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WIN the Ultimate Hybrid Drumset from YAMAHA

This is your chance to win the ultimate Hybrid Drumkit from Yamaha — a prize worth over $5,700!  The set includes Live Custom acoustic drums (available in four colors), DTX electronic percussion components and hardware:   • 14 x 22"…

Modern Drummer
Dec 5, 2013

VIDEO! In the Studio: Seeing Sounds, Part 5: Specialty Mics (November 2013 Issue)

  by Donny Gruendler In the first four installments of this series we discussed very broad ideas for achieving stylistically appropriate drum sounds, from pop-rock to traditional jazz. Each setup employed different drums, head selections, and tunings, and we used…

Modern Drummer
Sep 26, 2013

In the Studio: Seeing Sounds, Part 4: Classic Jazz (October 2013 Issue)

Small-group jazz drumming is synonymous with legendary players such as Art Blakey, Max Roach, Philly Joe Jones, Elvin Jones, and Tony Williams. Although these five gentlemen had very different approaches to timekeeping, each contributed to the jazz art form and…

Modern Drummer
Aug 29, 2013

Yamaha Recording Custom Drumset

January 2013 Product Close-Up Yamaha Recording Custom Drumset by Michael Dawson Yamaha’s Recording Custom series occupies a very special place in the pantheon of iconic drum lines. Slingerland laid the foundation for modern design in the 1930s with its single-ply…

Modern Drummer
Nov 21, 2012

The Drum Exchange Celebrates 20 Years!

Please join the Drum Exchange for their “20th Anniversary Bash” on Saturday, October 20, 2012, from 1:00PM to 4:00PM, 4501 Interlake Ave. N. Seattle. This FREE event includes: • FREE cowbell giveaway at 1:00 PM (while supplies last, limit 1…

Modern Drummer
Sep 26, 2012

Montreal Drum Fest Celebrates its 20th Year

The Montreal Drum Fest is celebrating its twentieth anniversary this October 20 and 21. Saturday, October 20th, 2012 Dave Weckl Keith Carlock Pedrito Martinez Group The Drumbassadors (René Creemers & Wim DeVries) Magella Cormier/Eric Boudreault Duo Brad Park (The Badnutbeats) and…

Modern Drummer
Sep 7, 2012

Calling All New York Area Percussionists: Gallant Entertainment Inc. Auditions At Yamaha Artist Services, Inc.

Gallant Entertainment (GEI) Inc., with the support of Yamaha Corporation of America, will hold marching percussion auditions at Yamaha Artist Services in New York on June 30, 2012, for Gallant’s premiere performance season. Marching percussionists of all ages are invited…

Modern Drummer
Jun 21, 2012

Yamaha Announces Sounds Of Summer 2012 Camp Season Roster

Yamaha has announced its 2012 Sounds Of Summer (SOS) Program. A  part of the continuing education of thousands of percussion students nationwide, the Yamaha SOS program connects developing musicians with some of the top names in marching percussion. As one…

Modern Drummer
May 14, 2012

Simmons Electronic Drum Fans And Followers Support New Online Museum

More than thirty years after Simmons electronic drums helped usher in the modern age of electronic drumming with their SDSV electronic drumkit and hexagonal drum pads, Simmons enthusiast, collector, and restoration expert Wolfgang Stoelzle has announced the creation of an…

Modern Drummer
Apr 18, 2012

Matt Nolan Custom Cymbals Downloadable Sample Packs

British cymbalsmith Matt Nolan has teamed up with Yamaha Music Europe GmbH and drummer Emre Ramazanoglu to produce a series of free downloadable sample packs exclusively for Yamaha DTX electronic drums. The packs include Nolan’s hand-forged cymbals, gongs, and special-effects…

Modern Drummer
Apr 3, 2012

Vince Wilburn Jr.

Hey, what’s happening, MD! This is Vince Wilburn Jr., recently back from winter NAMM 2012, where I got to see a lot of my good friends, witness some great music, and check out new, innovative products. It’s one of my…

Modern Drummer
Feb 3, 2012

Doug Yowell

Hello, MD readers. I’m currently in a session, which is where I spend a lot of time these days. I’m not great at talking about myself, but I’ve had many experiences and I hope this gives a glimpse of what…

Modern Drummer
Jan 18, 2012

Drummer/Wellness Trainer Jen Hoeft

Hi, Modern Drummer readers! I’m Jen Hoeft, pro drummer, author, and yoga instructor based in Nashville, Tennessee. Drumming is my golden thread and weaves through my life in a constant, magical, shiny, solid, mystical, and groovy way. Drumming has challenged…

Modern Drummer
Nov 15, 2011

Yamaha DTX500 and DTX700 Series Electronic Kits

Yamaha is now using a numbering system to designate different series of electronic drumkits based on the brain used in the configuration. All the kits in the 500 series feature the redesigned DTX500 Drum Trigger Module, which includes 427 drum,…

Modern Drummer
Sep 6, 2011