Author Archives: John Parker

Drum Video of the Week | Evelyn Glennie: What Do Artists Do All Day?

Evelyn Glennie is one of the premier classical percussionists in the world.  If you don’t know her story, check out these videos.  There also some amazing insight on her approach to each piece she performs.  Don’t miss these, they’re really well done!


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Merry Christmas!

I believe that God has gifted all of humanity with a love of music.  It’s that love and that belief that fuels my passion for drums and teaching.  But God gave us another gift, even more precious and joyous than music: the gift of a savior in his Son, Jesus Christ.  Through Jesus, all mankind has hope for redemption and forgiveness of our sins.

This time of year, it i so very, very easy to get caught up in shopping, parties, presents, and sappy music.  Or worse, so many of us can be stricken by thoughts of loss or past mistakes.  But, by focusing on Jesus, we find all the goodness, joy, and reverence that Christmas is all about.  Linus said it best:

Merry Christmas.  God Bless Us, Everyone!

4 Fundamentals for a Powerful Drumming Career

A couple weeks ago I put this video on my Facebook page with the following caption:

I pray that this is what colleagues who have worked with me would say about my playing and professionalism.

MD_JUNE_2014_Cover-2Listening to the comments made about Nate and his drumming, 4 things jumped out at me as the things Nate does to be a great drummer.  Here’s my list: Continue reading

Phatman joins Mapex!

mjrhPdayhPTLJ4pEPYfwVQQI’ve been holding on to this news for quite a while . . . mostly ’cause I was waiting from someone to come to their senses and realize just who they were partnering with!  But I think it’s safe to announce that I  have officially joined the Mapex family as an endorser.  I’ve played Mapex since 2000 and have absolutely fallen in love with their drums. Check out the video below for more details!

Oh, and check out this rad Armory kit that’s on its way to Phatman Studios!  Really really cool stuff.  Of course, I’ll post a review as soon as I can!

Mapex Armory Drums in Photon Blue Finish

Mapex Armory Drums in Photon Blue Finish