Drummer Nation

Drummers Talking Drums. Bi-weekly video shows from music industry veteran Michael Vosbein for drummers of all types.

August 15th, 2017    

Drummer Nation Show #33 “The Best You Can Play is to Be Yourself” Rich Thompson

Rich Thompson has been a jazz educator at the prestigious Eastman School of Music for two decades. I sat with him at the annual Jazz Eductor Netowrk  (JEN) Conference in New Orleans earlier this year.   

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August 8th, 2017    

Drummer Nation Show #32 “Rhythm Section Specialist” Dennis Mackrel

Jazz great Dennis Mackrel has played with legions of legends. His work in small groups, big bands and shows has kept him at the top of his game in NYC for decades. He's an accomplished writer, arranger, and a notable educator. He's also served as the leader of the Count Basie Orchestra.       

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July 31st, 2017    

Drummer Nation Show #31 “Teaching is a Privilege” Patrick Bowen

Patrick Bowen teachers at the Las vegas Academy of Performing Arts. It's a Grammy award winning program. He's also the principle percussionist in the Las Vegas Philharmonic and plays live shows on the Vegas strip from Mama Mia to Lady Gaga.

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July 25th, 2017    

Drummer NatonShow #30 “Diva Jazz” Sherrie Maricle

Sherrie Maricle has been a staple on the NYC scene for many years. She's been the long time steady drummer for the NY Pops Orchestra, a teacher at NYU, and co-founder and band leader of the Diva Jazz Orchestra. I am happy she found the time for this interview via Skype.     

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July 10th, 2017    

Drummer Nation Show #29 “It’s a Family” John Dechristopher

Guest John Dechristopher discusses his long career as the  artist relations manager for Zildjian. He explains the family nature of artist endorsements and details his new business venture, Viper Entertainment. 

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June 26th, 2017    

Drummer Nation Show #28 “35 Years at Ludwig” Jim Catalano

Jim Catalano has worked in marketing for Ludwig for 35 years. We talked at the Chicago Drum Show about his career with the iconic brand and as a working musician.  

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June 12th, 2017    

Drummer Nation Show #27 “I Measure My Wealth in Friends” Ronn Dunnett

Interview with legendary drum-smith Ronn Dunnett. We discuss his unique approach to drum construction, competition and receiving the International Titanium Association’s (ITA) 2016 Application Development award.  

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May 30th, 2017    

Drummer Nation Show #26 “I’ve Been There” Bun E. Carlos

Bun E. Carlos interview recorded at the 2017 Chicago Drum Show. Bun E. talks about the early days with Cheap Trick, his approah to drum sounds, his amazing Ludwig drum collection and his 2016 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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May 18th, 2017    

Drummer Nation Show #25 “The Boys Are Back” Rikki Rockett

After a four year bout with illness, Rikki Rockett is back on a sold-out tour with his band, Poison. We chat in his tour bus about the band's origins and how he approaches his timekeeping role in it.

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April 25th, 2017    

Drummer Nation #24, “The World Needs More Drummers” Andy Zildjian

Interview with Sabian Cymbals CEO Andy Zildjian at the 2016 Sabian NAMM booth. Andy discusses the early days of Sabian and their ongoing commitment to innovation. Special thanks to Classic Drummer Magazine.

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