We're letting some of our most accomplished endorsers put this kit to the test. And the response has been unanimous. You can't go wrong with this set no matter what style of music you are playing.
George "Spanky" McCurdy (born June 28, 1981) is an American gospel/soul/pop/hip-hop drummer. He grew up in Olney in North Philadelphia and has worked with Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, P. Diddy, Kanye West, Jill Scott, Nas, & Tye Tribbett among others. He recently finished up his second tour (Born This Way) with Lady Gaga.
Inspired by his father Greg Garstka (a professional guitar player), Matt Garstka began playing drums at age 8. At age 11, Matt started gigging with his father, playing rock, blues and reggae. By age 14, Matt was playing in Rock, Fusion, Funk, Punk, Latin, Jazz, and Reggae groups. Playing most often with seasoned musicians, Matt quickly developed into a versatile and mature musician. Also at 14, Matt had the chance to meet Jo Sallins who inspired him to become a professional world class musician. He worked tirelessly at his craft, studying all styles of music with the help of Jo Sallins and Greg Garstka. He soon began doing studio work and started teaching privately. Matt toured several times with Gokh Bi System, an African Hip Hop band, several times during his studies at Berklee College of Music. Matt graduated from Berklee in 2011. He moved to L.A. shortly to further his musical pursuits. Soon after moving to L.A. he joined the band Animals as Leaders and has been touring with the band internationally.
Buddy has become a fixture on the L.A. studio scene. In the past year, his music has been featured on various TV networks, including Fox, CBS, and NBC. Songs that he composed and played on have been placed over 11,000 times! The list of artists that Buddy has played with is long and diverse, but it includes Phil Stacey and Kristen McNamara (American Idol Finalists), The Mile High Orchestra (Fox's Next Great American Band finalist), Jason & DeMarco, Shiloh, Abe Laboriel Sr., Stan Lassiter, Emanuela Bellezza, Tamela D'Amico, Shanti, Lee Whittaker, A.M. Session, and Max Vague... just for starters.
"It has that vintage vibe but it's tough though"
Over the past 13 years Alan Evans has honed his skills as a percussionist, guitarist, vocalist, writer, recording engineer and producer. After gaining fame as founder, writer and drummer of Soulive, just mention the name Alan Evans to a room full of music lovers, and you will get a consensus nod at one of the most celebrated and tenacious drummers in the jazz, funk, and soul scene. Alan's repertoire of skills have been perfected with more than a decade of dedication. His newest creation is an inspiring and fresh organ trio lineup dubbed the Alan Evans Trio. Their passionate progressions emanate an electrified, smoky, 70s-era CTI Records zeitgeist.
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Longineu Warren Parsons III was born in Paris, France, on February 16, 1980. He's been playing with his father in the Longineu Parsons Ensemble ever since he was 2 years old. He started Yellowcard with Ben Harper, the former lead guitarist. He's won numerous awards and he tears his set apart when he's on stage.
KJ Sawka plays some of the rawest drums around. And that's before he adds electronics. On an acoustic drumset he creates the whirs, delays, effects, and sonic dislocations of electronic music. Adding an arsenal of devices further broadens his palette, providing an atmospheric bed for his extremely visceral drumming. Seeing Kevin Sawka on the drums is the only way to believe the hype. He can play the most complex of jungle, drum'n'bass and breakbeats utilizing no loops and no extended samples -only his two hands and two feet. If you can catch him in the right moment live, at a show, or in a studio session- you'll witness him perform each and every 808 bass kick, snare slap, and compressed highhat tick himself, in real-time. KJ Sawka is back in the states after being on an intensive two year WORLD TOUR with the platinum selling, award winning electronic rock band, P E N D U L U M. Working hard in the studio and on the touring circuit, he has been crushing his new Electronic Dance Music (EDM) tunes along with his new set and new EP releases.
Mike Portnoy is the founding member & drummer for 25 years in Dream Theater as well as Adrenaline Mob, Transatlantic & Liquid Tension Experiment…he has also recorded &/or toured/performed live with Avenged Sevenfold, Neal Morse, OSI, Hail!, Fates Warning, Overkill, G3 and his 4 tribute bands with Paul Gilbert: Yellow Matter Custard, Hammer Of the Gods, Amazing Journey and Cygnus & The Sea Monsters. He is also currently working on a new project with Steve Morse, Neal Morse, Dave LaRue & Casey MacPherson, as well as another project with guitar legend John Sykes.
Mike has played with:
Adrenaline Mob, Dream Theater, Transatlantic & Liquid Tension Experiment. Mike's long list of Awards include 26 Modern Drummer Magazine Reader's Poll Awards including Hall of Fame Inductee in 2004, MVP of the Year in 2010, and many more.
Joel Rosenblatt is best known as the drummer for Spyro Gyra, one of the most successful pop-jazz groups ever. Joel's varied early work including Dominican pianist Michel Camilo, bluesman Matt "Guitar" Murphy, jazz artist Paquito D'Rivera, and country-rock band Pure Prairie League, has given him a wide range of experience as well as making him one of the most diverse drummers around. Having toured the world many times over, Joel brings an international musical awareness to the music. Currently the owner and main engineer at world class CliffSound Productions, Joel is also actively involved in producing and cultivating new artists.
A partial list of Joel's recording and performing credits include:
Bill Evans, Robben Ford, Larry Carlton, Chieli Minucci and Special EFX, Ken Navarro, Oz Noy, Chuck Loeb, Mike Manieri, Steve Khan, Randy Brecker, Lee Ritenour, Dave Grusin, Russel Ferrante, Michel Camilo, Bernie Williams, Eliane Elias, Michael Davis, Peter White, Manhattan Transfer and many more.
Billy started playing drums at age six. He grew up listening to a variety of music and utilized his practice time over the years to develop a well versed approach in many different styles such as drum n bass, jazz, hip hop, latin, reggae, metal, punk, and hardcore. Billy recorded on Dillinger Escape Plan's fourth full length record entitled "Option Paralysis," released in 2010. He joined the group in December of 2008 and has since been touring globally.
Billy plays with:
Dillinger Escape Plan