Drummer, Percussionist, Educator, Author, Composer
Rich Stitzel has been a professional drummer since 1991. He's toured the world, played with Grammy winners, platinum sellers, and countless artists spanning many genres of music in his 25+ year career.
Rich proudly endorses the following companies:
A&F Drum Company (metal drums), Craviotto Drum Company (wood drums), Evans Drumheads, Vic Firth Sticks, Low Boy Beaters, Moravian Percussion (The Boxkit), Polynome App., Prologix Percussion, and Sabian Cymbals.
Rich has written two books. The first book is called “The Foundational Series”, which is a method for guiding drummers through a series of exercises intended to strengthen coordination, rhythm awareness, concentration, timing, phrasing, and creative expression. This book is a must for any serious student who is ready to go deeper with their practice. The second book is called "The Primary Series" and picks up where the Foundational Series ends. The Primary Series is all about the 3:4, 5:4, and 3:5 polymetric relationships. This book is for advanced drummers.
Rich has worked with hundreds of students at all levels from beginners to college kids to professionals. He has taught rock camps, jazz camps, workshops, and clinics all over the country. He currently has students from over 40 countries around the world studying his 30-day online course, “The DrumMantra3030”, as well as the exercises from his books & “boutique” drum set lesson packs.
Rich has gathered an abundance of insight into the artistic side of being a drummer, as well as the professional/business side and loves to share what he has learned with everyone.
Rich has a podcast called, “The DrumMantra Podcast” which was recently named “Top Eleven Podcasts for Studying Music Theory on the Go”.
Rich has a YouTube channel for himself: https://www.youtube.com/richstitzel
He also has a DrumMantra YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thedrummantra