Friday, December 24, 2010

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays to one and all! Enjoy these holiday videos I created which include some of the most bizarre Christmas displays you will ever see! A start of a new year means WGI season is upon us. I hope to actually make it to a show this year. Stay tuned for more videos and sheet music.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Best Talent Show Act Ever!

I have to post this video every couple of months. It puts a smile on my face every time I watch it. Enjoy Thomas Worthington High School's world champion winning drumline perform "Trash Talk: Cleanin' Up!"

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Northville Drumline Featured in Pepsi Commercial

Through the Pepsi Refresh Project, Pepsi is giving away over a million dollars every month to fund great ideas that move the world forward by giving away millions of dollars to refresh communities across America. You might recognize Northview High School in their latest commercial to highlight recipients from the online voting project. It debuted Monday, November 29th during "The Buried Life" finale on MTV. From children's choruses to marching bands, more than 15 music programs have been funded across the country. We asked five to play us a song.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Rhythm X 2011 Show Unveiled: ‘Stand By Me’

Just read this article on my feed from

Inspired by the Playing for Change project and based on the original Ben E. King song of the same name, in 2011 Rhythm X will bring 'Stand by Me' to life. Look for themes from the classic coming of age movie Stand by Me, updated for the new millennium with Rhythm X's trademark athleticism, musicality and innovation.

Rhythm X will be performing locally in the Mid-East Performance Association and nationally at the WGI Dayton Regional, Mid-South Percussion Championship and World Championships. 

Rhythm X was founded in 2002 and is under the direction of Tim Jackson and Craig Dunn. In their inaugural season in WGI Independent Open Class, Rhythm X was the PIO Champion and since joining World Class has medalled six times, winning the PIW Championship in 2008 and 2009. Designing together since 2008, Tim Fairbanks, Andrew Markworth and Tim Jackson all return to the design team to bring you Rhythm X 2011... Stand by Me.

"No matter who you are... No matter where you go, in your life... at some point, you gonna need somebody... to Stand by You."

Sounds pretty cool. I can't wait to see their show come April. Check out their website for more.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Holiday Shopping?

The holiday season is upon us! It's time to start thinking about what's on your shopping list. The easiest way to avoid all the inconveniences of holiday shopping lines and crowds is to order your gifts online. But what does this have to do with this blog? Well, why not help support this site and get your holiday shopping done at the same time? I would really appreciate it if you can help support this site by using our search box. It's simple to use: just type the name of the product you are looking for in the search box and it will automatically take you to the Amazon website of the product. Simply order the gift as normal and a (tiny) fraction of what you spend will go to this site. What am I going to do with the money? Put it all back into the site to make it even better! Help me help you. (We also accept donations through PayPal, see the link on the sidebar).

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Shutterbooth fun!

This doesn't really have anything to do with Percussion and Drum Stuff, I just wanted to post this video I made using the pictures taken at my recent wedding reception. What a fun way to remember our special day. If you are planning a wedding or any other large group event I highly recommend one!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Marching Band Performs the Bed Intruder Song!

This is the ending to the show that the band performed at the Sprite Battle of the Bands in Charlotte, NC on August 28, 2010.

The clip features "Imma Be" by The Black Eyed Peas and of course, the "Bed Intruder Song" by Antoine Dodson and the Gregory Brothers.

Music was arranged and taught by yours truly, and I shot some of the video as well, along with Harvey Thompson, Keon Galloway, and Kevin Greene on the BGMM Media Team. More band staff credits appear in-video.

Music arrangements were written by me using Finale 2011. Video shot with various cameras, including my trusty Canon EOS 5d mkII. Edited by me using MPEG Streamclip, Final Cut Pro, and Compressor.

Band website:

Thanks everyone for all the support, keep watching!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Beat It: The World of The Modern Drummer

When John Lennon was asked if Ringo was the best drummer in the world he quipped " He wasn't even the best drummer in the Beatles". Lennon's natural put-down is typical of the way drummers are belittled within music circles.

Presenter Phill Jupitus challenges this notion with the help of a cross-section of musicians to discover how they have gained this reputation?

We hear from Clem Burke (drummer with Blondie) and Dr. Marcus Smith who together have proven scientifically that Clem burns a similar amount of calories during a concert as a premiership footballer. Phil Collins (Genesis) and Stewart Copeland (The Police), explain how they cope with the physical demands of performing and how these veterans react to the negative image of the drummer.

Having established the physical demands made on drummers does this exclude women? Dame Evelyn Glennie thinks not as she believes the physicality is not an obstacle. The programme also hears from Kenny Jones (The Small Faces, The Faces and The Who) who still features a drum solo in his set but has the drum solo had its day? Has the modern drummer discarded this indulgence and settled for keeping time at the back? If so why?

For many, the drummer is the joker in the group, Phil Selway of Radiohead explains within the ranks of Britain's moodiest band, there is not too much light hearted banter but he does see his role as a supporting one for the others to be creative.

Great show. Give it a listen.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

11032010 International Drum Month - WGI

11-03-2010 International Drum Month - WGI

November is International Drum Month. Enjoy the sights and sounds of several indoor percussion ensembles from the WGI World Championships through the years. The inspiration from cultures around the world has played such an important role in the history of WGI. Don't forget to visit our booth at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) November 11-13 in Indianapolis, IN.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

DRUMLine Live Premieres in Dayton; Stomp type show based on the hit movie

Inspired by the hit 2002 movie Drumline, DRUMLine Live is one show that can out stomp STOMP and out blast Blast! and will be coming to Dayton's Schuster Center on November 10, 2010! Based on the Historically Black College and University marching band tradition, this show features riveting rhythms, bold beats and ear-grabbing energy. The show is composed of 40 college-age performers, selected from numerous highly distinguished band programs. DRUMLine Live features original compositions and soul-infused interpretations of hit songs ranging from Duke Ellington to Kanye West to Andre 3000. Sound and energy like this has never been experienced in a theatre before! Now you can save 20% with a group of 10 or more (A section tickets $29 and B section tickets $21) if you order by November 1, 2010. Contact Victoria Theatre Association Group Sales at (937) 228-7591, x3074 or for more information. Can't get a group together? DRUMLine Live Student Rush tickets are available for half off, 30 minutes prior to show time at the Schuster Center Box Office only. You must have a student ID.  

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

How to Afford Drum Corp?

As many of you probably know, drum corp and indoor drumline can be a very expensive activity to participate it. So how does one afford to do drum corp? What are some ways to make a few extra bucks to help out? Well, one thing I have done to get some extra cash is by taking online surveys, like Opinion Outpost. Let's say you only make $10 a month with this site (you can make more depending on how much time you put in). If you join ten of these sites you can easily make $1200/year. Sign up and start earning today!

Snare Drum Sheet Music: Cavaliers Flam I Am

Check out this little ditty for snare drum from the Cavaliers called "Flam I Am".

Want to march Cavaliers one day? Learn how to play drums.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

WGI 2011

The 2011 Winter Guard International indoor drumline season is almost upon us! I can't wait. Hopefully I will actually make it to a show this year. It's been too long!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Need a percussion drumline composer?

I posted a little composition I wrote for the tenor drums yesterday. I also have a bunch of snare drum licks that I wrote that I will be posting soon, as well as a few cadences. I just thought I would take the time now to mention that my services are available for any drum line or band director out there that wants a crazy sweet drum break. I've got a few ideas for drum features that have never been done before (to my knowledge). Now, I don't think I could or have the time to do a complete score for a full length show (and have no experience writing one anyways) but if you need a cadence or solo section I'd be all over it (and have experience in doing so). Please comment below or email if you are interested or in need of some original drumline sheet music!!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Rock Band Tenor Lick #1

Here's my first original composition that I will be sharing with you. This is a tenor lick that I actually wrote on the Playstation Rock Band drum kit. The sheet music is pictured above and a video of me drumming is embedded below (please keep in mind I am a snare drummer). Enjoy and let me know what you think!

Blue Devils 2010 In the Lot Video

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Snare Drum Sheet Music: Riverside Community College 2003

Are you looking for snare drum sheet music? Check out this lick by the Riverside Community College snare line in 2003. Sick snare drum break with nice split singles at the end. Download the sheet music here.

Riverside Community College 2003.pdf

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Drumline Sheet Music PDF Downloads

Here are a few more downloads for you drum line sheet music enthusiasts out there. First up, we have Rhythm X 2005 Triplet Roll warmup exercise for snare drum.

Rhythm X Triplet Roll 2005.pdf

Next, we have the Blue Devils snare drum solo sheet music from 2007. Enjoy!

Blue Devils Snare Solo 2007.pdf

Saturday, August 21, 2010

08202010 2010 Percussion Audio Downloads - WGI

You can now buy and download complete shows from WGI World Championships for $1.99 each! It's about time they started offering this as an option. Now, are any of the groups receiving a portion of the earnings or is it all going straight into WGI's pockets?

08202010 2010 Percussion Audio Downloads - WGI

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Download Matrix 2008 Snare Break Sheet Music

Are you looking for indoor drumline sheet music? Do you play snare drum? Well, you've come to the right place. Click below to get the sheet music for the snare break for Matrix WGI group in 2008.
Download Matrix 2008 Snare Break Sheet Music

Bluecoats Drumline Video 2008

I absolutely loved this Bluecoats drumline from 2008. Their book was so creative and well written. I dig it.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

DCI Massillon OH Show Review - August 3rd, 2010

Finally! I made it out to my first DCI show in three years! Here are the scores and a few thoughts on the eight drum corps which performed at Paul Brown Stadium (a high school stadium are you joking me?). Following is a video I shot of the Bluecoats encore performance.
8. Pioneer - 73.8 Religion and drum corp should be kept separate. Very awkward show to say the least.
7. Spirit - 80.20  Show called "Icon"
6. Troopers - 82.05Spolier alert: chick pulls out a gun at the end.
5. Blue Knights - 85.95 Never liked the Blue Knights for some reason, starting with indoor drumline.
4. Madison Scouts - 86.05 Another crowd pleasing show (standing-o) that the judges disliked.
3. Santa Clara Vanguard - 90.45 I believe this is the group with the split flam taps. Very "artsy."
2. Cadets - 92.45 Toy soldiers, very entertaining and fun to watch. Could've done without the baby sound effects though. Only four bass drums.
1. Bluecoats - 93.75 Not sure if they were really deserving to win but it was their home show. Love the snare tuning.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

DCi Show?

I might be going to my first DCI show of the summer next week! And you know what that means: new videos. Let's hope everything works out this time...

Snare Drum Sheet Music - Rhythm X 2010: "Inspired"

Snare Drum sheet music for Rhythm X 2010: "Inspired" - Updated post here.

More coming soon. Subscribe to get the latest updates! Check out more Rhythm X and WGI sheet music download in our new Sheet Music Downloads page. 
Check out the full snare drum sheet show music for Inspired here.

Want to march Rhythm X one day? Learn how to play drums.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Snare Drum Sheet Music: Rhythm X "Gone"

Here's page one of movement one of Rhythm X's world championship winning show, "Gone", for snare drum.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Original Compositions: This Time - NTW

This is a little groove I wrote a few years ago that I finally got around to putting on the internet. I made it with Fruity Loops (now FL Studio I believe). Please let me know what you think!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Thomas Worthington Quad Line - Shades of Arrogance

The Thomas Worthington Quad Line performing at the 2008 "Cardinal Day" Talent Show. Adrienne (middle), Pablo (left), and Scott (right) at their finest. They were voted 1st place.

The three of them have constituted the tenor drum line in the TWHS Marching Band and the TWHS Winter Percussion Group from 2005 to 2008.


Monday, May 10, 2010

DCI Schedule

I took a look at the DCI schedule today. Another disappointment for me, I may not even have the opportunity to catch a show until August! That sucks. It's been so long since I've been able to see a good drum show. What shows are you planning on attending? Who are you looking forward to seeing in action this year?

Also, is there really no show in Columbus, OH this year? WTF?!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

RCC 2005 Snare Break Sheet Music

Here's the video if you want to follow along. 2005 RCC Snares playing their opening snare break in the lot at WGI Finals.

And the full show of Riverside Community College's 2005 World Championship run of their show titled "Manifest Destiny"

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Shopping for Mother's Day?

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Monday, April 26, 2010

04262010 Percussion Scholastic World Finals Review - WGI

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04262010 Percussion Independent World Finals Review - WGI

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Results and Videos from WGI Finals

In a surprising upset Pulse percussion beat out favorite Rhythm X for the Gold medal by a narrow margin. Music City Mystique came in third and Riverside Community College was fourth. Here are a few clips:

Saturday, April 17, 2010

No Worlds for Me

Well, after all the traveling I have done lately I didn't make it to WGI world finals. Big time bummer. That means no new videos from me. Haven't taken any new drum videos in quite some time either. And nobody decided to follow me on Twitter for my planned updates from the competition so I am guessing it is not that big a deal to any of you. I'll guess I'll just stick to posting sheet music for now.

Monday, April 12, 2010


WGI (indoor drumline)World Championships are this Saturday! How many of you are planning on attending? Hopefully I will see you there. If you are not able to attend follow me on Twitter as I plan on continuously updating throughout the course of the day. I am also hoping on getting some in the lot video as well. I'm excited to go since last time was 2008 I believe (which wasn't too long ago but feels like forever). I just realized that I have only performed at Worlds twice, which seems odd but is a true fact, winning it all one of those times too :)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Snare Drum Sheet Music: RCC 2004 Spree

Here is a warm-up for snare drum from Riverside Community College in 2004, courtesy of

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Snare Drum Sheet Music: Blue Devils 2003 Opening Lick

This is the snare drum sheet music to the Blue Devils 2003 show. it's a fun opening lick, and even more so if you can find someone to split the singles with.

Please share if you like this!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Tenor Sheet Music: Rhythm X Quad Solo 2002

Here's the quad solo for one of my favorite indoor shows of all time, Rhythm X's 2002 show "Our World." the group won Percussion Independent Open in their first year of existences and have been crushing in World class ever since. The tenor liner consisted of Tim Jackson, Adam Clemens, and Geoff Kolb, all from my Alma mater, Thomas Worthington High School. Sadly, it appears all the videos of the show have been taken down from YouTube at the moment.

*Geoff Kolb marched Matrix that year - my bad!

Learn to play drums.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Snare Drum Sheet Music: RCC Closer 2006

This is the sheet music for the closer from Riverside Community College's 2006 indoor drumline WGI show. I promise not to do all snare music on this site but that is what I played so I have more of it.

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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Drum Set Practice Comic

I found this drum set practice comic in an old issue of a Boy Scout magazine I think.

"My dad says I'm so good I don't need to practice anymore!"

Monday, February 22, 2010

Video: Rhythm X 2010 "Inspired"

Here is a video I found on YouTube today of Rhythm X 2010's finals performance from the Dayton Regional on February 19th. There show is called "Inspired." Not sure what I think of it yet. I am a fan of Muse so that is cool that they are playing a few tunes off their latest record. They also have some cool visuals this year but the video doesn't do the actual playing any justice. I'll reserve judgement until I see it in person (hopefully at Worlds). Your thoughts?

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Monday, February 15, 2010

Friday, February 12, 2010

Drum Kit From Hell - Electronic Drums Demo

These Drums are From Hell!!! Thanks to RET Percussion and Toontrack for offering some awesome products! If you're into Metal, Hard Rock, Speed, Death, Black, Grindcore, or Classic rock, this is the kit for you... it does it all!

Thanks for watching, and as always, leave plenty of feedback!

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Video: Father Ryan High School Indoor Drumline 2007

Father Ryan High School indoor drumline is known for hilarious shows with great gags and visuals. 2007's show was no exception. The carnival show pokes fun at other group's past shows, like Music City Mystique 2005. Below is a video I took at a regional in Dayton. Enjoy!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Sheet Music: Rhythm X 2005 Wired Battery Opener

This is the full battery sheet music for Rhythm X's opener in 2005 from their show titled "Wired."


Monday, February 1, 2010

Video: Drum Set part for Bloc Party's "Like Eating Glass"

This is a video I found on YouTube of some dude rocking out on set to one of my favorite beats, Bloc Party's "Like Eating Glass." Enjoy!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

A Beat for Peace

Phil Selway, of Radiohead fame, is joining other drummers from around the world to support Sudan 365. In 2011, a referendum will determine whether or not the Southern region of Sudan becomes independent from the North. Experts fear that instability in the run-up to the referendum or its aftermath could reignite a civil war and cause massive human rights abuses unless international efforts are intensified to find a peaceful path through the next 12 months.

Here’s the call-to-action video, which also features Richard Jupp of Elbow, Caroline Corr of the Corrs, Nick Mason of Pink Floyd, Jonny Quinn of Snow Patrol, Stewart Copeland of the Police, and many more.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

MCGC and a Radiohead WGI Show Videos

I went to an MCGC (Michigan Color Gaurd Circuit) indoor drumline show last year (and will hopefully be going to more this season to get some video. Wasn't too impressed with any of the shows besides NorthCoast Academy's "Echo." Everything else bordered on boring because there was nothing new to me. Here is a poor quality video of "Echo" I took. Hopefully will get more, higher quality videos up when I get a new computer. Enjoy.

I heard about another group today that is doing an all Radiohead show. That is awesome. Here is their website:

I could do without the singing but this show overall is pretty cool because they've done a few things I haven't seen before, plus that snare solo at the end is pretty sweet. And I love that they squeezed in part of "Let Down" as that is one of my favorite songs of all time.