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July 2021:
2021 Readers Poll Results

Celebrate Your Choices for the Extraordinary Drummers of the Past Year It’s that time again for the Modern Drummer staff to thank the community for making possible our annual Readers Poll. Your enthusiasm for all things drumming, your knowledge of drum culture, and your well-considered votes are what have steered …


May 2020:
Remembering Neil

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



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: October 1, 2019

Category: On the Beat
Pete Lockett: Shares “Indian Clave” Video

“Indian Clave” features Pete Lockett and Panos Vassilopoulos. The track was recorded and mixed by Angelos Politis at Oxeyed Studios, Athens, and produced by Lockett. Video edited by Panos Visual Media.


Posted: November 25, 2014

Category: News, News and Events
News: Dixson Bass Drum Lift is Now Simply “The Lift???

Arti Dixson, owner of JA Music and inventor of the patented Bass Drum Lift has rebranded the Dixson Bass Drum Lift to the new trademarked name the Lift in order to eliminate confusion in the marketplace….


Posted: May 29, 2014

Category: News, News and Events
2014 Croatia International Drum Camp

Since its inception by camp director Petar Curic in 2007, this one-of-a-kind drum camp has featured such world-class instructors as Bill Bruford, Horacio “El Negro??? Hernandez, JoJo Mayer, John Riley, Gary Chaffee, Mike Mangini, Marco Minnemann, Benny Greb, Pete Riley, Pete Lockett, Gabor Dornyei, and Kim Plainfield. The weeklong camp …


Posted: April 16, 2014

Category: News, News and Events
KoSA Percussion Workshops

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


Posted: November 8, 2013

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Legendary Drummer/Percussionist Walfredo Reyes Sr.

It’s been eight years since the 2005 Modern Drummer Festival where I was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. It was a great event with many incredible drummers….


Posted: April 17, 2013

Category: Drummers, News, News and Events
Smithsonian Celebrates Global Reach of Jazz during Jazz Appreciation Month

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History marked the 12th annual Jazz Appreciation Month with a global cultural perspective on April 9, receiving jazz artifacts from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) jazz master Randy Weston, and Latin jazz drummer Horacio “El Negro??? Hernandez. A financial gift from the …


Posted: January 16, 2013

Category: Drummers, Lessons
Around the World: Indian Clave

Click here to check out the recording of “Indian Clave,” by Pete Lockett and Horacio “el Negro” Hernandez, for the March 2013 Around the World column.


Posted: September 7, 2012

Category: News, News and Events
Montreal Drum Fest Celebrates its 20th Year

This October 20 and 21, the Montreal Drum Fest will be celebrating its twentieth anniversary with performances by Horacio “El Negro??? Hernandez, Dave Weckl, Keith Carlock, Stanton Moore, and more….


Posted: June 15, 2012

Category: Feature Stories
2012 Croatia International Drum Camp

The sixth annual Croatia Drum Camp will be held this August 5-12 at the Jeunesses Musicales International World Meeting Centre in Groznjan, Croatia. The picturesque backdrop of this 14th-century Mediterranean hilltop village overlooks sprawling vineyards surrounding the Adriatic Sea, making the camp one of the most unusual and geographically attractive …


Posted: April 25, 2012

Category: Feature Stories, News and Events
New Gear For 2012! Highlights From Winter NAMM (N–R)

Here are some of the coolest new products coming down the pipeline for 2012, all of which were on display at the annual Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, California, this past January (Part 3).


Posted: April 10, 2012

Category: Feature Stories, News and Events
New Gear For 2012! Highlights From Winter NAMM (E–M)

Here are some of the coolest new products coming down the pipeline for 2012, all of which were on display at the annual Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, California, this past January (Part 2).


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: January 20, 2012

Category: Feature Stories
25 Great Double-Drumming Tracks

Two drummers working it out, face to face—trading licks, contributing to a massive groove, spurring each other on—it’s one of the great musical traditions, and surely it goes back to the very invention of the drumkit at the beginning of the last century. This group of tunes focuses on tracks …


Posted: June 6, 2011

Category: Drummers, Modern Drummer Festival, Multimedia, Videos
VIDEO! Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez & the New World Order 2011 Modern Drummer Festival montage

Watch this video of Horacio “el Negro” Hernandez at MD Fest 2011.


Posted: December 14, 2010

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Mariza’s Vicky Marques

“Olá a todos!” is Portuguese for “Hello everyone!” First of all, it’s a pleasure to talk to you all. I’m Vicky Marques, and I’ve performed and/or recorded with artists such as Paulo Gonzo, Ana Moura, Yuri Daniel (bass player for Yan Garbarek), Gregg Kofi Brown, Ivan Lins, Pedro Madaleno’s UnderPressure, …


Posted: March 22, 2010

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Pete Lockett: Horacio Hernandez And Bill Bruford Give Props

In this online exclusive, two drumkit legends, Horacio “El Negro??? Hernandez and Bill Bruford, talk about their collaborations with Lockett. Hernandez and Lockett played together for the first time at the 2009 Groznjan International Percussion Summer Camp in Croatia, in an stunning improvised duet that was one of the event’s …


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: October 22, 2008

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Felipe Torres

My name is Felipe, and as I write my first blog, I'm getting ready to tour with STM Records' ISM.


Posted: August 6, 2008

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Robert Castelli

I've recently released a new CD, Robert Castelli/Boom Quartet, which is my first as a leader. (continue reading)


Posted: July 3, 2008

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Ricardo Meléndez

I was introduced to drumming as a source of self-discipline at the age of eight. That's when I got a five-piece drumkit, fell in love with rhythm, and became obsessed. It became the center of my life….


Posted: June 28, 2008

Pat Petrillo : Modern Drummer
Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Pat Petrillo: Smooth, Groovin'-And Proud Of It

Just returned from a clinic tour of the UK, my second in four months, and it went real well.


Posted: January 16, 2008

Category: Feature Stories
Best Of ’07

I’m convinced that, ten years from now, we’re going to look back at 2007 as an unusually fertile time in music and in drumming.


Posted: May 12, 2004

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Robby Ameen

The first thing you notice when entering Robby Ameen’s Manhattan apartment is the rich aroma of Cuban cigars, stroking your nose hairs like a dark breeze from an illicit island. Ameen’s walls are covered with cigar-box covers from Habana’s finest: Cohiba, Montecristo, and Bolivar….


Posted: May 12, 2004

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Julio Barreto

With the release of Iyab’, his premiere album as bandleader, Barreto is destined to climb his own pinnacle of success….


Posted: May 12, 2004

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Dennis Chambers: Santana Now: A Force Of Nature

A rhythmic force of nature since its inception in San Francisco’s Mission District in 1966, the Santana band has always set the bar high. And now, with superstar drummer Dennis Chambers joining percussionists Raul Rekow and Karl Perazzo, the bar (and the expectation) is even higher.


Posted: May 12, 2004

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Raul Rekow

A rhythmic force of nature since its inception in San Francisco’s Mission District in 1966, the Santana band has always set the bar high. And now, with superstar drummer Dennis Chambers joining percussionists Raul Rekow and Karl Perazzo, the bar (and the expectation) is even higher.


Posted: May 12, 2004

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Karl Perazzo, Dennis Chambers and Raul Rekow with Santana

A rhythmic force of nature since its inception in San Francisco’s Mission District in 1966, the Santana band has always set the bar high. And now, with superstar drummer Dennis Chambers joining percussionists Raul Rekow and Karl Perazzo, the bar (and the expectation) is even higher….



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