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  • Paul Francis, a 30 year employee of Zildjian, takes us back to 1618 when Avedis I discovered the alloy that changed music for ever. We go on a deep dive into every detail of Zildjians amazing history, including the struggles with trademarks, jealous cousins trying to steal the formula, and all of the amazing innovations that have been made along the way.
    We learn the whole family timeline and the contributions each family member brought to the company, and even learn about one uncles assassination attempt on a Sultan!
    Paul Francis is the Director of Cymbal Innovations for Zildjian and has climbed the ranks from sweeping floors and hanging Christmas decorations to now developing and creating the cymbals that we all know and love . You can hear the passion in his voice every time he talks about Zildjian and is an absolute expert on the topic with many first hand experiences with the older generations of Zildjians.
    Find him on Instagram at @cymbalcraftsman
    Visit Zildjians website for all kinds of great information: www.zildjian.com
    Thanks for listening!
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  • Nick takes us back to a time when trap drummers were king and could be found in every theater around the country. He shares his vast collection of sound effect Instruments with us and plays examples of some of his favorite pieces. He also tells us the full history of trap drummers and describes what it would have been like to be a working drummer in the early 1900's.
    Life was very different back then for musicians but drummers were never short of work thanks to the overwhelming need for theaters to keep the audience entertained by supplementing silent movies with sound effects. We learn all about where they would work, what instruments they would use, how they got around to the gigs, and the manufacturers who created these fascinating instruments.
    Here is some great information directly from Nicks website:
    "Few drummers these days recall the life of an early 20th century drummer, and the many circumstances they were faced with that would often require creativity, and an extensive branching out of their instrument collection. Basic additions to the trap kit were ratchets for off-beats, and triangles for soft strains and theatre work. When jobs at motion picture houses were widely in demand, sound effect instruments added realism to the silent screen. These basics of these would often include  a songbird whistle, cuckoo whistle, clog mallets (for dancing scenes), and a duck call that could produce farm animal sounds. Larger cinemas would separate the drummer from the effects, having a full table of “contraptions” (or "traps") for thunderstorm sounds, vehicle sounds, and animal sounds. Every time the screen showed a locomotive, a rooster, a gunshot, a doorbell, a dog barking, a streetcar, or even a growling bear, the traps drummer would be prepared!
    When the silent film era ended in 1927, the need for the more bizarre effects diminished. Jazz songs with amusing themes about train travel would have the drummer picking up the train whistle once in a while; and, a “billy goat stomp” would start with humorous bleat, but the need to pack your case with car horns and horse hooves was certainly gone. Sound effect instruments had a brief second calling in radio, but as many of the radio studios would build their own effects, the need for the portable traps that a drummer could buy from his local drum shop slowly faded away."
    Check out Nicks website here: http://www.vintagepercussionsoundeffects.com
    Find his awesome page on Instagram at @weeklytrapdrummer
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  • Herbie is a 32 year veteran of the Remo Company and shares the full history of the company with us, including the controversial debate between Evans and Remo and who was first to invent the synthetic drumhead. Remo is one of the most famous names in drums and it all stems back to one man, Remo Belli. Herbie was good friends with Remo and worked closely with throughout his career and shares many stories that come straight from Remo himself.
    We discuss the origins of synthetic heads and the trials and tribulations that faced that process, the introduction of C.S. Dot heads, Sparkletone heads, Remo Drumsets, RotoToms, World Percussion and a whole lot more. Herbie May has been there for the invention of many of these innovations and gives us a rare behind the scenes look at everything Remo!
    Check out the History page on the Remo website that we discuss here: https://remo.com/company/history/
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  • Learn the full history of Country Western drumming from its early jazz origins, to the "behind the curtain" days at the Grand Ole Opry, all the way up to the arena drummers of today. Before drummers became an integral part of Country music, they had to fight for the right to be on stage...and it didn't happen overnight.
    Matty Meyer is a Nashville drummer who has a deep knowledge and appreciation for the Roots of Country Music drumming. He is a working drummer who can always be found playing around Nashville and on the road with a number of great artists.
    Keep up with Matty by visiting his website: http://www.mattymeyer.com or finding him on Instagram at @Mattymeyerdrummer
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  • Founded by George Way, Camco is one of the most iconic brands in Drum History and it only existed for 17 years... Without Camco, we wouldn't have the iconic round lugs that were later made famous by DW and the classic 5000 pedal that we all know and love.
    Joe Luoma takes us through the history of this extremely sought after drum brand from the beginnings as the Geo. H. Way drum company, through the 4 seasons of the company, and the end when Tama and DW purchased all of the assets of the company. 
    Joe is not only a devoted Camco collector, he is also the creator of the iconic "Hot Rod" multi-sticks. He tells us about how they came about and exploded with the unplugged craze that happened in the early 90's. 
    You can meet Joe every year at the Chicago Drum Show and see his collection of Camco's in person!
    Joe also highly recommends the Delaware, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Hollywood, and St. Louis Drum Shows
    as well as the Vintage Camco Drums Facebook page.
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  • Dr. Clark wrote her dissertation on the origins of the jazz ride pattern and shares the full amazing history with us! She teaches us about the pioneers who brought the famous pattern to the forefront of jazz music and the variations that made it evolve over time.
    Colleen does an amazing job of explaining where things began in 1917 and ended up in 1941 with what we know as the jazz pattern today, but also fills us in on many great stories about our drumming heroes along the way including Tony Sbarbaro, Papa Jo Jones, Zooty Singleton and many more. She is truly a wealth of information and has a passion for drumming that is contagious!
    Keep up with Colleen by visiting her website at www.colleenclarkmusic.com
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  • Starting in 1849 as a maker of drumheads in Ireland, Rogers Drums has had a long life that is full of innovations such as the Dyna-Sonic snare, Swiv-O-Matic hardware, and countless iconic drum sets. Jeff and Po take us through the various eras of Rogers history in great detail, and we also learn about the recent resurgence of the iconic brand.
    Po Shy covers the first half of Rogers Drums that includes the origins in Dublin, followed by time in New York/New Jersey, and through the iconic Ohio days of production. Then, Jeff Burke teaches us about the Fullerton, California era when CBS purchased Rogers and the many owners and that followed.
    -Keep up with Jeff and Po by finding them on Facebook at the various Rogers Facebook groups  
    -Rogers Drums USA facebook group:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1665871023670039/
    -Covington Drummers Group:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/445087259289998/
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  • Drumming since he was 18 months old, Buddy Rich turned into one of the worlds most beloved drummers thanks to his incredible speed and tenacity on the kit. His story is full of tragedies and triumphs that shaped him into the one of a kind person that he became. His incredible passion and unwavering dedication to being a drummer took him to the top of the drumming world, but ultimately lead to his demise.
    Shawn Martin is a drumming historian who specializes in Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa. He shares his vast knowledge of Buddy's life with us in a very detailed description that begins with Buddy's start as "Traps The Drum Wonder" at 18 months old, all the way through his remarkable career and death in 1987.
    Keep up with Shawn by visiting his website: www.drummerman.net - (This is his Gene website, but you can find all of his content for Buddy through the site)
    Find him on Instagram at @thecrippleddrummer and youtube at Drumuitar
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  • Daniel Glass explains the very beginnings of Rhythm and Blues drumming and the impact it had on all genres of music that we know today! Join us as we explore the tumultuous journey that African American musicians had to endure to be able to perform and innovate the music that they loved.
    Daniel is an expert in the world of Drum History and has an extensive background  that features live performances with the Bryan Setzer Orchestra and the Royal Crown Revue, plus he is an author, clinician and touring drummer.
    Keep up with Daniel by visiting: www.danielglass.com
    Here is a quick link to get to his great youtube page: https://www.youtube.com/user/DanielGlassDrums/
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  • Yamaha has been involved in musical instruments since 1887, but didn't began making drums until 1967. Since then, they have made a huge impact on evolution of drums and drumming technology.
    Jim Haler, 16 year employee of Yamaha Corporation, gives a full run through of the full history of the company with tons of great stories and information along the way. Learn about the origins of all of the classic models like Recording Customs, and how all of the many divisions of Yamaha work together to create cutting edge gear.
    www.yamaha.com
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  • Did you know Mozart was the first person to use Hot Rods in his music? Matt takes us from the beginning of drum sticks in the 7th century up to when they got the sizes and shapes that we know today (5A, 5B, 7A..etc).
    We cover many of the pivotal moments since the beginning of recorded history and use Matts great book as a reference.
    Check it out here: https://www.amazon.com/Drum-History-Matt-Dean/dp/0810881705
    Matt Dean is the man behind www.totaldrummer.com
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  • Did Papa Jo Jones invent the Hi-Hat with the help of a plumber? Find out in this episode! Jaz takes us from the beginnings of drumming in Africa through the advent of the modern drum set as we know it today. The amount of different cultures drumming styles that blended together leading up to "double drumming" goes much deeper than I ever thought.
    Dr. Jaz Sawyer is a drummer and educator based out of Los Angelas. He has a long history in the music industry and has an enormous knowledge about drumming. Check him out at www.jazsawyer.com
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  • Keller has quietly made drum shells for many of the worlds greatest drum brands - learn about how the company got its start in 1946! I talk with Justin Owen, Special Accounts Manager at Keller Products, about how this company has been at the center of the drum universe for over 70 years and managed to remain out of the limelight.
    - you can visit Keller’s drum shell website here: https://www.kellershells.com
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  • Evans or Remo - Who was first? Learn about the dramatic history of these two companies along with the origin of drumheads from the very beginning. Ben is a former employee of Evans and gives us the entire history of the drumhead, leading up to the controversial invention of the synthetic head. Find out which of these iconic brands was the first to create the drumheads we know today!
    - Ben O'Brien Smith is a co-creator and host of www.soundslikeadrum.com
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  • A large collection of Gene Krupa's gear has been in a storage unit since 1973 and has recently been discovered! If that wasn't enough...It was all purchased by the legendary Charlie Watts! Our friend Brooks Tegler was the man who authenticated this collection and shares the story with us.
    Are the myths true about Gene playing a Dynasonic? You'll have to listen to find out! Brooks takes us through the whole story of how this amazing collection was found and what was included, and how it ended up with a Rolling Stone. 
    You can find the full report that Brooks created for this collection at his blog:
    www.krupasequipmenthistory.blog
    Follow me on Facebook and Instagram for daily drumming videos and posts that correspond with the episodes! @drumhistory_podcast
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  • Mark takes us on a journey through the amazing history of what was once known as The Slingerland Banjo Company. Slingerland grew into one of the most well known names in drumming history and had a major role in the evolution of the drum set!
    Follow along with the conversation by visiting Mark's website:
    www.coopersvintagedrums.com
    Follow me on Facebook and Instagram for daily drumming videos and posts that correspond with the episodes! @drumhistory_podcast

    Please give me a rating and a review if you like the show. I love getting feedback from everyone and hearing how you like the show, get in touch and let me know what you want to learn about next!

  • Mike was one of the earliest pioneers of teaching drums online - He shares the history and evolution of this game-changing technology with great stories along the way!
    Mikes Lessons vs. Drumeo? Find out what makes these two giant platforms different and how they feel about each other.
    Mike is the co-host of the Modern Drummer podcast and the head honcho at www.mikeslessons.com, find him on social media as @mikeslessons
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    Please give me a rating and a review if you like the show. I love getting feedback from everyone and hearing how you like the show, get in touch and let me know what you want to learn about next!

  • "That Great Gretsch Sound" has been around since 1883, join me as I talk with John Sheridan about the full history of this iconic company! John is an expert on Gretsch and co-wrote "The Gretsch Book" with Rob Cook.
    John takes us through the 136 year history with amazing facts and stories and also some information that you won't hear anywhere else!
    Here is the timeline on the Gretsch websites I used to follow along with John:
    http://www.gretschdrums.com/history
    The Gretsch Book is available for purchase at most retailers, here it is on Rebeats:
    http://rebeats.com/books.html
    Follow me on Facebook and Instagram for daily drumming videos and posts that correspond with the episodes! @drumhistory_podcast

    Please give me a rating and a review if you like the show. I love getting feedback from everyone and hearing how you like the show, get in touch and let me know what you want to learn about next!

  • It all started with a Cockatoo named Snowball on YouTube dancing to the Backstreet Boys... That is what got Dr. Ed Large interested in studying the rhythmic abilities of animals including birds, primates, and even a sea lion! This episode dives deep into the history of how Rhythm works in both humans and animals and what he has discovered over the course of his research.
    Read about many great things Ed has researched at:
    https://musicdynamicslab.uconn.edu/home/dr-edward-large/
    Also, check out his awesome lighting company https://www.synchronyleds.com/
    Follow me on Facebook and Instagram for daily drumming videos and posts that correspond with the episodes! @drumhistory_podcast

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  • Angela Sells takes us through the history of female percussionists dating from thousands of years ago up to modern times. She has a PhD, is a writer for Tom Tom Magazine, a professor of Womens Studies and also plays in a Seatle based rock band! Female drummers have had to work very hard throughout time to be able to do what they love. Give this a listen and then go check out some of the great female drummers we talk about! 
    check out Angelas writing in Tom Tom Magazine online at: www.tomtommag.com 
    find Angela on social media at: msangelamegan 
    Angelas website is: www.drummergirldays.com
     Follow me on Facebook and Instagram for daily drumming videos and posts that correspond with the episodes! @drumhistory_podcast Please give me a rating and a review if you like the show. I love getting feedback from everyone and hearing how you like the show, get in touch and let me know what you want to learn about next!