Ex-Megadeth Drummer Collapses & Dies On Stage
Ex-Megadeth drummer Nick Menza collapsed and died on stage during a performance at the Baked Potato on Saturday. Menza's management released a statement confirming that he suffered a massive heart attack. He was 51 years old.
Menza had just returned from a two-week vacation with his sons, and was said to look very healthy. His passing came as a shock to all of his band members.
Ex-Megadeth guitarist Marty Freidman shared on Facebook his memories with Menza.
"We all know the great and unique drummer that Nick Menza was, but he was also a trustworthy friend, a hilarious bandmate, as well as a very loving dad," Freidman said. I'm beyond sad, did not see this coming at all. RIP Brother."
Menza was a drummer for Megadeth from 1989 to 1998. He played for the band's biggest hits including "Youthanasia," and "Rust in Peace," among others.
After leaving the band, he explored his talent in jazz and also became a woodworker. Last year, he joined Ohm and replaced drummer David Eagle who passed away due to heart complications.
Mike Portnoy's Typical Day In A Promark Commercial
Mike Portnoy is featured in a new video commercial from Promark. We won't give it away but it's a day-in-the-life look at Winery Dog drummer and one of the best video ads we've ever seen in the drumming industry. We're also grateful that DRUM! makes a cameo appearance as well. Thanks, Mike.
Chicago Drum Show Kicks Off This Weekend
The 26th Annual Chicago Drum Show kicks off this Saturday, in a new location, the Odeum Expo Center in Villa Park, Illinois.
After more than 20 years at the Kane County Fair Grounds, the 2016 Chicago Drum Show is moving to the Odeum Expo Center in Villa Park, Illinois. It is only 5 Miles from O’Hare International Airport and twice as close to downtown Chicago as the previous venue.
The Chicago Drum Show is the world’s largest and longest-running event of it’s kind. It is a swap-meet, a drum expo, and an entertainment event. There are clinics, demonstrations, raffles, classes, and over 30,000 square feet of exhibits: New, used, vintage and custom drums, cymbals, and related accessories to buy, sell and trade.
This year’s performers include Kim Thompson, Kofi Baker, John Blackwell, Benny Greb, and Jovia Armstrong. Plus there are history and tuning clinics, an Alesis E-drum Lab, and more than 100 exhibitors of drums and accessories. Tickets are $15 per day ($10 for ages 5-12) and Master Classes are $25. To register or get more information visit The Chicago Drum Show.
Chicago Guitar Show, Too
The Chicago Guitar Show will be held in the other arena of the same venue at the same time as the drum show in 2016. For more information on the guitar show, please visit the website http://www.texasguitarshows.com
Alfred Music Releases New Hand Percussion Method
Alfred Music's new An American Approach to World Percussion is a comprehensive study of world percussion instruments from an American jazz perspective. The central purpose of this book is to broaden the horizons of those already familiar with traditional applications of these instruments by offering jazz sensibility. Musicians will learn methods for djembe, doumbek, tambourine, shakers, and more that can be combined with four-part coordination. To demonstrate the commonality of approaches among instruments, techniques are frequently interchanged. An American Approach to World Percussion comes with over an hour of video instruction and encourages the student to ignite their own imagination to develop a vast world of world music. Also included in this book are world music variations of examples found in Ted Reed's Progressive Steps to Syncopation for the Modern Drummer. SRP $16.99.
Sabian Education Network Hosts Event At Vics Drum Shop In Chicago
With SEN director Joe Bergamini moderating, the teacher attendees listened to Victor Salazar (owner of Vic’s Drum Shop) discuss promotion and marketing your teaching business, Rich Stitzel (Chicago drummer and educator) focus on finding purpose as a teacher, and Meg Thomas (Chicago percussionist, drummer and educator) explain how to customize lessons for each student.
A highlight of this event was having drum legend Billy Cobham on the panel. Billy discussed his upcoming Art of the Rhythm Section Retreat (coming up in August in Mesa, AZ), and various aspects of performing and teaching. After the event, as the educators networked, Cobham mingled with the attendees, posing for pictures and answering questions.
“The Sabian Education Network (SEN) is doing great things. If you are a drum educator this is definitely an organization you should be a part of. With master educator and killer musician Joe Bergamini at the helm you know you are going to have access to high-quality educational material covering a full spectrum of topics,” said panelist Rich Stitzel. “It was a pleasure to be on the panel alongside Joe, Meg Thomas, Vic from VIc's Drum Shop, and Billy Cobham. Some deep, heavy, and relevant information was shared and the attendees seemed very inspired. I am honored to be part of an organization that is truly dedicated to evolving and expanding the methods of drumset education"
Drum teacher Scott Paeth of Chicago won the giveaway prize, an AAX 21” Stage Ride, and once again the feedback was positive from the grateful and inspired educators who attended, including Kelli Rae Tubbs who made the trip from the Minneapolis area.
To join SEN and find out about future live and online events, please visit http://www.sabian.com/joinsen.