Born in Pativilca, Peru, 100 miles north of Lima, Alex Acuña was born into a musical family that inspired him and helped shape him as a musician. His father and five brothers were all musicians. Alex taught himself how to play the drums from the age of four. By the time Alex turned ten, he [...]
The 24th annual Guitar Center Drum Off has a grand champion – Juan Carlos Mendoza. A classically trained multi-instrumentalist, Mendoza received his B.A. in Music Education in 2004 and is currently pursuing his M.A in Music Education while serving as the Band Director for William C. McGinnis Middle School in his hometown of Perth Amboy, [...]
In honor of Akira Jimbo’s birthday, here is a clip from his 1997 video, “Independence”. This performance beautifully demonstrates Akira’s uncanny drumming abilities and musicality. Through the use of triggers and electronic pads, he is able to sound like a full band without the use of sequencers or backing tracks. Every sound is executed live [...]
Although drumming is not just about soloing sometimes you need it to get you moving. Steve Smith and Jojo Mayer are two INCREDIBLE drummers with very different styles. So, what happens when you put them together in front of the camera? Check it out and see for yourself!
Marvin “Smitty” Smith, Born June 24, 1961 in Waukegan (Illinois). “It was a very natural inclination for me to play drums,” says Marvin “Smitty” Smith. A glance at his early life validates that truth. Born the son of a drummer, Marvin, Sr., was always surrounded by music in the house. At six months old, he [...]
Dave Abbruzzese was born on May 17, 1968. Dave grew up in Texas banging on his dad’s tackle boxes in the early days. He dropped out of high school at an early age and began to focus on playing more than ever. Along the way he formed a band with his buddies called Dr. Tongue. [...]
Part 1 of Dennis Chambers’ performance @ Guitar Center’s 2011 Drum Off Grand Finals on January 14th, 2012 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles featuring Graffiti with Haakon Graf on keys, U-Nam on guitar, and Gary Grainger on bass.
Drummers working to develop their Neil Peart mojo will be happy to hear that there’s a new instructional DVD from the famed Rush drummer due for release on Oct. 14. The DVD will be called ‘Taking Center Stage: A Lifetime Of Live Performance.’ and the cover art features Peart throwing a drum stick up in [...]