Josh Touchton

and the Evans Tune Up Clinic

1ST 10 DRUMMERS TO BRING IN THEIR SNARE WILL GET A FREE EVANS BATTER HEAD AND TUNE-UP. Josh Touchton started destroying drums at the tender age of eight. From that point nothing was sacred and the quest for optimum drum sounds started. Josh always took extra time in set up and tuning, getting great drum sounds was key to stage and studio performances. In 1993 Josh’s tuning was taken to the next level when he met and studied (or ate copious amounts of Mexican food to be more exact) with legendary Billy Cobham and John Bonham drum tech, Jeff Ocheltree. Jeff accepted no less than perfection of sound for the drum, room, or song, and even less for the complete understanding of what it took to get to that level and the same was demanded from Josh. Also that year Josh began working in tandem with Gibson Custom Shop guitar tech Ryan Futch, working on the southeast festival circuit and getting to work with such acts as The Band, Wilco, Fishbone, the Bottle Rockets, P-Funk, Jeff Healey, Willie Nelson, B.B. King, the International Blues Festival and the W.C Handy Awards. In addition Josh has gotten to tech in tour, studio, and in clinic settings for Bernard Purdie, Gregg Bissonette, Nick D’Vigilio, Big Country, Wilco, and Emmylou Harris and has built drums for Saliva, Wilco, Dwight Yoakham, Smashmouth, Gregg Bissonette, ELO, Mark Schulman, Mark Brzezicki, Gary Husband, Brady Blade, and Steve White and has had his drums heard commercials from Honda and Sears and several Grammy nominated albums.

The Evans Tune up Clinic is a great way to learn about keeping your drums in tiptop shape through following several simple steps. It’s a great way to make your sound heard in studio or live settings. More than anything it help develop the drummer’s own personal sound so that he or she will stand out.

As the Southern Regional Sales Manager for J. D’Addario & Co., Josh does over 30 drum tuning clinics a year with Evans Drumheads, focusing on ways to optimize any drum’s sound. Josh’s approach is one that makes tuning understandable for the beginner to the professional and takes the time to make the clinic attendee comfortable with tuning, drum head selection and ultimate optimization of their own personal drum sound

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Liberty DeVitto

born in Brooklyn, New York, on August 8, 1950, second generation Italian, life began in a one room furnished apartment. Liberty’s mom would empty a dresser drawer, line it with a baby blanket, and that became Liberty’s bed. His Mom said it was the radio on top of the dresser, which she kept on all the time, that gave Liberty his love for music

In 1968, the same year he graduated from high school, after constant practice, (playing to records - Liberty never took lessons) and playing in local bands, he received a phone call from a guy that said he was Mitch Ryder’s tour manager. He said Mitch’s drummer was very sick and they needed someone to fill in. Liberty said, “When?” They said “Tonight.” Next thing he knew he was on stage with Mitch, taking cues from the sax player. They did "Jenny Takes a Ride", "Devil with a Blue Dress", "Sock it to Me Baby", and others. That tour lasted for 6 weeks, playing up and down the East Coast.

Right after Mitch Ryder, Liberty got a gig with Long Island alumni, Richie Supa, and had his first recording experience. The album "Supa's Jamboree" was recorded in Atlanta, 1969-70, and was produced by Buddy Buie of the Classics 4 and Atlanta Rhythm Section Fame. The album was released on Paramount Records and a tour immediately followed. The band sometimes opened for groups like the James Gang and Grand Funk Railroad. One night after a Grand Funk gig, Liberty was driving the equipment van from Cleveland, Ohio, back home to Long Island. The van hit some black ice and flipped off the side of the road, rolling four times. Liberty had sustained serious injures, which brought him a year of not playing. Then one day, a friend, who was playing weddings at a catering hall, asked if Liberty would sit in for him. Liberty said, “He lent me his tux and the gig lasted two and a half years!” During those years the group Topper was formed. The band consisted of Liberty on drums, Doug Stegmeyer on bass, Russell Javors on guitar and vocals, Howie Emerson on guitar, slide guitar and dobro. The band had a sound of it’s own, with all original material. A club owner once called Topper, “the worst band to ever play his club.” Topper, with the addition of sax player Richie Cannata, eventually became Billy Joel’s band.

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Mike Clark
Clinic with Jerry Z (1st appearance) Solo Clinic (2nd appearance)
MIKE CLARK gained worldwide recognition as one of America’s foremost jazz and funk drummers while playing with Herbie Hancock’s group in the early 1970’s. Mike became known as a major innovator through his incisive playing on Hancock’s Thrust album, which garnered him an international cult following.

Mike has performed with jazz greats such as Herbie Hancock, Chet Baker, Tony Bennett, Wayne Shorter, Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Woody Shaw, Larry Coryell, Jack Wilkins, Wallace Roney, Geri Allen, Billy Childs, James Genus, Bob Hurst, Chris Potter, Onaje Allan Gumbs, Bobby McFerrin, Al Jarreau, Dave Liebman, Nat Adderly, Oscar Brown Jr., Bill Doggett, Mose Allison, Maxine Brown, Gil Evans and his orchestra, and did a stint with Brand X, the acclaimed British fusion band, founded by Phil Collins. He has performed throughout the world at all the major jazz venues and festivals.

Featured in Downbeat, Musician, International Musician & Recording World, Modern Drummer, Jazz Times, Guitar Player, Jazz Is and numerous jazz history and method books, Mike is a former faculty member of Drummers Collective, and is a popular and busy clinician around the country. His book Funk Drumming: Innovative Grooves & Advanced Concepts was published last year by Hal Leonard and is a best seller.

Called “the most sampled drummer in hip hop” Mike’s beats have been used on tracks by musicians as diverse as NWA, Grandmaster Flash, Britney Spears, Prince and many others.

His numerous recording credits include albums with Herbie Hancock, the Headhunters, Brand X, Eddie Henderson, Jack Wilkins, Mark Puricelli, Mike Wolff, and Alien Army, a group led by guitar great Jack Wilkins. As a bandleader, his release Give The Drummer Some was very enthusiastically received, earning a rare four and a half stars in Downbeat, as was The Funk Stops Here, a joint effort with Hancock alumni Paul Jackson. In 2001, his solo CD, Actual Proof met with critical acclaim, as did the 2003 acoustic jazz release, Summertime, featuring Chris Potter and Billy Childs, which spent many weeks in the top ten charts.
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Billy Ward

In the last fifteen years Billy has toured and /or recorded (among others) with jazz artists Jim Beard, Bill Evans Supergroup, Leni Stern, B.B. King, George Russell and Living Time Orchestra, pop artists The Knack, Jimmy Webb, Carly Simon, Richard Marx, ex-KISS star Ace Frehley's Comet, and unclassifiable talents like Bill Champlin, Robbie Robertson, Yoko Ono, and Chris Whitley. Most recently Billy completed a year and a half tour with singer Joan Osborne.

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Kenny Aronoff

Master Class (day 1) Private Lessons (day 2)   

Kenny Aronoff is one of the world's most influential and in-demand drummers. The list of artists he's worked with reads like a who's who of the music industry, and includes John Mellencamp, The Smashing Pumpkins, Bob Seger, Melissa Etheridge, Jon Bon Jovi, Elton John, Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, Alanis Morissette, The Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Avril Lavigne, John Fogerty, Joe Cocker, Mick Jagger, Alice Cooper, Meat Loaf, Bonnie Raitt, Ricky Martin, Santana, Trey Anastasio, Michelle Branch, and many others. With a style of playing that combines power and finesse, Kenny was named the #1 Pop/Rock Drummer and the #1 Studio Drummer for five consecutive years by the readers of Modern Drummer Magazine, and in addition has played on over 30 Grammy-nominated recordings.

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Steve Bowman Master Class

Steve discussed grooving and feel as they apply to pop music, and showed how to improve the spacing and volume of your notes so that your drumming sits "in the pocket" no matter what style, tempo, or feel you play. Steve also brought up guests to demonstrate his teaching abilities.

Steve Bowman's time with Counting Crows resulted in performances on Saturday Night Live and Late Night with David Letterman, two grammy nominations, and the opening slot on a Rolling Stones tour. Since then he has played drums with Third Eye Blind, John Wesley Harding, Tremolo, and others. His playing can be heard in movies ("How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days", "13 Going On 30", "How To Deal"...) and T.V. shows ("Laguna Beach", "Pimp My Ride", "Alias", "The O.C."...). In addition to session work, Steve plays with Luce, The Bittersweets, and is the author of a new book of drum instruction called "Groove Control".

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Dave Weckl

Stebal Drums was a proud co-sponsor of the Dave Weckl show at Wilberts. Thanks also to Sabian, Remo & Vic-Firth for contibuting for the give-away items before the show.

For more than 20 years, Dave Weckl has developed and maintained a reputation among fans, peers, and the international music community as one of the great living drummers. For this, he has received numerous accolades and honors; Modern Drummer inducted Dave into their Hall of Fame and named him "one of the 25 best drummers of all time."
But these honors, in addition to many more bestowed by the music community, are the product of Dave's undying commitment to making great compositions. Dave's incredibly dynamic and diverse drumming, which has inspired musicians worldwide, is built on a solid foundation of knowledge and respect for music.

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Bobby Sanabria

Private Lessons

Bobby Sanabria - drummer, percussionist, composer, arranger, recording artist, producer, filmmaker, conductor, educator, multi-cultural warrior and multiple Grammy nominee – has performed with a veritable Who's Who in the world of jazz and Latin music, as well as with his own critically acclaimed ensembles. His diverse recording and performing experience includes work with such legendary figures as Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Paquito D'Rivera, Charles McPherson, Mongo Santamaría, Ray Barretto, Marco Rizo, Arturo Sandoval, Roswell Rudd, Chico O'Farrill, Candido, Yomo Toro, Francisco Aguabella, Larry Harlow, Henry Threadgill, and the Godfather of Afro-Cuban Jazz, Mario Bauzá.

Bobby, the son of Puerto Rican parents, was born and raised in the "Fort Apache" section of New York City's South Bronx. Inspired and encouraged by maestro Tito Puente,another fellow New York-born Puerto Rican, Bobby "got serious" and attended Boston's Berklee College of Music from 1975 to 1979, obtaining a Bachelor of Music degree and receiving their prestigious Faculty Association Award for his work as an instrumentalist. Since his graduation, Bobby has become a leader in the Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and jazz fields as both a drummer and percussionist, and is recognized as one of the most articulate musician-scholars of la tradición living today

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Steve Smith


In 1974 Smith's professional career began in full, at 19 years old, with his tenure in the Lin Biviano Big Band, which he toured and recorded with for the next two years. At that same time he also performed with bebopper Buddy DeFranco and was a member of free-jazz group The Fringe featuring George Garzone. In 1976, Smith began his association with jazz/fusion by joining violinist Jean Luc Ponty and recording the album "Enigmatic Ocean" (Atlantic 1977), which also featured guitarist Allan Holdsworth. However, it was while touring with rocker Ronnie Montrose a year later that Smith was asked to join the popular rock band Journey which brought his playing to the attention of a young rock audience.

With Journey, Smith toured around the world and recorded many successful albums including the immensely popular "Escape" (Columbia 1981) and "Frontiers" (Columbia 1983), both of which garnered the band many Top 40 hits. Smith's inventive timekeeping, stadium sized tom-tom fills and deep sense of the groove enabled him to produce some of the most critically acclaimed rock drumming while at the same time propelling the band to much popular success.

In 1985 Smith left Journey to pursue his original passion, jazz, and to continue his developing career as a session player. Over the past 20+ years, Smith has played on many hits with such diverse artists as Mariah Carey, Bryan Adams, Zucchero, Claudio Baglioni, Andrea Bocelli, Ray Price, Corrado Rustici and Savage Garden.

Smith began leading his own fusion band Steve Smith and Vital Information in 1983 while still a member of Journey. Vital Information currently features Tom Coster on keys, Baron Browne on bass and Vinny Valentino on guitar. Vital Information's release, Where We Come From, was voted Best Contemporary Jazz Recording Of 1998 by the Association For Independent Music.



Metal Meets The Road

Attendees had a chance to purchase One of a Kind and Best Selling Cymbals (300+ Sabian cymbals on hand) , Have Cymbals Custom Made, Watch and Partake in Hand Hammering Demonstrations and Cymbal Lathing Demonstrations SABIAN Personnel attending Stebal Drums Vault Tour Event: Mark Love, SABIAN Master Cymbal Specialist, Allie Cougle, SABIAN Cymbalsmith,Ken Stairs, SABIAN factory employee, David Compaan, SABIAN Product Specialist, Matt Elliott, SABIAN Product Specialist, Lane Davy, SABIAN US Director of Operations, Terri Shaw, SABIAN US Sales Coordinator, Andy Zildjian

Sabian staff arrived at 6:00 A.M. to set up for the "Kickin It With Kenny" Show Live on Fox 8 Morning Show with Kenny Crumpton.

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Bernard Purdie

Bernard Purdie has been called "The World's Most Recorded Drummer", having recorded with the likes of Aretha Franklin, James Brown, B.B. King, Hall & Oates, Steely Dan, and many others. The 65 year-old native of Elkton, Maryland has laid down the beat on over 3000 albums to date, and the list goes on. Colleagues describe the drummer's style as the "funkiest soul beat" in the business, and Purdie has decidedly never limited his talents to the realm of jazz but rather has consistently sought out new musical experiences beyond it's borders. He has proven that - with all his attention to precision playing - terms such as "DRIVE" and "GROOVE" are definitely not missing from his vocabulary, and those in attendance for this clinic would easily attest to this fact.

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Johnny Rabb

Johnny Rabb is an active live and studio drummer living in Chicago. He stays busy drumming and composing music with partner Clay Parnell in the innovative group BioDiesel.
Johnny has been fortunate enough to develop a series of cymbals with the MEINL cymbal company. His Drumbals and Safari cymbals are part of the Generation X line. He also the founder of his own drumstick company. Johnny has worked with Roland US and Japan Drum and Percussion Division programming drum kits for the Roland TD-12 drumset and the TDW-20 Expansion Board. Johnny continues to design and develop new sounds and innovations for his unique concepts on the drums.

As an author, Johnny continues his passion for education. He released The Official Freehand Technique Book/CD with Hudson Limited. Johnny was also voted #1 Best Educational Author by Modern Drummer’s Readers Poll for his book Jungle Drum ‘N’ Bass for the Acoustic Drum Set.

He has performed with a wide range of artists such as Maynard Ferguson, Alain Caron, Frank Gambale, Larry Tagg, Tanya Tucker, DJ Hype, Hank Williams III, SheDaisy, Deana Carter and Mindy McCready.

He has traveled worldwide conducting clinics and master classes including the Montreal Drumfest, PASIC, Musik Messe, Meinl Drum Festival 2005 & 2008, Drummer Fest (Belgium) and the Ultimate Drummer’s Weekend, to name a few. He has also instructed at world reknown drum camps, including KOSA and RHYTHM (Bavarian Music Academy).
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Dave Brewer

Left Hand Independence Master Class, Cymbalism

Dave Brewer is a former New York studio musician w/extensive experience with his own groups as well as others. He was a drummer/percussionist with the First Moog Quartet, recording an album and embarking on a nationwide tour which included Carnegie Hall and a nationally televised Boston Pops Orchestra concert. His diverse background includes performances and recordings with The Soul Set, The Sea World Showband, The Ameritech Chorus Band, liturgical programs, and a circus band. The Dave Brewer Jazz Ensemble has performed at museum and college concerts, club appearances, workshop programs, and educational school concerts. Creative Drumming with Dave is a multi-dimensional learning system created and developed by Dave. The system develops dynamic drumset mastery and includes workshops, clinics, mini-courses, jams, master classes, drum circles and private instruction.

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Zoro presented a personal 3 hour intensive study on R&B drumming concepts, concentrating on New Orleans 2nd Line and Funk grooves (monster grooves & time feels, independence, playing to a click, groove chops, funky bass drum & hi hat techniques, finger control, and innovative groove concepts). This class took Z's previous clinic to the next level. Sixteen lucky drummers were on hand to take in this Master of Groove.

Zoro has sat on the drummer’s throne commanding some of the most famous stages in the world of rock and R&B music. He’s long been in the spotlight—stationed center stage behind some of the most celebrated artists in music history. Zoro has toured and recorded with Lenny Kravitz, Bobby Brown, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, The New Edition, Jody Watley, Philip Bailey of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vanessa Paradis, Sean Lennon, and Lisa Marie Presley—to name only a few.

Over more than two decades of creating music, Z has displayed a gifting and a personal charisma too unique to remain in anyone’s shadow. He emerged from behind his drum kit early in his career to establish his own unique celebrity as an often awarded, world acclaimed musician and educator. Throughout his career, he has consistently been voted #1 R&B drummer and clinician in the world by premier music industry publications such as Modern Drummer, Drum!, and Rhythm magazines. “Zoro wrote the book on dynamics, touch, control, and groove,” says Modern Drummer Magazine of Z’s musicianship, sensitivity and unique style.

Often called the “Minister of Groove,” Zoro authored the #1 award winning and best-selling book and DVD package, The Commandments of R&B Drumming, which was awarded industry accolades as the ultimate lesson from the master.

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Mark Shulman

As a Drummer, Mark Schulman has performed on one of the most successful tours with Cher. He has toured and recorded with Stevie Nicks, Sheryl Crow, Foreigner, Billy Idol, Cyndi Lauper, Simple Minds, the Pointer Sisters and Dave Koz. Mark's live credits also include Al Green, Destiny's Child, Melissa Etheridge and the O'Jays. In addition, he has contributed to the soundtracks of films, TV shows and commercials, such as Beverly Hills Cop III, Speed and The Sopranos.

Mark is a trained audio engineer and an active educator performing drum seminars all over the world and teaching at the Los Angeles Music Academy. As a classically trained Cellist, Mark performed with the L.A. Junior Philharmonic Orchestra when he was a child. He is currently producing the music of several young artists.

As a cancer survivor, Mark presents his internationally-acclaimed seminar "Make it Happen!" This inspirational and motivational program teaches children and youth how to eliminate barriers and actualize goals. He shares his unique experiences with students in middle-school, high school and colleges around the world. As a Create Now! mentor, Mark has reached hundreds of incarcerated youth and helped them to realize their dreams.

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Jamey Haddad

Private Lessons

Jamey was in town after his appearance on David Letterman in N.Y. with Paul Simon until his performance at Nightown in Cleveland (Jamey Haddad Trio). Internationally in demand for his seminars, master classes, and written essays on music, Haddad has developed two extremely popular courses in "World Music" and teaches at Berklee College of Music in Boston and the New School in New York City.  

Regarded as one of the foremost world music and jazz percussionists in the U.S. is an associate professor at Boston Berklee School of Music, New England Conservatory , Oberlin Conservatory, & Cleveland Institute of Music.  Voted one of the top 4 world percussionists by Modern Drummer Magazine in 2007. Performs with Paul Simon, Yo Yo Ma, Joe Lovano and many of the world's top Musicians.

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Billy Coakley

Billy Coakley is one of the area's top drummers whose creative talents have inspired a generation of drummers and non-drummers, young and old. His life's work has enabled him to perform professionally with various artists, and as a soloist. Billy is one of the only drummers to have opened for national acts with his solo drum performances.

Since 1984, Billy Coakley has toured extensively throughout the U.S.A., Europe, and Asia with a variety of groups including Satta, and the Armstrong Bearcat Band. Billy's Symbiotic Drumming has performed many drumset duets with Joe Tomino(NYC) He has conducted clinics and shows at schools, clubs and church youth groups. Billy is a member of The Armstrong Bearcat Band (200+dates/yr.) and freelances with Drum Play and many artists. Coakley performs weekly at Community of Hope Church. "LET'S MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE"

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