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October 2021:
Remembering Charlie Watts

Ringo Starr Excerpted from his Change the World Press Conference Charlie Watts was a beautiful human being—a great guy and a lot of fun. He had a harder band than I did to keep together. He was like the quiet man. In the ’70s, I had parties, and you’ll never …



Posted: September 10, 2014

Category: News, News and Events
Drumerica Announces 2014 Contest Winners!

The winners were selected by judging panels made up of world-famous drummers and drum educators, including Gorden Campbell, Tommy Igoe, Arin Ilejay, Cobus Potgieter, Johnny Rabb, Steve Smith, Bryan Hitt, Hannah Ford Welton, Jake Garland, John DeChristopher, Demian Arriaga, Dylan Taylor, Nia Lovelis, and Antoine Fadavi, plus the editors of …


Posted: August 27, 2014

Category: News, News and Events
Drumerica Announces 2014 Contest Finalists

Drumerica, the National Contest For Young Drummers, has announced the names of the 18 finalists in this year’s competition. They are:


Posted: July 31, 2014

Category: News, News and Events
Drumerica Entry Deadline Extended To 12:01 AM, Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Due to the high number of late submissions, the deadline to enter the Drumerica National Contest For Young Drummers has been extended to 12:01 AM, Wednesday, August 6, 2014.


Posted: July 7, 2014

Category: News, News and Events
Drumerica Is Open to All Young Jazz, Rock, Latin, Metal And R&B Drummers

No matter what style of music they play, aspiring drummers can show their talent, skill and personality by participating in the 2014 Drumerica drumming contest.


Posted: June 1, 2014

Category: News, News and Events
Drumerica Contest Adds Additional Sponsors And Celebrity Judges

Drumerica is proud to announce that leading online music retailer Musician’s Friend, the world-renowned music education program School Of Rock and the Percussive Arts Society (PAS), the world’s largest organization of drummers and percussionists, have joined with twenty other top drum, accessory and media companies to sponsor the online video …


Posted: June 14, 2013

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
John DeChristopher, former Vice President of Zildjian

Everyone’s always asking me what I’m doing with all my spare time these days. Well as it turns out, I don’t have as much spare time as I thought I would….


Posted: May 19, 2005

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Chad Cromwell: Web Exclusive Interview

We first featured Chad Cromwell in the March ’04 issue. There wasn’t quite enough room for all the great stuff Chad had to say, though, so we decided to share the rest of it with you here.



Posted: June 23, 2022

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Episode 76: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Lorne Wheaton

John’s guest is Lorne Wheaton. Lorne is one of the most respected and sought after drum techs and stage managers in the business, and has worked for a who’s who of drummers and bands, including Steve Smith/Journey & Vital Information, Alex Van Halen/Van Halen, Mickey Curry/Bryan Adams, Keith Carlock/Steely Dan, …


Posted: June 16, 2022

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Episode 75: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Ronn Dunnett

John’s guest is Ronn Dunnett, CEO & President of Dunnett Classic Drums, The George Way Drum Company and Milestone Percussion. John and Ronn discussed Ronn’s early years as a drummer playing throughout Canada, forming Dunnett Classic Drums 30 years ago, acquiring the George Way Drum Company and most recently his …


Posted: June 9, 2022

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Episode 74: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Mike Dolbear

John’s guest was Mike Dolbear, well known drummer, teacher and Drum Industry figure. Mike talks about writing his book, “Rhythm and Fills,” launching www.mikedolbear.com, his love of teaching and some of his students who have gone on to being successful, as well as him studying with the great Kenny Clare. …


Posted: June 2, 2022

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Episode 73: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Donn Bennett

John’s guest was Donn Bennett, drummer, educator and founder of Donn Bennett’s Drum Studio in Seattle, WA. Donn talks about how he went from a teaching studio to opening his retail store, how he got into collecting vintage drums, creating “Donn’s Drum Vault” – his incredible collection of rare and …


Posted: May 26, 2022

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Episode 72: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Matt Sorum

John’s guest this week is Matt Sorum, drummer for Guns N’ Roses, The Cult, Velvet Revolver, Kings Of Chaos, as well as numerous side projects. Matt and John discussed Matt’s long and successful career, with lots of great stories including his audition for David Lee Roth in 1985, and Matt’s …


Posted: May 19, 2022

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Episode 71: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Aaron Comess

John’s guest is Aaron Comess, drummer and founding member of the “Spin Doctors.” In this episode Aaron talks about growing up in Dallas, his early influences, his teachers, attending North Texas State, then Berklee College in Boston for a year, and eventually moving to New York and forming the Spin …


Posted: May 12, 2022

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Episode 70: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With David Garibaldi

John’s guest is the legendary David Garibaldi! David and John discussed his incredible career with Tower of Power, and his concept for creating some of the most iconic and timeless drum beats in history, including his signature groove for TOP’s timeless classic, “What Is Hip.” David talks about his influences …


Posted: May 5, 2022

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Episode 69: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Steve Smith

In this episode, Steve Smith and John DeChristopher do a deep dive into Steve’s Modern Drummer Legend Series Book available now as a digital download and as a print book on May 20, 2022. All of Steve’s Modern Drummer Cover/Feature interviews are included in his Legend Series Book, starting in …


Posted: April 28, 2022

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Episode 68: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Keith Carlock

John’s guest this week is the one and only Keith Carlock! In this episode, Keith and John recall their first meeting in 1997 at the beginning of Keith’s career. Keith talks about playing the 55 Bar in New York with guitarist Wayne Krantz, where he caught the attention of Donald …


Posted: April 21, 2022

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Episode 67: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Chris Layton

In this episode, John caught up with his old friend Chris Layton and talked about his early drumming influences, moving from his home town of Corpus Christi to Austin, TX at age 20. Becoming entrenched in Austin’s music scene, which led to meeting legendary guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan and forming, “Double Trouble.” Chris talked about developing his …


Posted: April 14, 2022

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Episode 66: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Chad Smith

In this episode, Chad talks about moving to Los Angeles in 1988 to attend music school and joining the “Red Hot Chili Peppers”, the new RHCP record and upcoming tour, the supergroup “Chickenfoot” and other projects, and his MD Legends Book which is now available. Chad and John shared some …


Posted: April 7, 2022

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Episode 65: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Tommy Igoe

In this episode, John caught up with his longtime friend Tommy Igoe, where they discussed Tommy’s incredible career, including writing the drum set book for the Lion King, residencies with his bands “The Birdland Big Band” and “The Tommy Igoe Groove Conspiracy,” Endorsements, Education and his hugely successful Groove Essentials …


Posted: March 31, 2022

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Episode 64: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Russ Miller

John DeChristopher has had a fun and informative discussion with his old friend Russ Miller. They talked about how Russ got his start in Miami, how they met in 1990, and his move to Los Angeles, where after paying his dues, he established himself as a top session musician. They …


Posted: March 24, 2022

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Episode 63: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With David Frangioni

In this episode John DeChristopher and David Frangioni, CEO & Publisher of Modern Drummer discussed their recent collaboration of “Live From My Drum Room” becoming the Modern Drummer Podcast, their 40 year history, what inspires them as drummers, their experiences working in the Drum Industry and much more!  Audio Video


Posted: March 17, 2022

Category: The Modern Drummer Podcast
Episode 62: John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Joe Franco

John DeChristopher Live From My Drum Room With Joe Franco! talked about Joe’s long and successful career including The Good Rats, Chilliwack, Twisted Sister, Widowmaker, Jack Bruce and creating his home studio, “Beat Street.” they also discussed his legendary book, “Double Bass Drumming,” the definitive book for double bass drum playing. Audio Video