Caught in The Act
Wil Calhoun performs at the Chicago Drum Show 2015. Photos by Michael Hacala.
Carter Beauford performs during a 2015 tour. Photos by Ron Dunnett.
On The Road With SJC Visiting Schools
SJC was a proud sponsor of the 2015 AP Tour and followed the entire tour in support of all the drummers--Foley from As It Is, Brian from Real Friends, and Jake from Mayday Parade. According to Mike Ciprari, company co-founder, SJC put just over 10,000 miles on their bus visiting over 25 cities, and speaking at over a dozen School of Rock locations, universities, high schools, and performing arts schools, where they got to tell the company story and demonstrate the drums.
Mike says, "Our best memories from the tour were definitely meeting all the SJC drummers out there, new and old, and making new friends with fellow drummers at the shows. Speaking at the schools and meeting young inspired musicians was definitely a major highlight as well. We'd speak about business, the music industry, manufacturing drums, and their aspirations as a musician. Definitely a humbling and inspiring thing to meet and speak to so many hungry musicians!"
Mike Ciprari indoctrinates young minds into the SJC way.
Caught In The Act: Gil Sharone Kills With Marilyn Manson
Artist: Gil Sharone
Where: Santa Ana, California
Venue: The Observatory
Gil Sharone, DRUM! columnist and fierce stickman, is on tour with Marilyn Manson. Robert Downs, whose shots grace our covers frequently (such as the current shot of Richard Danielson with Vintage Trouble), was on hand October 20, 2015 to grab us these smoky images. Well done, RD.
Caught In The Act: Elijah Wood
Artist: Elijah Wood
Where: San Jose, CA
Venue: SAP Arena
Gear: Gretsch, TRX, Remo, Ahead, Gibraltar
Elijah Wood is leading a charmed life, playing on big stages across the globe at an age when most kids are still hoping to get into college. He started learning drums early, with the musical support of his dad Mark , who was a founding violinist in Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Elijah started playing drums early and by age 14 was performing with EYS (Electrify Your Strings), a youth group started by his father. A couple of years later he became the drummer for America's Got Talent (Season 9) at Radio City Music Hall. Not long after that he joined the AGT Live! Group at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. And, along the way he also became a member of Orkeystra, with Jordan Rudess of Dream Theater.
Earlier this year a recommendation from a friend landed him the drum chair in Shania Twain's comeback tour, playing before packed arenas across North America. We visited Elijah backstage when he played in San Jose, and checked out his cool Gretsch stage setup. He sits high in the air, surrounded by high-voltage electronic fireworks that look like they might incinerate the drummer at any second. But don't worry. He's leading a charmed life. [Ed. Note: Elijah appears in an upcoming issue of DRUM! Magazine.]