Andy Ziker, is a 33-year drumming veteran, who has devoted his life to performing, teaching, studio work, enticing others to join the ranks and writing about it.
During a trip to New Orleans at 13 years old, Andy was so impressed with the rich musical atmosphere of Bourbon Street and a one-man-band street musician playing a set of junk drums, that he began taking drum lessons on his first drumset, an old pieced-together Slingerland.
He studied drums with Billy "Stix" Nicks, and at the age of 14 began to play professionally. He enrolled in the music programs at Arizona State University and Mesa Community College and graduated with a degree in music in 1991.
Along the way, Andy began teaching drum lessons at Linton-Milano Music in Mesa, Arizona, and taught there for 25 years. He earned a master’s degree in Elementary Education in 1995 and taught 4th grade for six years and middle school science for one year. He established a Preschool Drumset Program at the Barness East Valley Jewish Community Center in Chandler, Arizona and taught percussion classes to elementary and junior high students at Self Development Charter School in Mesa, Arizona, where a started an electronic drum lab course.
Recently, Andy has contributed articles to Modern Drummer Magazine, Drum! Magazine, Percussive Notes, Drummer Café, and OnlineDrummer. He has published six drum instructional books: Drumscapes, Drumcraft, Drum Aerobics, Daily Drum Warm-Ups, Drumset for Preschoolers, and The Jazz Waltz, a series of booklets called Funk Up Your Hi-Hat. He also recently released two illustrated children’s book called Devan Plays the Drums and Steve Strums His Six-String (both self published), from a series called Nobody Sounds Like You. Another children's book, People Really Do Trust Ziker, is due out in 2014.
Andy has invented two types of music stands for drummers and percussionists made by the Manhasset Specialty Company: the Drummer Stand 53D and the Drummer Stand for the Hi-Hat 53DH.
He currently plays in a rock group based in Santa Cruz, CA called Spun and recently became one of two associate editors of Drum! Magazine in San Jose, CA.