Monthly Archives: April 2014

Do Drum Endorsements Sell Drums?

For a little while in the early 1980’s I was Northeast District Sales Manager for the Gretsch Musical Instrument Company, which was then based out of Tennessee. Karl Dustman was an executive with Gretsch at the time. Karl and I … Continue reading

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My First Interviews Were Written on this Typewriter

I bought this typewriter used for $35.00 at a Goodwill store in Huntington, NY. I sold $1,000 worth of freelance articles written on it, including several of my first feature Modern Drummer interviews. — end —

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Square Drumsticks

SKF NOTE: Remembering a Roy Burns drum clinic in Illinois. Probably Moline. I lived and played drums for a couple of years in the Quad-Cities area of Iowa. The Quad-Cities are Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa; Moline and Rock Island … Continue reading

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Innovator: Country Music’s First Drummer: Smokey Dacus

Smokey Dacus, original drummer with Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys, is credited as the first to play drumset in a country band. Modern Drummer founder/publisher Ron Spagnardi chose to not publish my interview with Smokey Dacus as a feature. … Continue reading

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Freddie Gruber’s Drum Lesson on Buddy Rich’s Table Top

SKF NOTE:¬†Yesterday, driving, my drum lesson with Freddie Gruber came to mind. He was in NYC for a limited time and seemingly impossible to get to do the Modern Drummer interview he said he would do. Our last chance took … Continue reading

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