Welcome the DrumMantra Masters Series!

Hosted by Rich Stitzel, creator of The DrumMantra

 Upcoming Guest:


Date: TBA

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Join Rich Stitzel, author, educator, and creator of DrumMantra, as he hosts a masterclass with some of today's leading players & educators!

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David Stanoch


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David Stanoch has drummed professionally since age 12. A student of masters Elliot Fine, Alan Dawson, Max Roach, Jeff Hamilton, Chad Wackerman and others, he has built an eclectic musical reputation performing with artists from the worlds of jazz, rock, R&B, Broadway, motion picture and television including the Airmen of Note, Jackson Browne, Hiram Bullock, Charo, George Clinton, Sheryl Crow, Richard Davis, Herb Ellis, Robert Goulet, Colonel Bruce Hampton, Scott Henderson, Freedy Johnston, Shirley Jones, Stanley Jordan, Shari Lewis, Jack McDuff, the Minnesota Orchestra, Keb’ Mo, New Kids On The Block, Bob Newhart, Christine Ohlman, Regis Philbin, Bernard Purdie, Bonnie Raitt, Walfredo de Los Reyes, Don Rickles, Joan Rivers, Danny Seraphine, Doc Severinsen, Ed Shaughnessy, Martin Short, Ben Sidran, Jab’o Starks, Clyde Stubblefield, Timbuk 3, Butch Vig, Fred Wesley, and The Supremes’ Mary Wilson. He is currently musical director for Emmy-winner, Shaun Johnson’s Big Band Experience.

David served on the faculty of McNally Smith College of Music for 27 years and has guest-taught at the Berklee College of Music. He serves on the Percussive Arts Society Drumset Committee, is the Drumset Editor for the PAS Percussive Notes magazine and is a member of the Modern Drummer, Remo, and Vic Firth Educational Teams. David was presented the Legacy inEducation Award by the YAMAHA Corporation of America in 2018 and, in 2020, was one of four renowned drummers selected by the NAMM Foundation’s Percussion Marketing Council to participate in their 25th Anniversary Lesson With a Master Contest.

David has authored Mastering the Tables of Time (“#1 Edu Book,” Modern Drummer 2009 Readers Poll), co-authored The 2 in 1 Drummer (2014 Modern Drummer & DRUM! Magazine Edu Book Nominee), both available from Alfred Music Publishing, and was “Drumming History and Analysis Consultant” for Jim Berkenstadt’s book, The Beatle Who Vanished~The Unsolved Mystery of Jimmie Nicol, currently being made into a major motion picture.

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What Level Player Is Appropriate For The Masters Session?

Most Masters Sessions are for upper/intermediate to advanced level players. You are welcome to join and just watch if you are unable to play the material in real time during the session. Just experiencing the presentation and interacting with the guests will be a huge benefit to your overall musicianship.

What you will need for the Masters Session:

  • Computer, phone or tablet with internet connection
  • Headphones if you need isolation
  • At least one practice pad
  • Drum Throne
  • Sticks
  • Optional - bd pedal & practice pad (stomping your foot on the floor or a book works fine, too)
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Past Guests on the DrumMantra Masters Series:

You can still purchase access to any masterclass & get the pdf download of these sessions.

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