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great music on the Big Island

November 14, 2011

Did two wonderful gigs with the Jocelyn Michelle Jazz Organ Band on the island of Hawaii.  Everyone played well, the crowds were solid, and the weather is perfect!  I am so blessed to play with this group of folks-come see us in LA.

Christopher Gabriel Program

Another enjoyable appearance with my man Christopher Gabriel!  A true professional, Drummer and a gentleman-love being a small cog in the massive wheel that is the CGP.

Friends of the Family

November 3, 2011

Played a great set of Jazz with one of my favorite Musicians last night….Matt Falker.  Also met Frank Abraham…a very solid player himself..what a joy to play music with those two.  The Friends of the Family is a wonderful organization….please check them out

CSI@CBS

November 1, 2011

Had the pleasure of going to the CBS studios and attending the CSI NY wrap party featuring the Lt Dan Band.  Danny Gottlieb was both solid as a rock, and as good a dude as there is.  The band was in fine form, and I saw the end of the World Series from a trailer on the CBS lot…ah…livin the dream folks!

Rex’s Band/Sammy K Trio

October 27, 2011

Played with Rex Merriweather’s This Ain’t Your Daddy’s Big Band last night on our in residence gig in Northridge-Trombone section was particularly on it last night-sounded great.  I will be playing at the Friends of the Family charity event next week-small group Jazz with my favorite Pianist Matt Falker-can’t wait

Gabriel/road/coasters

October 21, 2011

I appeared twice this week on the Christopher Gabriel Program….always fun to see where he is gonna take it!  Did a quick run out with Devil Doll…played three solid shows…made new fans…saw old ones…success.  I also had the chance to stop at Six Flags Over Texas and ride ALL of the roller coasters there.  I have to say that SFOT had the most courteous staff of any Six Flags that I have ever been to.  The rest of the chain could learn something from that park, they are setting the standard for customer service.

Knott’s and Gabriel

August 24, 2011

Had the great pleasure of being on the Christopher Gabriel Program today.  He is a broadcast professional, it is an honor to spar with him on the air.

In a few hours I will be riding the new wind seeker at Knott’s Berry Farm for media day-lot’s of hurry up and wait-but a great chance to ride this new offering repeatedly and get a really good feel for it.

Sammy K on Christopher Gabriel Program

August 23, 2011

I will be on the Christopher Gabriel Program tuesday AUG 23rd at 1:05CST….you can tune in here http://www.wday.com/pages/AM970Radio

and see what Christopher and I discover along the way.

Sammy K

Neil Morrow and Christopher Gabriel

August 20, 2011

Rockin the people this weekend with Neil Morrow!  I am gonna be appearing on the Christopher Gabriel Program at 1:05 CST for my monthly visit.  Tune in to WDAY.com to listen in-he has an amazing program-and is FUNNY!

Burt The Conqueror

August 8, 2011

I am on the latest episode of Burt The Conqueror featuring California thrills.  I can be seen joking with him, and riding Superman at Magic Mountain.  Warren Sapp and Burt do some comedy in the coaster train….and you can see me in the second row enjoying it.  Got to ride the coaster many times, talk about roller coasters with Warren Sapp, and enjoy some of the other fine rides at Magic Mountain.  Yeah…..that was a good day!

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"Sam "Slammin' Sammy K" Kestenholtz is the real deal! He is a complete , versatile and experienced drum set player and clinician. He can confidently cover all styles with authenticity and the appropriate sound and groove. AND, he is humble and a terrific communicator, so he his also great as a guest clinician/adjudicator at festivals and workshops. His passion for the drum set and drumming is contagious! I recommend you check him out!" Dr. Stephen Zegree - School of Music, Western Michigan University www.wmich.edu/goldcompany

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