mood, and he has every reason to be. His new CD, appropriately titled Never A Dull Moment, has just been released, and it’s off the hook! We recently caught up with Tommy while preparing for his upcoming tour.


Posted: May 12, 2004

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Josh Freese

Looking at Josh Freese across a Starbucks table, it’s hard to believe I’ve known him since he was eleven years old. Suddenly it struck me that he was then the same age that my son is now, and the comparison was mind-blowing. At eleven years old, Josh was already fiercely …



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