Joe Porcaro

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Remembering Joe Porcaro (November 1994 Feature)

With the passing of studio great Joe Porcaro, we’ve gone back into the vault for his November 1994 Modern Drummer feature, in which we learned about his path to the top of the L.A. studio scene, and got an inside…

Modern Drummer
Jul 8, 2020

News: Los Angeles College of Music Announces Intensive “Summer Xperience??? Workshops for Teens and College Students

Summer is a great time to develop musical skills, and the Los Angeles College of Music offers two week-long intensive summer music programs designed to give teens interested in music as a career a leg up on the competition. LACM’s…

Modern Drummer
May 18, 2015

Jeff Porcaro to be Remembered With a Special Performance by his Father, Joe Porcaro

Tuesday, August 5, will mark twenty-two years since the passing of legendary drummer Jeff Porcaro. Jeff will be remembered with a special performance featuring his dad, Joe Porcaro, on Tuesday, August 5, at Mambo’s Café in Glendale, California, from 8…

Modern Drummer
Aug 4, 2014

Steve Fagiano Drum Clinic

Master of Ceremonies - Jeffery Helgeson Saturday, April 21, 2012 McHenry County College, 8900 Rt. 14, Crystal Lake, IL Building B, conference room B Clinicians: Greg Rapp started playing drums at age 12, playing pop hits of the 80s on…

Modern Drummer
Feb 21, 2012

Fernando Rensi

Hello, everybody! This is Fernando Rensi, from Brazil. I recently got home after four intense years on the run. The adventure started in Australia, in 2008, when I joined the band the Indigo Frequency. With them I had the craziest…

Modern Drummer
Dec 21, 2011

Drum Roll Please...

The drummers of Sticks 'n' Skins are now among the honored innovators and artisans on display at The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Thanks to everyone's combined efforts and talents, Sticks 'n' Skins take its proud place on display in…

Modern Drummer
Nov 30, 2011

Bob Gatzen: Student, Guru

Although he’s a talented drummer who has studied with famed player/teachers Joe Porcaro, Al Lepak, and Gary Burton and whose groups Moto and Spiral have featured top New York and Boston musicians, Bob Gatzen is perhaps best known as a…

Modern Drummer
Jun 14, 2011

Bigger Lights's Ryan Seaman

My name is Ryan Seaman, and I am the drummer for the band the Bigger Lights. I started playing drums at the age of eight, when my father introduced me to the Beatles. I knew immediately after hearing them that…

Modern Drummer
Apr 7, 2010

Drummer/Author Chris Peacock

Hey, Modern Drummer heads! My name is Chris Peacock and I’m addicted to drums. I’ve been playing for twenty-years and I started at the age of twelve. I’ve studied with Ralph Humphrey, Joe Porcaro, and Mike Shapiro and have worked…

Modern Drummer
Apr 1, 2010

Fall of Envy’s Brandt Frenchman

Hello, my fellow drummers! My name is Brandt Frenchman, and I’ve been a drummer for most of my life. My parents started me with lessons at the age of five, after I showed an aptitude for beating on pots and…

Modern Drummer
Jul 7, 2009