Category Archives: Drums & Percussion

Pop-Rock Royalty Set to Entertain the Institute, London

On 12th February 2013, Paul Winter-Hart and Alex Dickson will visit the Institute to talk exclusively to students about their careers and jamming techniques.

Alex and Paul spent much of the late 90’s jetting around the planet. Paul played drums with chart-topping, BRIT award-winning band Kula Shaker, whilst Alex was touring guitarist of choice with pop royalty Robbie Williams and Iron Maiden’s legendary vocalist, Bruce Dickinson.  Since then Alex has played with a who’s who of music including James Brown, Ben’s Brother and Calvin Harris. Paul, meanwhile, has been equally busy performing with Graham Coxon, Johnathan Jerimiah, Joseph Arthur and Aqualung.

During downtime between tours and records, Paul and Alex having been taking inspiration from their experiences playing with musicians in L.A. and New York, by jamming, writing and mixing together and trying to make sense of the ‘creative process’ involved in these.

In their workshop, Alex and Paul hope to convey how freeform playing can help in the writing process as well as the potential problems of devising music in this way.

For further information on the Institute’s courses and events, please contact:

Paul Winter-Hart Alex Dickson

Institute launches new Masters Course For Guitar, Bass, Vocals and Drums

The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance has announced the launch of a new Masters Degree (MMus) for students of guitar, bass, drums or vocals. The course is designed to enable contemporary musicians who have excelled at undergraduate level (or who are demonstrably of this standard) to fully explore and develop their own unique, expressive and creative voices.

The Institute Masters has been designed and built using the same wealth of experience that over twenty-five years has ensured the Institute has been consistently recognised as one of the world’s leading providers of contemporary music education. Students will have the opportunity for both individual lessons and project-based study with a wide range of internationally acclaimed musicians, academics, educators and practitioners. And the course will be delivered at the Institute’s specialist facilities in London, UK.

Successful completion of the Institute Masters degree will position graduates for high level employment and/or progression to national/international PhD or DMA programmes. However, there are a limited number of places available annually and demand for entrance to this course is expected to be high.

Dr Gareth Dylan Smith, Programme Leader on the Institute Masters course, had this to say:

‘We are delighted to be launching this new Masters course for the contemporary musician, which we believe will quickly become recognised as one of the leading courses in its field.

With a teaching faculty composed of such luminaries as Professor Richard Smith from the world-renowned Thornton School of Music, Audrey Riley, with twenty-five years of experience in the rock industry and Laurence Cottle, a world-renowned bassist, students on this course will have access to a unique range of knowledge, experience and talent.

And since it is delivered in London, at the heart of the global music industry, I believe that there is no better place to continue building a music career at the highest levels’

For further information on the Institute Masters degree course, including details on how to apply, contact:

Institute of Contemporary Music Performance Masters Degree

Nickelback’s Daniel Adair On Tour with the BC2

Nickelback’s Daniel Adair is currently using the Porter & Davies BC2 personal drum monitoring system on the global best selling ‘Here and Now’ tour.

The Nickelback juggernaut has been rolling into more than eighty cities worldwide. They are now seven months into the sell out tour after playing North America, all over Europe, the Middle East and are currently playing across the Far East and Australia.

Daniel Adair, drummer with Nickelback has been using the new saddle style BC2 throne on their tour and absolutely loves it. ‘I am kinda speechless! What can I say that hasn’t been said before by others that have tried it? said Daniel, ‘Its AMAZING! Love how it picks up the lower end from the toms as well. This will definitely change how I approach things from now on. Even practicing some double kicks today I was clearly aware of weak points through the sensitivity of the device. More drummers need this.’

The BC2 converts signals from the bass drum microphone or an electronic kit into a physical pulse that is transmitted to the player’s body via the systems modified drum throne. The transmission is transferred by Bone Conduction (BC), which means the player feels and hears the sound internally instead of just relying on conventional audio only monitoring.

The BC2, with standard and saddle style thrones will be at the 2013 Winter NAMM. Visit Porter & Davies to see them in Hall D Stand 2879.

For further details on Porter & Davies, the BC2 and BC Gigster please visit their newly updated website at

Daniel Adair Daniel Adair Drum Kit

New Rockschool 2012-2018 Guitar, Bass and Drum Companion Guides and Technical Handbooks

In support of the new 2012 Syllabuses for Guitar, Bass and Drums, this December 2012 Rockschool publishes its latest Companion Guides and a new set of Technical Handbooks. These are essential reference aids to help music teachers get the best results for their students with the technical sides of Rockschool’s Debut-8 Grade Exams.

The updated Rockschool Companion Guides are available from the 3rd of December for Guitar, Bass and Drums and feature between six examples of additional specimen tests for each of the ‘unseen tests’ in the exams including:-

  • Sight reading (Debut to Grade 5) – 6 per grade
  • Improvisation & Interpretation (Grade 1 to Grade 5) – 6 per grade
  • Ear Tests (Debut to Grade 8) – 6 per grade
  • Quick Study Pieces (Grades 6-8) 6 per grade
  • General Musicianship Questions (Debut-Grade 8) – 5 example questions per grade

They Companion Guides contain valuable practice material, written in an easy to follow style, which is ideal for preparing candidates for a Rockschool Grade Exam. These Companion Guides, designed for using with Rockschool’s Grade Books, will help teachers get the best possible results for their students. The retail price will be £25 for each book.

Also published by Rockschool are new comprehensive Technical Handbooks covering all the Technical Exercises of the new 2012 Guitar, Bass and Drum syllabuses (previously only available for Guitar). The purpose of each Technical Handbook is to provide teachers and candidates with all the scales and arpeggio examples for all Guitar and Bass grades in an easy-to-use reference book. Rockschool has also brought together all the Drums rudiments in a single volume for easy reference. Each book comes with all the relevant audio backing tracks. The retail price will be £10 for each book.

These new supporting texts from Rockschool will help teachers make the musical progression and achievement of their students easy and fulfilling, providing a valuable reference book that is practical and a handy guide to the Rockschool 2012 Syllabus.

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Rockschool Guitar Technical Handbook Rockschool Guitar Companion Guide Rockschool Bass Technical Handbook Rockschool Bass Companion Guide Rockschool Drums Technical Handbook Rockschool Drums Companion Guide

Protection Racket Launch New Shaped Conga Cases For A Snug Fit

Protection Racket cases new conga cases fit where they touch. The new shaped cases have been completely re-designed are now available in 10” Requinto, 11” Quinto, 11.75” Conga, 12.5” Tumba and 14”Super Tumba sizes.

These well-cushioned conga cases provide plenty of protection for your prized percussion instruments. Saving them from dents and scratches whether you are out and about on the road or simply storing them when not being used. They have padding in all the areas you need it to be and the conga shape of the cases means the fit is snug and the drum does not move around.

Getting your conga in and out of the bag couldn’t be easier. The heavy-duty nylon zips are large and easy to use; with one all round the top and one from top to bottom. All the cases come with padded rucksack straps, ergonomic carrying handle and two side handles at the lid providing a variety of ways to carry your drums comfortably.

As you would expect with any Protection Racket case, they are made of highly durable, lightweight materials, Racketex, Propadd and Propile. They are waterproof and stable in extreme climate conditions and come with really useful pockets.

Prices range from £81.99/$131.99 for the Requinto through to £92.99/$149.99 for the Super Tumba.

To find out more please visit their website at

Protection Racket Shaped Conga bag

The Institute unveils eight Music Performance Scholarships worth over £33,000

The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance is delighted to announce, in conjunction with its leading partners, the launch of over £33,000 worth of scholarships for deserving students to study on the Institute’s renowned one-year Higher Diploma course. The scholarship categories are as follows:

GUITAR: Supported by Yamaha Guitar and Total Guitar Magazine

BASS: Supported by Musicman Bass and  Bass Guitar Magazine

DRUMS: Supported by Mapex/Paiste and Drummer Magazine

VOCALS: Supported by Shure

Each category includes one full scholarship (worth £5650 to the winner) and one partial scholarship (worth £2,800 each). The Higher Diploma is a specialist one-year full-time course, developed by the Institute to train and develop students of guitar, bass, drums and vocals for a career in the music industry. It was the first full-time course of its kind ever developed in the UK and achieving a place on the course continues to be an aspirational goal for young musicians. The Institute, widely recognised as one of Europe’s leading schools of modern music, counts on an unrivalled teaching and visiting faculty, many of whom regularly work and tour with some of the music industry’s greatest artists.

Previous Institute students can be found throughout today’s music industry, working with high profile artists such as Radiohead, The Vaccines, Jessie J, Kylie Minogue, Reef, The Script and Paolo Nutini. Previous scholarship winners can be seen performing with successful artists across the world including Estelle, N-Dubz and Lauren Hill.

Closing date for entries is 22nd February 2013 and there is always a great demand. The scholarships are open to anyone from the UK or internationally and the application form is available to download from

Alex Losardo Abi Murray

New Rack Mount BC2rm Monitor System From Porter & Davies

With its BC2 and BC Gigster personal drum monitor systems garnering rave reviews in the media and endorsements from top drummers including John Tempesta, Gavin Harrison, JR Robinson and Korn’s Ray Luzier, UK-based Porter & Davies now introduces the BC2rm, a slim-line (2-unit) 19” rack-mountable version of its top-of-the-line BC2.

Like the flight-cased BC2 and lightweight, streamlined Gigster, the BC2rm – which includes the BC control unit and P&D’s patented transducer-loaded drum throne – delivers Stealth Monitoring® that enables users to hear their drums internally via the company’s innovative Bone Conduction® technology (thus the BC name). “The unit,” said technical director/designer Tim Porter, “shapes the sound, the seat delivers it.”

“The brief for the BC2rm was very specific,” continued Porter. “Make a BC2 in a 19” rack-mount format – otherwise don’t change a thing.” To make that happen I did a complete redesign of the internal layout while keeping all the musical characteristics. Everything – internal cabling, connectors and even the physical size of the individual components – was re-evaluated and adjusted or improved to fit the thin-line case. Like the other two systems, the BC2rm is all about state-of-the-art personalized drum monitoring in a compact design.”

Because they are tactile monitors and do not require any speakers whatsoever – just the control unit and the drum throne – Porter & Davies BC monitor systems eliminate the need for onstage monitor subs, though a wedge or IEMS (in-ears) are recommended for other instruments the drummer wants to hear, all of which, according to Porter, “makes all of the BC models ideal for even the smallest stages, but also great for stadium gigs.”

The BCR2rm retails for £999 (inc. vat) including the Porter and Davies throne top, US retail is $1299.

Porter & Davies will be at the 2013 Winter NAMM show (Hall D Stand 2879)

For further details on Porter & Davies, the BC2 and BC Gigster please visit their newly updated website at

Porter & Davies Rack Mount BC2rm Monitor System

DW Goes Thin with New Aluminum Collector’s Series® Snare Drums

Drum Workshop, Inc. has recently added a new offering to their line of DW Collector’s Series® thin shell snare drums. The 5.5×14” and 6.5×14” Aluminum drums feature a thin 1mm rolled shell and are “workhorse-style” snares that can be used for every musical genre. The thin shells offer a more resonant tone with more overtones than their thicker rolled-shell cousins. DW Executive Vice President and Drum Designer, John Good, explains, “We used to have a limited edition thin black nickel over brass. It was so popular we added it to the line. Then, we came out with stainless steel, and that was really well-received. After that, our version of a Titanium drum. By this time, we figured that there is a market for both thin shells and the thicker cast-type shells we had been offering for years, so we’ve decided to have a little of both. Now we have aluminum. It’s a really nice drum, warmer than brass and just enough metallic sound to cut and the sensitivity is really nice, too!”

The thin aluminum shell is finished with a matte grey powder coat and has a rolled bearing edges and snare beds. The Custom Shop drum comes standard with chrome hardware and features such as: MAG™ throw-off system with 3P™ (3 position) butt-plate, True Tone™ snare wires, True Pitch™ stainless steel tension rods, 3.0mm steel True Hoops™ and DW Heads by Remo® USA.

Good continues, “It’s not the first thin Aluminum shell on the market, but it’s the first DW version. We think that a bead-less shell and our patented features such as our MAG throw-off system sets us apart from the crowd. Plus, our artists are thrilled to have this option available. We already have a ton of pre-orders from guys that want to use it on sessions and tours.”

Retail price for the 5.5×14” is $661.99 and the 6.5×14” is $692.99. For further information, contact your local DW drum dealer or Drum Workshop, Inc. at: 3450 Lunar Court, Oxnard, CA 93030, tel: 805-485-6999, fax 805-485-1334,

DW Aluminum Snare Drum

PDP Announces Limited Edition 20-Ply Birch Snare Drum

Drum Workshop, Inc., parent company of the Pacific Drums and Percussion brand, has added a boutique-inspired snare drum to its cost-conscious snare drum line-up. Available in 5.5×14” and 6.5×14” sizes, the all-birch drums come in a neutral flat black lacquer finish to match any drum set color. The incredibly versatile 2-ply all-birch shell offers a round, throaty tone and can be tuned up high for Hip-Hop or down low for Rock. DW Executive Vice President and Drum Designer, John Good, explains the basis for the shell composition, “In many ways, our PDP line borrows from our Custom Shop drums with True Pitch™, MAG™ throw-off and lots of things we do on our high-end instruments are brought over, so that more drummers can enjoy these advancements. That said, it’s nice to be able to do things that are only for PDP. This is one of them. We probably wouldn’t consider a 20-ply drum for Collector’s Series, but it fits perfectly in the PDP line, and everyone that’s heard it is absolutely blown away!”

The Limited Edition snare, comes standard with Concept Series dual-turret lugs, MAG™ throw-off system with 3P™ (3 position) butt-plate, True Tone™ snare wires, True Pitch™ tension rods, plus more.

Director of Marketing, Scott Donnell adds, “The PDP LTD line has been a massive success. We can do small production runs of out-of-the-box ideas and drummers really seem to appreciate that. They also seem to really appreciate the price. The sound and build quality of these drums is truly impressive at any price. I think we’ll be seeing more LTD product in the future.”

Retail price for the 5.5×14” and 6.5×14” is $363.99. For further information, contact your local DW drum dealer or Drum Workshop, Inc. at: 3450 Lunar Court, Oxnard, CA 93030, tel: 805-485-6999, fax805-485-1334,

PDP Limited Edition 20-Ply Birch Snare Drum

DW Launches Collector’s Series® Concrete Snare Drums

Drum Workshop, Inc. recently announced a new addition to their world famous line of DW Collector’s Series® snare drums. Available in 5.5×14” and 6.5×14” sizes the unique Concrete drums are perfectly suited for both live and studio applications and provide a decidedly different tonal quality than either wood or metal. DW Executive Vice President and Drum Designer, John Good, comments on the drum’s unique sonic qualities, “This drum is a completely different animal. Our goal is to outfit drummers with as many sounds as possible, so this one definitely fits the bill. At first, we were surprised at the dry, focused sound, but, man, does it have volume! It’s a shotgun! And the color of the raw stone looks really nice with our matte satin chrome hardware. It’s just a killer combination all around.”

The thin, cast 1mm shell includes a standard 45 degree cut bearing edge and snare beds. The Custom Shop drum includes standard features such as: MAGTM throw-off system with 3P™ (3 position) but-plate, True Tone™ snare wires, True Pitch™ stainless steel tension rods, 3.0mm steel True Hoops™ and DW Heads by Remo® USA.

Each concrete drum is made to order and can be combined with any DW Custom Shop drum set order.

Good adds, “We’ve already had lots of positive comments from our artists about this particular drum. The exciting thing is that drummers playing all different styles of music like it. It’s not just a Rock drum. We’ve had some of our R&B and Country guys also take notice. This is something different and I think DW fans will appreciate our effort to push the envelope.”

Retail price for the 5.5×14” and 6.5×14” is $1,230.99. For further information, contact your local DW drum dealer or Drum Workshop, Inc. at: 3450 Lunar Court, Oxnard, CA 93030, tel: 805-485- 6999, fax805-485-1334,

DW Concrete Snare Drums