Jim Chapin

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Jim Chapin had the idea of writing a method book for the beginning drummer that would provide clear examples and illustrations. The year was 1947 and no such book was in print. He gathered little hints and simple examples for the book that has become one of the best selling methods in the business. As a player, he toured and recorded countless times, but found the most satisfaction sitting down with one drummer or a room with 101 drummers and providing them with tools to improve their playing. Jim was a fixture at the NAMM show for decades, kindly providing advice and an encouraging smile to each and everyone who came up to him.

Interview Date:
January 18, 2004
Date of Birth:
July 23, 1919
Deceased Date:
July 4, 2009
Job Title:
Musician, Product Endorser