Big Band Drumming Workshop for Directors

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to learn from one of the great jazz educators and musicians, John Riley. Riley will spend three hours working with directors in an intimate setting, spending time on key topics essential to a successful drummer, rhythm sectional and big band. This workshop will address the drummer’s role in an ensemble, chart reading and setting up a big band, grooves for the most common styles, rhythm section approaches, ballad playing and general musicianship. You will leave this workshop with some incredible tips, tricks and techniques to advice your drummers, rhythm section and big band.

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Instructor: John Riley

JR_Japan_Kengo_photoJohn Riley began playing drums at age eight, after receiving a snare drum as a gift. With the support, encouragement and patience of his parents, he played in the school band and began drum lessons with a good local teacher, Tom Sicola. While under Sicola's guidance, Riley gained control of the snare drum through work on the rudiments and reading. Eventually, he acquired a complete drumset and lessons expanded to include "beats of the day," coordination and reading studies for the drumset.

 

At age 12, Riley began playing in rock bands and heard his first jazz recordings, the soundtrack to The Gene Krupa Story and Max Roach's Conversation. Two years later, he played his first "professional" gig, which he obtained through an audition played over the telephone. Riley began studying with Joe Morello in 1971, after meeting him at a drum symposium.

 

Riley went on to attend the University of North Texas, where he was introduced to a larger world of music and percussion. While at UNT, he played in, toured, and recorded with the famed One O'clock Lab Band. In 1976, he moved to New York City and was soon called to join the Woody Herman Band. Following that great experience, Riley returned to New York and began freelancing with a wide spectrum of world class musicians including Stan Getz, Milt Jackson, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, John Scofield, Bob Mintzer, Gary Peacock, Mike Stern, Joe Lovano, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, John Patitucci, Bob Berg, and many others.

 

Riley has a Bachelor of Music degree in jazz education from the University of North Texas and a Master of Music in jazz studies from Manhattan School of Music. He is on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music and Kutztown University, and is an Artist in Residence at the Amsterdam Conservatory in Holland. He is also the author of The Art of Bop Drumming, Beyond Bop Drumming, The Jazz Drummer's Workshop, and The Master Drummer DVD, and has taught master classes around the world.

 

 

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