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On the Beat With Katie Herron of StarBenders: Reckless Punk and Classic Rock ’n’ Roll

Hi! My name is Katie Herron and I am the drummer in the glam punk ’n’ roll band, StarBenders. I was born and raised in Decatur, Alabama, affectionately known as the River City. The conservative nature of the South birthed…

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Nov 13, 2015

On the Beat With Damon Wilson of the Temperance Movement: Opening For the Rolling Stones

Hi MD! For the past months we’ve played shows in all sorts of places across America. Large theatres. Small clubs. Sports bars. Board rooms. Radio stations. You name it, we’ve played it. But nothing beats Friday June 12, 2015 in…

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Nov 9, 2015

On the Beat With Kurt Wubbenhorst of One Hundred Thousand: Breaking Through With Cohesiveness

Hi MD, I was fourteen when I sat behind a drumkit for the first time, and I had a mission. It wasn’t to play like my drum heroes—frankly, I didn’t have any yet. But I had songs, and I was…

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Nov 6, 2015

On the Beat With Damon Grant: Fifteen Tips I Learned After Music School

This list is in no particular order, and they all should be number one because they are all important. Have fun and smile! People will hire you more if they like to be around you. Remember people’s names, because everyone…

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Nov 4, 2015

On the Beat With Sean Heenan of Attila: Crazy Hot Days on the Warped Tour

What’s up, Modern Drummer readers? My name is Sean Heenan and I play drums for the band Attila. I’m super stoked to be given the chance to write this “On the Beat” for Modern Drummer, so I’d like to start…

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Nov 2, 2015

On the Beat With Josh Eppard of Coheed and Cambria: When Did You Really Start Playing?

Hello Modern Drummer readers. Josh Eppard here. I thought I would touch upon a question we’ve all been asked a million times: “When did you start playing”? I would assume we all answer this with the age that we picked…

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Oct 19, 2015

On the Beat With Jeff Mozingo and the Awaken Project: Saving Lives

Wow, what an honor to connect with the MD family and share what playing drums is allowing us to do to save lives. I’ve lived in the St. Louis area my entire life (go Cardinals!), and I’ve played drums since…

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Oct 6, 2015

On the Beat With Frankie Valli’s Craig Pilo: Getting and Keeping the Gig

Hi, it’s been a few years since I checked in with Modern Drummer, so it’s really great to be back and punch in with fellow drummers and like-minded individuals to share a few ideas! I teach part time at the…

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Oct 5, 2015

On the Beat With Jaska Raatikainen of Children of Bodom: Changes

Hello, MD readers! My name is Jaska Raatikainen and I play in a Finnish metal band called Children of Bodom. I started playing the drums when I was twelve years old. A year later I started a band with a…

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Sep 24, 2015

On the Beat With Ryan Meyer of Highly Suspect: Keep Your Buckets Full

Hi MD! I was born and raised on Cape Cod, Massachusetts and I grew up the youngest of three boys (my twin brother Rich, who plays bass is in the band, has me by eighteen minutes). Since I can remember,…

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Sep 8, 2015

On the Beat With Les DeMerle: 2015 Amelia Island Jazz Festival

Hi, MD readers, drummer and Amelia Island Artistic Director Les DeMerle here and I’m excited to share all the information about the upcoming 2015 Amelia Island Jazz Festival (AIJF) that will be held October 4-11. Jazz guitar pioneer, Larry Coryell,…

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Sep 4, 2015

On the Beat With Burn Halo’s John “Bad Bones??? Duarte: Talking Influences and New Album

Hey Modern Drummer readers! JD “Bad Bones” here, and it’s an honor to be a part of Modern Drummer magazine. It is true what they say—hard work and determination do pay off. As a young boy, drumming just came naturally…

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Aug 28, 2015

On the Beat With the University of Miami’s Steve Rucker

Hi, Modern Drummer readers! My name is Steve Rucker, and I’ve been the Director of Drumset Studies at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami for over thirty-five years. It’s been an awesome ride, and I’m honored…

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Aug 7, 2015

On the Beat With Andrew “Stix??? Cotterell of Feed Her to the Sharks: Rockstar Mayhem Festival Spotlight

G’day Modern Drummer readers. My name is Andrew “Stix” Cotterell, and I play for the Australian band Feed Her to the Sharks. We are a metalcore/deathcore band that incorporates an array of shredding guitar, driving drums, and catchy melodies, and…

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Aug 3, 2015