Modern Drummer is the world’s most widely read drum magazine, is dedicated entirely to the art of drumming and caters to the needs of amateur, semi-pro, and professional drummers.


Road Rash Author and MD Contributor Mark Parsons

“How many drummers does it take to…”? “What do you get when you cross a drummer with…”? “Did you hear about the drummer who…”? Yes, I have. And so have you. And some of them are even funny. But underlying…

Modern Drummer
Feb 18, 2014

Ben Barter of Lorde

Hi MD, readers! I’m Ben, and I’ve been playing drums for Ella (Lorde) for almost one year now. It has been the fastest and most exciting year of my life. I’ve managed to tick many of my musical aspirations off…

Modern Drummer
Feb 14, 2014

Justin Martinez of The Tontons

Hello, Modern Drummer readers! My name is Justin Martinez, and I am extremely honored to write a post for this site. Many of you have probably never heard of me before, and that’s okay. I’m a twenty-two-year-old musician based out…

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Feb 11, 2014

Ringo Starr Meets the Beatles

We travel back to the December 1981/January 1982 issue of Modern Drummer, which featured a cover story with former Beatle Ringo Starr. In the piece, Ringo talked extensively about growing up in England, sharing the most remarkable ride in pop…

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Feb 7, 2014

Scott Amendola of Charlie Hunter

Hi, Modern Drummer peeps. Scott Amendola here, and I’m drummer, composer, and bandleader. You might know me from the Nels Cline Singers, Charlie Hunter Trio/Quartet, or Mike Patton’s Mondo Cane, to name a few. Well, old pal and musical compadre…

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Jan 31, 2014

Kevin Smart of Jake Miller

Hey, what’s up guys? I’m a seventeen-year-old drummer for Jake Miller. Currently, I am sitting in Starbucks drinking some hot chocolate writing this blog. I’ve always loved music, since it was constantly played in my house and despite the fact…

Modern Drummer
Jan 29, 2014

Peter Ulrich

Hello, MD, this is Peter Ulrich, former drummer/percussionist with Dead Can Dance, currently fronting the Peter Ulrich Collaboration. Since I joined DCD back in 1982, my drumming path has seen a lot of changes. The DCD opportunity took me by…

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Jan 27, 2014

Danny Young of We Will Rock You Tour

Hey, Modern Drummer readers! My name is Danny Young, and I’m currently the drummer on the We Will Rock You tour. Over the past few years, I have been playing on a lot of Broadway shows, including this current tour,…

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Jan 20, 2014

Jason Schmidt of Brian Davis

Hello again, Modern Drummer readers! In my first blog, I introduced myself to you. If you didn’t get a chance to read it, please check it out here. In this blog, I’d like to talk about something I feel that…

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Jan 17, 2014

Jeff Tortora of Blue Man Group

Hey all! My name is Jeff Tortora, originally from Syracuse, New York, and this is my first Modern Drummer blog post, which I am very excited about! I’ve been playing drums since I was five (starting on pots and pans,…

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Jan 13, 2014

Daniel Bordihn of Bordeen

Hi there, Modern Drummer readers! I’m Daniel of Bordeen, an indie-rock band from Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. I started playing drums when I was eight years old, and my first drum teacher was the drummer from Ontario band the Salads. One…

Modern Drummer
Jan 10, 2014

Danny Seraphine Ready For the Next Phase

  by Jeff Potter   Danny 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…

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Jan 9, 2014

Doug Alley of Mile Marker Zero

I’ve been interested in drums for about twenty years now. Out of those twenty, ten were spent just hitting drums, and the other ten were spent taking drums seriously. Now I have a degree in music education and I play…

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Jan 8, 2014

Lance Garvin from Living Sacrifice

Hello metal heads, I’m Lance Garvin from Living Sacrifice. I will start out by saying how grateful I am to my parents for showing interest in me and everything I believed in, and to my wife for her patience and…

Modern Drummer
Jan 6, 2014