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Magazine Founder’s Passion For Drumming Lives On In His Books

United States
English
19 November 2007 — As if creating the world’s most successful contemporary drumming magazine wasn’t enough of an achievement, Modern Drummer founder Ron Spagnardi somehow found time to augment his contribution to the drumming community by writing a series of instructional books that have become classics in their own right.

“Ron was always writing something,” comments Modern Drummer’s current Editor In Chief, Bill Miller, who took over the responsibility for running the magazine after Ron’s passing in 2003. “His dedication to helping drummers and his passion for drumming is an inspiration.”

In addition to a hectic schedule that included writing, editing and managing Modern Drummer and its multi-dimensional growth, playing drums professionally, raising a family and a little time to sleep, Spagnardi was responsible for authoring nearly a dozen books covering subjects such as hand and foot technique, independence, and big band and jazz drumming. These books remain staples in the Modern Drummer Library and continue to be a large part of the company’s commitment to modern drummers that includes the monthly magazine, a library of over twenty books, a major online presence and events such as the Modern Drummer Festival Weekend; one of the most renowned drum festivals in the world.

Currently available book titles by Spagnardi include “Accent Control”, “The Big Band Drummer”, “Building Bass Drum Technique”, “Drumset Control”, “Paradiddle Power” and “Progressive Independence”. These books, as well as the entire book Modern Drummer Library, are distributed by Modern Drummer Publications and the Hal Leonard Corporation.
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