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VIDEO - Tama Drums NAMM Show 2014 New Gear Coverage

  In this video Tama Drums' Terry Bissette gives a tour of the latest snare drums from Tama in celebration of their 40th anniversary at The NAMM Show 2014. The NAMM Show is the world's largest trade-only event for the…

Modern Drummer
Jan 27, 2014


We’re Getting Ready For NAMM. Are You? NAMM can be pretty frustrating for gear junkies. "Closed to the public?" Hey! What about the musicians who buy and play these instruments? An armed insurrection isn't in the cards this year, but…

Modern Drummer
Jan 1, 2013

Tama Starclassic Select Walnut Drumset

Tama Starclassic Select Walnut Drumset by David Ciauro As I was setting up these absolutely stunning Starclassic Select drums, I couldn’t help but be taken aback by their beauty. The deep-brown, satin-finish walnut shells have such a rich quality, which…

Modern Drummer
Jun 20, 2012

Shaun Foist

Hello, fellow drummers! My name is Shaun Foist, and I’ve been playing drums for nineteen years. I got started at around age ten, when my father showed me how to play. About six months later he encouraged me to enter…

Modern Drummer
Mar 5, 2012

Josh Garza with Electric Flower

My name is Josh Garza. I play with the Secret Machines and I have also started a new project called Electric Flower. I always considered TSM a “space-rock” band, following in the footsteps of acts like Brian Eno, La Dusseldorf,…

Modern Drummer
Nov 9, 2011

Guitar Center's Drum-Off, World's Largest Drumming Competition, Kicks-Off

23rd Annual Competition Offers America’s Most Skilled Undiscovered Drummers The Chance To Win Career-Launching Prizes Including Cash, Gear, And Pivotal Endorsement Deals Watch the video announcement here: www.youtube.com Continuing its ongoing support of and commitment to aspiring artists, Guitar Center…

Modern Drummer
Aug 1, 2011

Tama New Finishes

Tama has added the volcanic red burst finish to the Starclassic Bubinga series, and molten satin brown burst to the Starclassic Maple line. These finishes feature a new process that creates flowing patterns of color that appear almost iridescent under…

Modern Drummer
Jul 21, 2011

Tama Starphonic Steel Snare Drum

Tama has augmented its acclaimed Starphonic snare line with a 6x14 model featuring a 1 mm steel shell finished with high-gloss black nickel plating. This drum is designed to offer a crisp, sharp, open sound with symphonic-level snare sensitivity. Starphonic…

Modern Drummer
Jul 14, 2011

John Tempesta: Heavy With Testament, Zombie, And Beyond

John Tempesta has worked his way to the top of heavy metal drumming, but his first inspirations and influences to pursue the instrument came via Ringo Starr in the Beatles film A Hard Day’s Night and Dennis Davis supporting David…

Modern Drummer
Oct 26, 2010

Foxy Shazam's Aaron McVeigh

Foxy Shazam’s Aaron McVeigh Interviewed By…Aaron McVeigh I was able to watch Foxy Shazam from on stage at South By South West, and let me tell you, there’s no other band like them. The band played three shows in one…

Modern Drummer
May 5, 2010

Listen to Sound Files of Tama’s Starphonic Aluminum Snare Drum

Read the review in the March 2010 issue with Stanton Moore on the cover.    

Modern Drummer
Jan 20, 2010

Galactic And Garage A Trois' Stanton Moore The Heart and Focus

One of the marks of greatness in a musician is that you can recognize him after the first couple of notes. Take, for example, New Orleans legend Johnny Vidacovich, who once showed a young student named Stanton Moore a thing…

Modern Drummer
May 12, 2004