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West End – Doug Harper

Depping on seven different shows before scoring his own resident drum chair at only 21 years of age certainly put this months feature drummer on the list of the youngest, most in-demand West End drummers ever. Now, just over a decade later, he is an institution in London’s musical theatre scene: Doug Harper Book of

By | 2020-01-13T23:20:05+00:00 January 15th, 2020|Categories: Features|0 Comments

Snare Drum of the Month – January 2020 – Premier Signia

Ever since I first saw one in the pages of Rhythm magazine in the early 1990s, I wanted a Premier Signia, even if it was just a snare. And it had to be in cherrywood. Had to. I don’t know why, but I think it was probably because that was the first one I saw

By | 2019-12-30T22:39:25+00:00 January 1st, 2020|Categories: Features|Comments Off on Snare Drum of the Month – January 2020 – Premier Signia

Snare Drum Of The Month – December 2019 – Pearl 14×6.5″ Tico Torres

I think it’s fair to say that most people have heard of the band Bon Jovi and have therefore heard Tico Torres play. So ok, that might be true, but why make this a snare drum of the month? Well, in my view - and others too it seems - this drum is a bit

By | 2019-12-06T09:02:14+00:00 December 5th, 2019|Categories: Features|Comments Off on Snare Drum Of The Month – December 2019 – Pearl 14×6.5″ Tico Torres

West End – Ed Carlile

From West End, to the pop world, and back to musical theatre… Ed Carlile - Waitress - Dreamgirls - Viva Forever - Jersey Boys - Desperately Seeking Susan - Little Shop of Horrors - Having played the drums from a young age Ed Carlile didn’t really consider making music his career and despite playing in

By | 2019-12-01T20:54:56+00:00 November 15th, 2019|Categories: Features|Comments Off on West End – Ed Carlile

Snare Drum Of The Month – Craviotto 14×5.5″ Timeless Timber Maple Snare Drum

The first drum I ever saw and thought, ‘if I ever had the money…’ was a Craviotto Timeless Timber snare. Ok, it wasn’t this snare, but was one very much like it, although dare I say it, this one is better looking and more collectible. It was in my local drum shop about twenty years ago, in

By | 2019-11-04T12:54:18+00:00 November 3rd, 2019|Categories: Features|Comments Off on Snare Drum Of The Month – Craviotto 14×5.5″ Timeless Timber Maple Snare Drum

West End Theatre Drummers – Alice Angliss

The West End scene - even more so than the rest of the music industry - is still dominated by male musicians. While female drummers are rare in London’s pits, female MDs are even rarer. One musical setting an example with an all-female band on stage is ‘Six’ - a modern retelling of the lives

By | 2019-10-15T17:30:29+00:00 October 14th, 2019|Categories: Features|Comments Off on West End Theatre Drummers – Alice Angliss

Snare Drum Of The Month – Craviotto 14×5.5 Maple Snare Drum in Copper Mist

This drum is, to my knowledge, unique. Although the one piece maple shell is very Craviotto in every sense, the finish and configuration are more non-standard. The drum features die cast hoops, eight double-ended cast lugs, Craviotto Diamond butt plate, custom ‘C’ logo on the Dunnett snare mechanism, Craviotto snare wires, and Remo heads top

By | 2019-10-01T09:18:33+00:00 October 1st, 2019|Categories: Features|Comments Off on Snare Drum Of The Month – Craviotto 14×5.5 Maple Snare Drum in Copper Mist

West End Theatre Drummers – Andy McGlasson

London’s West End is a unique place. With over 15 million visitors and more than 18,700 shows performed in 2018, this little half square mile of London undoubtedly is the world’s capital of musical theatre. While this is great for tourists and musical theatre fans, it’s even better for us - drummers - because it

By | 2019-09-14T22:01:03+00:00 September 14th, 2019|Categories: Features|Comments Off on West End Theatre Drummers – Andy McGlasson

Snare Drum Of The Month – Sonor 14×6” Artist Bronze Snare Drum

This is a drum I only picked up recently, although I’d been aware of the actual model for ages. I’ve had a lifelong interest in Sonor drums going back to the 1980s after seeing adverts in Modern Drummer magazine. In 2010 I was lucky enough to be able to visit the Sonor factory in Germany.

By | 2019-08-31T23:21:29+00:00 September 1st, 2019|Categories: Features|Comments Off on Snare Drum Of The Month – Sonor 14×6” Artist Bronze Snare Drum

Snare Drum of the Month, Episode 10 – Tama 14×5.5″ Starclassic Birch

This month’s snare drum isn’t just as much about what the drum is but also who it was originally made for. Gary Husband, for those who aren’t aware, is a noted British drummer (and pianist as well). Whilst he’s mainly known for playing another company’s drums, for a short time about twenty years ago Gary

By | 2019-07-31T23:26:30+00:00 August 1st, 2019|Categories: Features|Comments Off on Snare Drum of the Month, Episode 10 – Tama 14×5.5″ Starclassic Birch
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