Greg Odell And His Last Regiment Of Syncopated Drummers
Ever heard of syncopated drumming? Syncopated Drumming is a specific style of parade and show drumming that was popularized by youth bands in and around the Southern California area, mainly Long Beach and Orange County. During its heyday the sound was commonly known as thunder drums and was popularized by the big marching bands of the late 1960's to 1980's. As times changed, so did the music. In an effort to preserve the syncopated style of drumming, The Society for Syncopated Drumming was formed. Greg Odell founded The Last Regiment of Syncopated Drummers in Portland, Oregon in 1988. He has since tried to spread this drumming tradition to a new generation of players.
As the Last Regiment gained popularity in Portland Greg noticed the old syncopated groups in Long Beach, California were starting to fade out due to lack of educational programs teaching the Thunder Drum traditions to new musicians.This is how the Society for Syncopated Drumming came about, to preserve and promote the art of Syncopated Drumming.August Adventure
The Society has planned a trip to the mecca of syncopated drumming, Long Beach, California, for this August. There they'll teach a 4-hour clinic on August 12th, to the Woodrow Wilson Classical High School Drummer. Greg and his partners have unearthed original syncopated drum cadences from the school that date back to 1975. Later that evening, Greg says they also are supporting a performance by the alumni group, The Long Beach Drummers. This group spans several decades of drummers from different high schools and community bands. The Long Beach Drummers perform at the Long Beach Concerts in the Park series playing cadences that date back to the 1960's.Clinic Too
On Saturday and Sunday August 13 and 14 the Society has put together a two-day clinic with the O.L.P.H DowneyMiddle School Syncopated Drummers, directed by Brian Miller. Additionally the society will be supporting and bringing the OLPH drummers to the 13th Annual Long Beach Junior Concert Band Drummer Reunion. The Long Beach Junior Concert Band was established in 1952 by Marvin Marker, and is considered the nucleus of syncopated drumming in the Southern California region. The reunion happens every year at El Dorado Park (Sycamore Grove) and alumni drummers from as far back as the 1950's show up for friends, food and drums. It's not uncommon to have a group of over 50 drummers playing the old cadences all at once. Greg says, "This year we'd like to get the kids from OLPH to join in and share this legacy of drumming."Want to learn more about this amazing style? Check out the Last Regiment. THESE kids are amazing and this program is amazing maybe covering Greg and this program would be a wonderful read!
Vinnie Colaiuta Unboxes His Classic Kit
In a companion to our earlier news story a video has surfaced of legendary drummer Vinnie Colaiuta unboxing his classic Gretsch kit, which has been restored. He gets an assist from artist relations ace Andrew Shreve. As Vinnie says "there's that sound."
Vinnie Colaiuta Returns Home To Gretsch Drums
Drumming legend Vinnie Colaiuta has signed on as an official endorser of Gretsch Drums. One of the world’s most respected drummers, Colaiuta is best known for his seminal recordings and performances with Frank Zappa and Sting. However, his prolific four-decade career has also included a multitude of studio recordings, movie soundtracks, and work with an incredibly diverse range of artists including Joni Mitchell, Jeff Beck, LeAnn Rimes, Faith Hill, Joe Satriani, John McLaughlin, Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock among many others. Colaiuta will be taking his newly redesigned Gretsch USA Custom Kit on the road with Sting on his upcoming, 19-city “Rock Paper Scissors” tour with Peter Gabriel which kicks off June 21st in Columbus, Ohio.
"I was in free fall and I made a soft landing. My sound is Gretsch. Home is where the heart is. I came back home,” said Colaiuta.
Colaiuta’s redesigned Gretsch USA Custom Kit was handcrafted in Ridgeland, South Carolina at the Gretsch USA Factory. Finished in a one-of-a-kind, Cobalt Blue Lacquer created expressly for the “Rock Paper Scissors” tour – the kit also features Vinnie Colaiuta custom signature badges.The set up includes:
- 5x14 USA Custom Snares
- 5x14 Solid Steel snare
A Grammy® Award-winner, Colaiuta was named #49 in Rolling Stone magazine’s “100 Greatest Drummers of All Time.” “Welcoming Vinnie as a part of the Gretsch Drums Family is incredibly exciting. His amazing talent and passion for playing drums has inspired generations of artists. Gretsch is honored to make him drums he is inspired to play,” said Drum Workshop founder and chairman of the board, Don Lombardi.
Celebrate With A Cocktail During The National Jazz Benefit Concert
The National Jazz Museum in Harlem (NJMH) will host its 2016 Annual Benefit Concert honoring legendary jazz drummer Roy Haynes with the Legends of Jazz Award, and President & CEO of The Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, Kenneth J. Knuckles, Esq with the Jazz and Community Leadership Award at The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College. This one-night-only celebration, hosted by WBGO Midday Jazz host Rhonda Hamilton, will feature performances by master pianist Monty Alexander (who has performed and recorded with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and Quincy Jones) and his band that brings together the worlds of jazz and reggae, The Harlem Kingston Express. Also performing will be René Marie, a composer and vocalist in the tradition of Ella Fitzgerald, Dina Washington known for infusing elements of folk, R&B and even classical and country to create a captivating hybrid musical style.When:
- Tuesday, June 14, 2016
- 5:45 PM - Press Check-In
- 6:00 PM – Cocktail Reception / Arrivals Photography
- 7:30 PM –NJMH Benefit Concert & Awards Ceremony
- Rhonda Hamilton, Benefit Host / WBGO
- Roy Haynes, Legends of Jazz Award Recipient
- Kenneth Knuckles, Jazz and Community Leadership Award Recipient
- Rene Marie, Performer / Singer
- Monty Alexander & The Harlem Kingston Express, Performer
- Timothy L. Porter, Esq., NJMH Board Chairman
- Loren Schoenberg, NJMH Founding Director and Senior Scholar
- Lloyd Williams, President & CEO of The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce / Awards Presenter
- Voza Rivers, Chairman & CEO VOZ Entertainment Group, Executive Producer & Founding Member of New Heritage Theatre Group / Awards Presenter
This immersive retreat is geared for Rhythm Section musicians, happening August 1-6 at the Mesa Arts Center in Mesa Arizona. The Billy Cobham Art of the Rhythm Section Retreat is designed for advanced students, semi-pros and professional musicians across many genres and styles, designed for drummers and players of bass, guitar and keyboards. In a very unique format, this intensive five-day learning experience will help musicians master the Art of the Rhythm Section in real time, led by drumming virtuoso Billy Cobham, along with Dean Brown (guitar), Gerry Etkins (keyboards) and Ric Fierabracci (bass). Billy and the other coaches will teach and guide participants in developing and fine-tuning teamwork and communication among the Rhythm Section.
Participants will experience:
- Five days of master classes with Billy Cobham, Dean Brown, Gerry Etkins and Ric Fierabracci, featuring lectures, discussions, video analysis, and playing exercises, including four interactive classes per day.
- Nightly jam sessions for all
- Special Saturday night performance feat. two chosen Rhythm Sections that will open the show for a concert with Billy and the Spectrum 40 Band