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BIOGRAPHY

Bill Bachman

Bill Bachman, born October 24, 1973 in Pasadena, Maryland, is a drummer, percussionist, educator, author and inventor, best known for being a hand technique guru and drum corps specialist.

Bachman studied percussion performance at the University of North Texas and is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music. He has played with and instructed many award winning marching percussion groups including the UNT drumline, Cadets, Bluecoats, Blue Knights, and Carolina Crown.

Throughout his career, Bill Bachman has presented 200+ drum clinics as well as numerous drum festival performances on five continents. He is also an in demand judge, judging countless marching band and indoor drumline contests in the US and internationally. As a private lesson instructor, Bill teaches at Lonestar Percussion in Dallas, as well as many students worldwide through live internet feeds via Skype. He also has his own instructional website — Drumworkout.com — where he demonstrates the best way to workout your hands, improve you technique and "practice with a pro".

As an author, Bachman has a number of drum instructional books including Rudimental Logic, Quad Logic, and Bass Logic which have become part of the curriculum in countless high schools and colleges. He is also the producer of the instructional drum DVD's, Rudimental Beats and Reefed Beats. Bill is also a columnist for Modern Drummer magazine and the author of the book Stick Technique, an Essential Guide for the Modern Drummer published through Modern Drummer and distributed through Hal Leonard.

As an inventor, Bill designed Vic Firth's Heavy Hitter Pad series — a wildly successful product that set the standard for the practice pad industry. Here are a few of the innovations that Bill brought to the table: thinner thicknesses of gum rubber to better approximate Mylar and Kevlar heads, Quadpads set up to scale with the real drums featuring normal and scrape playing areas, Mylar laminates for maximum articulation and realistic feel, a bass pad for bass drummers and the Exactopad for precision training.

Bill also designed his unique Vic Firth signature "Billy Club" drumstick for tenor drummers. This tenor stick is the first of its kind using the very dense Sta-Pac wood, the stick combines the projection and maneuverability of a mallet with the quickness and rimshot ability of a snare stick.

Most recently Bill introduced the Remote Speedy Hat. The remote speedy hat is designed to replace your standard hi hat stand so that you no longer need to cross over to play the hi hats which frees up your left hand. The Remote Speedy Hi-Hat's patent pending design virtually eliminates friction and lets the hi hat cymbals both react and recoil instantly unlike all of the other remote cable hats on the market.

Bill Bachman has been a Drummer Cafe community forum member since 2009 and has contributed several articles to the Drummer Cafe educational archives.

www.billbachman.net


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