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Title: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Bart Elliott on January 01, 2007, 09:07 AM
If you are new to our drum & percussion community forum here at the Drummer Cafe, and would like to introduce yourself ... this is the thread to do it in!

As the founder of the Drummer Cafe, I would like to personally welcome you and all of our new forum members! Tell us how you found out about the Drummer Cafe!

Be sure to familiarize yourself with the  http://www.drummercafe.com/forum/index.php?action=ezportal;sa=page;p=1]forum rules .
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: JJ on January 06, 2007, 09:45 PM
Hey Guys,
     Let me introduce myself.  My name is Jennifer and I live in the great city of Dallas TX. 
I am a 38 year-old mother of three whom I school during the day and teach martial arts at night.
     My husband is a guitar/vocals guy with a studio in our home.  I just started playing drums about six months ago to help out the guys with some basic tracks and working out songs.
     What started out as a way to help immediately turned into a passion.  Hitting things that don't move is a new concept.
     I am thrilled to find this site with concrete information.  EVERY drummer I asked basic questions just looked at their feet and mumbled something about personal preference. 
     I am looking forward to learning as much as I can from you guys.  No mumbling!  Just kidding.  I figure it has to be a drummer thing.
Jennifer
     
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: psdrummer on January 08, 2007, 08:12 PM
my name's Matthew, I'm 17, and I've played drums for about 11 years. I've been in a band with my brother and a friend for about 3 years. We mostly just play to jam, and enjoy the music...it may not be the funnest to listen to. We play alot of different stuff, inlcuding more oldschool rock, as well as modern rock stuff, and quieter acoustic stuff. We really enjoy just jamming on a song idea for 20 minutes or so, although we've condensed some stuff into shorter songs with vocals.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: jnyman on January 16, 2007, 08:52 PM
I'm john, and I'm a drummer... oops, force of habit.

yo i'm new here but not new to drums. i play 'em, write about 'em, adore 'em & curse 'em.

pretty normal for here, right?

i'm an L.A. native but now i live in Alaska.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: SDPU on February 08, 2007, 05:59 PM

Hello All,

I've been floating around in the background on a daily basis since September of last year, which is about the same time I started learning the drums. I have always wanted to play the drums and it feels great to be on the road to enlightenment.

I posted a few messages for the first time the other day. There has been no real need to ask anything so far as I've found most answers to my questions in the wealth of information contained in these forums (and the remainder on the Vic Firth site).

I'm currently working my way through Mark Wessels's A Fresh Start to the Snare Drum and Carmine Appice's Ultimate Realistic Rock. I practice on a RealFeel pad at home and rent a kit (Yamaha Oak Custom) for a few hours a week.

I'm 29 years old (never too late to start!) and currently work as a technical translator (Japanese to English) in Yokohama, Japan. I live in an old Japanese house and have a fibre optic internet connection - but no running hot water. Love that. I like taking photos too.

Greetings and I'll see you around.

SDPU
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Z on February 12, 2007, 06:22 PM
Hello, I've been browsing these forums for quite some time. I had an account, but I completely forgot everything about it. I came back to these forums and tried to search for something, but alas you need to be logged in to do that. My old account was pretty much busted (the password recovering didn't work for me), so I "re-birthed" myself here in a new account.

Anyway about me, I'm currently a high school junior in the northern Virginia area. I've been playing drums since middle school, and been in school jazz bands since 8th grade. I have a very light touch and wouldn't mind playing below 6 in. off the head all the time. Unfortunately for me, my drum instructor says otherwise.  ;D My current set consists of a Ludwig hammered bronze snare... and thats it. One day I might raise enough funds (and make up my mind) to get me a nice bass and cymbals to go along with it. Till then I practice on my Gibraltar pad set.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: memfodrumma on February 12, 2007, 11:25 PM
Hello, I've been browsing these forums for quite some time. I had an account, but I completely forgot everything about it. I came back to these forums and tried to search for something, but alas you need to be logged in to do that. My old account was pretty much busted (the password recovering didn't work for me), so I "re-birthed" myself here in a new account.

Anyway about me, I'm currently a high school junior in the northern Virginia area. I've been playing drums since middle school, and been in school jazz bands since 8th grade. I have a very light touch and wouldn't mind playing below 6 in. off the head all the time. Unfortunately for me, my drum instructor says otherwise.  ;D My current set consists of a Ludwig hammered bronze snare... and thats it. One day I might raise enough funds (and make up my mind) to get me a nice bass and cymbals to go along with it. Till then I practice on my Gibraltar pad set.

Well hopefully you can get a summer job to raise enough money for a set of good drums, cymbals, and cases. I have also found that begging the relatives works real good at your age........... Awesome snare, BTW
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: TheChristianDrummer on February 14, 2007, 05:56 AM
Hey fellow drummers, my name is Matt. I found out about the forum through the Psalm Drummers web site and thought it would great to start connecting with other drummers all over the world. Would love to network with other Christian drummers too to get their experiences of drumming in church and stuff.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Hugo Gouveia on February 21, 2007, 06:03 PM
A tardy hello.
I'm an American AND Portuguese living in Lisbon, Portugal. I took classes for 7 months a few years ago while living in Pittsburgh and now own what might as well be called a practice pad set and will more or less weekly play at a rented cheap studio.
18 years old, and although I do not act like it, every day that passes by without me trying to improve my drumming makes me sort of panic. I'm going to college and although extensively inexperienced compared to many a gentleman I am very passionate about percussion. I am trying to restart lessons, in order to achieve better technique and expand out of basic styles. As you might see, I'm looking to get a semi-pro kit, and hope to find soon where to use it on a practice basis.

I have a 5 man band with my best friends (tentatively/heroically called [the] Rubber Duckies), but things have not been productive at all, mainly due to our student lives. And stuff.

I hope to learn. I have learned a lot recently already from this cafe.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: joejordan65 on March 02, 2007, 08:26 AM
Hello Everyone,

My name is Joe Jordan.

I live in East Providence, RI.

I had been playing professionally 3-5 nights a week since the age of 15.

I am now 41 and semi-retired.

I was a member of MTV Basement Tapes finalists "Hostage" in the late 80's.

I also played with "Bittersweet" which was a touring original hard rock act in the early 90"s.

I have lived in MA, RI, FL, NY and CA during my pursuit of the elusive record deal.

My last pro gig was with the top NE alternative cover band "What Matters" from 1992-2002.

Mt last audition was with the top rated Ozzy tribute band "Believer".

http://www.believerusa.com/

I was also a drum instructor at "Rick's Music World" to 30-40 students.

I love all styles of music especially 80's metal, Alternative Rock and Jazz Fusion.

My drum solo from "Bittersweet" is posted on You Tube along with my other bands videos.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jE7oPzHobzY&mode=related&search=

Search for joejordan65 to go to my videos page.

I look forward to conversing with all of you on the forums.

Thank you,

Joe Jordan
Title: New guy saying hi!
Post by: ls1jay on March 06, 2007, 08:02 PM
Hey guys...

New guy here! I just thought I'd say hi. I've been playing for 30 yrs and have pretty much played it all (music wise). I guess at heart, I'm more of a hard rock/metal drummer in reality. I'm hoping this is a more mature forum than the one I just left. I won't say which one, but it was one of those... well, this brand is best... and your set up has to be like this... and so forth... Anyone know what I mean? Seemed like a bunch of spoiled kids with high dollar kits and 80% couldn't play good enough to justify their kits!

Anyway, enough of that. I'll post a couple links to pics of my kit just in case anyone is interested: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v80/JayinFlorida/DSCF5686.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v80/JayinFlorida/DSCF5687.jpg

If anyone would like to know the specs... just ask.  :)


Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Matt Self (Gaddabout) on March 06, 2007, 11:08 PM
Welcome Joe and Jay!

Joe, I vaguely remember some friends in high school liking your band. Or at least, I recall the band name sketched into their notebooks, right next to Ozzy, Metallica, and other bands of the day.

I was, of course, the only drummer in my high school who had a picture of Steve Gadd sitting behind his Yammies stuck in the slot of my Trapper Keeper, but I was the oddball single pedal player and the only drummer with short hair.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Rhyvven on March 07, 2007, 11:03 AM
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My last pro gig was with the top NE alternative cover band "What Matters" from 1992-2002.
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I was also a drum instructor at "Rick's Music World" to 30-40 students.

 Joe,

Greetings and welcome "home"....

I know of the above quite well. Grew up in Rehoboth, currently reside in Pawtucket. "What Matters" has been a staple of the RI scene....For-eva...

Rick's in Seekonk I assume.....

Glad to see a "familiar" face in these parts. Welcome once again.

Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: joejordan65 on March 08, 2007, 08:37 AM
Hello!

It's nice to know that someone remembers us "Old Timers"!

We probably know many of the same people.

Rhode Island is such a tight knit community.

Yes, I worked at the "Ricks Music World" under the great Doug Kelley, for a couple of years in the early 90's.

It always amazes me how time passes so quickly!

What are you up to these days?

Joe Jordan

Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: china on March 11, 2007, 11:41 AM
Hi! I joined today, and I like it here. I'm also a member at the Pearl forums. I have been playing for 4 years and a member of my High School Drumline!!! Also a member of the school's symphonic wind ensemble (class AA) and percussion ensemble(class A). Our percussion ensemble recieved a 1 at contest (best score) and we are traveling to a national competition at the end of the month.
Although I played cymbals this year on drumline, as a result of missing tryouts and the first week of band, I am extremely motivated to make snare next year and continue on my quest to become a snare player at the university i hope to attend.
Guess that's it!!
Title: Re: saying hi
Post by: Matt Self (Gaddabout) on March 17, 2007, 02:41 AM
hey wonko,

welcome. we prefer to rawk here. not so much hard drumming. some of us like to get fohnky. again, not so much hard drumming.

bring your A game and let er loose. glad to have you on board, rook!

The Gaddster
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: scrubs on March 17, 2007, 10:10 AM
Hey, I'm Chris. I've been fumbling around with drums for about 15mos. I am a songwriter with a small home studio and started playing drums to add some live percussion to my recordings. I think I found this site searching for info on the Remo Suede heads, which seem to be popular among some members here. So far, I've just been searching the archives -- seems like some friendly, knowledgeable folks around here.

My meager setup:
Gretsch Blackhawk EX Fusion in White Diamond & Gibraltar Hardware
Remo Suede, Renaissance, and Fiberskyn heads
Zildjian 13" K Custom Dark Hats, 16" K Custom Session Crash, 18" A Custom Fast Crash, 20" K Custom Dry Ride
Wuhan 12" China
Vic Firth SD4 Combo sticks, amongst others
Pearl Roadster D-2000 throne
accessory Ludwig 13" Piccolo Snare with Evans Strata 700 head/Hazy 300 SS
Title: Howdy folks! I'm new here.
Post by: Kathrine Almlie on March 22, 2007, 08:15 AM
Hi folks..my name is Kat.  I've drummed my entire life.  I eat, sleep, breathe, and talk about drums and drumming most of the time.  I've been dubbed a "drum geek" and I'm not going to argue with that.  I don't have a huge collection of drums, but I have enough equipment to get the job done. I teach when I have a spare moment.  I've worked for a custom drum builder before so, I have knowledge of the building process etc.  I am just happy to be accepted by the drumming community as a female performer, singer and drummer.  It's been a long road and I've never given up.  I've been influenced by every drummer I've ever heard, but my all time favorite drummer is Bun E. Carlos.  Everyone has a fav.!  ;) ~Rock on~ Kat
Title: Re: Howdy folks! I'm new here.
Post by: diddle on March 22, 2007, 08:22 AM
Hi Kat.  Welcome to The Cafe!!  You should feel right at home here as many of us share your pasion for drums.  What experiences did you gain from working at the custom drum building shop?  I'm always interested in that subject.  Did you get a chance to hear the differences between various cuts of bearing edges?
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Kathrine Almlie on March 22, 2007, 09:26 AM
I found the drummercafe forum through your Illustrious leader on Myspace!  He invited me to be a friend and I immediatley hopped on the forum as soon as I found it!  ~ Kat
Title: Re: Howdy folks! I'm new here.
Post by: Kathrine Almlie on March 22, 2007, 09:38 AM
Hi Kat.  Welcome to The Cafe!!  You should feel right at home here as many of us share your pasion for drums.  What experiences did you gain from working at the custom drum building shop?  I'm always interested in that subject.  Did you get a chance to hear the differences between various cuts of bearing edges?


I discovered that drum buliding isn't at all intimidating.  I've always done my own maintainance, upkeep on my kits.  I am mechanically inclined for a "girl" I never had the bucks to have someone else do it, so I learned kit upkeep really quick.  A few kits I had as a kid were disasters, so it was a challenge to keep them standing!!! 

I was hired as a teacher for the house studio and I got to hang out in the builder's bay. I ordered my own kit and got to help out with assembly, wrapping, etc.  They were good to me and I learned a lot.

I don't have a zen answer about bearing edges, but I've found that a sharper edge can make the drum hard to tune.  A rounded edge will save wear and tear on heads..etc.  My Big Brew custom has a fairly deep edge and it is a really deep-toned kit.  The guy who designed my kit said he put some"English" on my bearing edges...so, he must have tweeked them to his personal standards.  They are Keller maple shells so, if you're familiar with Keller....~ Kat
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: diddle on March 22, 2007, 03:04 PM
Kat - that's cool that you got to help in the assembly process.  Yes, I'm familar with Keller shells... my kit was also made with those, but I didn't get to help build it like you!!!  That kinda gives you a special appreciation for your drums, huh? 
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: yesdannysback on March 26, 2007, 03:59 PM
I probably should have done this earlier but...my name is Danny and I am 31 yrs old. I  started playing drums at the age of 8. I like the color blue and am a huge Star Wars fan;

Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: ComradeMikhail on March 27, 2007, 11:48 AM
Hey.. My names Mikhail and I've been browsing the forum for a while, but just now decided to post.  I'm 16 and I've been drumming since I was 10 or so in school band.  I didn't start drumming on a set until July 2006. Doing school band helped me tons, since I started set already knowing how to count, hold a decent beat, and read music/tabs. I'm not very good, but I'm trying.  I always wanted to drum on a set, but never had enough money.  One day my friend told me his brother was selling his set for $100, so I went and checked it out.  It was just a cheap eBay set really, probably $200 or so on eBay if I were to look it up.  It included the basics: snare, bass, 2 rack toms, floor tom and a crash/ride and hi-hats.  I went for it and bought it and started messing around a bit.  My friends decided they wanted to start a punk band, so I joined up with them, and it's been going great.  With a few shows we've been playing I managed to do quite a bit with the set.  I managed to replace all of the heads with Evans and take out all the cheap-o cymbals and bought a set of name brand cheap-o cymbals, the Zildjian ZBTs.  They're not bad.. can't complain for the price. I messed around with my setup a bit and wound up taking out one rack tom and putting the other on a snare stand.  I like the setup quite a bit.  That's about it.. Probably more than any of you ever needed to know about me, but oh well. 

Pictures of my set:
http://i152.photobucket.com/albums/s186/comrademikhail/100_3801.jpg
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Louis Russell on March 27, 2007, 09:41 PM
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You will love being here!
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Dream2Badrummer on April 09, 2007, 02:10 PM
Hi! Let me introduce myself. My name is Gabi. I am nine years old, Have a new pair of drumsticks, Always wanted to be a drummer.  My mom says I need to get an electronic drum set since where we live we can't have a normal set, but they are expensive so she bought me a pair of drum sticks and told me to practice drumming on everything in the house with them first and then if I still like drumming she'll try to buy me an electronic set.  I just wanted to say hello and to ask you what is the best way to start to be a drummer?? :D
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Hannah Ford on April 09, 2007, 02:34 PM
Hi Gabi and welcome to Drummer Cafe!

Number 1....YOU KEEP DREAMIN!!!!  Everything else will work itself out in due time.

I started drumming when I was 7.  My Dad knew it was time to get me my first drumset when he came home from work one day and there were little drum stick dents on our stove top...LOL

Electronic kits are expensive and may not make the best beginner kit, although it is difficult if you live in an apartment etc.  Make sure to get a good practice pad and find a good teacher.  Do you have band at school?  At your private lessons and at your school band rehearsal you don't have to worry about how much noise you make!

Good luck to you

Hannah
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Ryan Culberson on April 09, 2007, 05:50 PM
Hi! Let me introduce myself. My name is Gabi. I am nine years old, Have a new pair of drumsticks, Always wanted to be a drummer.  My mom says I need to get an electronic drum set since where we live we can't have a normal set, but they are expensive so she bought me a pair of drum sticks and told me to practice drumming on everything in the house with them first and then if I still like drumming she'll try to buy me an electronic set.  I just wanted to say hello and to ask you what is the best way to start to be a drummer?? :D

Hi Gabi!

Welcome to the Cafe!  I'll second Hannah's comments...  keep up your desire to play and it WILL work itself out in time.  Her advice about school bands and private lessons is golden...  ;D 

My daughter is 8 and enjoys playing my drums from time to time, although not seriously.  We're lucky enough to live in a place where noise isn't really an issue.  However, when I was young (about your age) and practicing at home, it was not uncommon for the neighbors to call the police on me!  I made it a point to seek those neighbors out and ask them when some appropriate times would be for me to practice.  It wasn't ideal, but I was able to work out a reasonable practice schedule (on real drums) that accommodated the neighbors.  The rest of my practice time was spent on pads and such, where noise wasn't a factor.  Good luck! 

BTW, you have an extremely mature style of writing for a 9 year old!  I'm guessing that you do very well in school! 

Welcome again! 
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Dream2Badrummer on April 09, 2007, 06:21 PM
Hi Gabi!

Welcome to the Cafe!  I'll second Hannah's comments...  keep up your desire to play and it WILL work itself out in time.  Her advice about school bands and private lessons is golden...  ;D 

My daughter is 8 and enjoys playing my drums from time to time, although not seriously.  We're lucky enough to live in a place where noise isn't really an issue.  However, when I was young (about your age) and practicing at home, it was not uncommon for the neighbors to call the police on me!  I made it a point to seek those neighbors out and ask them when some appropriate times would be for me to practice.  It wasn't ideal, but I was able to work out a reasonable practice schedule (on real drums) that accommodated the neighbors.  The rest of my practice time was spent on pads and such, where noise wasn't a factor.  Good luck! 

BTW, you have an extremely mature style of writing for a 9 year old!  I'm guessing that you do very well in school! 

Welcome again! 

Thank you for the comploment! I really apriciate it. BTW, I don't go to school. I am home schooled.(But I did go to school last year.) Thank you for your kind advice! :)
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: felix on April 11, 2007, 01:33 PM
Cool beans.

Everyone is really nice here, especially to newbies.

We have several female members and I'm sure they will welcome you with open arms.

Don't underestimate the power of being a woman drummer.

Okey Dokey, have phun and learn lotz!

f.

Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Hannah Ford on April 11, 2007, 02:36 PM
Hi I'm new here...

My name is Sara, I'm 22 and have been playing for a couple years now.  I have a LOT to learn and this looks like the place to be.  I recently bought a Mapex M Birch studio kit in black forest green and LOVE it.  I have a pork pie snare, zildjian, sabian and meinl cymbals, (I'm liking my meinls a lot) and axis pedals.  (pics to come someday)  My BF (boyfriend) plays guitar and we try to write music together.  I also play bass, but drums are my new passion in life.  Welp, thanks for reading. :)

Welcome Sara!!  You came to the perfect place to learn a lot of great stuff!!!

Hannah
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: TheDudeAbides on April 19, 2007, 05:20 PM
Hi all,
I just discovered this awesome forum and am looking forward to sharing and recieving as much new information as possible. I am 25 years old and live in southern Utah. I am not mormon, And have been playing my 4pc Premier Signia Maple kit for about 13 years. I have played with many local bands and am now trying to get in with the worship team at my church. I thank God everyday for the talent he has blessed me with. Some of my favorite drummers are Stewart Copland, Ryan Rhapsys, Billy Ward, Nathan Richarson, Steve Gadd and Steve Smith. I'm not real big on the double bass, I have a 9002 double pedal but rarley use it. I play a Zildjian set-up consisting of a pair of 14 special dark K hi-hats that I absolutly love, a 18" A custom fast crash, and a 21" sweet ride that I think is the most versitile ride cymbal that Zildjian makes. Anyway if you have actually read all of this, thanks.  ;D  
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: ACase on April 20, 2007, 12:23 AM
   Hello,


  My name is Austin Case , and I've been taking drum lessons from Todd Norris, A.K.A:Drums4jc, for about three years now. I just turned 13 a week ago.I couldn't ask for a better instrument to play and I'd like to hear from you guys! 8)

  Sincerely,
Austin Case

P.S. My Forum name is A.case
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Todd Norris on April 20, 2007, 12:33 AM
Hey Aus, welcome aboard!   ;D
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: VickHick on April 21, 2007, 02:19 AM
Hey there my name is Nathan and i'm from Louisiana.  I'm 46yoa and having been playing drums on and off since i was 10.  Currently i'm playing in a southern gospel group that plays around at different churchs.  Last year i purchased a nesting kit from the Modern Drum Shop and they are very nice.  The sound is very good for such a small kit.  Just found the cafe a couple of weeks ago.  I did not know such a place as this existed on the internet. Very nice.  There is a lot of good info here.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: MVanDoren1 on April 21, 2007, 02:24 AM
Welcome Vick, check in often as you can, theres really a lot to offer here and hopefully some of your advise/stories/pics, etc. will be some of those features for the rest of us as well as new members down the line.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: space_is_the_place on April 21, 2007, 06:44 PM
hi!

well, im not exactly nneewwww, but i added new pic, slogan, and signature! does that count???
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: David Newman on April 22, 2007, 02:44 AM
Well I've been posting here for a few days I guess, but didn't see this thread 'till now, so heya everybody.

I'm really enjoying these boards - you all have put together a really cool community. I hope my contributions will be helpful.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Dream2Badrummer on April 26, 2007, 10:47 AM
My name is Austin Case , and I've been taking drum lessons from Todd Norris, A.K.A:Drums4jc, for about three years now. I just turned 13 a week ago.I couldn't ask for a better instrument to play and I'd like to hear from you guys!

Hi, Austin. Welcome to the forum! I hope you have a good time here. Every time I go to Sam Ash, I always want to play the drums, next to the guitars and pianos. Well, you come to the right place. BTW, Happy birthday.

Sincerely,
Sophie
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Dream2Badrummer on April 26, 2007, 04:20 PM
Hey there my name is Nathan and i'm from Louisiana.  I'm 46yoa and having been playing drums on and off since i was 10.  Currently i'm playing in a southern gospel group that plays around at different churchs.  Last year i purchased a nesting kit from the Modern Drum Shop and they are very nice.  The sound is very good for such a small kit.  Just found the cafe a couple of weeks ago.  I did not know such a place as this existed on the internet. Very nice.  There is a lot of good info here.

Hi, Nathan. Welcome to the forum!
Sophie.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Dream2Badrummer on May 02, 2007, 09:15 AM
Bart, can I ask you a question? Where you the one who had the idea to make this forum?  If so, great idea.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Mongrel on May 02, 2007, 10:57 PM
This is actually my second time around (... I have the shirts to prove it!)...I got sidetracked with other things and well, let's just say I "expired"  ;)

Anyway, my real name is "Anthony"; Mongrel is an old online-gaming nickname that, well...just 'is'...

Started playing about two months after my 14th birthday and a month after my parents divorced.  Spent 5 years playing trumpet as a frustrated drummer prior to that.  Bought a bunch of odd-ball pieces off of a kid down the street for $30 bucks and used an old potato chip can as a bass drum.  In June of '77 I talked my father into buying me a real kit, which I still have (Rogers red-onyx 'mongrel' Cleveland, Dayton, Fullerton kit...).  Played hard until about 1985, until 'personal issues' (read: drugs & alchohol..) ruined my rockstar plans.  Put the kit into storage in Feb. 1987 when I went clean and met my wife.  Became a Christian, got married and didn't play again until about 1993 or so.  Started playing regularly in Dec. 1999 when I purchased a Tama Starclassic Performer kit with a small bit of money left to me after my mom's death.

Nowadays I bang on an electric kit in a church praise band on Sunday mornings and while I wait to be discovered...well...that's the dream anyway...

I've had about three 'formal' lessons, I suck at math and play by heart.  Can't count a measure off in my head on a good day, but I get by.  Lots of help early on from drummers who either didn't have a kit and used mine, or had no place to practice and used my house-and I'm grateful for all of them.  Someday I'll get around to sending a tape off to Bart so he can give it to me straight  ;D

Anyway-Drummer Cafe is still a great place and I'm glad to be back!

Almost forgot:  5'6", one hundred and too many pounds, Wife, three kids, one granddaughter....

(let me know if this is too much information and I'll edit it down to one sentence... :-[...)
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Bart Elliott on May 03, 2007, 08:33 AM
Bart, can I ask you a question? Where you the one who had the idea to make this forum?  If so, great idea.

Yes and Yes. I was part of another drum forum back in 2000 that was dying. James Walker and Felix were part of that same forum. I got the idea to start my own forum and incorporate some of the values that I thought needed to be present in an online community ... and the Drummer Cafe was born ... December, 2001. Needless to say its grown a lot since then and the vision is a lot bigger now.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Matt Self (Gaddabout) on May 03, 2007, 10:53 AM
Yes and Yes. I was part of another forum back in 2000 that was dying. James Walker and Felix were part of that same forum. I got the idea to start my own forum and incorporate some of the values that I thought needed to be present in an online community ... and the Drummer Cafe was born ... December, 2001. Needless to say its grown a lot since then and the vision is a lot bigger now.

Hey, I was part of the great migration, too! ;)
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: MVanDoren1 on May 04, 2007, 12:43 AM
Mongrel... I, too, let my inactivity for a bit expire my previous "membership" or whatever you'd call it, personal reasons, but have been very glad to be back... welcome back
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Bmangia on May 04, 2007, 01:36 PM
Hello everyone

my name is Brendan and i'm a drum addict. I'm 21 years old. I've been drumming since I was 12 or something like that. I honestly don't remember an exact age. My avatar is lame. I own a pearl masters studio kit, racked. I'm not a fan of using the same brand cymbals all around, even though people tell me I should. Right now I use a mix of zildjians, sabian B8's, wuhan turkish chinas, and pearls. I like the way they sound... i'll probably put my full specs in sig.

oh and I'm from manchester connecticut. I'm currently not in a band. I was in a band for  like 6-7 months but I left due to the lack of creativity and commitment of other members.

No one knows who I am. I wasn't exactly an "active" member in my school. I got kicked out and went to boarding school in california. That was cool. Some really rich kid brought in a $5000 electric set... I used it 10x more than he did. Pretty much every day for like, 2 years or so. That kid hated me. But I really didn't care.

anyways... i'm always looking for people to meet, hopefully this site with give me some kind of exposure.

and thats about it.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Rusty Beckett on May 04, 2007, 01:42 PM
Welcome Brendan - I had to laugh at the DA (Drummer's Anonymous) type introduction - you're in good company as I venture to say most, if not all, of us are drum addicts . . .
Title: Hello all, new guy here!
Post by: Dave H. on May 05, 2007, 02:52 PM
  Dave Huffman here, found this place the other night I thought I would give it a try.
I play Ludwig & GMS drums & use Zildjian cymbals . Have the GMS set for sale & they will be at the chicago show. I am playing a mid 80's ludwig kit with a large 14" X 28" bass drum, 12" X 14 rack tom & a 16" X 16" floor tom.
 I love talking drums both old & new. Glad to find this place.
                                           Dave Huffman
Title: Re: Hello all, new guy here!
Post by: Paicey on May 06, 2007, 12:31 PM
Welcome aboard Dave. Great board here if your stuck on equiptment choices, need info on building a custom snare-drum or anything that involves the greatest art in the universe....DRUMMING!! 8). 28'' bass drum?, it takes a hell of a man to control a 28. Sounds like you and Abe Laboriel Jr. may be starting the latest fad. The largest BD ive owned was a 26 and im now down to a 22 for ease of miking and fitting in my 96 Kia sportage.
Title: Re: Hello all, new guy here!
Post by: Dave H. on May 07, 2007, 12:16 AM
 It's weird but the 14" X 28" is a real easy drum to get a good soud from for me. It can be real soft or roar like a lion. Love that drum. My problem drum is the 12" X 14" rack tom. I just found a 9" X 13" shell that I will have painted to match the custom red - silver duco a friend in Indy. Painted for me. I may use the 14" as a floor tom or cut it down to a 7" X 14 snare drum.
 I pretty much have always played American made drums Except I do have a nice 80's Tama Rock Star I am going to use for trading material. I helped a buddy out that needed some$$$.
 Drums sure are fun!
                                                      Dave Huffman :)
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: NY Frank on May 07, 2007, 06:23 PM
I don't think I introduced myself yet.  If I did already, my apologies.  [I tried to search and couldn't find myself.  :)  ]

I have been trying to find a drum forum *home*, and I introduced myself elsewhere, but I don't think here.

Anyway, I'm returning to drumming after many, many years.  I studied drums for several years as a kid, and gigged in my teens and twenties.  It went on the shelf when I got out of the house, got married, had kids, etc.   

In my 30's, I *discovered* bass, and currently, I gig out on bass.

Recently, the urge has been too great to deny any longer, and I had to return to drums.  I now have a small, compact kit in my house for the first time in many years.

I'm actually having more fun returning to work on rudiments than I do playing rhythms and playing along to songs.    For now. 

It's great to be back.
Title: Re: I'm Noob Here
Post by: felix on May 07, 2007, 08:04 PM
Hey, I was part of the great migration, too! ;)

Yes, but we had that terrible fight and the three of us ignored responding to your threads- so you left, remember?   ;D

Oh and welcome Noobs.  Please contribute alot here ok?  I will be your friend until you bag on my playing  ;D  Brownie points are awarded for putting your stamp on my threads (even though they usually aren't very good).  ;D

he he he  Have fun guys.
Title: Re: I'm Noob Here
Post by: Matt Self (Gaddabout) on May 07, 2007, 09:31 PM
Yes, but we had that terrible fight and the three of us ignored responding to your threads- so you left, remember?   ;D

LOL

I think you're thinking of JB. And being ignored has never stopped me from posting here. I've had many great conversations with myself!

 ;D
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Peppe on May 12, 2007, 09:12 PM
Ok, I'm a little late, but....

I'm Peter Olofsson, living in Umeå, north Sweden. I've been drumming since 1983, and I play some bass, keyboards and guitar as well. Not "as well", but......

Soon I'm graduating as an electronics engineer at the university of Umeå, so I might have to move frome here later, who knows.... Anyway, I currently make a living playing gigs with my cover band in Umeå, and sometimes in the mountains, also (after-ski gigs).

The Drummer Café is a great place to hang out  :)
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Drum Slave Jack on May 21, 2007, 09:50 AM
sometimes in the mountains, also (after-ski gigs).
How does that work? Please forgive my ingorance but I do not have a huge experiance of mountains or anything to do with them seeing as I live in central Urban England :) Are they staged in ski huts or something?
Welcome To The Drummer Cafe!
Jack
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Chris Whitten on May 22, 2007, 02:15 AM
Hi Peter,
I visited Umea a couple of years ago......in Winter.
It was a lovely place!  :)
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Peppe on May 23, 2007, 06:38 AM
All the after-ski gigs I've done so far has been in hotel bars, but last year in Riksgränsen (on the Norwegian border) the weather was so good, we played outdoors. If you've seen "Copper Mountain" (Jim Carrey's debut, horrible movie ;D ) you have an idea what it looks like. Very beautiful  :)

We also play in a place called Borgafjäll. Unfortunately, we didn't play there on New Year's Eve 2005. Unfortunately because, later I learned that Robert Plant showed up in the audience that night, and asked to sing some songs with the band!!  :o  I can only imagine the adrenaline rush they must have felt.... The reason he was there was because he was dating the daughter of the owner of the hotel (Lisa Lövbrand, who has a solo record out now). You certanly don't expect to see Robert Plant in a place like Borgafjäll ;)

Chris, I assume you were visiting the Toontrack studio, or do you have other connections to UmeÃ¥? In fact, Toontrack is only 200 meters from where I grew up. I don't know the people at Toontrack, but I've played with the percussionist (Mikael Emsing) many times. He's in the video that you posted here some time ago.  :)
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Chris Whitten on May 25, 2007, 11:55 PM
Chris, I assume you were visiting the Toontrack studio

Yes.

Quote
I don't know the people at Toontrack

They are a very nice crowd.
Incidentally, they're doing some pretty spectacular things with drum sampling and e-kits.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: winter on June 04, 2007, 03:09 AM
Hey guys, another newbie here.  I just got my kit a year ago and love it.  I've been playing music for 12 years now, but I'm just brand new to drums.  Seems like there is a ton of knowledge here in this forum, and I'm lookin forward to adding to it with what I've got.

Cheers
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Hannah Ford on June 04, 2007, 07:20 AM
Hey guys, another newbie here.  I just got my kit a year ago and love it.  I've been playing music for 12 years now, but I'm just brand new to drums.  Seems like there is a ton of knowledge here in this forum, and I'm lookin forward to adding to it with what I've got.

Cheers

This could be the first time I've EVER welcomed Winter!

Welcome to the DC!!  It's a great forum with values and a lot of knowledgable people willing to share good info.  I'm confident you'll like it here as much as the rest of us do.

Hannah
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Todd Norris on June 04, 2007, 07:36 PM
This could be the first time I've EVER welcomed Winter!


HA!  See Chrisso's Winter thread in Misc. section... 

OH, and welcome aboard folks!
Title: Hey guys new here
Post by: TamaDrummer87 on June 04, 2007, 09:41 PM
Im 20 years old, and own a Tama set, getting double bass and remo heads soon. Glad to be here, and on the bottom are links of me playing. Tell me what you guys think. Benn playing for a while, and yes sometimes I play too fast, but its good in the rock band im in. Glad to be here.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Necrophagous on June 08, 2007, 01:06 AM
i am Sabal from Nepal
my idols are Mike Portnoy, Virgil Donati and Doc(Vader)
i am a 100% self taught and i am just a novice.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: ranchit4 on June 19, 2007, 01:42 AM
Hi all,

i'm Randy. but just by name, not by nature.... i'm from Malaysia, and am guessing there's not many ppl from this region on this forum.......

i am pretty much a beginner/novice. am getting my first kit soon, and its a great forum!!

rc
Title: Re:I'm new here (Introduce yourself)
Post by: Dream2Badrummer on June 21, 2007, 07:23 PM
Yes and Yes. I was part of another drum forum back in 2000 that was dying. James Walker and Felix were part of that same forum. I got the idea to start my own forum and incorporate some of the values that I thought needed to be present in an online community ... and the Drummer Cafe was born ... December, 2001. Needless to say its grown a lot since then and the vision is a lot bigger now.

WOW!!! The forum has really changed!!  I love the changes!
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: MVanDoren1 on June 22, 2007, 01:10 AM
Hi Randy, Hi Nec- welcome to the drummer cafe and hope your stay here is rewarding enough to keep you coming back. 
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: NY Frank on June 22, 2007, 05:42 AM
Welcome all recent newcomers. 

I'm new here myself - only been here a few months.

Cmon on - the water's fine.

[You found the Right drum forum.]
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: trigermortise on June 22, 2007, 08:33 PM
hello the camp. Trigermortise here, been kicking around here reading the articals for some time and finallly broke down and ordered the vip package. hope you have room for one more old drummer. been playing since 64. everything from show tunes to heavy metal. sometimes in the same day. any way, hello to all. looking forward to chating though i do get loooooong winded and sidetracted very easily. as for how i found this sight i have no idea. but glad i did.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: James Doyle on June 27, 2007, 10:52 PM
Greetings all,

I'm fairly new to this forum and wanted to say hello to everyone out there.  I live in southern Colorado where I teach music (percussion, world music, music literature)  at Adams State College.  My career has included the USAF Band of the Golden West, numerous orchestras in the south and on the west coast, and various bands/groups in a variety of "styles" along the way.  My current projects include an Irish group, my own jazz trio, a marimba/flute duo, accompanist to a belly dance troupe, and in a couple weeks, I'm off to the Middle East/Horn of Africa with the rock band from the Air National Guard Band of the Gulf Coast. 

This forum has great stuff, great member responses, and a variety info for everyone to continue learning! 

Thanks DrummerCafe!!

James
Title: introduction new member
Post by: jimmyt on June 30, 2007, 12:25 AM
hi guys, just introducing myself as a new member!
i've been reading posts for a while so thought it was time to jump on in.
cheers
jim
Title: Re: introduction new member
Post by: eardrum on June 30, 2007, 02:26 AM
Great to have you on board Jim.  Hope you enjoy the show :)
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: dimmy on July 19, 2007, 06:29 PM
Hey guys,
Name's Darren, and I'm 22. Just graduated from the University of Colorado, and maybe my first big regret of life is that my degree was not in music. Anyway, since I'm in the process of moving around, finding a job, getting settled, all that nonsense, I currently don't have any solid gigs, but hopefully in a month or so that'll change. I love playing all kinds of music, fave artists include everything from Coltrane to Marley to Tool.

Favorite drummers I'm digging right now include (short sample, obviously): Jeff Ballard (I've already decided my first dog I get in a month or so is going to be named Ballard, in tribute), Brian Blade, Elvin, Danny Carey, Chad Sexton (tight, tight, tight rudiment based drumming in a mainstream setting, love Chad) etc. So all gigs I've had before only satisfied my music thirst in only one sense, I prefer to have multiple projects going on at once. (Although sometimes my ambition overreaches my abilities!)


Anyway really random introduction, but glad to be here and look forward to being able to say words like "pataflafla" and know people understand what I'm talking about, and aren't thinking I've gone nuts.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Larry Lawless on July 20, 2007, 07:01 AM
Hey guys,
Name's Darren, and I'm 22. Just graduated from the University of Colorado

Hi, Darren, welcome to the forum. Bart and I were up in your neck of the woods just last summer doing a recording with Doug Walter, who teaches percussion at Ski U. Boulder is a very cool town.

Quote
Chad Sexton (tight, tight, tight rudiment based drumming in a mainstream setting, love Chad)

You probably know this, but Chad got his chops marching snare in drum and bugle corps. I was the Percussion Caption Head of the Railmen in Omaha, Nebraska, when Chad was in the snare line. He went from us to a DCI finalist corps, the Sky Ryders.

- Larry
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: dimmy on July 22, 2007, 08:36 PM
Hi, Darren, welcome to the forum. Bart and I were up in your neck of the woods just last summer doing a recording with Doug Walter, who teaches percussion at Ski U. Boulder is a very cool town.

You probably know this, but Chad got his chops marching snare in drum and bugle corps. I was the Percussion Caption Head of the Railmen in Omaha, Nebraska, when Chad was in the snare line. He went from us to a DCI finalist corps, the Sky Ryders.

- Larry

That's so sick. What was he like when he was marching for you guys? Was he just a normal old snare drummer (well compared to the others in the line, you can hardly call those guys "normal"), or did he stand out in any way?

Btw, given your experience I'm sure I'll be bouncing many ideas off you / asking for your advice in the future!!!
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Larry Lawless on July 23, 2007, 08:14 AM
That's so sick. What was he like when he was marching for you guys? Was he just a normal old snare drummer (well compared to the others in the line, you can hardly call those guys "normal"), or did he stand out in any way?

Btw, given your experience I'm sure I'll be bouncing many ideas off you / asking for your advice in the future!!!

Chad was just a very nice high school kid. I was fortunate to have several of his talent level in the line. All the snares left for Sky. Some are now band directors in the Omaha area. Chad called me once when 311 was playing in DFW, but I wasn't able to go to the show.
Title: Re: I'm New Here
Post by: JDubb on August 03, 2007, 07:32 PM
I never really posted here, but it seems like a cool place...
Glad to be here!!
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Ross on August 04, 2007, 03:07 AM
tl;dr worthy

After a bit over 3 decades of drawing breath, only the first seven were without drums. Since then they have always been a part of my life. When other interests or activities were the focus of my attention, they were still lurking. For a period of not having a Set to play, the steering wheel of the car or my knees and chest took its place.

I shared a set with my older brother for several years. I remember a, well brotherly ;) , conversation. I had been on for a bit and He felt that it was his turn. All we had were some head phones to jam with and when he interrupted me he said "You don't know how to play that song, maybe you should learn it first. It's my turn." As I was getting up, I said to him with a smirk "I played it close enough for you to recognize it didn't I" and left the basement while dodging a 5B.

Nevertheless, I was always impressed with the accuracy with which he could match songs, fills, etc. Walking into the house within a few seconds, I knew what song he was playing. That just never was my style. I like butchering songs to make them the way they make me feel.

From what I have read so far on this forum, I am on the other side of the curve and will not have much to add. I will lurk, but in this situation, I feel it is more read, think, absorb- repeat and contribute when I can.

Ross
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: moviemarkdvd on August 04, 2007, 10:10 AM
Hi, I guess I'll introduce myself since I've been lurking here for a bit.  My name is Mark and I am a bit past the 4 decade point.  I grew up in MA and now lay my hat in the Inland Empire of SoCal.  I've always loved a variety of music.  I first started playing drums back in high school. I bought a 4-piece piece of crap from a guy I worked with.  Took a few lessons here and there.  I was never one for structured practice, I just loved banging away to to the radio or tapes.  By the time I turned 18, in true Kieth Moon style my set layed in busted-up splintered ruins.  Anger issues maybe?  Now after a 23 year break I'm jumping back in with a new Pearl set and an appreciation for taking it slower and learning the basics first.  These boards seem pretty cool with good info and I'm sure I'll be asking for advice a lot, and hopefullyill be able to add my 2 cents at some point.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: MVanDoren1 on August 05, 2007, 11:43 PM
Welcome Mark-
Glad to have you aboard.  Spend a while here and you'll find more than  a few who've, for one reason or another, taken a break from drums and come back to it with a renewed fervor.  Glad to hear of your newly aquired purchase and don't hesitate to jump in with ideas or questions, if we all had none of those this cafe wouldn't exist.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: JeepnDrummer on August 06, 2007, 02:12 AM
...and live in southern Utah.
Alright!  Another Utahn here.  :)

Some of my favorite drummers are ... Billy Ward ...
You're in luck.  Billy posts here every now and again.

BTW, welcome everyone!
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Chip Donaho on August 06, 2007, 10:25 AM
I've went around to many sites looking for a wide mix of people interested in drums. I keep coming back here tho. Even tho I've played for over 40 years, this place is by far the best. Welcome aboard.   ;)
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: XGen on August 08, 2007, 06:41 AM
Hi everyone,

I've been posting for sometime, but never really introduced myself. My name is Jorge Canela, and I am Portuguese (small country next to Spain). I have playing bass for 10 years, Guitar for 8, and drums for 6 months. My main instrument is guitar, 'cause ppl kept telling me I was playing too many notes on my bass guitar :)

I did a two year audio engineering course, and actually teach several subjects at a Music Technologies Institute in Lisbon.

So basically I do everything music related: perform (live and studio, guitar and bass), compose, write lyrics, record, edit, mix, master, musical directing, arrangement work.

I love rock (I include metal under rock), prog, classical and pop. Like some other stuff too, but this is what makes me move.

I am now doing a two hour, daily drum practice routine, and expect to hit the stages with my all original band (Seed, hard rock trio) in the beggining of next year, with the production of our debut album starting at the same time.

Cheers
Title: Introduction
Post by: MersauX on August 11, 2007, 11:56 AM
Hello everybody. This is my first post here.

I have been playing drums for quite a while now. Since 2002. But, I always played in a band and never had time to really practice. I played only during rehearsals. In the last year and a half I didn't play at all, because of other obligations.

I started playing again a month ago and I'm really keen to learn playing drums properly. I never had a teacher. Internet was my only resource and it's the same now. I found this website and it's very helpful.

I've always wanted to learn how to play a double bass pedal so I bought a Sonor DP 472 R. As for the Metronome I'm using a Korg LMA 120. ;D
Title: New Guy!
Post by: musicbybj on August 24, 2007, 11:52 AM
Hey,

I'm brand new around here and just wanted to say hello.

Jack 8)
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Drum Slave Jack on August 24, 2007, 02:43 PM
hey Jack, tell us about yourself mate.
Jack (Me)
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: musicbybj on August 24, 2007, 04:45 PM
hey Jack, tell us about yourself mate.
Jack (Me)
Well, I've been playing professionally for over fifty years. My background is in jazz, rock, blues, country, classical, you name it I've probably played it. I spent quite a few years in Chicago and did studio work there for about seven years and played with an eight piece horn band doing originals and BS&T, Chicago, Maynard and a lot of R&B. I was the percussion section leader for the Missoula, Montana Symphony for about three years. I've had a many and varied career from funk to big band.

I've been playing the same set of Red Sparkle Buddy Rich Celebrity Rogers Drums for over forty years. 22x14 - 9x13 - 16x16 and I added an 8x12 a few years later. I purchased my COB 1963 Dyna-Sonic new in the summer of 64. This set has been played professionally almost every week since I bought them. The greatest drums ever made. I bought my zyldjians, after four months of trying cymbals, at Franks Drum Shop in Chicago.

I'm married and have lived in Missoula, MT (The Last Best Place) for the last 32 years.

Looking forward to meeting some of you and sharing what I have from this wonderful business called music and learning from you.

Jack 8)
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Mark Counts on August 24, 2007, 05:26 PM
Well, I've been playing professionally for over fifty years. My background is in jazz, rock, blues, country, classical, you name it I've probably played it. I spent quite a few years in Chicago and did studio work there for about seven years and played with an eight peice horn band doing originals and BS&T, Chicago, Maynard and a lot of R&B. I was the percussion section leader for the Missoula, Montana Symphony for about three years. I've had a many and varied career from funk to big band.

I've been playing the same set of Red Sparkle Buddy Rich Celebrity Rogers Drums for over forty years. 22x14 - 9x13 - 16x16 and I added an 8x12 a few years later. I purchased my COB 1963 Dyna-Sonic new in the summer of 64. This set has been played professionally almost every week since I bought them. The greatest drums ever made. I bought my zyldjians, after four months of trying cymbals, at Franks Drum Shop in Chicago.

I'm married and have lived in Missoula, MT (The Last Best Place) for the last 32 years.

Looking forward to meeting some of you and sharing what I have from this wonderful business called music and learning from you.

Jack 8)
Welcome to the Cafe Jack,
Very interesting bio you have going there.  Sounds like you have a lot of knowledge to offer.
I will look forward to reading your posts.
                                Nutty
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: yankeeboy13 on August 24, 2007, 05:31 PM
I was just thinking the same thing nutty.

Welcome to all the new members....you found the best drum forum in the world.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Matt Self (Gaddabout) on August 24, 2007, 05:57 PM
I'm thinking BJ now owes us some pictures of that kit. ;)
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: NY Frank on August 24, 2007, 06:11 PM
I'm thinking BJ now owes us some pictures of that kit. ;)

I'll second that.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Louis Russell on August 24, 2007, 06:47 PM
(http://louisrussell.com/welcome_018.gif)

To all the new drummers.  I am sure you will love the Drummer Cafe.










Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Mark Counts on August 24, 2007, 07:07 PM
(http://louisrussell.com/welcome_018.gif)

To all the new drummers.  I am sure you will love the Drummer Cafe.











I'll second this.  Welcome to all the new drummer to the Cafe. Great stuff there Louis.
                    Nutty
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: musicbybj on August 24, 2007, 10:45 PM
I'm thinking BJ now owes us some pictures of that kit. ;)

Where do I go to post pictures?

Jack 8)
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Mark Counts on August 25, 2007, 05:20 AM
Where do I go to post pictures?

Jack 8)
Hi Jack,
Click on this and upload your pic.  Go copy/paste the direct link to it and e-mail it to yourself.  http://www.imageshack.us/.
When you post it, Copy/Paste the link to the thread,  Good luck.  Can't wait to get a close up of that kit ;D?

                                       Nutty
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: musicbybj on August 25, 2007, 02:32 PM
This is my setup for rock and big band. When I play small jazz groups I go with four drums. I'll get a picture of that setup and post it. Thanks for the interest.

(http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w150/musicbybj/GigginmyRogers.jpg)

(http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w150/musicbybj/rogers_set.jpg)

Jack
:D
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Mark Counts on August 25, 2007, 03:57 PM
Those are some Gorgeous Drums Jack.  The first kit I ever owned was Red Sparkle.
I should have never let them go.  Thanks for sharing. 
                      Nutty
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: NY Frank on August 25, 2007, 05:40 PM
This is my setup for rock and big band. When I play small jazz groups I go with four drums. I'll get a picture of that setup and post it. Thanks for the interest.

(http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w150/musicbybj/GigginmyRogers.jpg)

(http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w150/musicbybj/rogers_set.jpg)

Jack
:D

Fantastic!

Many years ago, my drum teacher had a treasured Rogers kit that I used to lust after.
Sounded Incredible.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Bart Elliott on August 25, 2007, 11:38 PM
A big welcome to all of our new Drummer Cafe members!
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Tae on September 08, 2007, 11:00 PM
Hey guys, I'm not new here but its been a very long time, I doubt most remember me lol. I've learned so much from this place and am glad to be back.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Mark Counts on September 09, 2007, 05:19 AM
Hey guys, I'm not new here but its been a very long time, I doubt most remember me lol. I've learned so much from this place and am glad to be back.
Hi Tae,
Yea, but I don't think you have posted for about a year.  Good to see you back ;D.
                       Nutty
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: CEing on November 05, 2007, 04:24 AM
Hello everybody.
         My name is chong ee or u guys can call me CE or CEing!  ;D I just started to learn drums around 6 months ago. Me and some of my friends who are beginners as well formed a band around the time I started to learn drums, i guess playing and learning with someone u are more familiar with is much more comfortable.  :) Oh by the way i am from Singapore, anyone of u guys from Singpaore too? I came across this forum when i was searching for more information about drums and stuff on yahoo. This is really a good forum seriously. Oh and i have been looking for this book called the 'stick control for the snare drummer' by George Lawrence Stone (guess u guys are quite familiar with this book) around Singapore for ages, i thought it would be quite expensive if i imported it into Singapore (taxes and all that stuff  :-X) and would like to find out if anyone of u guys knows which retailer in Singapore sells this book (I have been to quite a number of bookshops but to no avail  :-\) Thx a lot.
Title: Introductions...
Post by: kjbest3339 on December 02, 2007, 12:48 AM
Hello all, my name is Kevin. I'm new to the forum, so I thought I'd introduce myself. A little about me, I've been into music since I was very young. I got my start in drumming playing concert snare for the school in 5th grade roughly 18 years ago. Before I knew it, I was hooked.

I loved marching band as I got older, as well as concert band. My first taste of drum set playing was for my school's basketball pep-band, and from there, I started my journey. Currently, I'm playing for the band Killing Chloe, which is in the realm of Rock/Progressive/Pop, and I'm having a blast. 

I've been reading some of the articles here, and I'm looking forward to applying some of them to my day to day study, as well as chatting with all of you. This looks like a great site from what I've seen so far. Thanks for having me.
Title: Re: Introductions...
Post by: Mark Counts on December 02, 2007, 06:20 AM
HAHAHAHA, niiiiice! A classic, cliche, noob mistake right out the gate. lol
Welcome to the Cafe Kevin.
                      Nutty
Title: Re: Introductions...
Post by: NY Frank on December 02, 2007, 07:02 AM
You found the best drum forum on the planet, bar none.

Welcome.
Title: Re: Introductions...
Post by: kjbest3339 on December 02, 2007, 12:08 PM
Thanks!
Title: Re: Introductions...
Post by: JeepnDrummer on December 03, 2007, 09:54 PM
Welcome aboard everyone!
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: aztec1 on December 04, 2007, 09:46 AM
Hello everyone,
I found the forum running a search on some vintage Acrolite information and ended up lurking here for about 3 hours! Great forum here: a nice, more mature crowd and tons of great information. The articles are good too, and have actually motivated me to get out the 'ole practice pad again!

I've only been playing for about 2 years. Got a stencil kit when I could afford to, then sold a kidney and upgraded to a PDP CX after about a year when I realized how much I love drumming. Like some other kids, my formal training consisted of playing my mom's pots and pans with wooden cooking spoons starting at about 8 years old and now here I am 20-something years later with a real kit :)

Looking forward to chatting with everyone!

Cheers,
Steve

Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Chip Donaho on December 27, 2007, 02:51 PM
I just spent the last half hour reading about all the new people and their gear. I say "welcome" to all the new people. Love that Rogers kit....   8)
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Louis Russell on December 27, 2007, 03:07 PM
(http://louisrussell.com/welcome_018.gif)

To all the new folks.  You will love it here. 
Title: Let me introduce myself
Post by: Lou on January 10, 2008, 01:33 PM
Hello everyone ... just wanted to introduce myself after lurking on this site for a while, which I enjoy a lot by the way, not in the least because of the lack of young dogs shouting, screaming and lacking some sense of decent behaviour that you find on so many other websites. Living in The Netherlands, age 48, married and a dad of 2 kids,  never played an instrument before I recently started my attempts learning to play drums ... quite a challenge, but a fun one. A thread  in this forum that started over a year ago by a 63-year young member gave me confidence that in a year or so I will be able to reach a skill level good enough to play in a band with some friends. I tried to teach myself with a stack of books and dvd's but quickly realized that some support from a teacher would be more helpful. I found one but I will go and look for another one ... one who knows about the book " Stick Control" and knows drummers like Gavin Harrison and Keith Carlock  :-\. Well for now I leave it with this introduction ... and say thanks to you for all the inspiration I get here.

LouisM
Title: Re: Let me introduce myself
Post by: NY Frank on January 10, 2008, 01:51 PM
Welcome.  And it truly is never too late.  Enjoy.
Title: Re: Let me introduce myself
Post by: Chip Donaho on January 10, 2008, 03:07 PM
Hi Lou, welcome to the DC group. As you can see some of us are experienced veterans, and many others are just beginning. Either way, this is a great bunch of people. Even as a guy who played since my school days, I learn something new all the time. When I was inspired to find a drumming community I couldn't have asked for nicer people to be with. I would love to visit your country, but I doubt that will ever happen. My grandmother was from Norway so I know a little about your country. It's nice to meet you....  :)
Title: Re: Let me introduce myself
Post by: Louis Russell on January 10, 2008, 03:52 PM
Welcome to the Drummer Cafe!  I know you will love it here.  Don't be surprised if this thread is moved to a different area. 
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Chip Donaho on January 10, 2008, 05:15 PM
my formal training consisted of playing my mom's pots and pans with wooden cooking spoons starting at about 8 years old
I was wondering where those spoons went.... ;D
Title: Re: Let me introduce myself
Post by: Lou on January 11, 2008, 12:59 PM
Chip71 ... thanks for the welcome ... and you're right a bunch of nice people here ... Now it seems that besides the fact that there's a lot to learn for me here there is a little opportunity for me to share some info on a non-drum-related topic ....

Norway and the Netherlands have from a geographical and especially geological point of view nothing in common. Norway is a very mountainous ... and compared to the Netherlands a huge country. I can drive from north to south in a little over 3 hours, from east to west in less than 2.5 hours and ... without the risc of a speeding ticket (if there are no traffic jams, well ok 4 hours because there are almost always traffic jams :( ) .... In Norway climate can be extreme with long dark cold winters with lots of snow. The Netherlands ... a small flat rainy and windy (especially from late summer to spring) country ... maybe a couple of days some snow and every decade (if we're lucky) ice on the canals to skate on,  I live 6 meters below sea level about 10 miles from the North Sea, (it feels like Europe's kitchen sink). A storm like Katrina (thank God we don't have those) would probably flood half of the country. No, i'm afraid we're nothing like Norway :).  Nevertheless, the Netherlands is worth a visit, I am sure you would enjoy it ... but be warned, don't expect coffee in our coffee shops .... lol.

Best regards,

Louis
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: rockthebox on February 07, 2008, 06:55 PM
welcome! I am new to this site too and it looks great. I like what everyone has to say and i hope i get some good feedback on what i have to say.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Carn on February 14, 2008, 06:40 PM
Hi All!

It seems that somehow my old account got lost during a few renovations to this site & forum, but that didnt keep me from signing up again :) Some of you will probably remember me, but for the one that dont:

I`m 25 years old, study & work & live in the Netherlands (as well). Currently moving out  to a student room so I have to spend less time in traffic and more time behind the kit..as soon as I get a neighbour-friendly one :)
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: voyager on February 22, 2008, 05:28 PM
Hi everyone. I just started playing drums 2 months ago (age 20) and love it. I look forward to getting to know everyone.

-Jon
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: spdolphs on February 24, 2008, 09:46 AM
Haven't sat behind a kit since the mid 1980's. Played guitar all my life, and when I told my wife I wanted to play drums again, she said, "So, what are you waiting for. Go do it."

Long story longer... bought a used kit from a friend, new cymbals, new heads...small investment to see if I still have it in me. Already I am looking to upgrade one piece at a time. If nothing else, it's a great workout!

- Scott

Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Chip Donaho on February 24, 2008, 10:54 AM
Hey, welcome to our new friends that have recently joined. You may never go back to guitar after hanging around here.  ;D
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Neaty on February 24, 2008, 07:35 PM
New ish.....

I have been a member since back end of last year and have posted on a few things but never formally introduced myself.

My name is Paul, I am 21 and from Preston in Lancashire (United Kingdom)
I have been playing properly since June 2007 when I got my first and current drum kit (Pearl Forum). Fairly recently I got myself a pack of Zildjian cymbals and more recently, Remo heads.

I play mainly rock stuff, with a bit of funk.

Nice to meet you all
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: J Spangles on March 31, 2008, 07:38 PM
Hello Peep's
Just getting the passion back after a long,long layoff and I came across this forum and very glad I am too.   I'm very pleased to meet you all....so to speak. 
Anyway, before I logged on I was looking at a thread about soundproofing one's apartment and now the forum seems to have changed it's format somewhat and I can't find it. Forgive me if I'm doing something obviously dumb, I have had very little sleep in the last week and I'm having a tough time concentrating.
It was in a section called "Tips and tricks", right above one called "Acoustic drums",  I think!
Thanks.
Spangles.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: NY Frank on March 31, 2008, 08:12 PM
Just making my way back to this thread.

Welcome to all the newcomers.

I'm at about the 1 year mark at this forum.  You just found
the best drum forum on the planet.
Title: Hi
Post by: dsalvage on April 18, 2008, 05:22 PM
Hi all.
I have been a member here for a about a year, but haven't visited the forums much.
I'm very glad to see there is a drum building forum here.
I have been at Ghostnote for a while.
I see Vaughncraft and Unix are here, great stuff!
I look forward to getting to know you guys.


Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Louis Russell on April 18, 2008, 06:17 PM
Welcome to all the new people.  If you love this place one tenth as much as I do you are in for one great time. 
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: AaronB on April 20, 2008, 04:56 PM
Hello All,

My name is Aaron Butler, I'm 23 been playing drums for a little over 10 years. I finished my BM in Percussion Performance about almost a year ago and I'm now trying to figure out what grad school I would like to go to.

I guess I'm somewhat of a refugee from the cymbalholic forum, but this place seems like it'll fill the void nicely.

Looking forward to conversing with you all,
Aaron
Title: Cymbalholics
Post by: felix on April 23, 2008, 07:45 AM
So glad you are here.  This place really needs you guys.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: IronCobra on May 01, 2008, 06:59 AM
Greetings one and all...  I was once a member a long time ago and now returning...  Err...  Reincarnating?  LOL  Anyways...  The site and forum look awesome!

I drifted away from many things for personal reasons, but look to return and get back to basics.  Mister Acrolite might remember me, it is I; the same IronCobra with the "Cobra Pit."  LOL  Great to see you still here, man...

Take care

--John

Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: danielkostenko on May 07, 2008, 10:37 AM
Hey everybody. My name is Daniel Kostenko. I am 7 years old and live in Auburn Washington. My artist development manager Ken found this site and thought it would be cool to join. So here I am! I've been playing for 5 years and am a fan of classic rock. I take lessons from Andrew Rudd and my band is the Paul Green School of Rock Seattle. I play a Premier kit. I have a website if you would like to know more about me. http://www.danielkostenko.com

Daniel Kostenko
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... Ray Santovasi
Post by: Ray Santovasi on May 07, 2008, 12:02 PM

I'm New Here ... Ray Santovasi from Wolcott, CT!
Check me out at www.raysantovasi.com for more info...

Great site for drummers. I am happy I checked it out. (I got word from Billy Kilson about it, I am working on the new DVD with him doing the transcriptions and text for the book to accompany it!

Ray
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: PremierPlayer on May 12, 2008, 07:59 PM
Hello drummer peoples. I play blues/rock, own one drumset, and more cymbals than I really need.
I repair damaged cymbals, create one off Idiophones and sculpt trinkets from damaged cymbals.
I tell ya' it's nice to be a 'copper' member here, 20% tin and trace amounts of silver and I'll B20  ;D

thanks for the invite, looks like a very professional place

Lurk...
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Cris hAND on May 16, 2008, 06:13 PM
Hello All,

My names Cris, I'm 18 and I've been drumming for 7 years, I own only 1 kit, Mapex M Birch, fairly basic set up but do enjoy my effect cymbals,

I'm from a UK based band known as hAND (harmonic Assesment of Negative Dialogue (( we came up with the name before the meaning, tee hee))) I'm trying to bring back the lost art of Prog Rock. Check us out at www.handtheband.com.

Nice introducing myself to you lovely drummy folks
Love Love
C x
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Patrick Quigley on May 20, 2008, 03:15 PM
Welcome Cris, Hopefully you'll enjoy the community here. There are some EXTREMELY knowledgeable individuals here, but the power of the collective is what amazes me.  Post early, post often.  Its good to see you here.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: TUNELOW on May 26, 2008, 11:57 AM
Hola everyone, I am Jim and addicted to this site already.  Been on-line about a week now and a VIP for a day.  Lovin all that I have seen and really am impressed with the knowledge level and variety of posting topics from all of you.  Bart is the man, glad to be a part of it and thank you for the warm welcome.....I have played a number of different kits in the past but have a passion for SONOR.  Play all different genres of music but have a passion for the blues, jazz fusion, and smooth jazz.  I am currently playing in a band called Daddy'z Breakdown out of Grand Rapids, MI.. We have been together for about 4 months, playin out already and have 2 big festivals lined up so far for this summer.  We are playing a combo of originals and rearranged covers, but not the normal covers.  Love playin and hope to continue playin until it is no longer physically possible.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Patrick Quigley on May 27, 2008, 08:21 AM
  I am currently playing in a band called Daddy'z Breakdown out of Grand Rapids, MI..

Welcome!  This really is a great place.  I'm from just over the border in Elkhart, IN and I play Grand Rapids quite a bit.  We're playing Skelletones on Saturday night!
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: TUNELOW on May 29, 2008, 11:34 PM
Would have loved to check you at Skeletones, had to work all weekend anyway.  How was the new kit......
Title: Welcome BTrain!
Post by: Todd Norris on June 04, 2008, 12:23 AM
Hey, I just wanted to give a shout to my friend Bryon Holley who just signed up as Btrainmusic!  He's a kick butt drummer in LA who I've had the pleasure of reconnecting with recently.  I'll let him tell you what he's up to.  Welcome Bryon!    ;D 
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Drumhead Sam on June 12, 2008, 10:12 AM
Named Sam. Live in Winston Salem N Carolina. started playing drums in my freshman year of high school and that was like way back in 01. havent been playing much really lately, no band, not much of a music scene in winston salem. and I prefer to not play any rock or metal. but despite lack of any serious playing lately, I still enjoy to get out and hit the skins everynow and then. got a couple of kits. A DW collectors six pieces for graduation, a RMV kit that I bought with bar mitzvah money, and an old premier three piece shell pack I traded a double pedal for. k customs for cymbals.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Chip Donaho on June 12, 2008, 10:23 AM
Welcome to the DC group fellow drummers.   8)
I've been to Reidsville, N.Carolina a few times. Went there for motocross qualifiers for National Championship racing. Loved it there....   :)
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Louis Russell on June 14, 2008, 08:49 PM
started playing drums in my freshman year of high school and that was like way back in 01.

Now you are making me feel old.  I was a high school freshman way back in 1963!  ;D   Welcome to the Drummer Cafe.  You will love it here. 
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: garagerocker on June 29, 2008, 01:27 PM
Hi.  I've been observing on the forum for a while.  I'm from Indiana and started playing again about 3 years ago.  I played mostly rock in the basement and garage, but this time I was drawn into classical and concert band material and discovered a love for military marches.  I play in a concert band and recently had my first drumset gig :o  ;D with a dixieland-type band.

I'm a huge fan of old and new garage rock, rockabilly, and am slowly getting drawn into the mysterious world of jazz.

I have a Tama fusion kit, and if I'm very, very good I might be able to take home a Gretsch jazz kit before the year ends. Cymbals are 14" old New Beats hi hats, a Sabian Vault crash and a Sabian medium heavy ride.  I recently added a 7 X 13 Gretsch snare to the two snares I already have.

It's good to talk drums and music, isn't it?

Jenny
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: NY Frank on June 29, 2008, 03:32 PM
It's good to talk drums and music, isn't it?
Jenny

Sure is.  Welcome.

 8)
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Tim van de Ven on July 04, 2008, 04:38 PM
Thank you to Keith Cronin for recommending me to this forum.
You may have seen me as "ivmike" on other forums (which I will in all likelyhood, abandon for this one).

Today Drummer Café; tomorrow night, I play in the Montréal Jazz Festival!  ;D
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Mister Acrolite on July 04, 2008, 07:50 PM
Thank you to Keith Cronin for recommending me to this forum.
You may have seen me as "ivmike" on other forums (which I will in all likelyhood, abandon for this one).

Today Drummer Café; tomorrow night, I play in the Montréal Jazz Festival!  ;D

Hey, Tim - good to see ya!

Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Chris Whitten on July 04, 2008, 09:25 PM
started playing drums in my freshman year of high school and that was like way back in 01.

Yeah, that makes ya chuckle.  ;D
I'd been in retirement nearly ten years by then.
 :'(
Welcome all.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: NY Frank on July 04, 2008, 09:47 PM
Today Drummer Café; tomorrow night, I play in the Montréal Jazz Festival!  ;D

Ok, no holding out.  Tell us more.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Chris Whitten on July 04, 2008, 10:20 PM
I'll make a pre-emptive strike:
http://www.montrealjazzfest.com/Fijm2008/programmation/grille_en.aspx?artiste=851
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: NY Frank on July 04, 2008, 10:27 PM
I'll make a pre-emptive strike:
http://www.montrealjazzfest.com/Fijm2008/programmation/grille_en.aspx?artiste=851


And I'll follow up the strike:     :)

http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=31892218

"Band Members:    Amanda Mabro (vox), Cozmos Quazar (keys), Tim van de Ven (drums), Patrick Rizzetto (bass), Raylene Campbell (accordian), Brigitte Dajczer (violin)"

Outstanding, creative, fresh stuff.   
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Tim van de Ven on July 05, 2008, 10:20 AM
Keith, Chris and Frank; you have made me feel very, very welcome. I thank you all.

This board is outstanding!

I will post a review with some pics as soon as I can.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Mister Acrolite on July 05, 2008, 10:34 AM
Knock 'em dead tonight, Tim!  8)
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Tim van de Ven on July 05, 2008, 01:15 PM
Knock 'em dead tonight, Tim!  8)

Thank-you, my friend!  8)
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Louis Russell on July 05, 2008, 01:58 PM
(http://louisrussell.com/welc3d.gif)

You will love it here Tim, this is the best place around. 
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Tim van de Ven on July 05, 2008, 02:58 PM
Thanks Louis! :D  ;D
Title: new guy here
Post by: IL DUCE on August 01, 2008, 04:45 AM
Hey everybody Just wanted to say hello. Me:47 male druming on and off for 25-30 yrs. Currently playing a Mapex Mars pro kit ( forerunner to the pro M ) cymbals Zildjian, Sabian meinl and Wuhan. Hardware all DW 5000 series double kick, HH, Remote HH. well gotta go to work. just wanted to activate my membership and say hello.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Awesmoe24 on August 21, 2008, 03:33 PM
Hello everyone. I am new to the site. I have been drumming for a year or so now and enjoy it very much. I take lessons at George's Drum Shop here in Akron Ohio. From time to time I'll post links to their newsletter about deals and events if that's cool. I look forward to joining the community, discussing drums, learning and contributing whatever I can.

Hello from Ohio.
Title: Re: new guy here
Post by: Chip Donaho on August 21, 2008, 08:30 PM
Currently playing a Mapex Mars pro kit
Nothing wrong with that....  ;)  Welcome to the new DC members. 8)
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: JustinTime on August 23, 2008, 03:40 PM
Hey all, I'm Justin. I'm 17 and a senior in high school, and I've played percussion since I started my school's band program in 5th grade. I played piano for years before that, so I was fairly advanced compared to my peers, who still think of me as some brilliant musician. But I come from a small town that doesn't generally pay a lot of attention to its music programs, so I'm really not as great as they think I am.

I've played both quads and snare in marching and pep band, which are pretty much the same group here, drums in jazz band, and, well you know the kind of stuff we do in concert band.

When I started looking around here the other day, I noticed immediately that this stuff is what you all live for. There's so much passion here for the art of music and percussion. And to be honest, it kinda scares me... :P So I hope I can learn from everyone here and become a better musician for it.


Edit: Awesome, I started a new page...
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Larry Lawless on August 23, 2008, 04:06 PM
Welcome, Justin, glad you found us. Among other things, I teach percussion in a small town high school, so I can relate. Enjoy your time here, and we are glad to help any way we can.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Louis Russell on August 24, 2008, 04:22 PM
Welcome Justin!  You may be surprised how many came from small schools.  I graduated in 1966 and there were 12 in my senior class.  I think that qualifies as small.  I have been gigging since 1964 and have enjoyed playing all types of music.  Drag up your throne, have a seat, and enjoy the fun we have at the Drummer Cafe. 
Title: Hello...I am new to Drummer Cafe
Post by: Blaemirejinx on September 16, 2008, 07:08 PM
Hello all.....
A good friend and member of the this forum, Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz, told me of this site, how great it was, and said I should check it out. I have been a member of two other boards for a few years, but  because of his and another members urging, I wanted to check it out.
I am Drumjinx on the other forums, but will be BlaemireJinx on this one.
I am, as the name indicates, a big fan of Blaemire fiberglass drums. I have restored multiple kits and built others from NOS shells that I bought from Allen Blaemire himself. One of my restored kits is in this months issue of Classic Drummer...the Readers Showcase page.
One of the reasons I have posted at this time, is that I am currently looking for a 14, 15, or 16 Blaemire shell for a floor tom. I was told that a member here, may have what I am looking for. If anyone here has one or knows of one, please let me know.
I look forward to hanging out on the board. So far...what I have seen and read has peaked my interest. 8)

Title: Re: Hello...I am new to Drummer Cafe
Post by: Todd Norris on September 16, 2008, 08:19 PM
Hey Jinx, welcome to the Cafe!  I hope you can find some of the gems you're looking for! 

BTW, Bart will probably move this to the "Welcome" thread (in the Miscellaneous board) so don't be upset.  He just likes the board to be organized!

Title: Re: Hello...I am new to Drummer Cafe
Post by: Schlagzeuger on September 17, 2008, 07:38 AM
Just out of curiosity, what do you have "jinx" on your screen names?
Title: Re: Hello...I am new to Drummer Cafe
Post by: Blaemirejinx on September 17, 2008, 08:26 AM
My last name is Jenkins.....both my father and I seem have friends who bestow that as a nick name.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Chip Donaho on September 17, 2008, 01:09 PM
I'm glad you listened to Bermuda....
Any friend of his is a friend to me.   8)
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Louis Russell on September 17, 2008, 03:54 PM
I'm glad you listened to Bermuda....

Me too, he would never give bad advise. 
Title: Hello Again
Post by: Drum Slave Jack on October 01, 2008, 05:10 PM
Hi guys and gals
It's good to be back. It feels like ages since I came on here. Missed you all.

I've was dead busy with my college course, tough stuff. I'm doing a music course now, really enjoying it.

Pleasure to return.
Jack
Title: Re: Hello Again
Post by: Bart Elliott on October 01, 2008, 06:00 PM
Hi guys and gals
It's good to be back. It feels like ages since I came on here. Missed you all.

Good to see you back Jack. I was thinking about you the other day and wondering how you were.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Schlagzeuger on October 02, 2008, 11:02 AM
I used to be active on this website, but somehow I lost my account or password about a year ago, so I took some time off.  I think the site was undergoing renovations at the time.  A couple weeks ago I created a new account under a new name.  I can't even remember what my old screen name was, but it probably included my name Doug.  I am really glad to be back on here and already have learned some good stuff in the short time I've been back.

As a re-introduction:  I just turned 47 years old.  I started playing drums officially in college, although I beat on everything available long before that.  I started playing classic rock and taught myself to play following along to records.  I helped create a 5-peice rock band in the late 80's, which included two other co-workers (bass and guitar).  Since we all worked in the civil engineering business design roads and bridges, we named the band ROADBLOCK.

After a few years in the band I got married and had our first child.  I also started getting more serious about my faith.  So the band kind of disbanded and then reformed without me.  I was bitter for a while and totally gave up playing for a few years.  Then in 1992 I moved to a new area and joined a local church.  Each member had to fill out a talent card and list what talents you have.  I almost chuckled when I listed drumming.

A couple months later the church music director called me and said they need a drummer for the contemporary service.  I asked "what's a contemporary service?"  It was all new to me, having grown up in a very traditional hymn-based church all my life.  So I tried it out and got hooked right away.  I've been playing praise/worship music ever since for the same church.

Three years ago a bunch of current and ex-church band members threw around the idea of forming an independent praise/worship band. At that time I decided I needed new equipment.  My old stuff was used back in the mid 80's and totally beat up/crappy quality.  So I bought a 5-piece Pearl Export kit with some new cymbals.  I eventually added a Gibraltar drum rack to make things easier to port around. Since we formed the band called inneedofgrace we have played one Sunday a month at a church in the next town over.  Just last week we started a weekly Thursday night contemporary service.  Since it is too much work to lug all my drums there every Thursday night, I decided to buy some congas and percussion instruments.  Thus my screen name means percussionist in German.

Friday night our band plays at its first coffeehouse.  We have also been asked to play at another church in the near future.  Things are really getting interesting, and we get nothing but compliments everywhere we play.  I am so blessed to be able to do this as a hobby.
Title: Hello all!
Post by: stevensonmat2 on October 11, 2008, 10:38 AM
Hi everyone,

My name is Matt Stevenson and I'm a drummer (why does that sound familiar?..). My old forum really isn't so active as far as drumming is concerned, so my hope was to find a more involved  and knowledgeable environment. I stumbled upon this place and it looks like what I was looking for. Anyway, just figured I would say hello and I hope to learn a lot from you all.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Jon E on October 11, 2008, 03:38 PM
welcome aboard!
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: NY Frank on October 11, 2008, 05:14 PM
Congratulations, Matt.  You found the best drum hang on the web.

Lots of really great, really cool people.  And a few a-famous ones, too.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Chip Donaho on October 11, 2008, 06:30 PM
Lots of really great, really cool people.  And a few a-famous ones, too.
Then there's the semi-famous old dogs that has been around since man made drums out of logs. Welcome aboard Matt. When I'm home this is my home away from home. As my wife calls it....  ;D
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Patrick Quigley on October 13, 2008, 09:29 AM
This is def the best and most active (by far) drum forum that I've found. Welcome!
Title: Hello.
Post by: GoannaKing on December 28, 2008, 08:04 PM
Hey all, I've been playing for about 2 years now, mainly play Jazz and some rock. It's just a hobby for me and I try not to get too serious about it (good and bad;D). I just ran across this site and thought it would be fun to just talk drums.

Take care,
-Reed
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Susan Wood on February 05, 2009, 05:19 PM
Just realized that I have been posting and have not introduced myself.I have been playing for the last 2 years.It is a hobby and I really love it!I take lessons, play along to cd's and play with a flutist, once a week. I am very interested in learning more, and having fun.I stumbled upon this site by accident and am really impressed with the nice, knowledgeable, and generous drummers in this forum.I have gained so much already and hopefully will have a chance to contribute as well.It is also nice to be with some older( mature?) folks as well. Susan
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Todd Norris on February 05, 2009, 09:36 PM
Just realized that I have been posting and have not introduced myself.I have been playing for the last 2 years.It is a hobby and I really love it!I take lessons, play along to cd's and play with a flutist, once a week. I am very interested in learning more, and having fun.I stumbled upon this site by accident and am really impressed with the nice, knowledgeable, and generous drummers in this forum.I have gained so much already and hopefully will have a chance to contribute as well.It is also nice to be with some older( mature?) folks as well. Susan

Older?  Maybe.  Mature?  Doubtful!   ;D  Seriously, though most of us aren't that old yet. 
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Susan Wood on February 06, 2009, 08:30 AM
I guess "mature" would be a better choice of words rather than older.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: NY Frank on February 06, 2009, 11:24 AM
Susan - welcome.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Susan Wood on February 06, 2009, 01:28 PM
Thanks New York Frank...anyone who plays Gretsch is okay by me!
Susan
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Louis Russell on February 14, 2009, 09:06 PM
I guess "mature" would be a better choice of words rather than older.

That would depend on who you are talking about!  Many of us are seldom accused of being mature but we are old.   ;D
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Chip Donaho on February 15, 2009, 07:39 PM
Many of us are seldom accused of being mature but we are old. 
Well, we know two of us are. ;D
Title: Re: Hello...I am new to Drummer Cafe
Post by: JeepnDrummer on April 22, 2009, 03:06 AM
Hello all.....
Hi Jerry, welcome to the forum.  I've always been impressed with your restoration work.  Actually, I wanted to buy those orange luddies, but the bad economy wouldn't let me.

I also want to extend a warm welcome to all of the new members.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: MOUSE on June 05, 2009, 02:38 AM
Hello Everybody ...Bart.
Well actually i'm old here, the Mouse returns for some inspiration.Remember me i'm the southernmost VIP member in the world of Drummer Cafe.
After a finish up of band after 8 years with a good innings ( the vocalist went and got hitched) last year, my wife (bass) and i decided to continue and start afresh with a new repotopire and tend toward the rockier end of the scale away from the wedding stuff we had bored ourselves to tears with (but got gigs). A new guitarist, vocalist and we were heading for local stardom with a good line up, good songs ( Maroon 5, Pink, Pat Benatar, etc)and a few good pre booking gigs under our belt , it then went belly up. The guitarist decides not up to it as yet "lack of confidence". So on the look out for another let's hope not a prima donna this time, and hope to get out and playing again by Xmas. ( we have a huge supply of rockin horse poop here, but when it comes to good guitarists ... ;D)

so meantime, i need a little inspiration while we search for the gat man that is going to fit in and has the drive to get out and perform, and here i remember a great place for just that. I'm currently working through the Fred Dinkins book http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0757914101?ie=UTF8&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0757914101]It's About Time and i can recommend to any drummer wanting to improve their counting/time/feel skills.
Many changes to the site i found after finding i had to register ( cheez i already had 3 t shirts), and figured out how to open the forum ???.
Anyway all good, great to be back. 8)


P.S currently listening to cd's Kenny Jones's The Jones Gang ...not bad  ;)
and early Amanda Marshall with Kenny Aronoff on drums ....awesome.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: DR on June 06, 2009, 10:55 AM
Welcome back, Mouse! 
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: MOUSE on June 06, 2009, 09:17 PM
 ;D Phew, for a while i thought everybody had gone off ill with swine flu or something, Thanks DR.
Title: Re: Hello...I am new to Drummer Cafe
Post by: Chip Donaho on June 07, 2009, 03:11 PM
I wanted to buy those orange luddies
Were they old "Mod Orange" Ludwigs? I would love to find my old set.  :o
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: MOUSE on June 21, 2009, 03:59 AM
Back in business, auditioned a guitarist today, and we start rehearsing. 8) 8) 8)
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Mark Counts on June 21, 2009, 07:42 AM
Back in business, auditioned a guitarist today, and we start rehearsing. 8) 8) 8)
Glad to see you post again Mouse and congrats on putting it back together
Title: Re: Hello...I am new to Drummer Cafe
Post by: JeepnDrummer on June 22, 2009, 02:55 AM
Were they old "Mod Orange" Ludwigs? I would love to find my old set.  :o
If I remember correctly, Jerry wrapped these himself using new old stock.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Larry Rankine on July 15, 2009, 09:44 AM
Hello Everyone!  My name is Larry and I'm a 50+ guy who played drums in my teens.  Joined the military shortly after graduating HS and left drumming behind (kind of hard dragging a kit all over the world for 20 years).  In any event several months ago I got the bug to play again.......call it midlife crisis #5.  Never mind what my wife calls it.   ;D Almost got my new kit together and have gone back to taking lessons too.  My overall goal is to get good enough so that I could play with a group if the opportunity ever presented itself.  Other than that I'm just looking to enjoy myself playing along with music.  My musical tastes cover the entire spectrum with classical rock and New Age/World music taking top spots on my playlists.  Looking forward to learning a lot from the group here!  :D
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Chip Donaho on July 15, 2009, 10:15 AM
Joined the military shortly after graduating HS and left drumming behind
I done the same thing. Except I auditioned for the Army Band while in basic training. I ended up beating out over 200 tryouts and was put in the military band. Spent the next 3 years in Colorado Springs. But it was Viet Nam years. I got tired of playing guys out to Nam and seeing many come back in coffins. If it wouldn't have been for that I may have reinlisted. Those were sad years, but I learned alot about drums and met many famous musicians, played for dignitaties during that time. Nice to meet you. ;)
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Jon E on July 15, 2009, 10:29 AM
Welcome aboard Drumwood!  Great to have you here.   :)
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Bob Dias on July 16, 2009, 10:46 PM
Larry (drumwood),
welcomwelcomwelcom!  You have indeed come to the right place. No better community of drummers and musicians anywhere on the web.
Cheers, Bob
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Larry Rankine on July 17, 2009, 07:18 AM
Thanks for the warm welcome Gents!

P.S.  What are the size restrictions on avatars?  Been trying to post one but it doesn't seem to want to show up.   :-\
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Bart Elliott on July 17, 2009, 07:42 AM
Thanks for the warm welcome Gents!

P.S.  What are the size restrictions on avatars?  Been trying to post one but it doesn't seem to want to show up.   :-\

Off topic, but I'll answer just the same.  ;)

65x65 ... however, almost everyone on the forum use full size images, which the forum script has to then resize every time the avatar is displayed. Not a good approach, so I wish everyone would use a smaller image as their avatar; it would speed things up (hint, hint).  8)

If your avatar isn't show up, it's not because of the size; something else is wrong. Send me an Instant Message or email and I'll be happy to assist you.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Jon E on July 20, 2009, 07:59 AM
wELCOME wELCOME.  (OOPS CAPS LOCK!)  ::)

Glad to have you here!
Title: Welcome Ardent15
Post by: Matt Self (Gaddabout) on August 31, 2009, 12:32 AM
I can't remember the policy on stuff like this so I apologize ahead of time, Bart, if this is inappropriate. I couldn't find the "introduce yourself" thread. I just wanted to open a quick thread here to welcome Ardent15 to the group. He's an active poster on another board and is making the leap from aspiring guitar virtuoso to aspiring drum virtuoso. LOL Happy to have you board, kid, and welcome to the Cafe.
Title: Re: Welcome Ardent15
Post by: Ardent15 on August 31, 2009, 12:50 AM
Ah, thanks Matt. And I'm not giving up on guitar, just plan on making myself more diverse. If that guy on that Got a Match? video can play 4 instruments at that level...  ;)

Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Matt Ionvkch on August 15, 2010, 09:55 AM
Hi all. New to the forum. I've been playing drums for about 18 years I think. I am currently in little rock and spent a chunk of time here a while back looking for a drum teacher but could not find one teaching what I wanted to learn. I took lessons for a couple years and was launched me into latin music. Since I stopped going taking lessons I have stopped reading music, which is not good. Now it seems when I "practice" what I really do is play a bunch of stuff I already know. I need to start taking lessons again. Should be back up in the northwest indiana area in a couple weeks. If anyone has any ideas for teachers in that area, I am all ears.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Andy Ziker on August 15, 2010, 04:15 PM
Should be back up in the northwest indiana area in a couple weeks. If anyone has any ideas for teachers in that area, I am all ears.
If you're in Northwest Indiana anywhere near South Bend, look up my old drum teacher, Billy Stix Nicks. He's a Motown legend and one of the nicest, most encouraging guys in the universe!  http://www.billynicks.com]www.billynicks.com


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Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Matt Ionvkch on August 15, 2010, 06:00 PM
thanks. good stuff. I'm looking for a teacher of either latin, fusion, funk, or most preferably all three :P

I took lessons with Lanny Turner of Gary. He really gave me the octane I needed at the time but then one day pretty much said "well, that's about all I can teach ya".. haha, oh well. I knew there was almost an infinite amount more stuff we could have worked on. Loved chopping through this Horacio Hernandez book, doing all the left foot clave stuff, etc. I just haven't read drum music in so long that it all more or less looks like hieroglyphics now.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: CrashMonkey on September 08, 2010, 09:24 AM
Hello Drummer Cafe people. Let me introduce myself. My name is Mike and I live in a Northwest suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota. I have played drums since the 6th grade which was, I'll just say a long time ago. I have recorded and performed in many Minneapolis based bands including 80's heavy rockers Scream Parade and some popular club bands like Decade and Arena. I am currently in an original rock project which has been putting together a demo and working towards getting a live show together. We are also possibly looking to add a 5th member if the right person comes along.

I am also an avid off road motorcycle racer. I have been involved in racing for more than 25 years and still can't get enough.

Drumming and racing seem to go together for me and allways have.

Some drummers who have paved my path over the years include: Mike Portnoy, Neil Peart, Peter Criss, Alex Van Halen, Lars Ulrich, Charlie Benante, Nicko McBrain, Steve Smith, Deen Castranovo, and local great Adrian Liberty.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Jason Runyon on September 08, 2010, 10:11 AM
New member here, kind of.  I used to be a member years ago and have been busy with work, kids, etc so I hadn't posted in ages.  I guess my profile was inactive too long so I just re-registered. 

Anyway, I've been playing drums for about 24 years, never full time as a career.  I've been in a few bands, but mainly play with my buddies that I have known for years as well as my father in law, who has converted his garage into our practice area complete with A/C, heat and refrigerator!  So, it is truly our man-cave, our home away from home, and our place to relax and make music. 

I have 2 kits:  Tama Starclassic Performer in red sparkle fade, and my old pearl exports, which are converted into an electronic kit for practice/jamming at home.  Snares: Pearl FF piccolo with Brass and maple shell, Starclassic Birch, Pork Pie Big Brass, Pearl Dennis Chambers Signature, and DW Collectors Solid Maple Shell. 

So, glad to be back and looking forward to some good conversations on the forum.

J
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Chip Donaho on September 11, 2010, 07:15 PM
Hey Mike, You've known me involved with motorcycles for many years. You are now amongst some of the best drummers around. Good to see you here....  8)
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: David Endres on September 27, 2010, 07:02 PM
Hey everyone!  I'm Dave, and I'm almost 21 years old.  I was really into drumming throughout high school... I was the marching and concert band and always dreamed of drumming for a corps someday.  Unfortunately, after my senior year, I kind of let it go.  I've been trying to get back on my game lately, and I figured this would be a great place to go to learn.

Here's a recent video of me, if you're interested... nothing introduces a drummer better than seeing him play. :)
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRuLeXFJcag#]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRuLeXFJcag#

I look forward to learning from you, helping with whatever I can, and having discussions with other talented percussionists.

- Dave
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: donelk on September 27, 2010, 07:05 PM
Glad to have you around!
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Dave Heim on September 29, 2010, 10:13 AM
Another Dave!  Welcome!
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Brett Conroy on December 19, 2010, 12:00 AM
I can't believe I am just now finding Drummer Cafe! 

I'm Brett and I've been playing drums/percussion for about 15 years now.  Playing in a quite a few bands here and there, and I've done a bit of studio work.  Nothing big name or anything but still good experience.  I'm currently working on a getting a Blues/Funk project together and I really can't wait for things to get started with it here in the next few weeks.  Although I consider myself a pretty versatile drummer, as I play Rock, Blues, Funk, Jazz, Latin, and everything in between.  My latest groove that I've been woodshedding is the Songo, as I am playing "On Fire" by Michele Camillio with the OU Jazz Percussion Ensemble, and the drumset part is very songo oriented.

I attend Ohio University and I have been involved in their Percussion Ensemble and Jazz Percussion Ensemble, and was one of the members who performed at PASIC 2009 with the OU Percussion Ensemble.

I can't wait to look around more and get to know everyone!

Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: NY Frank on December 19, 2010, 06:58 AM
You just found the best drum forum on the planet.  Welcome.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Chip Donaho on December 19, 2010, 11:13 AM
Another experienced drummer to chat with. I agree with NY Frank, welcome aboard Brett.  ;)
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Bart Elliott on December 19, 2010, 01:36 PM
I can't believe I am just now finding Drummer Cafe! 

Brett, welcome to the Drummer Cafe! I'm glad you found us and I'm looking forward to getting to know you. Again, welcome.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Hannah Ford on December 19, 2010, 01:41 PM
I can't believe I am just now finding Drummer Cafe! 

I'm Brett and I've been playing drums/percussion for about 15 years now.  Playing in a quite a few bands here and there, and I've done a bit of studio work.  Nothing big name or anything but still good experience.  I'm currently working on a getting a Blues/Funk project together and I really can't wait for things to get started with it here in the next few weeks.  Although I consider myself a pretty versatile drummer, as I play Rock, Blues, Funk, Jazz, Latin, and everything in between.  My latest groove that I've been woodshedding is the Songo, as I am playing "On Fire" by Michele Camillio with the OU Jazz Percussion Ensemble, and the drumset part is very songo oriented.

I attend Ohio University and I have been involved in their Percussion Ensemble and Jazz Percussion Ensemble, and was one of the members who performed at PASIC 2009 with the OU Percussion Ensemble.

I can't wait to look around more and get to know everyone!

Welcome Brett,

You've picked an incredible family to share with.

Congrats!!

Peace Love & Drums...

Hannah
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Brett Conroy on December 20, 2010, 12:21 AM
Wow, I like the welcoming!  Thanks everyone!
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Lonnie L. Jones on January 02, 2011, 04:06 PM
Hello folks!  I've been lurking in he shadows for a few months and thoroughly dig this scene.  I've been playing for 41 years and have seen it all; the highs and lows of touring, personalities, teaching, playing local gigs, the drugs, alcohol and knives in backs so to speak... I've played '60s Rock, Country, Blues, Broadway musicals, (not ON Broadway) R & B, Big Band & Swing, New Age, Celtic... 

I've been inspired, jaded, depressed and rejuvenated many times and I'm still here! 

Glad to meet you all.

~Lonnie L. Jones
Nova Scotia
Canada
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: NY Frank on January 02, 2011, 04:45 PM
Lonnie - welcome.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Brett Conroy on January 03, 2011, 12:39 AM
I new here too, but Welcome nonetheless! :)
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Lonnie L. Jones on January 04, 2011, 12:17 AM
Thanks folks!  It's an honour to be here.
Title: Hi everyone!
Post by: Kim Lauzé on February 07, 2011, 05:39 PM
Hi there :)

I'm brand new in here, so I'll quickly introduce myself. I was looking for a pool of musicians, people with whom I could share my drumming passion, that unfortunately I started to late if u ask me!

Been drumming for less than I year, started out learning by myself some Metallica songs... yeah, it's not quite the easiest but at that time, I didn't know ^^

And couple months ago, just thought it was time for me to take some lessons and get the technicals stuff, have someone show me and help me to progress.

I'm more of a metal/rock player but euh... well let's say that metal is little too heavy for me still, which makes me a rock music drummer that aspires to be a metal drummer eventually lol. I just got into the double bass pedal this week, working simple double bdrum beats to get my legs working ... they are soooo retarded, at least it's getting better.

Maybe u guys have exercises that could help me ? So I work part time and drum full time until I get back in school in september ;)

I think I'm going nuts with it... well doesn't matter! I'm glad to be part of your drum community, hoping to get to know other drummers and exchange about it :)
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Chip Donaho on February 07, 2011, 08:07 PM
Hi Kim....Well, there's a lot more to playing drums than just learning to kick double bass pedals.
Matter of fact, many of us can use a single pedal as fast plus sound better than many drummers.  Many can play metal, jazz, rock, country, blues, etc., and don't even feel the need for a double pedal. Lessons are a must to help beginners learn a lot more than just pedal control.  ;)  Welcome to drumming.  8)
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Kim Lauzé on February 07, 2011, 10:19 PM
Hi Kim....Well, there's a lot more to playing drums than just learning to kick double bass pedals.
Matter of fact, many of us can use a single pedal as fast plus sound better than many drummers.  Many can play metal, jazz, rock, country, blues, etc., and don't even feel the need for a double pedal. Lessons are a must to help beginners learn a lot more than just pedal control.  ;)  Welcome to drumming.  8)

Hell yeah, you're right but.... it's just a personnal challenge to be able to use it well. There is little things I wish to learn for my very own pleasure, no showing off matter ^^ in fact, I couldn't... I'm still very shy about playing in front of others  ;D

My drum teacher is not showing how to use, just trying to learn it by myself, as an on-the-side goal. He's actually a great Jazz player, not my style but he rocks  8)

Thanks for the welcoming!
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Pocket Man on February 25, 2011, 05:43 PM
Hi folks.  I've been checking out the forum for quite a while now and it seems like a great community here.  Anyone else on the board from North Carolina?
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Chip Donaho on February 26, 2011, 10:13 AM
I'm not from that area, but I have been to Reidsville, NC for national motocross racing. Welcome to the best drummer site around.  ;)
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: DrumBob on February 27, 2011, 07:57 PM
This is my first post here at DC, so hello to all. I've been playing drums semi-professionally since the late 60's, and still play in two cover bands, freelancing when I have the time in my schedule. I also play guitar in my own band, The Burgundy Watch.

I have written for Modern Drummer, Classic Drummer, Drumhead, Vintage Guitar, Premier Guitar, Guitar Player, Blues Revue, Blues Access, and many other magazines, and am author of the book, Great Rock Drummers Of The Sixties.

There's a lot of practical drumming knowledge I can pass along to younger drummers. Just ask and I'll try and help if I can.

I'm privileged and proud to endorse DW drums, Pro-Mark sticks, and Evans drum heads, and value my relationships with these companies highly.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Dave Kayser on September 30, 2011, 01:02 PM
Hello Everyone,

I'm Dave and I've become a drumaholic.  I've only been playing about 3 months and I've really been bitten with this bug and enjoy every minute of it.  I think I got started on a good foot by getting a good instructor.  Right now I probably don't have much to add to the forums (being so new) but I'll contribute where I can.  So far this has been a great resource for me and I've learned a lot from all of you. 

I live around the Springfield, MO area.  I hope to get out the area and see some of you play. 

Thanks the help you given me (just by following the boards) and keep up the great website.

Take care,

Dave Kayser
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Adam Zalewski on October 01, 2011, 10:57 PM
Hello Drummers,

My name is Adam and I've been playing the drum set for about 13 to 14 years now. Currently majoring in music education at a small private college called Concordia University and studying percussion and drums with Sean Dobbins in Ann Arbor, Michigan. My main focus right now is trying to get my mallet and music reading chops up to par. Iv'e had an account here before I felt it was time to return and see what else I can learn from the community. Good to be back!
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Petar Cvahte on October 07, 2011, 12:24 AM
Hi everyone!

My name is Petar Cvahte, I'm 32, playing drums for 15 years now. Also majoring in architecture. I live in Zagreb, Croatia. I'm a session drummer, play in 2 bands, and giving instructions for beginner drummers. Don't need to say I'd play drums for the rest of my life, provided I always had a little bread and water ;)

I'm hoping to push my drumming to another level soon, although I can't rally explaint what it means.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Jeremy Warren on October 07, 2011, 07:20 AM
Hey everyone, I am also new. I probably should have been apart of this a long time ago. I am 27 years old originally from Louisana. I now live in Midd Tenn area. I am a professional drummer. I tour with Broken Bow Records artist James Wesley. I also road manage for Wesley. I do session work as often as I can, and I teach one day or two days a week when not touring or studio.


I love vintage drums, I collect and restore them as a hobby. I love football, mainly college football. I am also a fantasy football freak.

I am blessed to be able to live my dreams. I make a living by doing what I always dreamed of since I picked up the sticks over 12 years ago.

I play Gretsch and Ludwig drums. I have endorsements with Soultone cymbals, and Innovative Sticks. If your not familiar with either one I would recommend you check them out. Innovative Percussion is one of the best kept secrets in the sticks world... in my opinion!

great to be here and talk drums with drummers!! Thanks Bart, cool site!
Title: Welcome New Drummer Cafe Forum Members...
Post by: Bart Elliott on October 07, 2011, 08:07 AM
A big welcome to all of our new Drummer Cafe members!

I'm looking forward to seeing how your DNA mixes in to make this an even stronger community of drummers and percussionists. (http://www.drummercafe.com/forum/Smileys/emoticons/wiggle2.gif)
Title: My awesome Drum Gear: DrumSound and my drum cover! :D
Post by: Federico Taraschi on January 16, 2012, 07:05 AM
Hello everyone!
I'm an italian drummer!
I'm new here and would like to introduce myself to everyone with the photo of my drums and my recent cover!

My Drum Kit:

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/166920_2812923011417_1509049525_32730741_662155378_n.jpg)


(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/254865_1993827814549_1509049525_32116690_6635063_n.jpg)


Drum Sound Evolution  Series:
Size: 22x18,5 - 14x5 - 8x6 - 10x7,5 - 12x9 - 14x12,7 - 16x14,5
Colours&Finishes: SO20 Urban Copper/Gold/Black

Cymbals:
Hi-hat Paiste Signature 14"
Crash Paiste  Sound Forumula 16"
Crash Paiste Signature Full 17"
Crash Paiste Signature Power 18"
Chaina Paiste 802 18"
Ride Zildjian ZBT 20"
Max Stax Sabian 12"
Splash Sabian AA 10"
Splash Sabian Max Splash 7"
China Splash Sabian AA 8"

Hardware Pearl Rack / Tama / DW



The cover is a song taken from the Pearl Jam's album: "Backspacer". The song is UNTHOUGHT KNOWN!

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkUDNLWbWts#ws]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkUDNLWbWts#ws

Are welcome advice of any kind...

Hope you like it! :)

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Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Jon E on January 23, 2012, 03:54 PM
Where's the photo?
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Eskil Sæter on January 30, 2012, 03:31 AM
I'm not technically new here, but I haven't posted here for many years now, so a proper introduction is in order.

I'm  http://about.me/eskil.seter]Eskil , 31 years old from Bergen, Norway. I play drums in two rock bands,  http://www.luckylewmusic.com]Lucky Lew  and  http://www.malice-in-wonderland.com]Malice In Wonderland .

I've been a drumming fanatic all my life. I have no idea where the interest came from, but I can clearly remember making a drum kit on my bed consisting of books, pan lids and various other things and banging on them with my mom's knitting needles at a very young age. My parents got me one of those plastic toy drumkits at some point (which I destroyed very quickly) and then moved me up to a proper kit a little while later. This would have been in the late 80s, and the kit was an ancient, beat up Remo kit. I had no idea what I was doing, although I did manage to emulate some basic rock beats without any form of guidance other than listening to my cassette tapes.

At about age 14, I figured that guitar was much cooler, so I sold (or gave away, I can't remember) my crappy kit (which I'm sure my parents were more than happy about) and started playing guitar. At this point, my drumming skills were still pretty much laughable, so I'm pretty sure the world didn't miss much. I played guitar for a few years, and I got reasonably prficient at it.

However, my first love was still drumming, and by this point I'd really started to watch and listen to drummers very intently. When I was 22, my college roommate bought himself a Roland TD-8 electronic kit, and after a few weeks I was playing it a lot more than he was. The spark was rekindled. The other factor that kicked me back into drumming was that around the same time I had really run out of money, and I found myself having to sell all of my guitar gear.

So, fast forward another couple of years and I had moved to Australia to study abroad for a few years. I met another musician in one of my classes, and we started a coverband, just for the fun of it. This was the first band I played in as a drummer, and although I still had a lot to learn about playing with others and playing live, I enjoyed it thoroughly.

In late 2006 I moved back to Norway, and after a while I found myself a band called Lucky Lew, and a couple of years later I joined another band called Malice In Wonderland. Lucky Lew recorded and released our latest album in 2010 (see  http://www.drummercafe.com/forum/index.php/topic,19976.msg296440.html#msg296440]this post  for a couple of tracks from that album), and Malice In Wonderland are currently mixing our second full length album which will (hopefully) be out later this year.

So yeah, that's me.

Summary (tl;dr): Rock & roll meathead from Bergen, Norway, hitting things with sticks  ;D

And to finish off, one of my many drummerfaces:
(http://images.naigewron.net/luckylew/100904/Eskil_01.jpg)
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Kathrine Almlie on February 05, 2012, 08:05 PM
Howdy all...I'm not so new here, but have been absent for a good spell.   I'm a Ludwig nut and really dig the Chicago Drum Show.  I record, teach, and just about anything I can do to keep drumming on a regular basis.  See you in cyber space!  ~Kat
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: biggator on February 06, 2012, 10:57 AM
Howdy folks..
Some of you may recognize me from some other online haunts, but I'm new here.

Hope to find a cool place to hang.
"-)
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Kathrine Almlie on February 10, 2012, 09:29 AM
Howdy Biggator...I've seen you somewhere before :)  ~K
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Michael Smalley on February 12, 2012, 05:29 AM
I'm Michael. Michael Smalley. Or just Smalley as many have taken to calling me. Yes. That is my real last name. Yes I've had many many teasing sessions throughout school with it...What? I don't see what /that/ has to do with /this/!!! I thought I got rid of all the photographic evidence anyway....and no...they didn't press charges that time...I...umm...

Anyway!

I'm 30 as of last December. I've been drumming since I was five years old. My Dad was a drummer. I'm a drummer. My brother is a drummer. My eight year old daughter is showing interest and promise as well! Speaking of which. I'm married to a wife who manages to put up with me named Brandi, and a very odd child named Chloe.

I've been in three "serious" bands. My longest stint is with one my friend and I started: Warehouse 86.


I've been into computers since sixth grade, and I find them, like drums to be oddly calming. It's like my mind slows to normal. I've been designing webpages back in the days of AOL and Prodigy when 5 megs of webspace was worth more than Brittany Spears underpants on eBay. So...I've taken that...and I contract myself out with it. Computers, web and graphics design.

I've taken a real shine to graphics design...always have. Hell, the first time I really did anything graphical was changing a scanned in report card for an ex-girlfriend. *whistles innocently* I enjoy using my capabilities and my undiagnosed ADHD and coming up with new designs for everything I can for my band. I just finished the graphics for our upcoming E.P. "Rusted Memories", designed a new band logo, (slight change), and even finished out a running "thing" we have with using some sort of gasmask I designed as sort of a logo. I just finished the order for the custom football jersey bearing such.

I've been doing ranting articles since the inception of Geocities, and I've had my own domain to post up whatever I please (usually rants, raves, random stuff I and my friends thought was funny) for a little over a decade. I write it to vent, laugh, and share in other's frustration and give them something to nod in agreement about. Plus I just find it fun and funny. Nothing better than that.

I collect Transformers. Still. I'm not a hoarder. I swear! Those 16 30 gallon tubs of boxed and unboxed Transformers seperated by series and generation means nothing! As you can see...I may also be insane. I'm not sure. The medicine seems to help with some of it...but I'm like Murdoc of the A-Team. Can't tell if I'm really crazy, or just doing it for my own entertainment.

I (well..my daughter lays claim to them too!) currently play on a PDP X7 Red Sparkle Fade kit. This is my third PDP set. I love them. I use Tama Ironcobra Pedals and Hihat stand, and Roadpro Boom Stands. I play on Zildjian cymbals. *kisses his babies*

Yeah... I think I just revealed enough to make people look around cautiously. Heh.

Nice to be here. Nice to meet you. 

(http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc3/26205_405234980660_679640660_5405259_6343141_n.jpg)

(http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/38691_454349945660_679640660_6563915_1337233_n.jpg)
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Todd Vierra on February 16, 2012, 01:23 PM
Hello all!!!, my name is Todd and i live in Alaska,i am a studio owner and studio drummer,i love to track all i can,and, when i can ha ha ,looks like a cool place here to hang out,ps Todd
my Band  http://www.myspace.com/mk800]http://www.myspace.com/mk800
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Louis Rushton on February 17, 2012, 08:17 AM
Hi all, it's been a long time sense I've posted anywhere. My work (a real job) LOL has put me in school for the past several years, but I have finished and passed my state test. YaY I now am able to get back to drumming, and reading more drum sites, hopefully to join in again. A lot has changed even this site, some sites have passed and no longer exist, so congrats to Bart. Also people are catching up to ideas in drum equipment improvements, I hope to still lead. I look forward to the future and this site, so hello again.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: donelk on February 17, 2012, 12:08 PM
Louis,

Hello from Eugene!
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Edwin Francis on May 16, 2012, 01:33 PM
Hi guys!

My Name is Edwin, I'm from Singapore! and no we're not from China, and yes we speak, write and study English as our main language! But we have a local slang called "Singlish" which you will experience either meeting a Singaporean, or being in Singapore! It's something, that's just there, but isn't actually encouraged. And yes, we're a country on our own! I'm also a dyslexic, so mind the horribly grammar or lack or vocab or whatever =p

Anyway, I started getting serious about drumming this year, about 2 months ago. What inspired me was seeing so many great local drummers of the same age as me jazzing up the kit and also shred it apart with their awesome chops, and make the kit sound so alive and all. Being so tight with their band and the music... Which really made me go "gosh, I have to be able to do that one day, it'd be so awesome and fun!" and well I kind of fell in love with musical theatre too after watching Wicked the musical! =P. Which kinda led me to... well research on how one makes a break into the Broadway Orchestra Pit as a drummer, which I as of now do not know if that's a feasible dream =p seeing as where I stand technically as a drummer, plus my age (19/20 years old), Singapore's musical theatre scene, my lack of Orchestra experience, which also means I don't really know how to follow a conductor and knowing that I have to be super good at what I want to do, and be able to read a chart/score sheet as if I'm reading my ABCs or something like that.

So I guess it's been an interesting journey, as I started off a few years ago when my older brother got his drumset, and yes he's a drummer too =P but he's more a of musician then I'll ever be as he plays guitar and stuff too, which makes it pretty fun when he's back home (he's currently studying aboard which leaves the drum set at my mercy), we can jam together and stuff, when we're both bored at home.

I learned playing by ear and was playing open-handed, without knowing it wasn't your typical way of playing, and now I'm sitting down trying to re-learn everything, learning how to read and count not doing a Right-Hand-Over-Left thing when I play on my ride, getting a teacher and stuff like that. I'm really enjoying it! The challenge and the frustration. All that gets me excited, every lesson I go to, is almost as good as going for my first driving lesson! That kind of trill. Except that you don't have to worry about crashing the car or something, which makes it more fun =p


Well to end off, as you guys can probably guess, I'm here to learn more about drumming from you guys, and hopefully one day I'll be able to give back to the drumming community here.


Cheers!
Edwin
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Patrick Quigley on May 16, 2012, 01:44 PM
Hey everyone, I haven't been around for a long time but I'm hoping to visit a bit more often again. So... hi again. Excited about the chicago show!
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Aviv Cohen on May 16, 2012, 02:19 PM
Hi everyone,
My name is Aviv Cohen and I've been playing drums for the past 14 years, while doing it professionally for the past 9.
I am originally from Tel Aviv, Israel but relocated to Los Angeles, CA about 2 years ago.
I grew up playing a lot of Rock and Pop music but as the years went by I've gotten deep into Reggae, Funk, RnB and Hip Hop as well.
And that's it in a nutshell I guess.
Aviv.
Title: Checking In
Post by: Walter Beyer on May 27, 2012, 09:27 PM
Hey all, 1st post.

After a 10 year hiatus from the local scene, I'm going back in feet first.
I sold my Yammy stage customs outfitted with a rack & Z's & A's and thought I'd never play again.

Fast forward a recent friendship has rekindled my desire to play & write again... I've always kept a book of words, (songs) since the sale. Well, my Sister in law started dating a guitar player, and well, I got pumped!!!!
I'm 35, played till I was 25 from age 10 or so, now, at 35 I have a new kit and new outlook. I'm stoked, the wife is stoked. Glad to be here!!

Walter
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Alfred Brendel on June 12, 2012, 04:55 PM
Hello all! I've just started taking drum lessons and am loving it! I found this lively forum and hope to learn and have fun!
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Brendon Youmans on June 12, 2012, 08:53 PM
Hi everyone :D my names Brendon. I'm 23 years old, been playing for 11 years now. I play in a post hardcore band called Diver City. Glad to be part of an awesome forum like this and look forward to meeting everyone here:)
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Bart Elliott on June 13, 2012, 08:36 PM
Welcome to all of our new Drummer Cafe community forum members!
Title: New Member
Post by: Steve Blandford on July 14, 2012, 02:43 AM
Hi, im Steve (aka harleytech51) and im new here so just thought id best introduce myself.I live in Cambridgeshire United Kingdom in a small village.Ive been playing drums for around 45yrs at all levels up to semi-pro which i did for the last four years prior to the band breaking up. My last band played a mixture of original and covers in the country rock/blues vein..Im now playing for my own pleasure, working out all the things ive heard over the years but never gotten to do...lol...Have downsized my kit in a big way too..lol..Currently im looking for similar aged and like minded musicians in my area where im hoping to put together a small pub rock/blues band for just the odd gig or so..I look forward to making new friends through the forum and hope to share some knowledge and tips from/with everyone here...Kind regards to you all.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Alex Smith on July 24, 2012, 08:58 AM
Hi fellow drummers. I play rock drums in a classic rock, blues influenced band in New York. Besides playing drums, I'm also learning to sing back up and lead vocals while playing. I enjoy the challenge and the ability to express myself tonally as well as rhythmically.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Shaun Hopkins on August 03, 2012, 12:47 AM
New here, and glad to finally be back drumming, and not on CB's! I've been coming to DC sporadically for years, same as I've been drumming. Cheers.
Title: Welcome newcomers!
Post by: Bart Elliott on August 03, 2012, 07:32 AM
Welcome Steve, Alex and Shaun ... good to have you be a part of the Drummer Cafe community!
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Luke Elwick on August 08, 2012, 12:37 PM
Hey guys, I guess it's my turn to introduce myself here...
I've been a member for a while, I actually thought I'd introduced myself before but I lost my username and password for here so couldn't check till now... Well, here goes:

Hi, I'm Luke, I'm from Manchester in England and I'm 35 years old.
I've been a drummer for the best part of 30 years (I had to stop playing kit when I couldn't find anywhere to store it for rehearsals for about 3 years, not a good feeling...).

I've owned three different kits in my life:
* An orange Premier Club jazz 4-piece
* A teal Tama Granstar 7-piece
* My current Mapex Meridian Birch 6-piece.

22" x 18" (x2) bass drums
12"x 8", 13" x 9" rack toms
14" x 14", 16" x 16" ground toms
14" x 5.5" Meridian snare, 14" x 5.5 Black Panther snare

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/167932_10150381081100468_4761436_n.jpg)

I play in a rock and heavy metal covers band called Fretsaw
( http://www.youtube.com/fretsawband]Youtube Channel ,  http://www.facebook.com/fretsawband]Facebook Page )
but I also enjoy playing stuff like The Crusaders and L L Cool J (yes, really).
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Scott Martinson on August 31, 2012, 09:13 AM
Greetings DrummerCafe,  Not only am I new to this community, I am new to drumming altogether.  I've been playing guitar for just about 30 of my 38 years but always had a secret love of drums and drumming.  Just about a month ago, for my mid-life crisis, I decided to take up lessons and I can't be happier with my decision.  I've had 3 lessons so far and at my last one got to play my first beat and that changed everything.  It was so much fun, even though it was very simple, and now I just can't get enough playing.

Anyway, I'm hopeful to use this community to learn, see some awesome drummers and drumsets and share a few laughs.  I'm glad to be here and I'll see you all around, --Scott
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Bart Elliott on August 31, 2012, 09:36 AM
Welcome to the drumming community, Scott!
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Massimo Discepoli on September 04, 2012, 11:14 AM
Hi
I'm a drummer from Italy, and I was in this forum several years ago...I think it's background color was light blue at the time  :)
Now I decided to sign up again, and looking forward to start following it!
Max
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Paul Smith on September 05, 2012, 07:40 AM
Hello Drummer Cafe!

My name is Paul. I am a drummer(ok I try to play the drums) from Kent, OH. I've been playing for about ten years now. I like many styles of drumming. I can listen to the double bass extravaganza type playing all the way to blues shuffles.

I have a couple sets right now. I have a DW workshop series and a Mapex, uh.... let's go see, just bought it used... ah, it's an M series ( anyone have one of these? It's one of the older sets). Sabian HH cymbals, love my HH duo crash and fusion hats. The ride is good but I'd like one of their artisan rides. Just picked up the Iron Cobra Double pedals with that Mapex set. Wow, are they fast and smooth! I was really surprised at the difference between them and my DW7000 single pedal that I've been pounding away on for the last several years.

Well, that's a little about me. Looking forward to getting to know you all and learning more about the drums and drumming!

Paul
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Chip Donaho on September 05, 2012, 09:02 AM
Hi Paul,
I have two older Mapex sets and an older DW set. As far as I'm concerned the Mapex sets are just as good as the DW set. One of my Mapex sets is made of cherrywood and the other is a maple set. My DW set is also made of maple. I do have to admit the DW set has a much nicer finish to it. But the sound is great with either set. Welcome to Drummer Cafe, it's the best drum site around.  ;)
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Steve Allen on September 10, 2012, 04:30 PM
Hello, all,

Not really new, I joined many years ago, but got away from it. Now, as I am retired and intend to put emphasis on playing again, felt the need to be a part of this forum. Best on the web for my money, Thanks, Bart et. al.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: MOUSE on September 12, 2012, 04:29 AM
Poppin in for a look, been busy forming a band last two which has been a comedy of errors, but finally got a steady line up, did two gigs recently which went really well, and secured pencilled bookings for next year from them. Vocalist decides is too busy in day job to commit and leaves, then bass player and guitarist follow in same breath??? Was it the colour of my shirt?

So back i'm to scratch, and so have time to re-visit drummer web sites, until i can find some other muso's. Still doing an excellent job here Bart  8)
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Jason Horsler on October 07, 2012, 11:53 AM
jason horsler here. not exactly new but stopped posting so long ago due to commitments that my user account expired or something. any way great to be back to barts family and chatting drums.
i'm in chessington london. a full time drum teacher and i also run the hook recording studio.
j
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Lenny on November 27, 2012, 09:49 PM
Well, after drifting away from the drums 25 years ago, I found myself holding a pair of sticks last March. In those 25 years I managed to learn to play(well, I call it playing) guitar. I have a small collection of electric and acoustic's. But in the back of my mind I always knew the road of life would lead me back to them. And it has. First came the sticks and pad last March. I was never very good and didn't take but a few lessons. I just loved to play my rag tag POS thrown together set. And when I say POS I mean it. Beat up drums held together with duck tape. The one thing I did have were some good cymbals. Back to the story. I practiced when I could and that meant the dreaded rudiments that I never learned back then. And then a defining moment. I work on Long Island in the summer and in Florida during the winter. I have a condo in Florida so a real acoustic kit was out of the question. But an electric one..........Roland, Yamaha, Alesis.......I was close to making a call when I found myself at the Gretsch website one day. I saw their limited edition Renown 57 kits. But when I looked online at the prices I couldn't justify spending $1500-2000 on a set I couldn't play in my condo. This was back in June or July. I didn't buy anything but kept my eye on the Renown's at ebay. Fast foward to September and all of a sudden the price started dropping. And dropping..........and dropping. I didn't think I could pull the trigger.......but I did. 5 piece Gretsch Renown 57 in Motor City Red! For $800 shipping included. To be continued tomorrow.........Thanks all for looking in.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Jon E on November 27, 2012, 10:05 PM
Welcome aboard !  This is great place to hang out.

I dig the Gretchen 57.  The red s killer!
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Lenny on November 28, 2012, 04:35 PM
The(http://) Gretsch Renown 57 kit in red.. I had to set it up in a small space between the dining room and living room. I originally set it up just for a few people to see. I have already bought cases for them. But I found out about drum silencers. Now I'm thinking about leaving it up all season! Still working on my cymbal set up. The hi hats are Paiste Signature 14" Dark Crisp. These were bought back in the late 80's or maybe very early 1990's and never used. Paiste 3000 20" ride. Brand new Paiste 2002 15" crash and a Paiste Rude 20" crash/ride. I will probably replace the two 20" cymbals. The ride sound ok, but I want a little more ping and a little less wash. The Rude I got cheap and it's just too heavy  as a crash. I thought I could upload a picture. I guess I can't. Oh well.......
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: pearldlx on December 01, 2012, 04:17 PM
Hello eveyone,I'm Tim, 45 years old and I have searched for a good drummers forum for awhile and I found this one so here I am.
I started to play drums as a kid in grade school ,toyed around with them for a few years but gave them up for the guitar,played in a couple of bands over the years,but the drum bug kept biting me.So when I hurt my arm and couldn't grip the guitar anymore that was my chance.Anyways,long story short,have been playing the drums about 2 years now and play in a church praise band,I love christian rock.I am happy to be a part of the community.Own  mid 80's Pearl DLX and a 98' Yamaha Stage Custom sets.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Chris Wier on December 20, 2012, 02:15 AM
Hello, my name is Chris.  I teach guitar, drums and bass, do home recording projects for videos, have played many years and play at my local church.  I recently went to a Baloche conference and attended Albrecht's workshops.  Very good stuff!  I'm here to learn and share.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Chip Donaho on December 20, 2012, 11:22 AM
It's great to see more new people come aboard....  8)
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: pearldlx on December 21, 2012, 09:58 PM
Welcome aboard.
Title: New : Michael Heim
Post by: Michael Heim on December 23, 2012, 05:08 PM
Hello ! it's now official I'm with the Drummer Cafe. My name is Mike Heim, younger brother of the late Dave Heim. Dave was a drummer for over 40 years and played with a number of bands in the Chicago area. I am taking a new approach to drumming and keeping his spirit alive by doing so. Thank you .
Title: Hello
Post by: Blake Normand on January 27, 2013, 09:34 PM
Hello I am a new member here. I am 42 yrs old and have been drumming since I was a teenager. I have owned numerous kits in my life. Some pro kits, some intermediate. I currently am waiting to receive my next kit which is a DW Collectors kit in Ruby Glass finish with a matching VLT snare. The kit should arrive in 2-3 weeks. I am glad to be here and willing to share my knowledge and experiences with drums, as well as receiving knowledge and experiences from you guys.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Jimmy Jones on February 10, 2013, 08:40 PM
Hi folks. My name is Jimmy but you can call me by my username, which is actually a nickname given to me by a band mate in the 90's. I'm 47 years of age and have been playing drums in and around the Tupelo Mississippi area since the mid 80's. My playing experience for the most part has been classic rock,country, and blues. But I love all kinds of music.
 I'm new to the whole internet forum thing ,I found this one browsing through tapatalk ,with my phone.
 I am presently playing in a small three piece band called the Dinosaurs ( because were old and play old music.;) )
So far from what I've read this forum seems like it might be really helpful and there seems to be a lot of good people here.

Sent from my MB886 using Tapatalk 2

Title: Re: I'm New Here
Post by: Scott MacFeat on February 28, 2013, 04:27 PM
Hey everyone!  I was looking for a good drumming forum and I read several things that pointed me here.  I'm looking to make connections in the drumming community, find advice, learn, grow, and help others if I can. 

A little bit about me:

I've been playing for about 27 years.  Thanks to my parents, I actually started when I was 3.  I took lessons from a local jazz legend, Larry Donely, from age 5 through 20.  Several years ago I started teaching students, which I've found to be a real joy - most of the time!  I like most genres of music; my favorite being progressive rock.  I'm currently in a jazz/pop trio.  Ultimately I'd love to make a living being a session musician, but for now I'm stuck with the normal day to day job that pays the bills.  If I could live the dream, it would be recording drums/percussion for movies and tv shows. 

Since I'm new I won't post any videos here (not sure if that's proper forum edicate or not!), but if you're interested you can click the link in my signature.  It'll point you in the right direction  8)

Looking forward to getting involved, and thanks for letting me be a part of your community!

- Scott
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Todd Norris on March 01, 2013, 06:49 PM
Welcome Scott!  I just watched the video from the PA GC finals.  Very cool!
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Ryan Oakes on March 11, 2013, 11:19 AM
I'm new also. Found this site searching for threads based on the significance of "1" in music. I have played w many"phrase hearers" but am convinced that this lack of knowledge on their part hurts the overall cohesiveness of the band. How many players out there do not recognize that there is a pattern to what they play. You start and finish somewhere! That would be......"1" know where it is!
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Chip Donaho on March 11, 2013, 12:40 PM
How many players out there do not recognize that there is a pattern to what they play.
2/3 of the musicians I've met over the years has been like that. Of course you won't recognize it until you've played with real musicians who has many styles of playing ability.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Ryan Oakes on March 11, 2013, 10:41 PM
Love the people in our band and they are great players. I call them parrots or mocking birds. They can pretty much reproduce what they hear with no true concept of what they're saying. How can you dynamically lead yourself towards "1"if u don't know where it is! 2/3 of "musicians "out there.. do urself a favor. UNO!
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Alex Sanguinetti on March 12, 2013, 04:22 PM
Hi!

I'm a drummer from Valencia, Spain, where I teach and play.

Here you can watch a bit of my playing, more at my site:

 http://www.alexsanguinetti.com]http://www.alexsanguinetti.com

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGngCan1eg0#]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGngCan1eg0#

Best regards to all!
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Carl J. Pankowski on March 30, 2013, 07:40 PM
Carl J. Pankowski here...Thanks for the invite. Played professionally for 12 years, got married and stopped. Big mistake. I am back into it now.  Started taking lessons again as I am progressing on the set, but need to get the technique, rudiments, reading and speed to where I feel comfortable again.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Paul Jennings on April 02, 2013, 08:30 AM
Hello Drummer Cafe!

My name is Paul Jennings.

I have been a drummer & percussionist for about 20 years (wow! I can now say things like "20 years ago" that came fast)

I have been very fortunate to travel far and wide as a drummer and also play with some great people. If you would like to know more about that you can go here:  http://www.drummerpercussionist.com/]http://www.drummerpercussionist.com/

In 2011 I set up the cajon lesson website  http://www.playcajon.org]www.playcajon.org   which gives the user access to over 150 video lessons about the cajon drum.

I also own an online percussion store and distrobution company called Paul Jennings Music LLC. You can find us here:  http://www.pauljenningsmusic.com]www.pauljenningsmusic.com

This all keeps me far to busy and sometimes its hard to find the time to practice anymore but I still try to* make sure I get a few hits in every day.

I am glad I have finally joined this fantastic forum, Thank you Bart! I look forward to some great discussion.

All the best,

Paul.
Title: Australian Drummer
Post by: Jack Thomson on April 29, 2013, 10:53 AM
Hey there guys and gals,
I've been meaning to post here for some time and thought I'd start by introducing myself. My name is Jack Thomson and I am from Adelaide in Australia. If you have any comments about my playing it'd be awesome to hear what anyone has to say. Here's a video of my playing   :D If you like it also come and say hi on facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/jackthomsonmusic]www.facebook.com/jackthomsonmusic

Look forward to posting here and hangin' out!

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJhX8KPNVEg#ws]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJhX8KPNVEg#ws
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: boomcrashbang on May 26, 2013, 08:32 PM
Hi guys! My name is Michael and I am new here :)

I have just finished and uploaded a new drum cover video to youtube..
I hope you like and enjoy it :)

here is the link...
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71jyyEtGWvM#ws]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71jyyEtGWvM#ws

Title: "Billie Jean Michael Jackson Drum Cover"

Thank you in advance for your time and constructive feedback Appreciate it!


Cheers,
Mike
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Travis Maurer on June 20, 2013, 09:18 PM
Hi! Name is Travis, been playing for almost 20 yr now. I was previous member at drummer cafe and now Im back after a few years of seldom playing. Always looking for new ideas when playing, or just grooving along to a classic.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... Big Stu
Post by: Stuart Napier on August 29, 2013, 10:18 PM
Hi there drummers one and all.
What's there to tell.. real name Stuart.. 55 and feeling every day of it at the moment. Been a drummer since I was 8 (pipe bands and did that up to about 21).. played in my mothers old time dance band for years (and to this day it was the best paying gigs I ever had.. 3 times  a week and (any) money when you were 14 was magic. Gave up for a couple of decades (working overseas, Wife, kids.. you know the drill) and took it back up about 7 years ago. Kit wise.. a set of Pearl Forums which do solid duty for reheasals, a Slingerland kit.. not vintage but a made in Asia version with a few Cocobola (?) plies. Despite the Asia origins and costs I have zero complaints about the quality of the finish or sound. Picking up a new kit this weekend.. Sleishman, 100% Bubinga 8/10/12/14/16 and 20.. no snare (yet), have a bunch of snares Pearl free floater, Acrolite, Tama King Star, Carlton Classic, Dandy, A Yamaha 12" that I'm loving really cranked up.. too many cymbals, Bosphorus, Instanbul Mehmet, and  Istanbul Agop, Vintage Zildjians, Zyn Supers, ... lots of turkish stuff that I bought when I visited straight from the factory. But all the gear in the world doesn't mean I can play worth a @$%#. Play Rock, Pop, Jazz and a Mozambique that only the walking dead could dance to.
Looking forward to the forum

Cheers
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Stefan Brodsky on September 20, 2013, 10:24 AM
Hi folks, I'm Stefan, 61, from Colorado. Have been playing since I was about 10, though did take about 15 years off from playing, until I started back in earnest, some 13 years ago. Had (and still have) an older set of Ludwig Club Dates, which I finally retired, for a new set of Yamaha Maple Custom Absolute Nouveus, which I purchased in 2010. I have a jazz background, played country and rock in college, and now play old school R & B, in a group I co-founded 7 years ago.  We try and gig out about 2x/month, but that doesn't always happen. Glad I happened upon this forum and had a chance to check in.  :)
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: donelk on September 20, 2013, 04:23 PM
Welcome Stefan. Glad you're here.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Chip Donaho on September 21, 2013, 12:23 PM
Hey Stefan, which part of Colorado? I played in the Army Band there in the 60's. Traveled all around that state. My wife grew up in Leadville. Even tho we live in Minnesota, I have many great memories from living there. There's a good chance you've seen me play.  8)
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Stefan Brodsky on September 23, 2013, 01:15 PM
Re: Chip Donaho-Northern Denver suburbs. Saw the Army band in a Christmas concert in Longmont, CO about 5 years ago.  They're always good. I played in the Denver Concert Band for about a year, when I resumed playing a few years ago, but quickly got back into kit (set) playing shortly thereafter.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Chip Donaho on September 23, 2013, 01:41 PM
There's a good chance you seen the band that plays at Fort Carson by Colorado Springs. I was there for 3 yrs.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Andy Chase on October 01, 2013, 01:01 PM
Hey everyone, Im Andy, I live in central arkansas. I have been playing drums for 25 years. I have played on a regular basis at church for the last 10 years but have never taken the initiative to better my playing or my skills. That ship has sailed and i am on a new and improved ship to improve and advance. I have heard many very good things about the Drummer Cafe community and the resources here and would like to use them and contribute when I can.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Bart Elliott on October 01, 2013, 01:08 PM
Welcome, Andy, and all. Good to have you as part of our community.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: KJ Rias on October 02, 2013, 08:26 PM
Hey there fellow drummers. I'm new here to drummer cafe, so i just wanted to say hi.
I've been teaching drums for the past several years, so if there's anything i can help with please feel free to send me an email.
I'll be sure to do the same if i have any questions.
Let's play.
-Rias
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Joe Elliott on October 04, 2013, 04:49 PM
Hi Im new to the forum. My name is Joe Elliott and I am a professional drummer/musician!! Im looking forward to learning alot from this forum that will better me in the music industry. Heres a small clip of what do!!

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_y-SRAN64Go#]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_y-SRAN64Go#
Title: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Mark Trump on October 08, 2013, 04:01 AM
What's up everyone, my name is Mark, I am a complete nut about drumming as I am sure everyone here is as well. I have playing for 28 years and teaching for 8... I enjoy drumming and all topics and aspects of it. Look forward to sharing and stealing from you all..


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Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Gustav Bruno on October 10, 2013, 02:35 AM
Hi im Gustav from sweden.  I have played drums since 2003 and i still love it! I play in a rock band at the moment and im proud to be able to play in a band. I have some coordination difficulties and social because im autistic, but i believe that if you have a dream go on and do your best to fullfill it no matter how hard it is :)
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Mark Camacho on October 22, 2013, 11:29 PM
Hi,

i'm Mark Camacho, 29 years old from philippines
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Nadeem Ahmed on October 24, 2013, 11:57 AM
Hi, I'm Nadeem, I lead a small-three-man family band featuring one trombone, one keyboard, and me on drums. Been following Bart's work for a while now.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Chris Forster on November 03, 2013, 06:00 PM
Hi folks. I'm new here, but spent some time here in the mid 2000's. Took a long break from active drumming to teach, study, raise my daughter and learn as much as I could without a regular gig. Cymbalholic took most of my online time and I'm trying something new. Daughter #2 on the way in the next week! Finally  reunited with some old musical buddies and had the opportunity to work on a EP for a singer / songwriter named Sara Morgan from KC and Arkansas. Live in Little Rock now and record and play whenever I have an opportunity. Here is a song that is one of my favorites from the new record. I hope you like it and look forward to learning more from the mass expertise on this site. Hello to all my cymbalholic friends and hello to drummer cafe friends I hope to meet.  Best regards, Chris
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T90fh3Kqc2o#ws]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T90fh3Kqc2o#ws
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Colin Morris on November 21, 2013, 12:28 PM
Hi Guys.
Please let me introduce myself..  My name is Colin, I am drummer and a custom drum builder living in Liverpool UK, If any one would like to check out my latest builds then please feel free to check out my Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/cdmcustomdrums]https://www.facebook.com/cdmcustomdrums

I look forward to getting to know you all.

Colin
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Colin Morris on November 21, 2013, 12:30 PM
Hi Guys.
Please let me introduce myself..  My name is Colin, I am drummer and a custom drum builder living in Liverpool UK, If any one would like to check out my latest builds then please feel free to check out my Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/cdmcustomdrums]https://www.facebook.com/cdmcustomdrums

I look forward to getting to know you all.

Colin
Title: First Post. Hello Guys and gals!
Post by: Scott Patterson on March 20, 2014, 10:42 AM
Hey guys. Figured I'd sign up here. been lurking in the shadows a while.. I am a member of a few drum forums online as I like to get information as much as i can.
 
I own a Pearl Masters, and vintage Premier kit from the 70's and a Roland TDW-20
 

Do we have any metal people in here? I made this video yesterday on my e-kit

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5K6niohOs4#ws]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5K6niohOs4#ws

glad to be a member finally!
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Yann Morvan on April 28, 2014, 04:33 PM
Hello, my name is Yann. I'm a complete beginner at drumming, but I co-invented an air drumming instrument with a drummer friend. I'm joining drummer café to participate around discussions about air-drumming, and more I hope.

I'm really excited the instrument made Drummer Café's news today :)

http://www.drummercafe.com/music-industry/drum-news/aerodrums-first-air-drumming-instrument-available-to-the-public-in-us-and-eu.html (http://www.drummercafe.com/music-industry/drum-news/aerodrums-first-air-drumming-instrument-available-to-the-public-in-us-and-eu.html)
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Todd Rathkamp on May 13, 2014, 09:42 AM
Hi all, my name is Todd Rathkamp.  I've known about Drummer Cafe for a while, but had not idea there was such a thriving community here.

I have a small hobby business making drums, but more importantly, I've been playing and digesting all things drum for 38 years.

I'm looking forward to "meeting" you guys!
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Sven Bloemen on May 24, 2014, 04:20 PM
Hey guys,

I'm new here to this forum. My name is Sven and I'm a Belgian drummer (30 years old). I recently started my own business as a drum teacher/drummer. I'm here to meet new people, get more inspiration and have some nice talks to other drummers :-)
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Fabio Vitiello on July 11, 2014, 01:54 PM
Hi!
My name is Fabio Vitiello, I'm 21 years old drummer from Italy, Florence.
I'm a Youtube drummer and songwriter.
I've start to play when I was 9, but never take a lesson, I'm totally self taught.

I'm building a little studio to make new videos on Youtube, so If you want follow me, this is my channel with some videos :)

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_mCPGPEOnk#ws]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_mCPGPEOnk#ws

Enjoy :)
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Marcel Flateau on July 24, 2014, 02:06 PM
hi guys n gals im Marcel i work for p.a.hire London loz Vegas studio i am firstly a semi pro drummer and have been playing now for over 40 yrs i am now 53 yrs old and still play in an old rock n roll band also a rock covers band.
i have just acquired a Ludwig accent cs custom kit snare is dated 06/04/08 and i want to re furbish it any help on parts wud be great im in uk
  8)
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Brandon Goodwin on December 19, 2014, 01:27 PM
Hi there,

   My name is Brandon and I live in Montreal,  Canada. I see a few Montreal-ites here, which is pretty cool. I am the drummer & bandleader for a 7-piece Hard Bop group called B's Bees. We've played at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, and currently have a residency at a local jazz club where we play 2-3 times per month.

 Check us out here:
 http://www.bs-bees.com]www.bs-bees.com

   We'll be releasing our first album this coming March.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Tim van de Ven on December 21, 2014, 12:59 AM
Hi there,

   My name is Brandon and I live in Montreal,  Canada. I see a few Montreal-ites here, which is pretty cool. I am the drummer & bandleader for a 7-piece Hard Bop group called B's Bees. We've played at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, and currently have a residency at a local jazz club where we play 2-3 times per month.

 Check us out here:
 http://www.bs-bees.com]www.bs-bees.com

   We'll be releasing our first album this coming March.

Brandon is a killer player; check him out.

Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: John Pinck on December 29, 2014, 11:24 AM
G'day,

My name's John, and I'm drumming just outside of Ottawa Canada in Aylmer Quebec.  I've got about 20 years experience behind kit, mostly playing in volume sensitive situations (small churches and coffee bars).  I've probably clocked more time with brushes or lightning rods in my hands than actual sticks.  I usually find myself in the folk/jazz/blues genre, but occasionally get a call to fill in rock/blues gigs.

Here's a rough sample of the types of things I'm doing these days.  And by rough, I mean it was recording on an iPhone by a passer-by while we were having an outdoor jam.  You drum geeks will probably get a kick out of the fact that I'm playing a K Constantinople attached to a Samsonite suitcase using a vice-grip wrench ;)

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxR0GVrrImc#ws]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxR0GVrrImc#ws

Cheers,

John
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Brandon Goodwin on February 12, 2015, 02:23 PM
Brandon is a killer player; check him out.

   Thanks Tim :-). You're also a great drummer. And a much bowler than I am!
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Andrey on February 16, 2015, 06:11 AM
Hey Guys,
     My name is Andrey. I am 20. I like drums  :) Here is my personal blog  http://barkingdrum.com/category/blog/]http://barkingdrum.com/category/blog/  where I am writing about drums and how drumming can change human's life.

I've played drums for about 8 years. And now I am looking forward to learn more!

Best wishes,

Andrey
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Chip Donaho on February 16, 2015, 10:28 AM
I always enjoy meeting new people. This is one of the best drummer sites around.   8)
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Ruddy De Leon on March 17, 2015, 06:20 AM
Hey-hey!
I am a Los Angeles based drummer. Currently, a little out of practice on the kit...idiophones are what I am perfecting, currently.

I studied for a year at the Musician's Institute in Hollywood, California. Great place! Good info. and friendly folks. Though, you must be prepared for the rapid pace and various class assignments. Grasping how to read drum notation was a bit tricky for this 1st timer!

If you have the cash, I recommend the experience. There's nothing like bonding with percussive bretherin in a class setting taught by top professionals in the biz! It's also great place to network and meet musician's of varying instruments. It's also cool, because you get to find yourself as an artist. You're not limited to what you normally listen to, the music scene there is so grand, you may go in a rocker but come out a aspiring country artist or world music master!

Plus: drums, drums, drums 24/7! It's heavenly! You'll never forget the simultaneous sound of various drummers attempting to master their craft. It's like the majestic roaring from a pack of lions. Nice!  =-)

Currently, I live in an apt. complex and don't have the freedom to play as I'd like.
As a way to keep the musician in me satisfied, I have made a few purchases in the hand percussion dept.
I have collected a few idiophones. I have others, smaller versions of some, this is what I use:
*Meinl Nino mini-conga
*LP Rock Shaker
*Trophy 8" triangle
*Meinl Nino Jingle Sticks
*Tycoon Percussion guiro
&
*Meinl Percussion 8.25" Claves.

I also have what I believe is an Indian Tumbaknaer Drum. Been with me a while, before I considered myself a percussionist, it's a little damaged. Still has a lovely sound, though.

Out of the idophones I have, I find teh guiro is the hardest to understand.
Jingle sticks are a sort of tamborine with a handle. They are very cool, don't see them used often in mainstream music. Though, they work really well in many radio-friendly tunes.

I have a variety of egg shakers, also. Since I've gotten the rock shaker, though, it's my 'go to' for shakin'. I used to be quite good, not so much anymore.

This is due to what I believe are electro-magnets surrounding me and a group of Mexican gangsters that are quite irresponsible with how they use them! I seem to have trouble getting the local authority to take me seriously. Hopefully, this will change soon.

Aside from the musicianship, I also write. I like writing poetry and have recently began creating my own conga exercise charts.
At some point, I also plan on getting started on charts for other idiophones.

And I looooove cats! Animals, in general, really.

That is me in a nutshell. Hope to learn some insightful stuff from ye in the future. I have browsed this forum before and find it quite cool, I usually frequent pop culture forums. Nice to find a place for the keepers of time!

Check out the 1st conga exercise chart that I created. It's meant to inspire creativity.
The time signature and lack of a 'true' pattern is meant to help you develop how to create your own drum solos. The time and lack of pattern is also meant to aide you 'break free' and move your hands in alternating strokes for creating the best beats and solos.

Of course, don't rush and start at a slower tempo to have your hands, wrists and other essential body parts develop all the right muscles that will help you be the fastest and strongest player you can be!

The exercise is derived from a text book: "Encyclopedia Of Reading Rhythms" by Gary Hess. Recommended!
Let me know what you think! I like the feedback.  =-)
Happy day, to ye! 
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Tony Trout on May 25, 2015, 08:29 PM
Hi, gang! 

My name is Tony Trout and I, also, just joined the forum today.  I found ya'll while just surfing the internet for other drum forums and I'm so happy that I did!  I've been playing all kinds of instruments for years but I started out playing drums in my old home church - then I switched to electric guitar, acoustic guitar, slide guitar, lap steel, piano/keyboards, drums & I'm also a singer. 

My favorite music styles are from the 1950s/1960s/1970s.  I'm not so enthralled by today's music that's on the radio, unfortunately. 

I'm a huge...HUGE fan of the legendary drummer who worked with Elvis Presley from 1969-1977...and that drummer would be:  Ronnie Tutt!  I'll be getting an autographed photo of Ronnie next month after he gets off of the road with Neil Diamond.  I didn't know until several years ago that Ronnie has worked for Neil for thirty-five years (since 1980!) but I have often wondered what he did for work during the time after Elvis's death in 1977 and getting hired by Neil in '80? 

Here lately I've been seeing drummers who are big fans of Ronnie that have actually put together their own (what they refer to as) Ronnie Tutt Tribute drum kits based upon the blue sparkle drum set that Ronnie used with Elvis from 1970 - 1974 before Ronnie switched to the larger black Ludwig kit.  I'm disabled with Cerebral Palsy and Hydrocephalus and I'm not able to work a regular real job - but I do play music and I love using the drum sets that are on my two keyboards to play along with my Elvis Presley live concert and studio CDs!

I would absolutely LOVE IT if I knew how to do about getting the drum sizes/drums and cymbals and stands and be able to start setting up my own RT "Tribute" drum kit......but, I don't know where to start and I know absolutely nothing about tuning a drum set.  :-(

Another problem is that I don't have even the smallest of space as far as buildings go to be able to set up that type of double-bass drum setup unless I can get someone here close to me to do that for me....:-(

The above is NOT written to sound or read like a pity party posting- it's just facts.  I truly DO want to put together a Ronnie Tutt Tribute drum kit like I've seen a couple of other friends of mine (Brad Swiger & Udo Masshoff) do.

I just don't know where to really start!!

Anyone have any ideas for me?  The whole reason behind wanting a set is that I'm hoping that, by starting back playing drums, it would help me health-wise and help me stay limber since I am afflicted with Cerebral Palsy & Hydrocephalus.....

Any suggestions from anyone???

Thanks for letting me join this great forum!!

Thanks/God Bless,
Tony Trout
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Tina Grey on August 07, 2015, 02:17 AM
Hey there!

I'm Valentina (15) and I joined yesterday, and I like it here, tho I still don't know anyone.
I'm new at drums and my kit includes only my sticks (if they're even a part of a kit XD) but it was love at first sight. Drumming is just amazing and I think you guys are probs the first people to whom I don't have to say 'you have no idea what does it feel when you're sitting there'. :)
Anyway, I live in a small poor country in Europe and I speak English, Spanish, Serbian, and I'm learning French.
Anyway, I'm a quick learner and I hope I will get to my current goal in 6 months. I also play violin and piano tho.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Bart Elliott on August 07, 2015, 08:26 AM
Hello Valentina ... and welcome! I'm pleased to know that you are enjoying drums and music.

Hey there!

I'm Valentina (15) and I joined yesterday, and I like it here, tho I still don't know anyone.
I'm new at drums and my kit includes only my sticks (if they're even a part of a kit XD) but it was love at first sight. Drumming is just amazing and I think you guys are probs the first people to whom I don't have to say 'you have no idea what does it feel when you're sitting there'. :)
Anyway, I live in a small poor country in Europe and I speak English, Spanish, Serbian, and I'm learning French.
Anyway, I'm a quick learner and I hope I will get to my current goal in 6 months. I also play violin and piano tho.
Title: New Member Checking In!
Post by: Carson Lowther on November 25, 2015, 01:15 PM
Hey guys, my name is Carson and I'm from Salinas CA, I play in a band called 808: Disturbing the Peace and have been playing for about 2 years. Our bass player went to the Berklee College of Music for a semester but he just recently moved back because "he wasn't being challenged enough" there so 808 is back together and we just recorded a 4 song demo and are getting back into the show scene as we speak! I played a PDP Double Drive 8 piece kit but I think I'm gonna go back to my Ludwig for ease of literally everything, Aquarian heads all around, Axis A21 Laser pedals, ProMark sticks, and I am endorsed by Soultone Cymbals. Looking forward to being a part of the community! (http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/11/25/445df48dd5433f88b875645b9100b467.jpg)(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/11/25/59f654412d6ad9f11835fab9fde507fd.jpg)(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/11/25/80e169dacf2ec593a1c0d94132fbf1a2.jpg)(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/11/25/c1609693e0defd02f5170f2ccb1b3231.jpg)
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Dirk Johannes Swanepoel on December 08, 2015, 09:15 AM
Hi, My name is Dirk as you can see. I'm a South African in a small town drumming for (lost count) been teaching for about 5 Years. I like artistic solos and solid grooving. It will be nice if this is a legit forum with seasoned players to discuss different approaches to success.

Regards
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Andrei Vitaly on January 12, 2016, 01:44 PM
Hi,

My name is Andrei Greg Vitaly and I've been a drummer for most of my life and wouldn't trade it for the world. I love feeling the beat and getting my hands on those sticks.

Right now I started playing in a new band and also started a new website to share my passion. If you want you can check it out at  http://www.drumsdude.com]http://www.drumsdude.com  and I would love to get some of your feedback on it.

You can contact me via pm on the forum or even using the contact form on the website.

Take care and happy drumming to you all.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Dreamwave8 on April 17, 2016, 02:11 PM
Hi all. I'm new here and a percussive arts aficionado  :P as you all are as well. I found this forum by accident and glad to be here. I hope to gain more knowledge and others' insights into our exciting world. There's always more to learn.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: drumandpace on July 26, 2016, 09:48 AM
Hey there,

I'm Yannick and I've started to play the drums at the age of 8 (makes it 19 years now). I'm very much looking forward to contributing and being part of this great community. Thanks to Bart and all others who've helped create all the amazing content here.

My passion besides drumming is writing and I've recently started to combine both on my drum gear review blog over at http://www.kickstartyourdrumming.com (http://www.kickstartyourdrumming.com).

You're most welcome to drop by, give it a read, and contact me here or over there!

See you in the threads!
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Cynthia Myra on August 02, 2016, 01:28 AM
Hi Everyone.

This side is http://davidksmusicschool.com/ (http://davidksmusicschool.com/). I live in San Jose and I’m 18 years old. I have just started learning drums.

Hope to get help from here whenever I face any problem.

Enjoy!!!!!!
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Alan Walsh on January 29, 2017, 02:12 AM
Hi All!

My name is Alan, I've been playing drums for around 13 years. Started off playing rock/metal, then lots of other styles, and I'm now venturing much more towards electronic and deep house music. That opens up a lot of cool opportunities for triggers, sampling, etc.

In fact, playing electronic percussion sample pads was my entry into electronic music production. So I'm now working on my own electronic solo project with a big live drum focus, which I'm going to be touring around Europe with this year!

I also have a site dedicated to electronic drumming called http://www.electronicdrumadvisor.com/ (http://www.electronicdrumadvisor.com/) which has guides and articles in the electronic drumming space!

Alan
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: James Walker on March 28, 2017, 08:52 AM
Greetings, everyone,

Jim Walker here.  I've been away from the DC forum for a number of years, but I was a participant for some time before that - two or three of you may remember me from then, and I also see some familiar faces from elsewhere in the online realms.  I'm looking forward to catching up a bit, and seeing how things have evolved since I slipped out the side door way back when.  ;)
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Bart Elliott on April 02, 2017, 07:42 AM
Jim Walker here.  I've been away from the DC forum for a number of years, but I was a participant for some time before that - two or three of you may remember me from then, and I also see some familiar faces from elsewhere in the online realms.  I'm looking forward to catching up a bit, and seeing how things have evolved since I slipped out the side door way back when.  ;)

Welcome back James!
I've associated all of your old forum posts to your new account.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: James Walker on April 02, 2017, 09:22 PM
Welcome back James!
I've associated all of your old forum posts to your new account.

Thanks, Bart - good to be back.   :)
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Luke Matheson on April 21, 2017, 11:49 PM
Hello, my name is Luke and I've been playing for a little over 25 years. I play a lot of contemporary gospel and blues. I have a six piece Mapex with Sabian cymbals. I hope to fellowship with other drummers, and continue to learn about the craft as I continue to play.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Bart Elliott on April 24, 2017, 04:36 AM
Hello, my name is Luke and I've been playing for a little over 25 years. I play a lot of contemporary gospel and blues. I have a six piece Mapex with Sabian cymbals. I hope to fellowship with other drummers, and continue to learn about the craft as I continue to play.

Welcome Luke!
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: loonymoon on June 27, 2017, 06:14 PM
Hi there new beginner here, just had my fourth lesson at the ripe age of 40 yesterday. Beginning to think about getting an e-kit to practice at home. But I'll post separately about that.

Enjoying it so far, something I always wanted to try.

Sent from my ONEPLUS A3003 using Tapatalk

Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Mark Counts on July 17, 2017, 01:29 PM
Hi, I am Mark Counts. I am not new here but haven't been around much for about 4 years. My last post was in 2013. Learned a bunch from the Drummer Cafe and all of it's great people and was missing it. Thought I would stop in and say "HI". I will try not to be a stranger. By the way, still jamming with the same people I was playing music with since 2002. Peace!!!
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Bart Elliott on July 22, 2017, 11:10 AM
Hi, I am Mark Counts. I am not new here but haven't been around much for about 4 years. My last post was in 2013. Learned a bunch from the Drummer Cafe and all of it's great people and was missing it. Thought I would stop in and say "HI". I will try not to be a stranger. By the way, still jamming with the same people I was playing music with since 2002. Peace!!!

Nice to see you back here at the Drummer Cafe, Mark! Glad to hear that you are still playing too.
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Cameron Baker on October 17, 2017, 01:12 AM
Hi everyone, my name is Cameron and I've been playing on my drum kit for about 2-3 weeks and am absolutely loving it. I have always wanted to do some sort of percussion, going from Scottish drumming to beat boxing and now I'm here. Right now i'm in the last year of my university course so I'm trying to put in as much practice as I can before I'm drowning in work. I saw this this community and it looked perfect to get some helpful guidance, advice and good conversations about the awesome instrument we play.
Anyway, nice to meet you all!!  ;D
Title: Re: I'm New Here ... (introduce yourself)
Post by: Bart Elliott on October 19, 2017, 06:17 AM
Welcome Cameron! Nice to meet you and congratulations on your new endeavor with the drum kit.