Virgil Donati

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MD Podcast Episode 234: Virgil Donati, Real Vs. Sampled Tracks, Dream Earz DB-10X IEMs, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike dive deep into the extensive discography of modern prog-fusion master Virgil Donati. The education segment focuses on comparing real versus sampled drum tracks in pop music. Up for review is a pair of ten-driver…

Modern Drummer
Mar 13, 2020

Virgil Donati Announces “In This Life??? US Tour

Renowned drummer and Pearl artist Virgil Donati recently announced the “In This Life” US tour. The twelve-date event kicks off on July 12 at the legendary Baked Potato in Los Angeles, CA, and will make its way around the US…

Modern Drummer
Jun 17, 2014

Andre Jevnik of the All Ways

Hey MD readers! I’m Andre Jevnik, and I am a twenty-year-old drummer from New York. I was the runner up in the Thomas Lang Big Drum Bonanza contest. Sure, I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t walk away with the…

Modern Drummer
Aug 28, 2013

Bonzo Bash NAMM Jamm 2013 Featuring Nicko McBrain, Carmine Appice, and More

Natal drums and Marshall amplification will present the Bonzo Bash NAMM Jamm on Thursday, January 24, 2013 at the Observatory in Santa Ana, California. Co-hosts will include Nicko McBrain of Iron Maiden, Carmine Appice, DJ Uncle Joe Benson from KLOS,…

Modern Drummer
Jan 10, 2013

Virgil Donati Live Stream Clinic Event

Long Island Drum Center will be live streaming Virgil Donati's (Alan Holdsworth, Planet X, Steve Vai) sold-out drum clinic on Monday, March 19th. Those interested can visit at 7PM EST to tune in to the sold-out event. Cost is $3 to view the…

Modern Drummer
Mar 14, 2012


JUNE 25TH – 29TH Unique 5-Day Music Education Camp Features Special Guest Instructors Including World Renowned Drummer Virgil Donati   Acclaimed drummer Thomas Lang (stOrk/Asia/John Wetton), has announced the first annual Thomas Lang’s Big Drum Bonanza, scheduled for June 25th -29th…

Modern Drummer
Jan 23, 2012

Rick Steel

Hello, MD readers! It’s BooM (Rick Steel). I still remember the last time I spoke with Modern Drummer founder Ron Spagnardi. After receiving a copy of his latest drum book at the time, I called to thank him. We talked…

Modern Drummer
Oct 14, 2011

Sabian Clinic Calendar

Date Location Venue/Info January—April, 2012 Various Various 2012 JANUARY Jan 18th Chris Deviney, University of Missouri, Kansas City, MO Jan 21st Rich Redmond, Sand Hills Music Center, Fayetteville, NC Jan 25th Rich Redmond, Musician's Institute, Hollywood, CA Jan 26th Rich…

Modern Drummer
Sep 15, 2011

Double Bass Drum Freddomby Virgil Donati

BOOK/CD LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED $24.95 To provide a balanced starting point for solid double bass chops, this well-structured book by the fleet-footed forerunner of double bass exploration begins with exercises designed to help build left-foot technique to mirror the…

Modern Drummer
Sep 2, 2011

Mike Mangini of Dream Theater

by Mike Haid The announcement that Modern Drummer Hall of Famer Mike Portnoy had left his longstanding position as the reigning king of prog-metal drumming with Dream Theater sent shockwaves through the drumming community. Who could replace such an iconic figure…

Modern Drummer
May 4, 2011

Virgil Donati: Hellacious Drumming With Devil’s Slingshot And Beyond

When guitar god Tony MacAlpine was asked to tour Europe in 2007, he called on two of his former band mates from Steve Vai’s touring group, bass virtuoso Billy Sheehan and drumming superstar Virgil Donati. The shredsters quickly gelled, and…

Modern Drummer
Feb 19, 2009

Drummer/Leader Gunnar Waage

Hi, MD readers, this is Gunnar Waage. I am an independent drummer/composer and educator in Iceland. I'd like to tell you a little bit about my drumming and my music and give you a chance to listen to some material…

Modern Drummer
Nov 4, 2007