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February 2022:
Gallery of Groove

Photos from the 2021 Modern Drummer Festival For the second year in a row, the global pandemic chased the Modern Drummer Festival to an online venue. But we were unbowed. Presented by the MD team and produced by Thom Mozloom’s crew at M Network, we were able to unleash one …

October 2021:
12 MD Cover Artists on Playing for the Song From the Modern Drummer Archives

As we honor Charlie Watts in this special tribute issue, we wanted to take a look back at how some other drummers accomplished what Watts did so brilliantly—which was create parts and arrangements that enhanced the song. A lot of drummers have discussed composition, production, and collaboration—as well as creating …

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 …

September 2020:
Avenues to Excellence
Avenues to Excellence

15 MD Cover Artists Reveal the Big Ideas That Put Them on the Road to Success The abundance of educational material online, as well as great teachers to mold your passion and enthusiasm into technique and musicality, are massively beneficial to those seeking proficiency on the drums. But even with …

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.

March 1999:
March 1999 – Volume 23 • Number 3

David Silveria, Cindy Blackman, Bill Ward, Lonnie Wilson, Tommy Lee, Rick Latham, Fred LeBlanc, Hilarie Sidney, Ernie Adams, Alessandra Belloni, Billy HIggins, Dave Weckl, Buddy Rich

Posted: April 11, 2021

Category: News
A Look Back to 2020- Cindy Blackman Santana’s ‘Give The Drummer Some’ – Album Review – April 11th, 2021

By Rob Coen “Give the Drummer Some”, released September 18th, 2020, is Cindy Blackman Santana’s 17 song album featuring some legendary players, Kirk Hammett (Metallica), Vernon Reid (Living Colour), John McLaughlin (Miles Davis), and Carlos Santana just to name a few. Yes, the guitar performances on this album are stunning, …

Posted: March 14, 2021

Category: News
Val Sepulveda – Hit Like A Girl Spotlight – HLAG 2013 Champion & 2021 Judge – 3/14/21

Val Sepulveda is an award-winning drummer from Villa Alemana, Chile now based in Los Angeles, CA. Her passion for drumming  started when she was 13 years old sitting on her first drum kit. She always followed beats and rhythms in songs, so when she learned her first groove (Michael Jackson’s …

Posted: September 18, 2020

Taylor Hawkins
Category: News
In Tribute to a Tribute: Reflections on the Modern Drummer Festival 2020

by Fred W. Gretsch This past Saturday, September 12 saw the return of one of drumming’s great events: The Modern Drummer Festival. Not held since 2011, this year’s Festival marked the 20th in its iconic history. Of course, given the nature of the times, the 2020 Festival couldn’t be held …

Posted: September 1, 2020

Category: News
Modern Drummer Festival 2020

Modern Drummer is rebooting its world-famous Drum Festival on September 12 at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time with a live-streaming event honoring the late, great Rush drummer Neil Peart. Proceeds of ticket sales will benefit brain tumor research at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The event, which will be produced and distributed …

Posted: August 20, 2020

Category: News
20th Annual Modern Drummer Festival featuring A Tribute To Iconic Drummer Neil Peart.

LiveXLive to Produce and Distribute Live Pay Per View Show Featuring Incredible Lineup Reaching over 150 Million Social Media Fans — Taylor Hawkins, Chad Smith, Cindy Blackman-Santana, Thomas Lang, Alex Gonzalez A global platform for livestream and on-demand audio, video and podcast content in music, comedy, and pop culture, announced …

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