Remo Belli Passes Away
A statement from Remo, Inc:
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Remo D Belli, our beloved founder and leader. An innovator, pioneer and icon of the world of percussion, he was an inspiration to us all for breaking new ground and making a difference in the world.
Remo was a visionary. In 1957, he invented the first successful synthetic drumhead which forever changed the sound of music of all genres. He committed himself and his company to providing drummers, the world over, with quality products and programs while striving to expand the acceptance of rhythm and in particular drumming as an integral component of an individual’s wellbeing. Through his ongoing efforts, the professional, the enthusiast, children, the elderly, those at risk and those faced with both emotional and physical challenges have been brought the joy of drumming. We mourn his passing and he will be missed by people in all walks of life. His spirit lives on and we will continue to pursue his vision of making drumming available to everyone alive. We will miss you. Rest in peace, Remo.
The "Remo family"
Sabian Education Network Hosts LA Event at Musician's Institute
The Sabian Education Network hosted a panel discussion event for drum teachers at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California. Led by Sabian Education Network director Joe Bergamini, the panel featured Dave Black, Jeff Bowders, Fred Dinkins, and Pete Gamber and was attended by drum teachers and SEN members from all over Southern California.
After Joe Bergamini’s brief overview, Pete Gamber explained ways to build a teaching business. Jeff Bowders discussed ways to prepare students for the college experience, followed by Fred Dinkins explaining the college audition process and ways to prepare for it. Finally, Dave Black discussed the drum book publishing process and how to approach a publisher with a manuscript. The presentation was followed by questions and discussion with the audience.
Members in attendance were inspired by the event and networked with each other and the MI staff after the panel discussion. “I had a great time at the Sabian Education Network Event,” said drummer/educator Stefano Ashbridge “I learned a lot from the panel guests and it was cool to meet and talk to fellow drummers and teachers. Thanks Joe.”
The next Sabian Education Network event takes place at Vic’s Drum Shop in the Music Garage in Chicago, IL on May 3. SEN is open to all drum educators—from the private home studio teacher with a handful of students to a music school or educational institution—and provides a welcoming and inclusive forum for drum educators worldwide to exchange ideas and share skills. To join SEN and find out about future live and online events, please visit http://www.sabian.com/joinsen.
Danny Seraphine Hits the Road with Auralex HoverDeck™ v2 Drum Isolation Platform
Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the world's leading brand of acoustical treatments, has a longtime user in legendary drummer Danny Seraphine. Fresh off a headline-making appearance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, where he was inducted as a member of Chicago (in which he was behind the kit from 1967-1990), Seraphine has been traveling from city to city sharing his love of Auralex products, namely the HoverDeck™ v2 Drum Isolation Platform. Recent clinics in NYC (The Collective, April 11), Cherry Hill, NJ (Sam Ash, April 12), and Connecticut (The Connecticut Drum Show, April 17) have been a rousing success.
The next date is April 26 at Sam Ash in San Antonio, Texas (7:00 – 8:30 p.m.), where Seraphine will share tips on developing a personal technique, demonstrating his use of the HoverDeck, and recalling anecdotes and personal stories from his long career.
Seraphine notes, "The HoverDeck is a great addition to anyone's live sound and studio arsenal. In this day of variable acoustical environments (most of them sub-par), the HoverDeck allows you to sound great day in and day out."
About Danny Seraphine:
Danny Seraphine is one of the world's most highly respected rock drummers, once rated by the legendary Buddy Rich as one of his favorite young talents. He was the drummer, percussionist and a founding member of the multi-million selling, GRAMMY® Award-winning band Chicago. From 1967 to 1990, Seraphine played on and helped produce 18 gold and 13 platinum albums, 50 Top 40 hits (including 20 Top 10 singles) and five number-ones. Danny, and all the original members of Chicago, were inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016.
For more information, please visit www.auralex.com.
Steve White & Yamaha Support Learn To Play Day
Billed as "Bigger and Better" than ever before Learn to Play Weekend is a national event for adults and children organised by the Music for All charity to inspire new, or lapsed, musicians of all ages to take up or restart playing an instrument.
Steve White renowned as one of the greatest and most influential British drummers of his generation will be supporting the Learn to Play Day at Yamaha Music London on Sunday 13 March. Since turning professional at the age of 17, Steve White has remained at the pinnacle of his profession for over 30 years, playing with many iconic British artists and bands, including Style Council, Paul Weller, The Who, Oasis, Ian Dury and Jon Lord.
Steve will be teaching an intimate class where basic sticking techniques will be explained along with some play along experience with Steve. This fun session will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to be taught by this legendary drummer and only available at Yamaha Music London.
Start Time: 2PM
Duration: 1 Hour
Please note: Places must be booked.
Yamaha Music London, the world-famous piano, musical instrument and musical equipment retail store in the heart of London's West End, are also offering hundreds of FREE Guitar, Violin, Viola, Pianos and Drums one-to-one and group Ukulele starter lessons for all the family from 10:30am to 4:30pm on Saturday 12 March and from 11:30am to 4:30pm on Sunday 13 March.
Booking any of the above lessons online is recommended. For more information and to book any of the above lessons visit here.
Full details of all the 2016 National Learn To Play Day events and participating venues can be found at www.learntoplayday.com.
Guitar Center RockWalk Welcomes Vic Firth
Dedicated to "individuals who have made a significant contribution to The Music Business", the Guitar Center RockWalk recently welcomed Everett "Vic" Firth – world famous timpanist for the Boston Symphony Orchestra and founder of the Vic Firth Company – to its ranks of music pioneers and performing legends.
Awarded posthumously at the 27th annual Guitar Center Drum-Off, the RockWalk honor was presented to Craigie Zildjian by Remo Belli, CEO and Founder of Remo, Inc. Accepting on behalf of Vic, his family and the company he founded, Craigie took a moment to reflect on Vic's storied career.
"I'm so pleased to see Vic recognized for both his business acumen as well as his musical talent," stated Craigie Zildjian, CEO of Zildjian Company, which merged with the Vic Firth Company in 2010. "If you knew Vic, clearly one career was never going to be enough. So, it seems as though Vic needed the drumstick business as much as it needed him!"
Indeed, Vic's contributions to the music industry were many. His obsession with the quality of sound guided his playing, his teaching, and ultimately led to the birth of the Vic Firth Company in 1963. Vic is credited with inventing or standardizing many of the key manufacturing processes percussionists rely on today, including centerless grinding, pitch-pairing, weight-sorting, injection molding and much more. With all the technological breakthroughs he made, he coined the tagline, "The Perfect Pair™" which has become iconic around the world among drummers.
Asked in 2013 to reflect on the 50th anniversary of his company, Vic – as he was known to do – humbly downplayed the accomplishment. "As wonderful as it is to reflect and appreciate where we've been, our eyes are always on the future – and the future is bright. I would like to express appreciation to all the great musicians who have chosen to perform with my sticks through the years – for this, I most graciously thank you all."