Brian Tichy /
On The Professor’s Throne
Brian Tichy never expected his hero to let him play his legendary kit. Read this story about Neil Peart.
Mike Mangini /
Slicing Up Time
Time moves slower for Mike Mangini, whose adrenaline problem led him to master subdivision and become the virtuoso he is today.
Sarah Thawer /
Color Outside The Lines
By becoming her own cheerleader and carving out her own niche, Sarah Thawer has become one of today's most versatile drummers.
Dom Famularo /
The Grass Is Greenest Under Your Feet
Dom Famularo, drumming's global ambassador, used to have a stammer and low self-esteem. He explains why you should live in the now.
Dorothea Taylor /
The Drum Set Can Wait
Dorothea cut her teeth in an award-winning Michigan drum corps in the '60s. Here's why she's glad she didn't start on the drum set.
Anika Nilles /
It’s Never Too Late
Anika Nilles dealt with confidence issues and multiple failures on her way to becoming a pro drummer. It's never too late.
Aric Improta /
It Wasn’t The Right Time
Five 'lost' drum-offs. Sketchy sleeping quarters. Three canceled tours. Aric Improta had to be patient before he finally struck gold.
Chris Coleman /
Use Your Pain As Fuel
Chris Coleman tried to kill his passion for drums. Winning the Guitar Center Drum-Off helped him see the light in the darkness.
Aquiles Priester /
It’s Not The Gear’s Fault
Aquiles Priester couldn't afford a drum kit, so he built one out of cans and gas gallons. It taught him to become a gear chameleon.
Trey Gray /
The Disease Doesn’t Define Me
When he was diagnosed with Huntington's Disease and given 10-15 years to live, Trey Gray's life plunged into a downwards spiral.
Jason Sutter /
When his career was just getting started, Jason Sutter learned a huge lesson. He now pays it forward as much as he can.
Gil Sharone /
Getting The Call
One call in particular set off a chain of events that took Gil Sharone's career to the next level.
Jared Falk /
Play Like It’s Your Last Time
Jared Falk almost died in a lumber mill accident. The experience taught him to never take anything for granted.
Jim Riley /
From Homeless To Rascal Flatts
Jim Riley was willing to do whatever it took to make it in Nashville - even if it meant living in his truck.
Tony Coleman /
When Dizz Threw Me In
Tony Coleman found himself thrown into the deep end when Dizzy Gillespie pulled him onstage. Here's what happened.
Marco Minnemann /
Getting Over The Nerves
Even the greatest drummers get nervous sometimes. Marco Minnemann tells the story of how he didn't quite make it to his very first gig.
Bruce Becker /
Out Of The Comfort Zone
Bruce Becker took a chance and moved to Europe, where he found new opportunities and visits from his mentor, Freddie Gruber.
Todd Sucherman /
Make The Right Turn
Todd Sucherman joined Styx under stressful circumstances. Find out how everything he'd done in his career led up to this big opportunity.
Thomas Lang /
Reclaiming My Hands
Thomas Lang's drumming career almost derailed when he was diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome. Here's the story in his words.