Johnny Rabb

Johnny Rabb is an active live and studio drummer. He is currently on tour with the platinum-selling rock band Collective Soul,and recently recorded the "See What You Started By Continuing" album, which will be released in Fall 2015. The band has a fall tour planned through the end of the year.

Johnny has been fortunate enough to develop a series of cymbals with the MEINL cymbal company. His Drumbals and Safari cymbals are part of the Generation X line. He is also the founder of his own drumstick company. Johnny recently joined the NFUZD Audio team as a product advisor and clinician. He continues to design and develop new sounds and innovations for his unique concepts on the drums.

As an author, Johnny continues his passion for education. He released The Official Freehand Technique Book/CD. Johnny was also voted #1 Best Educational Author by Modern Drummer’s Readers Poll for his book Jungle Drum ‘N’ Bass for the Acoustic Drum Set.

He has performed with a wide range of artists such as Tanya Tucker, Hank Williams III, Maynard Ferguson, DJ Hype, Alain Caron, Frank Gambale, Larry Tagg, SheDaisy, Deana Carter and Mindy McCready.

He has traveled worldwide conducting countless clinics and master classes including the Montreal Drumfest, PASIC, Musik Messe, Meinl Drum Festival, Drummer Fest (Belgium) and the Ultimate Drummer’s Weekend, to name a few. He has also instructed at world renown drum camps, including KOSA and RHYTHM (Bavarian Music Academy).

Johnny performs with MEINL cymbals, NFUZD Audio, REMO drumheads, Johnny Rabb Drumsticks, Pro-Logix Practice Pads, AUDIX microphones, Gibraltar Hardware, and Westone in-ear

 

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Adam Randall

Adam Randall is a lifelong drummer and professional drum educator, and a member of the Professional Drum Teachers Guild. His professional teaching career began to take shape at the Colorado Music Institute, one of the largest professional music lesson facilities in the United States. From live and studio performances with bands, to guest lectures (at places like SXSW Interactive), making recordings, delivering drum clinics, and of course, teaching private lessons, his involvement in the world of drumming is widespread. Adam is the founder of PlayDrumsNow.com and is committed to bringing drum education to new levels.He currently teaches private lessons full time at KLASH Custom Drums in Minneapolis, MN.His published drum instruction books (available on the ‘products’ page) include: “How To Play Drums: The Ultimate Guide”, “Complete Coordination Training”, and “Layering Rhythms: A Guide To Creative Coordination On The Drumset”.

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Joel Rothman

Joel Rothman is the renowned author of almost 100 drum and percussion method books, many of which are among the most popular books used by teachers in private music studios as well as schools and universities worldwide.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Joel studied drums and percussion, as well as piano, with well-known teachers such as Sam Ulano, Ed Shaughnessy, Jim Chapin, Joe Morello, Saul Goodman, and others. He first opened his own private drum studio, then later, after graduating from university, he taught in the New York City school system for many years. During that time, Joel was a free-lance drummer playing with various bands and orchestras at private functions, nightclubs, and musical shows.

Writing his first book at fifteen, Joel also established his own highly successful publishing company JR Publications, which has been going for over half a century. For many years, he continued to teach, write, publish and promote his books, which form a unique system for learning to play drums.

Aside from music method books for percussion instruments, Joel did a stint as a standup comic, and he has written dozens of humor books for both adults and children, as well as quiz books, word finder books, and crossword puzzle books.

In 1977, Joel moved from New York City to England in order to help promote his books in Europe. He remained there and now resides in London with his English wife. At present Joel continues to write and publish books--he also has an extensive teaching practice mostly for intermediate, advanced and professional players who flock to him from all over Europe to learn to read, play shows, develop the technique for breaks and solos, as well as coordination for rock and jazz. His system of books has helped to develop some of the finest drummers heard playing today.

The following drum and percussion method books cover just about every aspect of learning to play the instrument. Each book is carefully crafted and specifically written to overcome particular problems in a clear, easy-to-read, logical and developmental progression. Topics covered include, basic drumming, stick control, breaks and solos, rudiments, basic beats for playing with a dance band,  reading music for big band, show or orchestral playing, two, three and four-way coordination for rock and jazz, as well as marching drumming. Most of the titles depict the contents of the book, but short blurbs underneath each one will also help you to understand what material will be found inside. The blurb also tells you if the book is intended for the beginner, intermediate, advanced or professional players.


 

 

Sam Ruttenberg

With a diverse background in both drum set and percussion performance, Sam Ruttenberg has performed with artists such as Dave Brubeck, Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, Lena Horne, Perry Como, Al Martino, Bing Crosby, Barbara Eden, and Charo. He performs with the Pennsylvania Bal­let, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Delaware Symphony, and Orchestra 2001. He also performs with his own jazz trio and is an active drum set clinician.

Sam has also toured and recorded with the Houston Symphony, Ballet, and Pops Orchestras, and has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall, and the Kennedy Center. He currently teaches at the Settlement Music School in Phila­delphia, Rutgers University-Camden, and his home studio. He is an active teacher and has taught professionals as well as some of the most promising talents in the Philadelphia area, including 18-year-old Justin Faulkner, who is a member of the Branford Marsalis Quartet.

Sam has written articles for PAS Percussive Notes and Modern Drummer Magazine. He transcribed and worked closely on the creative aspect with Joe Morello on his Master Studies II book. He has published articles in various drumming magazines and has published his own book entitled “Drum Tips” (HoneyRock 2009), which is designed to help drummers develop better technique and coordination through increased musicianship. He has also designed and patented HingeStix® practice drumsticks, which is a learning tool for drummers to better feel the rebound, develop finger technique, hold the stick properly, and feel the whipping motion of the Moeller technique.

Sam received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Miami and a Master’s Degree from the Juilliard School and has endorsements with Sabian, Vic Firth, Remo, and Taye drums.

 

Bart Robley

Some of the most influential artists are born in small, quiet towns, and Robley's story is no different. Raised in a small farming community in Denver, Colorado, Bart felt his calling very early. Perhaps it was the peaceful air of his hometown or the fact that he was raised close to the earth, but somehow he was able to concentrate on the music that he heard in rhythm. Naturally, when it came time for him to choose an instrument in elementary school, he chose the drums, and never looked back.

Robley was very lucky to have good teachers and mentors who taught him to forego the flash and concentrate on the rudiments first. And that is what he did. Bart dug deeply and worked on his craft, through both elementary and high school. When he felt strong enough to branch out, he had the strong basis on which to build the flair that has become his own thundering style. Recognizing his obvious talent, local musicians tapped Robley for studio and cover projects in the Denver area. His untested youth didn't keep him from backing some of the most talented bands and joining them in club gigs and tours. This was the beginning of a long history of studio work and myriad bands which would keep Bart busy up to the present day.

Through his many projects, Bart learned the nuances of rock, country, jazz, fusion and most particularly hard rock and heavy metal. As his thirst for musical adventures grew, so did his need for larger projects. So he bid goodbye to his small town life and, in 1989, relocated to Southern California. Bart networked the L.A. music scene, replete with a host of metal, punk, and industrial bands. But fate smiled on him when he met with another out-of-towner, guitarist Steve Cenker. This formed the basis for an original band named War Crime, and together with local bassist A.J. Schad, the trio burst forth on the L.A. scene, slinging fiery metal at a thirsty crowd. In its long and storied history, War Crime released two albums on Black Wall Records, became an underground hit in Southern California and garnered huge support in European airplay and sales. Endless touring ensued, testing even the limits of these hardened rock warriors. By 1998, the band had seen the departure of A.J. Schad, and though he was temporarily replaced, Cenker and Robley decided to lay their metal beast to its final rest. Robley remained friends with Cenker, as the two pursued separate career paths, relaying their musical stories and woes to one another along the way. Bart returned to studio work and live performances as a 'hired gun' in many diverse projects from country to hard rock. It was one of these situations that led to Bart being hired full time by Southern Rock mainstays The Sam Morrison Band.

Morrison recognized Robley's undeterred dedication to not only the craft of drumming but to the business of making music. This was essential for rebuilding SMB into a reckoning force. On Bart's recommendation, his good friend Steve Cenker was hired as the new lead guitarist for SMB, and the reunited bandmates helped to reinvigorate the band's entire style and sound. 2002 saw the release of the first full-length album from a re-invigorated SMB. Solid reviews and packed houses are a testament to the new sound that is already a favorite at biker events and venues and working its way into the main public bloodstream. After tour support for the 2002 release, SMB has returned to the studio to tell some new stories about life on the road and the mysterious dark of the southern swamps.In addition to his permanent position as drummer for The Sam Morrison Band, Bart continues to do studio work and perform with The Neil Norman Band of Crescendo Records.

Not content to sit idle, Robley's spare moments are spent training the next generation of drumming professionals, and he maintains a full roster of students at his private studio in Fullerton, California. Perhaps this kind of schedule is what has earned Bart the title of " One of California's Busiest Drummers."
As a final note, Bart Robley would like to thank the products that help form his sound, and for which he is an active endorser. These include Gretsch Drums, Symphonic Percussion Drums, Aquarian Heads, Sabian Cymbals, Gibraltar Hardware, Vic Firth Sticks, Trick Bass Drum Pedals, The Kelly Shu, Kickport Gorilla Snot and Hal Leonard Publishing.  And in addition, is a proud user of Latin Percussion and Shure In-Ear monitors. Bart hopes his experiences with these pieces of equipment will help you in your search to find and chart your own musical adventures.

Bart credits his biggest influences to Drumming Legends John Bonham, Tommy Aldridge, and Kenny Aronoff.




 

 

Rich Redmond

Rich Redmond is an influential touring/recording drummer/percussionist based in Nashville, Tennessee and Los Angeles, California. His versatile, dynamic, and rock solid drumming is the sound behind many of today’s top talents.

A musical showman in the spirit of Gene Krupa, Rich has toured/recorded/performed with: Jason Aldean, Ludacris, Kelly Clarkson, Bryan Adams, Joe Perry, Jewel, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert, John Eddie, Pam Tillis, Susan Ashton, Deana Carter, Kid Rock, Lauren Alaina, Trace Adkins, Randy Owens, Marty Stuart, Mindy McReady, Rushlow, Gene Watson, John Anderson, Doc Walker, Jedd Hughes, Patricia Conroy, Earl Thomas Conley, Hank Williams III, Emily West, Jo El Sonnier, Jim Brickman, Lee Brice, Steel Magnolia, The Stellas, Kevin Fowler, Bob Seger, Rascal Flatts, Sara Evans, Darius Rucker, Kenny Rogers, Jennifer Nettles, Travis Tritt, Shelly Fairchild, Craig Wayne Boyd, Dizzy Reed and many others.

As the drumming powerhouse behind Grammy nominated mega star JASON ALDEAN, Rich has recorded 19 #1 singles with sales well over the 10 million mark. As a high-energy showman, Rich plays to sold out crowds in amphitheaters, arenas and stadiums around the world and over 2 million fans per year.

Rich has appeared many times on the trail of late night shows such as: The Voice, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, Conan, Jimmy Fallon, The Jimmy Kimmel Show, Craig Ferguson, Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Michael and Kelly Show, Ellen, Austin City Limits, The CMA Awards, The ACM Awards, The CMT Awards, The ACA Awards, numerous GAC and CMT Specials, and of course, The Grammy Awards.

As a member of the production team known as New Voice Entertainment (NV), Rich is constantly developing new talent such as Thompson Square, whose first single “Are you Gonna Kiss Me Or Not”? was a #1 single and the most played song on radio in 2011.

Rich attended The University of North Texas and toured/recorded with the prestigious 1:00 Lab Band. Rich was voted “Best Country Drummer” and “Best Clinician” by Modern Drummer Magazine in 2010 and “Best Country Drummer” by Drum! Magazine in 2011. Rich now combines his classical training and ‘street smarts’ musicianship to bring his passion filled drumming to the world.