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Steve Lukather lives to make and play music, epitomizing the passionate musician. Steve grew up knowing that one day he would be a rock star and was driven to see that happen. Growing up in Los Angeles surrounded by and playing music with friends such as Jeff and Steve Pocaro, Mike Landau, and...
Butch Miles was born in Ironton, Ohio on the 4th of July during a family reunion. Raised by his single mother, Butch decided to play drums when he was asked to join the school band. By the time he was in high school, Butch was playing in local bands and studying jazz with Frank Thompson at the...
Duncan Moore moved to San Diego from Iowa in 1977 and quickly established himself as the go to drummer for gigs and sessions. Playing with all the top names in San Diego, including Peter Sprague, Jaime Valle, Mark Dresser, and Mundell Lowe, Duncan shows a rhythmic drive that supports and pushes...
Steve Morse has been a regular attendee at the NAMM Shows for several decades thanks to the Ernie Ball Company.  In fact, it was thanks to Sterling Ball that Steve was interviewed during the show in 2015.  Steve’s long career in music, which began professionally in 1969, has included gigs with the...
Sandy Nelson is among the small group of musicians who scored a top ten instrument hit record when he recorded "Teen Beat" in 1959.  The song sold a million copies and paved the way for Sandy to become a well-respected studio musician.  He followed up his first hit with another called "Let There Be...
Jamie Oldaker sat down in his living room in Tulsa, Oklahoma for his riveting and inspiring NAMM Oral History interview in December 2018. He opened up about his background in music and how his drive and passion led to a series of gigs, including the Silver Bullet Band and Eric Clapton. He recorded...
Greg Phillinganes reminds one of a chameleon with his innate ability to perfectly blend into any musical situation or setting. While still a teenager, Greg had the opportunity to join Steve Wonder’s Wonderlove band. This opportunity would help shape Greg’s musicality, giving him exposure to and the...
Rocco Prestia grew up in Northern California where he began playing guitar as a teenager before joining a newly formed group called Tower of Power, when he switched to the bass guitar.  On his extensive Wikipedia page, Rocco is praised for mastering the “fingerstyle funk, a technique that he...
Dafnis Prieto grew up in a musical neighborhood in Cuba where he quickly fell in love with the drums. During his 2008 NAMM Oral History Interview, Dafnis discussed some of his musical influences and what the term “groove” means to him. Facilitating masters classes, clinics, workshops and serving as...
Herlin Riley is a native of New Orleans and a continuing link in the chain of great jazz drummers. Herlin was raised in a musical household by his grandparents and originally played the trumpet in the family group, The Lastie Brothers Combo, as well as unknowingly playing in the same youth marching...

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