Monthly Archives: October 2014

Technology Helps Aspiring Visually Impaired Musicians

New program aids visually impaired drummer Hannah Sparling, hsparling@newarkadvocate.com NEWARK – Before, 13-year-old Josh Shady had to tote around binders full of large-print music. If a song fit on one page for his classmates, Josh, who is visually impaired, would … Continue reading

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Freddie Gruber: Finding Out How a Drum Student Hears

SKF NOTE: Excerpted from my interview with Freddie Gruber in late 1983 or early 1984. I don’t know how much of this excerpt is in that MD Focus on Teachers interview, but this excerpt differs in one respect. These are … Continue reading

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Alan Dawson: My Best Drum Set

SKF NOTE: This exchange is from my interview with Alan Dawson for Modern Drummer’s January 1986 10th Anniversary Issue. Our interview covered much more ground than I could use in the MD piece. It’s fun to be able to share … Continue reading

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Drummer Mike Johnston Pioneers Online Drum Teaching

Mike Johnston marches to his own drum in the online education industry October 10, 2014 by Kate Brosseau Mike Johnston brought the beat to Big Kansas City with a live demo of just how legit a drummer he is. Johnston … Continue reading

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Paul Wilson: 15-Year Old Drummer for the 33rd U.S. Colored Troops Regiment

I just returned from a week’s vacation in St. Augustine, Florida. It is the United States’s oldest continuously occupied European-established settlement and port in the continental United States. Scattered among the peaceful grounds of the Nombre De Dios grounds in … Continue reading

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Darth Vader: Death Metal Drummer

Kudos to the stop frame creator of this piece. Other than that, this makes me laugh. ‘Nuff said.

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Remembering a Wonderful Drummer: J.C. Heard

The cement basement (a.k.a. practice room) in my Connecticut rental cottage was just big enough for a 3-piece drumset. To my right, was the old wooden staircase leading upstairs to the kitchen. In front of me, an oil burning furnace. … Continue reading

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