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School Of Rock

Chris Rigling
Age 10
Equipment Ludwig drums; Zildjian, Sabian, and Paiste cymbals; Pro-Mark, Vater, and Zildjian sticks; Remo heads; and PDP hardware
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Precocious is one of those terms thrown about all too readily, but in the case of 10-year-old Chris Rigling, it’s right on the money. The self-taught Pacifica, California resident currently anchors The Thrashers, billed as the hardest-rocking fourth graders, in which his twin brother, Nick, sings lead vocals and plays bass (original tune “Rocking Is My business” really does rock). The Squid recently spied Ringling at a drum clinic, at the end of which he spontaneously jumped on the clinician’s kit and executed impressive triplet rolls. When the clinician asked him about other chops he liked to play, Rigling shrugged and said, “I’m more solid.” That kind of sophistication is rare in tween drummers. The Thrashers just kicked off a state-wide tour with a headlining slot at the Whisky A Go-Go, the storied venue on Los Angeles’ Sunset Strip. Hey Chris, remember your buddy The Squid when you’re macking in the VIP lounge one of these days.

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