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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 …


January 2022:
Danny Seraphine

“Introduction”Chicago Transit Authority, 1969 “This was a powerful musical statement written by Terry Kath that set the tone for our band’s first album,” says Seraphine. “The song was inspired by the Don Ellis Big Band recording called ‘Autumn,’ which we were all listening to at the time. ‘Introduction’ embodied the …


February 2014:
Danny Seraphine: Integral
Danny Seraphine

At a time when jazz and rock drumming camps were largely polar, Danny Seraphine integrated his skills in both genres into a fresh, vibrant sound that launched megahits.


May 2017:
The 2016 Hollywood Custom and Vintage Drum Show

This past October 8, the 2016 Hollywood Custom and Vintage Drum Show packed the Glendale Civic Auditorium in Glendale, California, with gear, drumming enthusiasts, and great performances and clinics. Vendor booths were filled with the latest drums from Acoutin, BoneYard, Craviotto, DW, Dunnett, George Way, Gretsch, INDe, Jenkins-Martin, Ludwig, Mayer …


December 1979 - January 1980:
Danny Seraphine: The Rhythm of Chicago
Danny Seraphine

“I loved to watch my uncle who was a drummer, when I was young, but he only played weekends because in those days, most of them didn’t really devote their lives to it. It was such a long-shot,” says Danny Seraphine, drummer for Chicago, whose innovative sound first stirred the …


June 2011:
June 2011 – Volume 35 • Number 6

Josh Freese, Phil Collins, Philly Joe Jones, Brian Tichy, Floyd Sneed, John Von Ohlen, Lenny White, Danny Seraphine, Robert Sweet, Kevin Crabb, Troy Zeigler, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Marco Giovino



Posted: November 1, 2021

Category: News
12 Drummers Drumming

Monday, November 1, 2021, on Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen’s 58th birthday, we are announcing a special upcoming auction called ’12 Drummers Drumming’ to benefit his Raven Drum Foundation. For the past 37 years, PNC has calculated the prices of the 12 gifts from the classic holiday song, “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” The PNC …


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 …


Posted: March 26, 2019

Chuck Tilley
Category: On the Beat
Chuck Tilley of Sixwire

I’m a great example of “be careful what you wish for.” After spending the last seven years drumming for the iconic country band Alabama playing more than three hundred and fifty shows, it was time to focus on my own band Sixwire.


Posted: November 14, 2017

Danny Seraphine
Category: Clinics and Events, News, News and Events
Spirit Winter Percussion Presents Ninth Annual Day of Percussion

Join Spirit Winter Percussion for the Ninth Annual Day of Percussion, November 19, 9 am to 5 pm, at Somerset Berkley Regional High School.


Posted: April 16, 2016

Category: Drummers, News, News and Events
Legendary Drummer Danny Seraphine Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Pioneering jazz-rock drummer/composer/author and founding member of the Grammy award-winning rock group, Chicago, Danny Seraphine was officially inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Friday, April 8 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center….


Posted: March 23, 2016

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On the Beat With Jon Rotman of Eliot Lewis: Enjoying the Ride

Hey folks! My name is Jon Rotman and I have been a reader of Modern Drummer since 1977, when at age ten, my mom bought me my first copy with Chicago’s Danny Seraphine on the cover. That issue marked the beginning of an amazing journey!


Posted: November 13, 2015

Category: Clinics and Events, News, News and Events
Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp Hollywood, CA 2015

On November 6, Modern Drummer’s Billy Amendola hosted an afternoon Q&A at David Fishof’s Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp with legendary drummer Ginger Baker. Later that evening, Amendola threw his annual “drum hang??? with special guests Erik Eldenius, Matt Star, Denny Seiwell, percussionist Pamela Seraphine, bassist Rudy Sarzo, Frankie Banali, …


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: October 9, 2015

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On the Beat With Pamela Lynn-Seraphine: Mental Fitness Through Neurodrumming Therapeutics

Hello, fellow MD readers! I’m Pamela Lynn-Seraphine, world percussionist, author, educator, and founder of Neurodrumming Therapeutics. I’ve been a lifelong reader of MD, and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to finally share my story. Actually, back in 2004 I was featured in the magazine as an up-and-coming drummer, but …


Posted: August 26, 2015

Category: Clinics and Events, News, News and Events
News: Moore Music Announces Second-Annual Drum Day Event

Moore Music will host over 100 of the region’s drumming community for a full day of gear demos and performances from four top, world-renowned drummers: Matt Garstka (Animals As Leaders), Glen Sobel (Alice Cooper), Antonio Sanchez (Pat Metheny), and Danny Seraphine (Chicago, California Transit Authority)….


Posted: July 20, 2015

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On the Beat With Richard Lee Jackson of Jonathan Jackson and Enation: Passion, Practice, and Playing

My introduction to playing in a rock band came when my brother Jonathan and I began playing clubs on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles.


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: June 12, 2014

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Multimedia, News, News and Events, Videos
Ringo Tribute with Danny Seraphine, Liberty DeVitto, and Carmine Appice Video!

In our second tribute segment to Ringo Starr, we feature Chicago/CTA’s Danny Seraphine, Billy Joel/Slim Kings’ Liberty Devitto, and Vanilla Fudge/Cactus/Rod Stewart’s Carmine Appice….


Posted: June 6, 2014

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Multimedia, Videos
Modern Drummer Online All-Starr Tribute To Ringo Starr

Fest For Beatles Fans’ Michelle Joni Lapidos introduces the Ringo Symposium for our first video tribute to Ringo Starr. Saturday Night Lives’ Shawn Pelton kicks it off by sharing and explaining his favorite Ringo drum tracks….


Posted: January 9, 2014

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Danny Seraphine
Ready For the Next Phase

anny Seraphine fueled a long list of classic tracks in his twenty-three years as a member of Chicago, inspiring generations of drummers in the process. Since returning in 2006 from a long performing hiatus, he has been grooving in peak form with his current band, CTA, as heard on its …


Posted: January 2, 2014

Category: Drummers, Issues, News, News and Events
February 2014 Issue of Modern Drummer Featuring Marky Ramone

See what’s in the February 2014 issue of Modern Drummer magazine featuring Marky Ramone!


Posted: December 19, 2013

Category: News, News and Events
Classic Rock & Roll Artists Record Song to Benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Celebrated musicians from the history of rock & roll recently joined talents to record “If I Had the Time (I Could Change the World).??? Available now, fifty cents from each download will benefit the work of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in finding cures for pediatric catastrophic diseases….


Posted: January 14, 2013

Category: Clinics and Events, Drummers, News, News and Events
Danny Seraphine and CTA debut new CD ‘Sacred Ground’ at NAMM

Danny Seraphine and CTA are debuting their new CD Sacred Ground at the NAMM show on the main stage Saturday, January 26th at 6:00pm….


Posted: October 6, 2011

Category: News, News and Events
AHEAD Armor Cases Launches New Website

To support the growing interest in their groundbreaking line of drum, cymbal, hardware and accessory cases, Ahead Armor Cases has announced the launch of a new, completely redesigned website at AheadArmorCases.com. The interactive site includes extensive information on the full line of durable, reliable, drummer-friendly cases as well as videos, …


Posted: May 2, 2011

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Danny Seraphine: Update

by Bob GirouardIt seems that since Danny Seraphine made a comeback of sorts of the 2006 Modern Drummer Festival, he’s kicked the current phase of his drumming career into high gear, appearing at events like Drummers for Jesus, the 2009 Chicago Drum Show, and a Terry Kath tribute, and making …


Posted: September 27, 2010

Category: Feature Stories
The Drummer: Classic Rock

An educated, entertaining, essential addition to every drummer’s library—and to the history of modern drumming—The Drummer: Classic Rock Collector’s Edition magazine builds on content from Modern Drummer’s Top-selling The Drummer book with expanded coverage of drumming royalty from the golden age of rock ‘n’ roll.


Posted: March 3, 2009

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
David Jones

I just want to take this opportunity to share with you the amazing journey I’ve had over the last year–2008 was truly an unforgettable experience. After decades of playing in bands with other musicians and participating in international drum festivals, I decided to focus the last three years on solo …


Posted: February 19, 2009

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Mitch Mitchell: Drummers Weigh In

Mitch Mitchell was not alone in blending jazz and rock drumming styles, but he may have pushed the combo further than anyone who came before him. Here a number of noted drummers provide further insight into Mitch’s influence….


Posted: January 12, 2009

Category: Feature Stories, What We're Listening To
Great Drum Parts = GENIUS

The March issue of MD (out now) features Billy Ward’s fascinating conversation with Simon Phillips, Doane Perry, Marco Minnemann, Thomas Lang, and Jerry Marotta about the grooves that inspired them to play drums early on, and that continue to today. It seemed to make perfect sense for MD’s editors to …


Posted: June 19, 2008

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, On the Beat
Ed Toth on Tour with The Doobie Brothers

Hello, everyone, Ed Toth here, with the inside scoop on The Doobie Brothers' tour with Chicago. It's very exciting in that, for the encore, both bands will be on stage together playing each other's songs….


Posted: February 20, 2008

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
C.G. Ryche

My name is C.G. Ryche, and I’ve been a touring percussionist for over a decade. I have performed and toured with artist like Benise, Wayne Newton, Ambrosia, Disney, and The NFL, and I’ve performed at some of the top drum festivals in the world….


Posted: October 19, 2005

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Mickey Curry

Not many people get to do exactly what they love and get paid for it – much less with two of the biggest artists in the world. Mickey Curry toured and recorded with Hall & Oates at the peak of their career, laying down a solid backbeat with perfect feel …



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