Drum Teacher Keith Copeland Passes
Drummer Keith Copeland who was renowned for his role as a teacher to many famous drummers has passed away at the age of 68.
Keith was the son of well-known trumpeter Ray Copeland, and turned to drums after hearing Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers as a kid. Copeland went on to play with dozens of bands and put his mark on more than 100 recordings. He logged time with starts such as the Heath Brothers, George Russell, Frank Foster, Slide Hampton, Milt Jackson, Jo Anne Brackeen, John Dankworth, Rory Stuart, Stanley Cowell, Paul Bley, Howard Alden, Chris Connor, Stan Getz, Ray Anderson, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Tom Harrell, Phil Woods, Roger Kellaway, Stephane Grappelli, Teddy Edwards, Sir Roland Hanna, and Sonny Fortune.
During his teaching career Keith worked at Berklee, Rutgers, Long Island University, New School, Queens College, and Hochschule Für Musik Mannheim-Heidelberg in Germany, gaining reputation through his tutelage of students such as Terry Lyne Carrington and others. He was the author of the book Creative Coordination For The Performing Drummer.
3rdEye Drums: April Issue Stars Hannah Welton
DRUM! Magazine announced today the April issue will feature Hannah Ford Welton, the star of Prince's all-girl band, 3rdEye Girl, which features Hannah, Donna Grantis (guitar) and Ida Neilsen (bass). The former teen drumming prodigy now anchors the band that has wowed audiences for the past year. The street date for the issue is March 17, 2015.
Readers And Newsstand Get A Bonus
In addition, the April issue features a special minibook insert--HOW TO TUNE DRUMS--as a bonus to readers. This handy guide serves as an intro and refresher to getting tuning right.
Other stories in the April issue include a roundup of the Drummers Of The Year as selected by the readers of DRUM! plus the following features:
- Funk legend Mike Clark
- Nicki Minaj tour drummer Darryl "Lilman" Howell
- Mark O'Connell of Taking Back Sunday
- Percussionist Koko Jones, who has played with Santana, Whitney Houston, and others
- A Complete Guide to Multipad Electronic Percussion Instruments. We put all of the major multipad products on the market to the test. Who comes out on top? You'll need the issue to find out.
- Instructional Feature: 20 Ways To Play Shuffles
Look for special displays of the the April Issue at Barnes & Noble and find the magazine at Guitar Center and other great book or music stores.
Hit Like A Girl Contestants Take Drumming To A Higher Level
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New Roles In Store For Sabian Artist Relations Team
Sabian Cymbals today upgraded two employees when they announced the appointments of Chris Stankee to Global Artist Relations Director and Christian Koch to International Artist Relations Manager.
"Chris and Christian are passionate about what they do. They’ve learned from the best so they treat artists like family, and with great respect. There isn’t an AR team with more credibility and influence anywhere in the industry." comments Sabian VP of Marketing, Stacey Montgomery-Clark.
As Global Artist Relations Director, Chris Stankee will be responsible for all aspects of Sabian's artist program worldwide, including recruitment, development and service. Chris also plays a key role in Product development and Sabian's social media. Stankee is a Berklee grad and industry veteran, with 20 years of MI experience in retail, teaching, performing and touring professionally. He has made several key signings for Sabian, and has been instrumental in developing many important cymbal models like the Holy China with Chad Smith.
And, he's close with perhaps their biggest endorser, Neil Peart. "Since meeting Chris on my first visit to the SABIAN factory in Meductic, New Brunswick, over ten years ago, we have been very good friends," says Neil. "Apart from testing prototype cymbals together and his occasional appearances as guest drum-tech, there have been many requests for promotional appearances, dinner dates, or joining me on motorcycling adventures. Thus I am delighted to see him promoted to this international office -- hoping he'll have less time to bother me."
As International Artist Relations Manager, Christian Koch is responsible for recruitment, servicing, and developing the SABIAN international roster. Christian also plays an important role in product development, and is a regular content contributor to social media and global marketing activities. Koch is also an industry veteran. He won the prestigious Vic Firth award during his tenure with German distributor M&T, and serves as a well-respected advisor to the likes of Dave Weckl, Jojo Mayer, Christoph Schneider and Ralph Salmins.
Ralph says, “With cymbal sounds, Christian’s deep knowledge and impeccable taste mean that when I’m looking for something, I barely need to describe what I’m after… Christian just knows. This guy is a cymbal sound master and a gentleman and these attributes make him the ‘perfect’ artist relations manager. Congratulations Christian and I hope all those Sabian artists worldwide enjoy being with you as much as I have done.”
Hit Like A Girl Contest: It's About Time
The Fourth Annual Hit Like A Girl Contest Opens For Entries On March 1, 2015.
Celebrity spokesperson and internationally-renowned drum artist Didi Negron (right) along with the producers of the Hit Like A Girl Contest are proud to announce that the 2015 Hit Like Girl Contest opens for entries at 12:01AM PST on Sunday, March 1, 2015. Hit Like A Girl is the world’s only contest for female drummers as well as the only global drumming contest. The theme of this year’s competition is “It’s About Time.” Girls and women in the under-18 and 18-and-over divisions can enter by merely recording a drumming video, uploading it to YouTube and registering at http://www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com. Entrants can submit videos of their drum covers, play-alongs or performances or choose from a selection of royalty-free backing tracks available on the HLAG website.
During the course of the contest a pair of “Weekly Winners” in each age group will be chosen by a team of a celebrity drummer and drum industry executive each week. These 20 players, along with the top 20 from two weeks of fan voting, will become finalists and judged by a panel of celebrity drummers with the Champion and Runner-Up winners announced on May 7, 2015.
For a complete list of rules, prizes, sponsors, judges and additional information please visit http://www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Since the Hit Like A Girl Contest began in 2011 there have been nearly 1,200 entrants from 42 countries and more than 6,000,000 web impressions. Previous sponsors have included Guitar Center, GoPro, DRUM!, Drum Workshop, Yamaha and Zildjian as well as many other leading drum, percussion, hardware, electronics and media companies. For 2015, Hit Like A Girl is expanding its reach with the International Ambassador program; a worldwide network of female drummers promoting the contest and benefits of drumming to local players and media.