All posts by Michael Vosbein

I have been playing and teaching drums for more than forty years. I ran a cymbal company for eleven years. Now, In addition to drumming, I am a music industry writer, marketing consultant, and I also work in video production. I also produce a bi-weekly podcast called Drummer Nation, for drummers of all types. I consider myself very fortunate to be doing what I love to do.

Drummer Nation #90 “Moxie” Guests: Cathy Rich & Gregg Potter

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Vocalist Cathy Rich, daughter of the great jazz drummer Buddy Rich, began her career as a child, singing with her father’s band. Honoring his wish for the band to continue after his death, she and husband, drummer Gregg Potter, record and tour the world fronting the Buddy Rich Band. Gregg began his career after winning a national drum contest in his home town of Chicago. Tasked with the challenge of filing the chair of arguably the world’s greatest drummer, Gregg responded with a keen understanding of big band jazz, and a great sense of humor. It’s a far-ranging and fun-filled interview with them both, offered on the 103rd anniversary of the birth of the legend himself

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Drummer Nation #89 “Holding Your Own” Guest: John Mahon

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John Mahon has been Elton John’s percussionist for more than two decades. In this far reaching interview, Mahon talks about his initial move to L.A., drum lessons with David Garibaldi, auditioning for Sir Elton, adapting to life on the road, and much more. Assisting me in the discussion is Phil Hood, co-founder of DRUM! Magazine.

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Drummer Nation #87 Special July 4th Edition The Downfall of Paris

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During the US quarantine of 2020, Sean Kennedy revisited the popular 1700’s rudimental snare drum solo, “The Downfall of Paris.” After discovering a little known fife part, Sean penned an arrangement for a percussion section with brass quintet. Friends Clayton Cameron and Bernie Dresel were enlisted as additional snare drummers. Over a two week period, the musicians began submitting their audio and video performances to Kennedy, who had them edited into a unique performance. Sean was joined by Clayton and Bernie for this interview, offered as our salute to this week’s Independence Day holiday.

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Drummer Nation #88 Matt Brennan: Kick It, A Social History of the Drum Kit

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Matt Brennan is an author, musician, and academic. He is currently an Associate Professor in Popular Music at the University of Glasgow. His newest book is Kick It, A Social History of the Drum Kit. In it, he addresses the seeming contradiction between the centrality of the drum kit on one hand and the general disparagement of drummers on the other. He examines the roles of artists and manufacturers against a dynamic backdrop race relations, global migration, and the tensions between high and low culture

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Drummer Nation #86 Guest: Todd Sucherman “Last Flight Home”

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Todd Sucherman, best known as the drummer for the band Styk and as an award winning educator, has a new album out under his own name, called Last Flight Home. Coproduced and cowritten by longtime friend, J. K. Harrison, Todd’s, sensitive groove based drumming serves to reveal his talents as a solid song writer, producer and arranger, and surprisingly, as a first rate singer.

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Drummer Nation #85: Brazilian Jazz Master Duduka Da Fonseca (pt 2 of 2) (Audio Version)

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Born in Rio de Janeiro, Duduka Da Fonseca started playing drums when he was thirteen. He moved to New York City in 1975 and was the founder and leader of Brazilian All Stars, Brazilian Express, and the New York Samba Band. He was a teacher at the Drummers Collective and wrote an instructional book, Brazilian Rhythms for Drumset. He is a founding member and co-leader of Trio Da Paz and leads the Duduka DaFonseca Trio. (Part two of two.

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Drummer Nation #84: Brazilian Jazz Master Duduka Da Fonseca (pt 1 of 2)

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Born in Rio de Janeiro, Duduka Da Fonseca started playing drums when he was thirteen. He moved to New York City in 1975 and was the founder and leader of Brazilian All Stars, Brazilian Express, and the New York Samba Band. He was a teacher at the Drummers Collective and wrote an instructional book, Brazilian Rhythms for Drumset. He is a founding member and co-leader of Trio Da Paz and leads the Duduka DaFonseca Trio. Part one of twohttp://www.drummernation.com/

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