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Offline David Stanoch

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Stanoch Current Events - Summer 2011
« on: July 03, 2011, 10:31 PM »
Hello DC family!

I hope you're all enjoying a wonderful summer. Cheers to all celebrating Canadian & US holidays this weekend. A multitude of good fortune and blessings has come my way recently and I'd like to share them with you.

In the "new business" category, the first thing I'd like to tell you is that I may have experienced the most exciting gig of my life just last week, subbing for the great Ed Shaughnessy (on his recommendation) for a sold-out concert with the legendary Doc Severinsen and his Big Band at Orchestra Hall (the concert home of the Minnesota Orchestra) in Minneapolis, MN.

I've known Ed since my senior year of high school. We performed together when he appeared as a guest artist with my school's jazz ensemble. Ed took an interest in me and has given me some very generous behind-the-scenes support over the years. About a month ago he realized he had a conflict with this date he called to ask if I could cover him and shortly afterward I got a call from Doc's management hiring me for the job.

It was a unique opportunity to sit in that hot seat and play with the leader of the NBC Orchestra from the Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson - a show I grew up watching, so inspired by the great music and musicians that I saw there every night for so many years. It was a return to my roots in many ways. The gig was an incredible experience and very satisfying for me, both personally and professionally. I'll be sharing more details soon in a blog for Modern Drummer, and will post the link when it's up and running.

Speaking of Modern Drummer, I'm proud to announce that a new educational article I've written will be published in the Strictly Technique column of the August, 2011 issue of Modern Drummer magazine (on newsstands in July).

This piece celebrates the groundbreaking drumset method book,  4-WAY COORDINATION - the innovative masterwork of two of my greatest mentors, Marvin Dahlgren and Elliot Fine.

4-WAY COORDINATION has influenced generations of some of the world's most revered drumset artists and introduced several innovations to the art of drumming. For the past twenty years I've enjoyed the pleasure of working with Marv, not only on the faculty of McNally Smith College of Music but also as the drummer in his quartet, which is a seat I share from time to time with Elliot Fine, who was my boyhood private teacher and has been a friend and adviser to me like no other.
 
It has been my feeling that Mr. Dahlgren and Mr. Fine, who are brilliant, yet humble men, tireless educators, and also both retired members of the Minnesota Orchestra (with over 40 years each as part of the percussion section), have never properly received the credit they are due for the influence the have had on so many drummers worldwide and I'm grateful to the staff of Modern Drummer for supporting this notion and helping to shine a spotlight on an incredible method book that set new standards for drummers, and the men who conceived it.

(Click on this link to check out a preview of the article from The Wire - Modern Drummer's online monthly newsletter:  http://link.ixs1.net/s/ve?eli=f1597408&si=t409999879&cfc=3html]http://link.ixs1.net/s/ve?eli=f1597408&si=t409999879&cfc=3html )


And, speaking of the McNally Smith College of Music, in St. Paul, MN, I am proud to officially be celebrating my 20th year on the faculty of the school. I owe my position on the faculty to my department head and friend, the great Gordy Knudtson (drummer for the Steve Miller Band for over twenty years now). He's the best boss a person could ever ask for and his own high standards of excellence inspire our curriculum and program. (Visit:  http://www.gk-music.com/]http://www.gk-music.com/  to learn more about Gordy.)

The school has grown and changed tremendously over the years with regard to the state-of-the-art facilities we now have to offer our students, but the mission - to help those who seek a professional career in the contemporary musical arts receive the finest and most personal instruction available to help them reach their goals - remains the same.

(Visit:  http://www.mcnallysmith.edu/,]http://www.mcnallysmith.edu/,  for more information.)

Here's an update on The Coalition for Clyde Stubblefield - the  artist & industry association that Stanton Moore, Johnny Rabb, and myself founded in 2010 to financially assist the funk drumming legend, whose sampled beats from his innovative recordings with James Brown have shaped the sound of hip-hop and drum & bass music.

To date, our online Chipin campaign has raised almost $12,000 that has gone directly to Clyde and his family to help provide relief. The Chipin drive has a life of one year and is just about to begin its final month as an available resource.

If you have been a contributor, or are a Coalition member, like Bart, Hannah & several of you here at the Cafe, Stanton, Johnny, and I - and especially Clyde - would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping to make a difference. Clyde has impacted so many of us through his music and he is such a kind, loving and supportive man. I'm proud and fortunate that he not only mentored me in my college days but that I occasionally have the opportunity to double drum with him in Randy Sabien's Rhythm & Bows Revue in the present day. He's a great inspiration and we will continue, in new forms, to assist him once the Chipin campaign is closed.

If you'd like to contribute or help us spread the word before the Chipin site closes on August 11th, 2011, please visit:  http://clydestubblefield.chipin.com/clyde-stubblefield.]http://clydestubblefield.chipin.com/clyde-stubblefield.  Thank you.

Last, but certainly by no means least, I am unabashedly proud to announce that - after many years of playing them - I am now exclusively endorsing Yamaha Drums, having been invited into the Yamaha family of artists by my old friend, Yamaha Marketing Manager Dave Jewell, and new friend, Yamaha Artist Relations Manager John Wittman, following my PASIC 2010 masterclass in Indianapolis.

My friends at Yamaha have supported me informally in my educational work - independently and also through my school, the McNally Smith College of Music, where I have two beautiful Maple Tour Custom drumsets in my classroom - for quite awhile. Their commitment to education is a very important part of our relationship and to have the strength of the world's largest musical instrument manufacturer behind me in my performance and educational work is a terrific feeling and I look forward to many exciting and productive years together. Endorsements are a two-way street in that it's one thing to believe in the product you prefer but it's another thing to have the manufacturer of that product believe in you just as deeply.

I am extremely proud to now have the official support of Yamaha Drums, along with the same from my great friends at Paiste Cymbals, Vic Firth Drumsticks, Alfred Music Publishing, the Hudson Music Teacher Integration Program, McNally Smith College of Music, and of course, Bart Elliott and the Drummer Cafe. These incredible organizations and individuals encourage and inspire me to be myself and play and teach to my full potential with the great gift of being able to do so using what are, in my opinion, the finest instruments, implements and resources available on the planet. It's a dream come true, believe me. 

I am anxiously awaiting full delivery of a brand new Club Custom drumset, in a stunning Orange Swirl finish, which, along with a new Steve Gadd Signature Snare Drum, I can't wait to get out and start using onstage and in the studio. I played an identical set of Club Customs at the Winter NAMM Show and was completely blown away by their range, depth, responsiveness and sound. I'm truly excited to play my very own kit!

Check this introduction to the line by Steve Jordan:

 ]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jR4vHbPAEg#ws

and watch for an official announcement from Yamaha regarding my artist signing coming soon!

As some of you know, my family has weathered some trials and tribulations over the past couple years and kept our faith in putting our best foot forward through them. Our storm seems to have thankfully passed and I'm totally energized to return to free reign in my musical performance work with the same commitment that I've been putting into my educational work.

2010 ended with a couple of real professional highlights. One being the addition of my own featured artist page on Drummerworld:   http://www.drummerworld.com/drummers/David_Stanoch.html,]http://www.drummerworld.com/drummers/David_Stanoch.html  (for which I thank Bernhard Castiglioni for his interest and support).

The other was the presenting a masterclass at the 2010 Percussive Arts Society International Convention, which was an amazing experience, and is available for viewing for members exclusively here at the Drummer Cafe. I'm also excited that w/PASIC 2011 registration in full swing, the PAS just posted a highlight clip from my masterclass, featuring a few applications of what I call the "Stubble-Stroke Roll" on the PAS website:  http://www.pas.org/index.aspx]http://www.pas.org/index.aspx

I realize this is a lot of info, but I'm living my dream and the upshot of sharing all of this is to encourage any and all of you who have a real passion for something, whether it's music and drumming - or whatever -  to follow your dream and never give up on it. My path has been rocky and, seriously, not easy at all, but I've hung in there and every year has been better than the last.

I'm enjoying every second of it and very feel very humbled and blessed. The future looks bright and I'm hard at work on several new projects I can't wait to share with you when the time is right.

Cheers to all!
D.
"You are only in competition with yourself" ~ Max Roach

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Re: Current Events - Summer 2011
« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2011, 09:41 AM »
Well, Congratulations are in order David but that seem like a weak word for what you’ve accomplished.

Truly one of the best things about the Café is the contact with not only working professionals but professionals that are
working in some of the best imaginable gigs out there.

I like, and believe, your statement about living a dream, the work involved and the rewards.
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Re: Current Events - Summer 2011
« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2011, 08:15 PM »
Thank you Rusty, I appreciate that & I, too appreciate the opportunity to learn from everyone in the Cafe.

There's an incredible wealth of talent here and it's a gas to be able to draw from their experience. It makes me a better, more thoughtful player every time I perform.

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Re: Current Events - Summer 2011
« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2011, 08:27 PM »
I was fortunate to be able to attend the Doc Severinsen concert and meet David afterwords. Great to see a legend like Doc.  He plays beautifully and still projects an obvious passion for music.

David was swingin' the entire show.  All I can say is, "Wow!" He laid down a drum solo in his version of "Sing, Sing, Sing" that was one of the most musical drum solos I've heard. He received a very enthusiastic response from the crowd as well.  Wonderful to see and hear technique and chops applied so musically.

David, your performance really opened my eyes to more possibilities behind the kit. I've been inspired to hit the shed even more.  There's a certain book I know of that might help me to develop some of those skills.  ;)

Congratulations on a great show and a fantastic year.
Ryan

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Re: Current Events - Summer 2011
« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2011, 08:11 AM »
Ryan,

Thx so much for the kind words, wow. I enjoyed every minute on that stage and it was a real pleasure to meet you and your son after the show and chat.

Looking forward to seeing you again very soon.
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Re: Current Events - Summer 2011
« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2011, 10:17 AM »
WOW....Thanks for the pic. That reminds me of my own Ludwig "Tiger Eye" set I had many years ago.   8)
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Re: Stanoch Current Events - Summer 2011
« Reply #6 on: July 26, 2011, 03:52 PM »
I'd mentioned in my original post that Modern Drummer had invited me to post a blog about my gig in June w/Doc Severisnsen and that I'd post a link here when it went online (which it did today).

 http://www.moderndrummer.com/site/2011/07/david-stanoch/]http://www.moderndrummer.com/site/2011/07/david-stanoch/

Have a look if you like & I hope you enjoy it. My thanks to Billy Amendola and all my friends on the MD staff for their friendship & support!
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Re: Stanoch Current Events - Summer 2011
« Reply #7 on: July 26, 2011, 11:32 PM »
Wow, that's a lot of stuff going on all at once. Right on David!
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