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2009 starting strong

February 2, 2009

January was a very busy and fun month for me. I got to play some great gigs with Rumble King and on the road with the Winter Dance Party. The Lakers are playing well, and I was playing at many of those games here in LA. The NAMM show is always a balance of fun and business, and Yamaha, Remo and Zildjian all have some great new stuff coming for 2009…..I can’t wait to get my hands on some of it!

This is going to be the best February I can remember. I will be playing and recording with Travis Howard in Nashville. Performing with Levi in Florida on my way to the “La Batterie” concert in Michigan. Levi is a dynamic performer who always manages to find some magic on stage. “La Batterie” is a 25 Drum Set concert with ensemble pieces performed by wonderful Drummers from all over Michigan. I wrote a piece that will debut at this show, and I am excited to see how it will go. Also, February means NASCAR is back, so I can’t wait to fire up the TV and watch.
Rumble King is playing better than ever, and we have some great shows coming up in early 2009. It is nice to be in a band with a group of people that LOVE music and treat each other with respect. It just makes performing so much more fun when you are all laughing together before and after you play.

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