Dave Weckl was proudly inducted into the Modern Drummer Magazine's Hall of Fame in 2000. The award was extra meaningful to Dave given the list of previous winner who inspired his playing when he was a kid. Dave grew up in Missouri and studied Jazz in Connecticut before moving to New York for his chance to play with the great musicians he had always admired. His fusion style got the attention of several artists who asked Dave to perform and record with him including Madonna, Robert Plant, and Chick Corea for which Dave played in his Elektric Band for five years beginning in 1985. The Dave Weckl Band launched a new direction of his career, as bandleader and producer.