Vic Firth 1930 – 2015

Vic Firth, legendary Boston Symphony Orchestra timpanist, world-renowned educator and founder of Vic Firth Company, dies aged 85. Everett “Vic” Firth, the legendary musician, educator and entrepreneur who performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra for fifty years and founded the

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London Mark Mondesir clinic on 9 June

Virtuoso drummer Mark Mondesir will be hosting a very special drum clinic at Yamaha Music London on Tuesday 9th June. One of the UK’s very best drummers, Mark has worked with some big names including Courtney Pine, Julian Joseph, Kevin Eubanks,


Valentina Magaletti & Lloyd Croft join Dream Cymbals’ artist roster

Dream Cymbals and SVM Percussion have proudly announce their latest additions to the Dream U.K. artist roster, Valentina Magaletti and Lloyd Croft. Valentina Magaletti is a professional drummer and percussionist born in Bari, Italy. She has played in many bands over the years, including


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Ash Soan explores limb independence

Download Ash Soan’s accompanying dots here I’d like to talk about limb independence. I feel very strongly that if you practise any groove, idea or fill it should be musical and usable in your actual line of work as a

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Anika Nilles: Sixteenth-note quintuplets – part two

Part two of Anika Nilles’ tuition series on sixteenth-note quintuplets

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Anika Nilles – Sixteenth-note quintuplets: part one

Our new tutor guides you through fives



Musicians’ Union: Pain prevention

The MU’s guide to dealing with music performance-related pain

Musicians’ Union: Inspiring Music Teachers

The MU explains their new campaign: Support My Music Teacher

Vintage Drums, Legendary Sounds: Revisiting Trixon

A look at one of the more interesting brands to come out of Europe: Trixon.


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PDP Ltd Edition Bubinga snare drums

Thick wood-shell snare drums for less than £270? This we had to investigate… Words: Nick Carter   Images: Thru-A-Lupe Photographic When PDP informed us that they would like to send us through a selection of their new snare drums, we

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Review: Vic Firth VicKick bass drum beaters

Fatten your bottom end with these new beaters from Vic Firth

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Review: Pearl Limited VBA Artisan II kit

Superb looks and sounds from Pearl’s latest addition to the Vision family


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Johnathan Blake: Genetic jazz

Jazz prodigy Johnathan Blake tells us about his extraordinarily musical childhood and gives sound advice on all things jazz…


The Riser: Lucy Fawcett, Matthew & Me

Matthew & Me are a five-piece band, founded by frontman Matthew Board, from Totnes, Devon. Lucy Fawcett, drummer for the band, is our focus this month and tells us about their new EP release, as well as who she looks

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Jeff Ballard: Time’s tales

Jeff Ballard discusses his debut album as a leader, playing in a trio, and his upcoming projects

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