Percussion-Drums

Sheila E sat down for her NAMM Oral History interview to discuss the importance of music and music education, as well as her early musical experiences.  She has always believed her earliest exposure to music, such as watching her father and his friends, proved integral in her development as an...
Clifton “Fou Fou” Eddie began as a big band and jazz drummer but soon discovered he has the skills for the blues and pop music.  He has played with the likes of The Dells, Patti La Belle and Tommy Hunt, along with his dear friend Preston Epps.  After moving from his native Chicago, Fou Fou moved to...
Val Eddy was a legendary vibraphonist and composer who played a large part in the early acceptance of the vibraphone in classical music and popular recordings. With his trusty 1922 Leedy vibraphone, Val composed and arranged a number of important books for the instrument including the renowned “...
Gil Ellman grew up in the big band era, loving the sounds of large orchestras. He was motivated to create as many opportunities for students to make music as possible. He studied band instrument repair before opening Ellman’s Music Center in 1958. Soon after the store opened Gil began creating...
Joan Ellman and her husband, Gil, established Ellman’s Music Center in 1958. Five years later the store moved to Naperville, Illinois, where it is located today. Joan kept the books and inventory as well as managing the store when Gil would call on schools and travel for industry meetings. She...
Howard Emmons is the owner of The Drum Circuit right on Higuera Street in San Luis Obispo, California.  The drum shop is co-owned by his wife and together they have created a great vibe both in the store and throughout their community.  Supporting music making at every age and level along with a...
Preston Epps is the percussionist who had a top 20 hit recording in 1959 entitled "Bongo Rock."  The success of the song led to additional recordings and concert tours that forever tied his name with the bongos!  His fascinating career in music included gigs with Count Basie, Ben Pollack and even...
Peter Erskine has played a very visible role within the music industry as a noted drummer, author of method books and in designing several percussive products. He is also a welcomed sight at the NAMM Show where he can be found happily posing for photographs and checking out the latest gear. His...
Dom Famularo is a regular attendee at the NAMM Shows and can often be found demonstrating products he endorses or talking about his latest method book or educational DVD. Dom’s passion for music making has made him one of the music industry’s most sought-after speakers, clinicians and teachers. He...
Wes Faulconer is the founder of Explorers Percussion in Kansas City, Missouri.  He formed the store in 1984 with the goal of bringing quality drumming products to students and educators within the area.  As technology developed over the years, Wes took full advantage of new ways to connect with his...

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