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Drummers on Record: Current and Upcoming Releases of Note

Louis Cole Live 2019 (Louis Cole) Louis Cole has released Live 2019 (Brainfeeder), an aural and visual compilation of live performances from last year. It includes Louis’s last major, big band shows from 2019, live from Lodge Room in L.A., and…

Modern Drummer
Jul 6, 2020

Dirk Verbeuren Is Officially the new Drummer in Megadeth

Genre-defining thrash band Megadeth has announced that Dirk Verbeuren is its new drummer. Verbeuren, formerly of popular Swedish metal band Soilwork, has been performing with Megadeth for several months, initially at the Rock on the Range festival this past May.…

Modern Drummer
Jul 15, 2016

Art Verdi Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

On March 7, 2016, Art Verdi was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award in drumming by the Global Teacher Network. Since the 1960s, Art has performed with many celebrated musicians including Jack Wilkins, Shirley Scott, Sal Salvador, Phil Woods, Stanley…

Modern Drummer
Mar 15, 2016

News: Music Industry Veteran Donny Gruendler Named President of Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA

Musicians Institute (MI) has announced the appointment of Donny Gruendler as president of the College of Contemporary Music in Hollywood, CA. Having previously served as vice president of Academic Affairs, Gruendler has led MI’s team of academic instructional designers, including…

Modern Drummer
Mar 3, 2016

News: Sabian Presents “Develop, Manage, and Grow Your Business???

Sabian Education Network (SEN) director Joe Bergamini and a distinguished panel will discuss issues facing drumset educators and how to develop, manage, and grow business. The event takes place on Tuesday, October 27 at 7 pm at the Gaylord Springs…

Modern Drummer
Oct 2, 2015

News: Terry Bozzio and Tom Shelley Hitting the Road in 2015 With Their “Drums and Percussion??? Tour

Terry Bozzio and Tom Shelley are once again hitting the road for clinic tours. Universal Percussion will sponsor the appearances in conjunction with select drums and percussion dealers. Terry Bozzio needs little introduction to drumming fans. From his groundbreaking performances…

Modern Drummer
Feb 13, 2015

The Bad Plus’s Dave King Releases Humor-Filled “Rational Funk??? Video Series

Dave King, composer and drummer with accomplished jazz and rock groups including the Bad Plus, Dave King Trucking Co., and Halloween, Alaska has launched a new video series that challenges the conventions of music tutorials on YouTube. Created by King…

Modern Drummer
Jan 19, 2015

News: KHS America Announces Acquisition of Hohner Inc. USA

KHS America, Inc. has announced plans to acquire Hohner Inc. from Matth. Hohner GmbH in Trossingen, Germany. Hohner, Inc. is the exclusive North American provider of Sonor drums. Transfer of ownership will take place on January 12, 2015. For over…

Modern Drummer
Jan 9, 2015

Gretsch Drums Names Brent Barnett as New Artist Relations Manager

Gretsch Drums is pleased to announce that it has named Brent Barnett as its new artist relations manager, replacing Kim Graham, who announced her retirement in May. Barnett has worked in the percussion division of KMC Music, Gretsch’s US distributor,…

Modern Drummer
Jun 7, 2014

Premier Launches British-Made Modern Classic Drumset

British drum company Premier has released a selection of three-piece Modern Classic drumset that look retro, produce clean tones, and have a modern build quality. The origins of the Modern Classic date back to 2001, when it was launched as…

Modern Drummer
Jun 3, 2014

Gregg Bissonette Joins Dixon Drums

Dixon Drums and Hardware has announced the addition of Los Angeles–based, Grammy-winning recording and touring drummer Gregg Bissonette to its artist program. According to Dixon, Bissonette’s choice of Dixon comes from their synergetic vision to advance the art of drumming…

Modern Drummer
Apr 17, 2014

Nile’s George Kollias to Conduct Drum Camp in Los Angeles

World-renowned heavy metal drummer, educator, and instructional DVD creator George Kollias (Nile) in conducting his first drum camp this coming May 15–18 at the Hilton Woodland Hills/Los Angeles located at 6360 Canoga Ave., Woodland Hills, CA. Produced by MUSO Entertainment,…

Modern Drummer
Mar 13, 2014

Heart’s Ben Smith to Give Free Online Drum Lesson at

Ben Smith, drummer for the legendary rock band Heart, will be teaching a free online drum lesson, titled “The Groove & Flow,” at on Monday, March 17, 2014, starting at 4 p.m. PDT. Drummers can watch the lesson, submit…

Modern Drummer
Mar 13, 2014

Travis Barker Presents the 7th Annual Musink Tattoo and Music Festival

Presented by Travis Barker (Blink-182/Transplants), Southern California’s most anticipated tattoo and music festival Musink will celebrate its 7th year at the OC Fair and Events Center in Costa Mesa, CA on March 21–23. This year’s lineup will include performances from…

Modern Drummer
Feb 25, 2014