Bryan's Blog | #2:
Sink or Swim

My drum set from 50-some years ago.  

 

I wasn’t quite as dapper as this young fellow. My parents liked when I played with brushes. I preferred the sticks. My father played the pipes. Once he took me along with him to play for the teachers at a grade school… over the intercom... before class started. His piping accompanied by my drum. To say I was embarrassed doesn’t quite cover it. 

 

Step One:

 

 

As a drummer, I am a total noob. Well, my parents did buy me a snare drum when I was in second or third grade back in the mid-60s. It was red with gold trim, almost totally plastic, with a few rather limp snare springs on the bottom and a single cymbal. In retrospect, I'd say the drum head had as much tension and stick bounce as the side of a box of fruit loops.  

That little drum was an eight-year old's dream come true. Shiny, red, and loud.  My parents asked that I play it upstairs in my bedroom, out of sight and...

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SLOT Tenor Corps Full Medley 2018 Worlds

 

Monster Drum Sgt.

Stephen Creighton

is rock'n with his Monster Tenor Drummers from

St. Laurence O'Toole Pipe Band

 

Many more where that came from!  

 

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We've got hundreds of classes that breakdown every concept, like our Music Theory Tutor classes, MT3005 -  An Intro to Unisions, Chips, and Fortes

 

Many more where that came from!  

 

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Dave's Blog | #1:
A Whole New Drag

An Intro to Me & How did I Ended-Up on Rhythm Monster

A Monster Blog Series by Dave Bullard

 

I learned Flam Drags at the knee of the Bayonne Bridgemen in the pre-kevlar days of DCI (Drum Corps International).

 

 This is a Flam Drag, btw, for us American Drummers: 

  

 

 

My first snare drum was a megalithic 15” Ludwig hanging from a strap.I messed around at audition camps for the (then) Cadets of Bergen County and made the quad line there in ‘89. In ‘91 I did the same with the Blue Devils. Unfortunately, my bad back kept me from ever completing a season with either group.

 

After I aged out, I kept up with what the DCI guys were up to and managed to keep my chops at a reasonable level over the years.

Then about 2 months ago, deep down a YouTube hole of, “in the lot with Broken City,” videos, I stumbled across this video, uploaded by something calling itself “Rhythm...

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Bryan's Blog | #1:
Old Dog Learning
New Tricks

Old Dog Learning New Tricks                             

A Monster Blog Series by Bryan Lowe

My father died about a year after he retired, and nobody was more surprised about that than he was. Dying young wasn't a part of his life plan in any way. It rarely is. So more than 3 decades later, as I got set to retire at the same age as my father, 61, I knew I needed a plan that would give me a different outcome.


My father, Cecil Lowe.

 

With my retirement, I was leaving behind a career of 39 years with the same company. I worked my way up the ladder to the rung that was second from the top. I loved the challenge, the people, the work itself. I'd be leaving all that behind... but for what? I needed a plan. I knew that to be happy in retirement I'd still need a challenge, I'd need people in my life, and I'd need to do something I loved.

Well, I've come...

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Scottish Power Drum Corps Drum Salute 2018

 

Monster Drum Sgt.

Jake Jørgensen

is rock'n with his Monster Drum Corps from

ScottishPower Pipe Band

 

Many more where that came from!  

 

To access all of our Monster Classes, you'll need a profile and a subscription. So many other Monster Drummers from around the world are waiting to meet you and rock out. Fear no more, click the button to Monster-Up! 

 

 

We've got hundreds of classes that breakdown every concept, like our Music Theory Tutor classes, MT3005 -  An Intro to Unisions, Chips, and Fortes

 

Many more where that came from!  

 

To access all of our Monster Classes, you'll need a profile and a subscription. So many other Monster Drummers from around the world are waiting to meet you and rock out. Fear no more, click the button to Monster-Up! 

 

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SFU Drum Corps The Moving Cloud Medley WPBC 2018

 

Monster Drum Sgt.

J. Reid Maxwell

has produced some of the most Monster Pipe Band Drum Corps for decades, and 2018 was no exception. His Beastly Brutes from the 

Simon Fraser University Pipe Band

were inspiring to say the least. Hang-out and learn from Reid in his Monster Instructor Series! Here's a special message from Reid telling you all about it: 

 

 

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10 Ways to Improve Your Pipe Band Drumming Today

Competition season is almost here again! Most people in Pipe Band Land are gearing-up for weekly practices with their sights set on earning more prizes, and the competition gets more fierce each year. So what determines the top band from the others? What’s the edge the winning soloists seem to have? What tips, tricks, and skills are needed to get your drummers to the next level? What routines are potentially holding them back? Here’s a list of 10 things that just might be the difference between you and the top prize this year:


1. Practice Standing Up

We all know the comforts of sitting at the good ol’ table. Snare Drummers, Tenor Drummers, Bass Drummers; we’re all guilty of it and do it far too often. If we’re not careful, this can be super detrimental to our playing. The reason is very simple: tables and chairs are not designed for drummers! They do not put the playing surface at the appropriate height for the vast majority of...

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Manawatu Pipe Band Drum Corps Medley WPBC 2018

 

Monster Drum Sgt.

Gary Potter

is rock'n with his Monster Drum Corps from

Manawatu Scottish Pipe Band

 

Many more where that came from!  

 

To access all of our Monster Classes, you'll need a profile and a subscription. So many other Monster Drummers from around the world are waiting to meet you and rock out. Fear no more, click the button to Monster-Up! 

 

 

We've got hundreds of classes that breakdown every concept, like our Music Theory Tutor classes, MT3005 -  An Intro to Unisions, Chips, and Fortes

 

Many more where that came from!  

 

To access all of our Monster Classes, you'll need a profile and a subscription. So many other Monster Drummers from around the world are waiting to meet you and rock out. Fear no more, click the button to Monster-Up! 

 

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Bagad Cesson-Sévigné Brest 2019

 

Bagad Cesson-Sévigné

Is the only Grade 1 Bagad or Pipe Band that currently has a Lead Drummer and Lead Band Person that are BOTH WOMEN!!! So Monster! 

Monster Drum Sgt. (Penn-Batteuse), 

Maëla Crézé

and Band Leader (Penn-Sonner), 

Magali Jamaul

This was their last rehearsal run before the 2019 Brest Bagadou National Championships. So Monster!  

Wanna learn to rock like these Animals?

 

We've got hundreds of classes that breakdown every concept, like our Music Theory Tutor classes, MT3005 -  An Intro to Unisions, Chips, and Fortes

 

Many more where that came from!  

 

To access all of our Monster Classes, you'll need a profile and a subscription. So many other Monster Drummers from around the world are waiting to meet you and rock out. Fear no more, click the button to Monster-Up! 

 

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What is Basler Fasnacht?

 

 

Swiss & Basel Drumming 

is on its greatest annual display at 

Basler Fasnacht in Basel, Switzerland 

Here's a free class on Swiss Drumming! 

Learn this awesome style of drumming with us! 

 

To access all of our Monster Classes, you'll need a profile and a subscription. So many other Monster Drummers from around the world are waiting to meet you and rock out. Fear no more, click the button to Monster-Up! 

 

 

We've got hundreds of classes that breakdown every concept, like our Music Theory Tutor classes, MT3005 -  An Intro to Unisions, Chips, and Fortes

 

Many more where that came from!  

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