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January 2021:
Terry Bozzio Interviews Nick Mason of Pink Floyd
Nick Mason by Paddy Balls Martin Griffin

“Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun” This month we have an excerpt of a special interview between legendary progressive drummer and composer Terry Bozzio and rock icon Nick Mason of Pink Floyd. The questions came in from Drum Channel subscribers during an exclusive live-stream event. We’ve also …


December 2020:
December 2020 Vol 44 No 12
Remembering Neil Peart
Neil Peart

This transcription is from the Buddy Rich Memorial Concert where Neil Peart played a big band version of the legendary Rush instrumental track “YYZ.” The introduction was conducted and written in 5/4. The main melody is in 4/4, and the B section is in 4/4. Neil plays paradiddles between the …


November 2020:
Modern Drummer November 2020 Vol 44 No 11
Remembering Neil Peart
Neil Peart

Part 3: The Professor’s Improvised Warm-Up Routine When Neil Peart came up with a series of topics to cover for his course on DrumChannel.com, he said he wanted to include his warm-up routine. I expected it to be a series of rudiments or exercises, but it was actually a free-form …


October 2020:
OCTOBER 2020 COVER
Remembering Neil Peart
Neil Peart

Part 2: “De Slagwerker” Drum Solo Neil and I often talked about improvisation. He told me why his solo in “De Slagwerker” was so important to him. What follows are some of Neil’s own words, taken from his Drum Channel course “Frontiers of Composition and Articulation.” “When this solo was …


September 2020:
MODERN DRUMMER SEPTEMBER 2020 COVER
Beats and Fills
First Person

A Smattering of Favorites from a Few Top Pros This month we’ve gathered a collection of favorite beats and fills from some of the top drummers in the world.Each of these transcriptions was pulled from a Modern Drummer exclusive video lesson that was filmed at DrumChannel.com. Gregg Bissonette: A Ringo …


September 2020:
MODERN DRUMMER SEPTEMBER 2020 COVER
Remembering Neil Peart
Neil Peart

Part 1: “Malignant Narcissism” When it comes to breaking down the drum parts on the instrumental song “Malignant Narcissism” from Rush’s 2007 studio album, Snakes & Arrows, there’s no better place to go than the man who played it, Neil Peart. Neil orchestrated his parts on the drumset specifically to …


September 2020:
MODERN DRUMMER SEPTEMBER 2020 COVER
Don Lombardi
Don Lombardi

Drum Workshop founder Don Lombardi launched…


May 2020:
Remembering Neil

Some of the worlds greatest drummers and industry members share their memories of what Neil Peart has meant to them.


March 2019:
March 19 Cover
Industry Happenings
Michael Kennedy

Michael Kennedy, the longtime drummer with George Strait and the Ace in the Hole Band, passed away last August 31 at the age of fifty-nine.


October 1997:
October 1997 – Volume 21 • Number 10

Chad Sexton, Don Lombardi, Herb Brochstein, Roy Burns, Vic Firth, Ron Spagnardi, Virgil Donati, John Tempesta, Charlie Benante, Steve Gadd, Giovanni Hidalgo, Bill Stewart, Tony Royster Jr. , Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Paul Wertico, Jack DeJohnette, Steve Ferrone, Papa Jo Jones, Chad Smith, Mario Calire, Jeff Porcaro, Jason Bonham, Bun …



Posted: September 12, 2022

Category: News
DRUM WORKSHOP JOINS ROLAND CORPORATION

Combining two of the world’s best acoustic and electronic drum companies to focus on delivering new innovation for drummers; Drum Workshop will operate as a standalone unit with pioneering founders retaining leadership positions. Roland Corporation and Drum Workshop, Inc. today announced a definitive agreement for Roland to acquire all outstanding shares of Drum …


Posted: December 11, 2020

Category: News
MD Interview with Don Lombardi – Founder of Drum Channel & Drum Workshop – 12/10/20

Don Lombardi – Drum Workshop’s 2nd Product the DW 5000 Bass Drum Pedal Who did you study with and how did it affect your development as a drummer?DL: I started taking lessons at the age of 12 with Nat Leslie, a local teacher. I also joined the union at age …


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: September 1, 2020

Don Lombardi
Category: News
Don Lombardi Receives PAS President’s Industry Award

Drum Channel founder Don Lombardi has received the Percussive Arts Society’s President’s Industry Award. The award is given each year to recognize outstanding leadership in the drum industry as well as significant contributions to drums, drummers, and drumming. After starting his career as a drummer and teacher in Los Angeles, …


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: December 4, 2019

Category: News
Drum Workshop Acquires Slingerland from Gibson

Drum Workshop, Inc. (DW) recently announced the acquisition of the Slingerland drum brand from the Nashville-headquartered Gibson Musical Instruments.


Posted: May 22, 2018

Gabor Gabs Dornyei
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On The Beat with Gabor Gabs Dornyei: Delivering Under Pressure

Hi there Modern Drummer readers, it’s always a pleasure to check in and stay in contact with you all. I’d like to thank my “Brother in Drums” Billy Amendola, and everyone at MD, for providing me with this opportunity.


Posted: January 9, 2018

Luis Campos
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On The Beat with Luis Campos of Delux: Talks Albums and Projects

Hi world, my name is Luis Campos. My friends call me “Chocs” and I’m originally from a small town in Culiacan, Mexico. I’ve been living in Los Angeles for about thirteen years and have been drumming around eighteen years. I became a drummer because of Pearl Jam drummer Dave Abbruzzese.


Posted: October 26, 2017

Buddy Rich on DW Kit
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
On The Beat with DW Founder Don Lombardi: Remembering Buddy and His DW Kit

Hello everyone! I loved the timeline tribute MD did on Buddy Rich in the September 2017 issue. One hundred years from now drummers will still be learning and be amazed by his mastery of the instrument. After reading, it got me thinking about my personal experience with Buddy taking out …


Posted: October 7, 2016

Category: Clinics and Events, News, News and Events
Latin Percussion Hosts New York and Los Angeles Artist Events

Latin Percussion (LP) recently hosted artist “family reunion” events in both New York and Los Angeles. LP artists were joined by staff and executives from LP’s parent company Drum Workshop, Inc. to celebrate the legacy and to toast the future of the more than fifty-year-old percussion brand.


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 28, 2016

Category: News, News and Events
Drum Workshop Inks Worldwide Distribution Deal With Kickport

Drum Workshop has inked a deal for worldwide distribution, marketing, and artist relations for KickPort International products….


Posted: October 20, 2014

Category: News, News and Events, The Showroom
Showroom: DW True-Sonic Snare Puts a Modern Twist on a Vintage Favorite

Drum Workshop has recently released a snare drum that pays tribute to an American classic and includes today’s latest innovations and build-quality. This drum, the True-Sonic, features a pre-tensioned, highly-adjustable snare bridge that said to provide orchestral-like sensitivity and articulation….


Posted: October 10, 2014

Category: News, News and Events, The Showroom
Showroom: DW Direct-Drive Pedal

Drum Workshop recently announced a new division of the company, called DW Manufacturing, that produces high-end, machined products. The first offering is the MDD direct-drive bass drum pedal….


Posted: September 30, 2014

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Drummer Blog: Gabor “Gabs??? Dornyei on Touring and Being True to Yourself

Hi there, Modern Drummer readers, it’s Gabor ‘Gabs’ Dornyei here from London, UK, and it’s great to be given the opportunity by MD to share some insights of my career with you….


Posted: January 17, 2013

Category: Drummers, News, News and Events
Pro-Mark Founder Herb Brochstein Passes

Drummer and Pro-Mark founder Herb Brochstein passed away this week. The multifaceted Brochstein played many roles in the music industry throughout his long career, recording and performing, teaching, owning a drum shop, and, in 1957, launching the Pro-Mark drumstick company….


Posted: October 31, 2011

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Freddie Gruber

Right up until his passing on October 11, Freddie Gruber was a source of deep and important knowledge for many top drummers.


Posted: September 19, 2011

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Frank Zummo

As I write this I am sitting at LAX airport about to board flight number 1 of 9 that I will take this month. Today’s flight is off to Chicago to perform with TheNewNo2. We are supporting Pearl Jam for their two-day PJ20 Destination Weekend Festival.


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 …



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