Thursday, May 31, 2012

Rodney Holmes clinic streaming for free

Rodney Holmes will be conducting a clinic as well as a Q & A session at the Memphis Drum Shop on Thursday May 31st, starting at 2pm CST (8pm GMT). The event is powered by Tama drums, Meinl cymbals, Vater sticks and Evans heads.

The Memphis Drum Shop is located at 878 S Cooper St. in Memphis, TN 38104.

Are you at work? Or not living near Memphis? Don't worry: Rodney's clinic will be streaming live for free.

Just go to on the date and time of the event to view the live stream.

Date: Thursday, May 31, 2012
Start time: 2:00 P.M. (CST)

Keep drumming ;)

[Transcription] Led Zeppelin - Since I've Been Loving You

Now it's time for a classic! From Led Zeppelin, Since I've Been Loving You ;)
Keep drumming!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Ahead Custom Molded Earplugs

Ahead Custom Molded Earplugs (ACME) are nontoxic, hypoallergenic, and EPA approved, and they allow users to quickly create a personal set of soft, silicone earplugs. The ACME kit comes with easy-to-follow instructions for combining the components, placing them in the ears, and allowing them to cure. The earplugs have an EPA-certified noise reduction rating of 26 dB. Each pack also includes a soft carrying pouch. List price: $29.95.

Take care of you ;)

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Drummer: Jojo Mayer

Born January 18. 1963 in Zurich, Switzerland. Son of a musician (bass player Vali Mayer), he spent his early childhood on the road traveling throughout Europe and the Far East. At the age of 2 he got his first drum set, and his first public performance took place in Hong Kong when he was only 3 years old. Growing up in the influence of a musical environment Jojo is basically self-taught (autodidact).

At the age of 18 he joined Monty Alexander's group and toured extensively all over Europe, playing all the major jazz -festivals including the North-Sea-Jazz Festival, Montreux, Nice, Antibes, Athens etc.This lead to back-up gigs with other jazz-greats such as Dizzy Gillespie and Nina Simone and introduced him to an international audience.

Jojo Mayer performed and / or recorded with a great variety of artists covering a wide range of musical styles such as The Screaming Headless Torsos, Meshell n'dege Occello, Vernon Reid's science project, DJ Spooky, Emergency Broadcast Network, the Vienna Art Orchestra, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Harry Pepl, Gerald Veasley, Monty Alexander, Lunar Crush, John Zorn, James Blood Ulmer, Chico Freeman, George Adams, Jamaaladeen
Tacuma, John Medeski, Family of Percussion, Hiram Bullock, Leni Stern, Depart, Wolfgang Puschnigg, The intergalactic Maiden Ballet, Friedrich Gulda, Harry Sokal, Steve Coleman's 5 Elements, Passport, Wah Wah Watson, and many more.

Jojo has also built himself a reputation as a skilled and creative solo performer/ clinician. He appeared at most of the important Industrial Events and Drum Festivals like the Modern Drummer Festival (1998 and 2005), the Buddy Rich Memorial Scholarship NYC (95), the International Drummer-Meeting in Koblenz (89, 91, 95), PASIC (96), the Montreal Drum- Fest (96), the NAMM-Show`s"Drums along the Hilton"(96), int.Slagwerkkrant Dag (96), int. Budapest Dob-Gala (94, 95), Manny`s Drum-Mania NYC (98) and the "int.Musik Messe Frankfurt"(93, 97), to name a view, were he was featured amongst the greatest names in the drumming community today (Vinnie Colaiuta, Dave Weckl, Jack de Johnette, Terry Bozzio, Billy Cobham, Dennis Chambers etc).

Residing in New York City since 1991, Jojo engaged in numerous activities including Live and Studio work. His international touring schedule has taken him all over Europe, the US, South America, The Far East and Africa. Besides his work as a drummer, he also is involved in projects as a writer and producer.

More recently, Jojo has been venturing into New York's Techno / Multimedia / Avantgarde / club scene by promoting his own weekly party event called PROHIBITED BEATZ. This new platform for live "Drum n" Bass", "Nu-Skool Breaks", "Speed Garage" and the latest stylistical hybrids and mutations in DJ culture, has also provided the back drop for his first solo project called NERVE. Described as an "endeavor in reverse engineering the textures and rhythms of the current stream of computer generated music into a live performed, improvisational format", NERVE and PROHIBITED BEATZ have created a reputation in the New York scene that already goes way beyond "a serious buzz".

Recent performances and recordings have earned him rave reviews: Jojo Mayer "...destined for "Drum God" status !"(Modern Drummer magazine).

Jojo Mayer's company endorsements include: Sonor drums, Sabian cymbals, Remo drumheads and Vic Firth drumsticks. Lately he has been involved as a product developer / designer for Sabian (Jojo Mayer Signature "Fierce Ride" & "Fierce Crash" Models), a consultant for Sonor's "Jungle Kit" and as a designer for Vic Firth drumsticks (Jojo Mayer Signature Model). He has also frequently appeared in advertisements, catalogues and publications for the above mentioned companies.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

DW Days Latin America

To help celebrate their 40th anniversary, DW is very excited to announce the first ever DW Days Latin America! This travelling festival will feature performances by Alvaro Lopez, Chester Thompson, and Marco Minnemann

Dates and locations for this inaugural tour are:

June 18, 2012 — Mexico City, Mexico

June 20, 2012 — Bogota, Columbia

June 22, 2012 — Quito, Ecuador

June 25, 2012 — São Paulo, Brasil

Each show will be a full event to hang out with fellow drummers, catch amazing performances, including a meet and greet session with the artists, and chances to win one of the many door prizes.

Please visit (or often for updates on venue and ticket information. And don’t forget to follow DW on Facebook and Twitter. They’ll be posting all the latest DW 40th Anniversary tour news from the road.

Find more at ;)

Tuesday, May 22, 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 of the first programs created by Yamaha after the creation of its Marching and Concert Percussion Department 29 years ago, Sounds of Summer represents the company’s long-standing commitment to not only provide young musicians with world-class instruments, but also support for music education. It is estimated that over 55,000 students have participated in a Yamaha Sounds of Summer camp.

In 2011 alone, Yamaha coordinated camps spanning 24 states across the country, teaching over 2,000 young percussionists. Each camp featured at least one talented and driven Yamaha clinician that provided in depth, hands-on instruction during these intensive clinics.

In addition to tee-shirts and lanyards, Yamaha provides each camper with “The Marching Essentials” book series, which includes music written by top Yamaha artists including, Jon Weber, Tracy Wiggins, Ian Moyer, Colin McNutt, Bret Kuhn, Jim Campbell, Alan Keown, Ben Maughmer and Clif Walker.

Learn more at the official Sounds of Summer website by visiting

For more information about Yamaha products, write Yamaha Corporation of America, P.O. Box 6600, Buena Park, CA 90622-6600; call (714) 522-9011; email; or visit

Vinnie Colaiuta Officially Joins Ludwig

Ludwig has announced the addition of Vinnie Colaiuta to its family of drum and hardware endorsers. This comes at about the same time as Colaiuta’s switch to Paiste cymbals. Vinnie will be taking his new Legacy and Classic Maple kits on tour this summer with Sting. He’ll also be performing select dates with Herbie Hancock and continuing his copious session work in L.A.

Both kits feature a Black Galaxy finish and Mini-Classic lugs; sizes include a 14×22 bass drum (with Elite spurs and a double tom mount), 7×10 and 8×12 toms (with Keystone brackets and no Vibraband suspension rims), and 14×14 and 16×16 floor toms (with Keystone brackets). Vinnie will also be using 5×14 Supraphonic and Hammered Brass snare drums.

Great news for Ludwig ;)