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  • Pete Jarvis has had a very long and illustrious career that includes working with Wes Anderson and on the HBO series, "Boardwalk Empire" as a composer, arranger and drummer plus he has performed as a soloist, chamber player, Broadway musician and as conductor/player with chamber music ensembles, orchestras and choruses. Pete shares his story with us and many key pieces of advice on how to plan for a long and diverse career in the world of drumming. He is not only planning his next gig, but he is always thinking of his next 20 years of his musical career.
    Find out everything about Pete at his website: https://peterjarvismusic.com/
    and find him on Youtube here: youtube.com/user/petermjarvis
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  • Paul is a master drum builder who used materials such as Hemp, Carbon Fiber, Carbon Kevlar, and Fiberglass. He started Tempus in Vancouver in 1985 and and ran the company until he decided to wind down and close his shop in 2012. His unique materials and production style made some of the most unique drums on the market that were widely loved by players around the world. Paul made over 7000 in his career and has some amazing stories about learning to use these materials, running a business, competing with the major players, and tons of other great stories along the way.
    Paul was a pleasure to talk to and made for a great episode. If you come across a Tempus drum or drum set, do yourself a favor and buy it!
    Here is the Tempus Drums facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/tempus.drums
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  • Rob teaches us about the early origins of drum endorsements that dates all the way back to the early 1900's with drummers being featured in "The Ludwig Drummer" and "Leedy Drum Topics" magazines. We then go through the 50's and 60's where big money started to get involved and Rob shares stories of drummers like Buddy Rich receiving massive cash payments to play various drum brands and Gene Krupa's golden deal that he had with Slingerland. Rob also shares great information about how endorsements work with funding clinics and making it so we can all see the drummers we love at events like the Chicago Drum Show.
    Find out everything to do with Rob, his books, and the Chicago Drum show at www.rebeats.com
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  • Beth is a passionate expert on all things to do with practice pads. She has an extensive collection of her own which she has used to get first hand knowledge, and is also a great researcher who has dug deep to find all the in-depth details that she shares in this episode. This is a fun episodes that is full of info on all the various practice pads that we all grew up with, and the pads of our ancestors.
    You can check out the drumforum.org thread that we discuss here: https://www.drumforum.org/threads/practice-pad-history-help.176950/
    Beth Hamon is a music educator, a singer-songwriter, and a percussionist. Here is Beth's music website: beth-hamon-music.com
    and here is Beth's drum site: http://drumlove1.blogspot.com/
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  • Chris owns Bopworks drumsticks and he has recreated drumstick models of some of the most legendary players in drum history. Gene Krupa, Shelly Manne, Art Blakey, Mel Lewis are some of the stick's that Chris has gotten the rights to recreate and produce in Austin, Texas. He teaches us the process he had to go through to get the rights from the familys of these legends and then getting the sticks made. We also discuss the impact the different types of sticks can have on the sound and feel of cymbals. This is a great one with lots of different information.
    Check out Bopworks here - https://www.bopworks.net
    Be sure to check out this weeks Patreon bonus episode with Chris to hear the story of how Chris tried to create a Buddy Rich signature stick and ran into some roadblocks. Join up at www.patreon.com/drumhistorypodcast
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  • Bill Zickos was the inventor of Acrylic Drums in 1959 and changed the drum world forever when clear drums went to market a decade later thanks to famous drummers using them such as Keith Moon, Bill Ward, Ron Bushy, and even John Bonham. Bill passed away at age 90 in 2020 and left a huge legacy in the community. His unique and inventive techniques of making drum shells and creating hardware was way ahead of its time, and his story is full of ups and downs like all the great drum history stories. My guest, Wes Faulconer, knew Bill Zickos and shares many great stories as a long time owner of his drum shop, Explorers Drums and Percussion. We talk about all the various iterations of Zickos drums including when Bill lost ownership of the company but carried on making drums and I share my story about the Zickos drums that got away from me!
    Check out Wes' great shop here - https://www.explorersdrums.com/
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  • This is a very fun episode where Rob Hart plays us multiple clips from a Tony Williams clinic that he tape recorded in 1982 in Boston. We break down each segment and Rob gives us his first hand experiences from being a student of Tony in the early 90's in the San Francisco Bay Area. We hear tony talk about his famous ride patterns, setting up his kit, hi-hat work, using brushes, and much more - and then each topic has a great explanation and discussion with Rob.
    Learn more about everything Rob has going on and to check out his great online courses - find him here:
    Rob Hart's main teaching website: robhartdrumstudio.com
    Rob's music courses site: rhdsmusiccourses.thinkific.com
    Enjoy this episode and be sure to check out the Patreon Bonus episode to hear examples of Tony mimicking Elvin, Art, and Max Roach and a great discussion with Rob. www.patreon.com/drumhistorypodcast
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  • Prologix is celebrating 20 years of creating innovative and high quality practice pads that have become an industry standard. I sit down with company founder, Jason Edwards, about the origins of starting the company in his garage, then slowly growing the business, up to winning multiple "best in shows" at NAMM, to the modern days where Prologix are an international company that has some of the biggest names in the industry as endorsers.
    Jason also had a long relationship with the legendary Jim Chapin. He shares many great stories that give us a closer personal look at the moeller-stroke legend as a man, and a hand technician. A huge congrats goes to Jason and Andrew of Prologix and I am honored to share the story of this great company.
    Find Prologix Percussion online at https://prologixpercussion.com/ and be sure to use promo code: HISTORY20 to save 20% on everything site wide!

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  • Colin Hanton was the original drummer for the Quarrymen which featured John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison in Liverpool circa 1956. He shares the amazing story of first meeting John Lennon and then the group evolving and growing gig by gig and adding the other future Beatles as time went on. It is amazing to hear the difficulties they faced trying to scrape together money to buy instruments and afford a 2 song EP which is an incredible story all in itself. We cover when Colin left the group and Pete Best became the next Quarrymen drummer and then when things exploded with Ringo. Enjoy this great piece of musical history with a living legend!
    Check out Colins book here: https://www.amazon.com/Pre-Fab-Colin-Hanton-ebook/dp/B07D8TVG14
    Here is a link to Andy Dwyers shop, ADC Drums in Liverpool: adcdrums.co.uk
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  • A&F is celebrating their 5 year anniversary and Ramy Antoun, founder of the company, joins me to discuss the history of the company, his personal background as a successful drummer both on the road and in the studio. A&F is a one of a kind brand that has exploded in popularity in a very short time and stands out with the unique art deco designs and timeless inventions that Ramy is bringing to the drum world. Enjoy this great conversation with a true innovator in the community!
    Check out A&F here: https://www.anfdrumco.com
    Thanks for listening and be sure to check out the Patreon bonus episode by becoming a member at patreon.com/drumhistorypodcast
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  • In this special 100th episode, Bart gets interviewed by his brother, Spencer, and discusses his background in drumming, audio engineering and the podcast in general. I figure after 100 episodes I should probably let people know some more info about me and how I got to this point. Thanks so much to everyone who has enjoyed the show over the last few years, and shared it with friends, and sent me such great messages. I am just getting started and have a long way to go!
    Big thanks to my brother Spencer for interviewing me for this episode. We have played music together most of our lives and I couldn't think of anyone better to interview me. Be sure to check him out on social media @spencervanderzee to see his art and keep up with what he is doing.
    Next week we will return to regularly scheduled Drum History, but for now Enjoy this episode!
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  • Bryan is the founder of Dialtune drums and he tells us about some examples of cable tension drums that he discovered in his journey to create a modern day drum that is easily tuned with just two knobs. A cable tension drum by definition is a drum that uses a system of pulleys with cable or string/rope to make it possible to tune the drum using one point of tension, typically a knob or a key. The drums that Bryan teaches us about from his patent search are really remarkable, and I share my experiences with the amazing Dialtune snare drum that I have been using for the last few months.

    Check out Dialtune drums here - www.dialtunedrums.com

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  • Gil is a world renowned drummer who shares his deep passion and knowledge for Reggae drumming in this great episode. He takes us through all the sub genres such as ska, rocksteady, dub, and dancehall. Plus he teaches us about the legends in Reggae drumming such as Lloyd Knibb and Carlton Barrett and the gear that these Jamaican drummers would use when playing with icons such as Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Lee Perry and many more.
    Here is some more info on Gil:
    Los Angeles native, Gil Sharone, is highly regarded as one of the most versatile session and touring drummers in the world, who is known for his creativity, authenticity and strong pocket. He is a multiple-time industry award winner as a drummer, but will often wear other hats as a co-writer, producer, and an educator/clinician.
    Gil came to notoriety in the rock world as a former member of  The Dillinger Escape Plan, Puscifer, Marilyn Manson, Stolen Babies and Team Sleep. However, he is widely known as an expert in other genres. Reggae, ska and rocksteady were part of his earliest influences along with jazz, funk, hip hop and fusion.
    Gil has established himself in the Jamaican drumming styles, authoring an award winning DVD and book entitled Wicked Beats, after playing with legends Eek-A-Mouse, HR of Bad Brains, Dave Wakeling of The English Beat, Fishbone, Western Standard Time Ska Orchestra and more recently with Slightly Stoopid, Morgan Heritage, and his current reggae/dub outfit, Gil, Migs and Rog.

    Gil is also an active member of a genre bending music collective, Saudade, where you can hear his jazz fusion collaborations with jazz greats John Medeski, David Torn, Robert Thomas Jr., Dr. Know and Chuck Doom.

    Gil’s work further extends into the film/television world, working with composers Tyler Bates and Paul Haslinger. His work can be heard in Deadpool 2, Guardians of The Galaxy 2, all three John Wick movies, The Punisher (Netflix), Kingdom and Stumptown. He has also contributed both as a player and co-writer on the DC Comics: Dark Nights Metal Soundtrack, and his most recent work can be heard in the musical score for the live action Cirque du Soleil show, R.U.N.
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  • Bill takes us back over a thousand years to learn the origins of rope tension drums and how the technology evolved over the centuries. We learn about shell construction, head types, guts and snare history, and much much more. Bill is a wealth of information and is the man behind Calderwood Percussion. He is a master drum builder and an all around great musician on many instruments.
    Check out Calderwood Percussion here: https://www.calderwoodpercussion.com/
    Be sure to check out the Patreon bonus episode this week because Bill gives us the amazing story of how he made drums for Hamilton the musical and the gigantic bass drum he recently created.
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  • Jim is an extremely respected music critic on the radio, but he is a drummer at his core. He shares his passion and knowledge of acrylic drums with us starting in 1959 with Zickos, into the 70's with Fibes, and the explosion of popularity with the Vistalites thanks to John Bonham. We discuss the evolution of acrylic shell construction, the color varieties of the extremely unique Ludwig stripe kits, the players who made these drums famous like Billy Cobham and Karen Carpenter, and tons of other great info
    Check out Jims website and his 2002 Modern Drummer article on acrylic drums: http://www.jimdero.com/News2002/ClearDrumsModernDrummer.html

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  • Steve takes us through all the decades of Ludwig bass drum pedals starting in 1909 with the iconic first commercially produced bass drum pedal that completely changed the world of drumming, up to the modern re-introduction of the Speed King. Steve is a passionate collector of Ludwig bass drum pedals and wrote a new book called "The Ludwig Line: Bass Drum Pedals" that is full of detailed descriptions and photos of his collection that covers most everyLudwig pedal that was ever made. He is only missing a few "holy grail pedals" that he describes in this episode.
    Shoot Steve an email here to get a copy of his Ludwig Pedals book: sazemanek1@hotmail.com 
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    Be sure to check out the Patreon bonus episode this week to hear more great conversation with Steve Zemanek
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  • John was a student of Alan Dawson for many years and shares many of his experiences with Alan and a great spotlight on the life of this truly legendary teacher. We hear what it was like to walk into the room and learn from Alan Dawson using his extremely musical and innovative techniques. Alan would squeeze the absolute most out of books such as Syncopation and Stick Control, along with countless other ways that teaching Alan became the icon he is today.
    John Ramsay is the former chair of the percussion department at Berklee College of Music and a veteran performer with groups such as Art Blakeys Jazz Messengers and many more. He is also an author and educator with a deep appreciation and respect for his former teacher, Alan Dawson!
    Enoy this episode and be sure to check out Johns Patreon bonus episode by supporting the show at www.patreon.com/drumhistorypodcast
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  • Nick and I discuss 11 different popular cymbal myths in this episode, many of which were submitted by listeners of the podcast! We cover things such as "old cymbals are always better", "hand hammering is automatically good", "covering my cymbal in ketchup makes it sound better", and many more. This is a really fun episode where I learned a ton from my pal Nick Margarite aka NickyMoon.
    Nick is a great independent cymbal maker based out of New Jersey and the man behind NickyMoon cymbals. Check out his awesome work at https://www.nickymoon.com/
    Here is a quick link to Nicks previous Drum History episode about The History of Cymbal Making - https://www.drumhistorypodcast.com/post/ep-65-the-history-of-cymbal-making-with-nick-margarite-nickymoon
    Visit drumhistorypodcast.com/episodes and click this episode to see Nicks outline for this episode.

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  • A Military Tattoo is a ceremony that dates back to the early 17th century in the Netherlands when Drummers would notify the soldiers at the local bars at 9:30pm that it is time to return to the barracks. This was known as "Doe Den Tap Toe " or "Turn Off The Taps". This tradition continued and evolved over the centuries to be a nightly ceremony that was designed to entertain in the summer months, Fast forward to modern days and it is a worldwide, mega event that celebrates the best drummers and musicians around the globe.
    Mark is a master rudimental drummer and an extremely seasoned performer in the world of Tattoo's. This is a great episode about a topic that I knew absolutely nothing about. Mark is a great guy with a huge passion for drumming.
    Here is the Washington Tattoo Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/TheWashingtonTattoo/
    Check out the Washington Tattoo Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/the-washington-tattoo-podcast/id1526474988

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  • This is the full history of Bosphorus Cymbals - A traditional handmade Turkish cymbal brand that has been around since 1996, but has what seems like centuries of knowledge and expertise. The tale of Bosphorus is tied into the other major company that originated in Turkey that we all know about, but once they left the country many cymbal makers were left with a mastery of the art and that knowledge was passed on to the founders of Bosphorus Cymbals.
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    Check out Bosphorus here: http://www.bosphoruscymbals.com/
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    And be sure to visit your local drum shop and play some Bosphorus Cymbals!
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