Despite having been born deaf in one ear, I knew at the very early age of 5 that I wanted to pursue the world of Drums. Via my step-father Gene Fitzgerald. Gene was a successful sessions player in the Memphis,Tn area back in the 60′s 70′s as well as live performer having performed and recorded with the likes of Jerry Lee Lewis,etc..It was Through Gene’s professional guidance that gave Me a quick head start into the world of drumming building that solid base for growth. I soon began to show signs of loyalty to the craft. I was the kid always walking around with a beat up pair of drumsticks in his back pocket. I’d often stop to tap on anything to get a sense of different tones,wrist development, a learning to hear with the use of only one ear..etc..I elected to further my music education during my Jr.high/High School years as a member of the schools music drumline,etc. I was even given the title “Drum Captain” by my music instructor for my senior year. Shortly after highschool, I began to get my feet wet within the West Tn area working with Several local/regional music groups, I began writing and performing on a regular basis and recording music and didn’t stop there. Over the next several years,I became a well known drummer within my west Tennessee area and had been offered Many drum positions with local bands for over a decade as a sought after drummer. I had corrective ear surgery at the age of 26 that initially allowed me to hear out of my deaf ear from birth for the very first time in my life. Having developed a different approach to hearing and music skills with the use of only one ear prob made me focus deeper than I would have before with the use of two? I had gone on to write,record and perform at a professional level. One of my most memorable works was with tennessee group Trash the Brand, a 3 piece band thats noted to have their own sound known as swampabilly’ , a mixture of several different southern music styles combined into one. Trash the brand’s original music quickly began to gain great music reviews,label attention and can be listened to and purchased through www.reverbnation.com/
My professional music career launched to new highest as the Group trash the brand and SAVING ABEL shared the same management co. Silent Majority Group via Jeff Hanson( Creed,Sevendust,AlterBridge,Paramore,Tantric, Candlebox, etc…) news of the departure of Saving Abel’s drummer quickly opened up that position and the band and management offered Me the position and to begin touring immediately. I am the New drummer for Rock Band Saving Abel that gained Success with such Radio HITS as Addicted,18Days,Drowning(face down)The Sex Is Good,etc..I perform nightly all across the US/coast to coast I have just completed recording for the NEW Album from Saving Abel due to release Nov.11th 2014.
Coming up Oct 31st – Nov 2nd Drumtacs are proud to be co – sponsoring again this year Rich’s Drummers Weekend … Students are immersed in twenty-four hours of hands-on training not only with Rich but his guest teachers that include Liberty Devitto (Billy Joel, Slim Kings), Chris Fryar (Zac Brown Band), and Sean Paddock (Kenny Chesney). Other teachers include percussionist Billy Hawn (Colbie Callait), Ableton Live expert Ben Jackson (Frankie Ballard), and Bruce Springsteen/Max Weinberg drum tech Matt Payne, who will teach a tuning master class. Danny and Beth Gottlieb (Lt. Dan Band, Pat Metheny, Sessions), Jack Bruno (Tina Turner, Joe Cocker), and Jason Aldean’s III Kings rhythm section (Kurt Allison, Tully Kennedy, and myself) will be available for Q and A sessions.
One of the Highlights of this camp is the Closing concert at the famed Douglas Corner Café. This night allows students to play with recording artists like Shelly Fairchild in front of a paying Nashville audience. All the proceeds from this event benefit the W.O. Smith School of Music in Nashville.
Looking forward to another Huge Event this year in Nashville !
Thomas Lang is an Austrian drummer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and record producer. He is the founding member of the Los Angeles-based progressive/avant garde metal trio, stOrk. He also runs The Thomas Lang Drumming Boot Camp
Thank You to Thomas for sending in this shot of his KIT ! and we appreciate you #AssumingControl
Dave Agoglia rocks the kit behind American hard rock band Rev Theory. The band began playing shows in local clubs and venues as a cover band, then eventually went on to write original music. After finishing a tour of the U.S. in 2005, the group signed to EMI subsidiary Element Records, where they became widely successful, selling over 100,000 albums worldwide.
Rev Theory (formerly known as Revelation Theory) is an American hard rock band formed in 2002 in North Andover, Massachusetts. The band has released three studio albums: Truth Is Currency (2005), Light It Up (2008), and Justice (2011). The song “Voices” is currently being used for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) superstar Randy Orton. The song “Hell Yeah” was the opening song for the popular Spike show Blue Mountain State.
Dave’s set up is:
Pearl MASTERS/ or Reference
Black Sparkle Fade (363)
24×18 bass drum
16×16 floor tom
14×6.5 Reference Brass snare drum
“A video series where I invite my side musician friends over to play in my basement. We improvise, jam and solo over original riffs and musical ideas. We show how much fun it can be to improv and play with other musicians. Maybe re-capture our early years of playing with our friends after school. Included will be short interviews with each musician about their personal history, gear and philosophy on music.” Jeff Brown
Looking to see YOU at Booth #51 Drumtacs #AssumeControl … at the Nashville Drum Show Sept. 20th – 21st !
Walter Grier … Born a native of New York, Walter ‘Rock The Pocket’ Grier, began playing drums at the early age of six years old. His love of drums was displayed every Saturday morning when instead of doing his household chores, he would easily get distracted while listening to music. Coming from a family where his Grandfather and Grandmother were both music educators, his six uncles were musicians and instrumentalist, his 4 aunts were instrumentalist and singers, how can you not grow up to love music? His Uncle, Joe Grier, would record the chart topping do-wop song Desiree in 1957. With so much music in his blood Walter would grow up playing drums in the church at an early age. He would play for his high school jazz band and for many different church choirs and groups and would travel with them. He would then relocate to the Washington DC area in his early 20s, where he continued his passion for playing drums. Musicians would love to work with Walter because of his ability to play and keep his timing locked and in the pocket, thus he would gain the nickname “rock the pocket!”. His passion for Gospel music would lead him to play for many local Gospel groups such as, The Young Adult Choir (Washington, DC), The Harmonizers Quartet (WDC), The Chimes (WDC), The Chosen (Newport News, VA), Divine Worship (NYC), The New Generation Choir (NYC), The West Baltimore Adult Choir (Baltimore, MD), The Soulful Sounds (MD).
Walter has played for many churches in many cities throughout the United States. During his tenure Walter has had the privilege of playing at the prestigious Apollo in New York City, Radio City Music Hall in New York City, Madison Square Garden in New York City, The Kennedy Center in Washington DC, the Convention Center in Washington DC and the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton Virginia, and many many more venues. With his real deep passion for playing drums, his quiet and laid-back demeanor, Walter has never sought fortune or fame. Walter decided to pursue his drumming career on a full-time basis after incurring injuries during the 9/11 Terrorist Attack of The Pentagon in Arlington,VA. At the time of the attacks Walter was on duty where he worked as a Professional Firefighter for the Arlington County Fire Dept. Realizing that everyone should do what they dream of doing, Walter decided to live his dream.
Walter ‘Rock ThePocket’ Grier currently Endorses: Drumtacs , Soultone Cymbals , Mono Cases and Black Widow Drum Web.
Huge Props to Drumtacs Resident BadAss Chachi from Pop Evil …
Born and raised in Constantine MI. Amazing supportive parents. Awesome little brother, who is my best friend. I grew up chasing a million dreams. My parents always told me I could do anything i set my mind to, so i tried to do it all. 5 sports, boy scouts, YIG, student council, band, jazz band… i went after it.
Picked up the drum sticks around age 20. I then realized this was what i wanted to do – here i am. grinding.
I love to promote and provoke positivity and change. inner growth, mental and physical health. and above all – encourage people to Dream Impossible.
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