Articles about some of the greatest writers and contributors to drum music and music education.  These authors have written great books for people that want to learn how to play the drums.  Many of these authors are out of print and are relics in drumming and percussion history.

Louis Bellson
Louie-Bellson

Louis Bellson

Louis Bellson was the stage name for Luigi Paulino Alfredo Francesco Antonio Ballassoni. He was born in Rock Falls, Illinois on July 6, 1924 and he died February 14, 2009. He was a jazz educator, bandleader, arranger and composer. He was also a pioneer in using two bass drums which was not done before his time.

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Graded Music for Snare Drum – Book 1,
Graded Music for Snare Drum - Book 1 - by Kevin Hathway & Ian Wright

Graded Music for Snare Drum – Book 1,

This book is great for just flying through it and feeling good that you learned so much from the book before. Also for Warm ups. Don't get the book if you have already read a few books already. Otherwise, you will be wasting your money.

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Stick Control
Stick Control For the Snare Drummer - by George Lawrence Stone

Stick Control

This is by far one of the most popular books for drummers. It is a best-seller year after year. I have to be honest; I feel all of the hype on the book is not as worthy as some may think. Although the book is good to have and it is good to run through the entire book, at least once in your life. It is not the holy grail of books for drumming in no way.

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Elementary Drum Method
Elementary Drum Method, by Roy Burns

Elementary Drum Method

This is by far one of the best books to learn how to read drum music. This is actually my first book too. It was written a while ago. However, that does not mean that it is obsolete in any way. The older books tend to be better books.

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Who is Charles Stewart Ashworth
Charles Stewart Ashworth Cover

Who is Charles Stewart Ashworth

When the United States Marine Corps band was newly founded, Charles Stewart Ashworth was the Drum Major. He contributed by establishing a way on how the craft of rudimental drummers learned the rudiments. After only 14 years, the band had acquired a reputation for its quality of musical performance. However, as a new drummer came in, he felt that they were not up to par. He wanted them to be more skilled by the time that they joined and also he needed a tool to teach his fellow members.

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