As a lover of Afro Cuban music, LP has always been my sole choice for percussive instruments. LP cowbells, (especially the Mambo line) have been my defining sound. Cathy Herrera, Martin Cohen and Steve
Nigohoshian have been wonderful to work with and have been very supportive over the years.
From day one Sabian has been my cymbal of choice. They have such a great reputation for Versatility, Quality, and Reasonable Prices, and lines that the competition simply doesn't have. Ever since my long-time instructor and endorser, Larry Levine, introduced me to Sabian I've had no need to go elsewhere.
Chris Stanke has been a long-time associate, and his cooperation is appreciated.
Paul Celucci has joined Sabian (after stepping down as Gov of the great Commonwealth of MA - ha ha!). His product knowledge, friendly service, and willingness to go the extra mile, have made the difference for countless Sabian artists.
Paul's impact has really complemented all the great work done by the Sabian family over the years.
Drum cases are an extremely
important and often overlooked item in a drummers arsenal. I was born and raised in New England, so for those of you who have
traveled or live here, you know the extreme weather conditions that plague this region.
From the most frigid of temperatures to the hottest and most humid summers, Humes & Berg Cases have always protected my drums from breaks or scratches, and have held them in tune consistently over the years.
I've had the pleasure of working with Irwin Berg firsthand since we met at the NAMM back in '96. His belief in me has translated to success for us both.
I've tried many quality stick companies over my career, but I've always come back to one quality stick, Vic Firth. I have preferred their 5a & 5b lines, the Buddy Rich and the Dave Weckl signature series more than any other stick(s).
Joe Testa has added a great infusion into the Vic Firth family, and has worked with me personally from his time at Yamaha to ensure a successful career path with his creative ideas and his overall support and response...even when an artists needs are not of an urgent nature.
Every drummer, and musician for that matter, knows that your choice of sound is very personal and crucial to your overall success and musical creativity. Yamaha has allowed me to define my sound any way I choose. I own the classic Recording Custom model, and the New Maple series, and from Pop to Zydeco, Yamaha covers all the bases.
John Wittmann and Prudence Elliott have a demeanor and response rate that is second to none.
Dave Ksycki has been a friend and advisor for the past 17 years. Dave is the man to go to for his technical expertise. His knowledge, sincerity and kindness makes him a staple at Yamaha.
From his first day at Evans, Steve Lobmeier has been nothing short of accommodating. He has been genuinely kind and sincere to me, as well as providing me with things I didn't ask for or necessarily deserve. That's the type of guy he is, and is definitely a positive addition to Evans.
Next to sticks, drum head are one of the most defining aspects of one's sound, not to mention the object that gets taxed the most. It's very important as a musician these days to be versatile and dynamic, and Evans drum heads are just that, and a whole lot more! Ever since Bob Gatsen introduced me to the unique Evans difference five years ago, I was hooked! Between their coated and clear models for the Toms and the Bass Drum, there's no stopping your creativity on any sound and style imaginable. For me, Evans is the Company I trust and respect to define my overall sound.