Derico Watson Clinic

5:05 After several introductions, DW finally takes the stage. He’s all smiles. He thanks the sponsors. Talks about wanting to do DCI, but never had a chance. Thankful to be here. Talks about his gear (Premier 5pc, 1 rack 2 floor.)

DW: I’ve been on tour a while and I’m ready to have fun!

5:09 sits at kit and plays to track. Sick, odd meter grooves! Such a great pocket.

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Derek Roddy Clinic

2:54 [Editor’s Rant] First, can I take a moment to complain about the walk to these drumset clinics. It’s easily an 8 min walk. Surely there’s a faster way to ballroom A. Anyway, on to the clinic.

3:00 it’s a pretty decent crowd. Meinl cymbals guy is introducing Derek Roddy. Giving a bio.

3:02 DR takes the stage and jokes about getting a dose of coffee. He seems like a super pleasant guy. Launches into performance with a track. Pretty dark tune. Lots of blast beats and meter changes. He’s playing a monster 9pc double bass Sonor kit.

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PASIC 2008 Clinic/Masterclass Coverage

In case you guys are curious, here is the list of clinics we will plan on attending. I will be live blogging from these clinics and will upload as I go along (depending on the internet connect speeds).

Thursday: Erik Smith, Derek Roddy, Derico Watson

Friday: Ed Soph, Stanley Randolph & Fausto Cuevas, Brooks, Chad, & John Wackerman, Gavin Harrison, Steve Ferrone

Saturday: Ari Hoenig, Terrence Higgins, Marco Minnemann & Johnny Rabb, Robby Ameen, Jessie Carballo, & Richie Flores, Ray Luzier & Steven Antonopoulos

I hope you guys enjoy our live coverage of PASIC 2008! Look for lots of photos!

Teddy Campbell at Memphis Drum Shop

Check it out! Teddy Campbell, house drummer for American Idol, is giving a clinic at the Memphis Drum Shop this fall. Come on down Monday, November 3rd at 6pm to check this guy out. Tickets are $15.

We saw him at PASIC in Austin in 2006 and can personally attest that he is a treat in clinic. Phenomenal player. Phenomenal groove. Just awesome.

Memphis Drum Shop Story

Drummer Talk 09/19/2008 – PASIC 2008 Preview

Today, we preview the artists and clinics in the upcoming Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Austin, TX.  Of course there is news, the Eggbeater is the hybrid rudiment of the week, and Ask Dave covers the practicality of the Inverted Flam Tap. 

PAS Announces PASIC 2008 Highlights


The Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) will take place in Austin, Texas from November 5 – 8, 2008. For the second time in the event’s history, Austin will play host to more than 7,000 drummers and percussionists from around the world at the Austin Convention Center and Hilton Hotel.

PASIC is the world’s largest and most prestigious drum and percussion gathering that features more than 130 events on 13 stages with the leading artists from around the world in the percussion community. Session topics span a variety of areas including drumset, symphonic, marching, recreational, world and keyboard percussion.

“The Percussive Arts Society and the City of Austin are very excited that we are bringing our 33rd annual convention back to the Austin Convention Center,”states PASIC Director Jeff Hartsough. “If PASIC 2006 is any indicator for what to expect this year, we have the potential to set an all new record for both attendance and exhibitors; add in the incredible line up of artists and PASIC 2008 is no doubt going to be the largest and best convention ever!” Read more

PAS to Induct Roy Burns and Dame Evelyn Glennie to Hall of Fame at PASIC 2008


The Percussive Arts Society has announced the names of those selected to be inducted into the PAS Hall of Fame, the society’s highest honor given to individuals whose careers have had a significant impact on percussion performance, education and research. Drummer, educator, clinician and manufacturer Roy Burns and famed solo percussionist, Dame Evelyn Glennie, will be honored this November at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) in Austin, Texas.

Read the full press release …

Drummer Live Lineup Begins to Shape Up


Drummer Live, Europe’s premier percussion festival (think PASIC Europe), has announced their initial line up for 2008. Confirmed so far are Jason Bonham (LED ZEPPELIN, FOREIGNER, UFO), Chad Smith (RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS), Ray Luzier (KORN, ARMY OF ANYONE, DAVID LEE ROTH), Roy Mayorga (STONE SOUR, SOULFLY) and Pete Ray Biggin (MARK RONSON).

Drummer Live will take place in London June 14-15. Read the full story …

Collection of solos from PASIC 2007

You’ve heard us talk endlessly about PASIC. Well, here is a Vic Firth video of several different solos from PASIC 2007 in Columbus, OH. Features Omar Hakim, Dave Weckl, Ndugu Chancler, Alex Acuña, and Peter Erskine.


Steve Gadd’s Crazy Army

Steve Gadd performing one the classic drum solos of all time – “Crazy Army.” This is from his instructional video, Up Close.

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Drummer Talk 12/07/2007 – PASIC 2007 Recap (Part III)

This week we conclude our PASIC 2007 coverage as we review the Billy Martin and Peter Erskine/Alex Acuña clinics.   We also discuss Dave’s Master’s Recital!  Show Notes

Drummer Talk 11/16/2007 – PASIC 2007 Recap (Part II)

We continue our PASIC 2007 coverage with Part II (of III). We talk about Dave DiCenso, Dave Weckl, JJ Johnson, Lewis Nash, and Omar Hakim.  Show Notes

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