Zoro is one of the top educators in the world and was voted #1 R&B Drummer & Clinician in the Modern Drummer Magazine reader's poll for several years consecutively, and has received Best Funk Drummer honors in Drum! and Rhythm Magazine of the U.K. His book and DVD, The Commandments of R&B Drumming were all awarded with the prestigious #1 Best Educational Products title in the Modern Drummer Magazine reader's poll. Zoro's most recent and riveting drum performance can be seen on the DVD entitled, Modern Drummer Festival 2005 (Hudson Music).
Johnny Rabb is an active live and studio drummer living in Nashville, TN. He stays busy drumming and composing music with partner Clay Parnell in the innovative group BioDiesel. As an author, Johnny continues his passion for education. He has just released The Official Freehand Technique Book/CD with Hudson Limited. Johnny was also voted #1 Best Educational Author by Modern Drummer’s Readers Poll for his book Jungle Drum ‘N’ Bass for the Acoustic Drum Set. He has performed with a wide range of artists such as Maynard Ferguson, Alain Caron, Frank Gambale, Larry Tagg, Tanya Tucker, DJ Hype, Hank Williams III, SheDaisy, Deana Carter and Mindy McCready. He has traveled worldwide conducting clinics and master classes including the Montreal Drumfest, PASIC, Musik Messe, Meinl Drum Festival 2005 & 2008.
Rod's professional music career began as a founding member of the groundbreaking group the Dixie Dregs when, as a student at the University of Miami in Florida, he met Steve Morse, Andy West and Allen Sloan. The university was a hotbed of musical activity during this period, playing host to brilliant future talents like Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius, Danny Gottlieb, T Lavitz and Bruce Hornsby. Playing under the official Studio Music and Jazz curriculum title of Rock Ensemble II, the Dregs honed their fusionesque chops. It was here that the band recorded its classic Great Spectacular album now available on CD.
Rick Van Horn:
Rick Van Horn has had a long and fruitful career as a drummer and educator as well as being formerly associated with Modern Drummer Magazine for several decades as an editor, writer and product reviewer. His long tenure as a professional player makes him uniquely qualified to present his clinc on drum set ergonomics and a logical holistic approach to the instrument.