Ralph Humphrey is one of Los Angeles’ most demanded studio drummers, recording for TV, motion pictures, albums and jingles. His most recent projects include Dancing with the Stars, American Idol, Charmed, Piglet’s Big Movie, Star Trek Enterprise, The Simpsons, ABC 50th Anniversary Special, Far From Heaven, Coca-Cola, and Ping golf clubs. His past touring and recording experience includes the Don Ellis Big Band, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, Akiyoshi-Tabackin Big Band, Al Jarreau, Manhattan Transfer, Seals and Crofts and Free Flight. He can also be heard on album projects by Wayne Shorter, Tom Rainer, Mike Miller, Jeff Richman, The Outsidemen, and Babaghanoush, among many others.

Ralph is the author of the drum book Even in the Odds and contributes occasional articles to Modern DrummerMagazine.

See the Ralph Humphrey page at Drummerworld.com.

Joe Pocaro

Joe Porcaro’s musical spectrum ranges from jazz and rock to opera and symphonic. He has recorded with jazz artists including Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan, Freddie Hubbard, Don Ellis, Mike Manieri and rock/pop artists such as TOTO and Madonna. His credits includes numerous television shows and movies. One of the most highly regarded percussion and drum instructors in the world, Joe is the author of two drum books: Joe Porcaro’s Drum Set Methods and Odd Times, and the instructional video Joe Porcaro on Drums. Please visit Joe’s Drummerworld page for more info.

Dave Beyer is an in-demand professional drummer and educator in the Los Angeles area. He has toured, performed live and/or recorded with such artists as Melissa Etheridge, Christopher Cross, Jim Messina, The Motels, Wilson Phillips, America, Jewel, Joan Osborne, Gregg Allman, Michael McDonald, Loggins & Messina, Stephen Bishop, Buzzy Feiten, Jango and Debra Davis.

Dave is currently touring and recording with Christopher Cross, and played on the recently released in-concert DVD, “Christopher Cross: A Night in Paris.” Dave is also on Cross’s new CD, “Dr. Faith,” as well as the “30 Rock” Soundtrack and “Café Carlyle Sessions.” Dave is also tours with Wilson Phillips and Jim Messina. Dave has performed at major venues worldwide, including the Greek Theater, Universal Amphitheater, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Woodstock, Madison Square Garden and Royal Albert Hall.

Dave also stays busy as a studio musician, and as a producer who runs his own studio, Beyer Recording. He has played on such TV shows as 30 Rock, The Tonight Show, Late Night With David Letterman, Extreme Home Makeover and Ally McBeal; films including Princess Diaries II and Happy Endings; as well as numerous TV spots and commercial jingles. Dave has also written for Modern Drummer magazine.

Grammy nominated Richie Gajate Garcia is a world-class studio percussionist, drummer, clinician, author and educator. Richie, who is also known as “El Pulpo” (which means “The Octopus”), has taken independence in playing multiple international rhythms and instruments to the next level. Richie has performed with such artists as Sting, Phil Collins, Diana Ross, Hiroshima, Don Henley, Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle, Celia Cruz and Tito Puente, to name a few. Richie enjoys sharing his passion for percussion with the world. Latin Percussion has honored him with the debut of his own line of congas, bongos and the famous Gajate bracket (designed by Richie) used by drummers and percussionists everywhere. Richie’s percussion books have become a standard in the industry.

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Originally from France, Samuel is a freelance musician and teacher based in Los Angeles. From the Utopia Jazz club in Paris to the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, he has played many venues, working with a broad array of artists such as the experimental band the Elegantes Machines, led by Francis Lassus, Taiwanese pop artist Cindy Chaw, guitarist-singer Roy Ashen (Rock), keyboardist Russell Ferrante (YellowJackets), producer Frank Renaudier and singer-songwriter Thena Dare. His recording credits include Nicolas Ternisien’s live album with bassist Dominique DiPiazza, and Kenny Peavy’s studio album Resonate. Samuel began to play drums at church at an early age and has been involved with worship ministry since then. He studied under renowned teachers Ralph Humphrey, Joe Porcaro, Claude Gastaldin, Joe Hammer, Jerry Steinholtz, and Raynord Carroll. His involvement at LACM includes teaching a class for vocalists and private lessons. He also plays for Ensemble Workshops, where he has worked along side Jerry Watts, Tierney Sutton and Dorian Holley, and played with guitarist Oz Noy.

Mike Packer

Michael Packer graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. Michael has studied privately with Ralph Humphrey and Jeff Hamilton. Performance credits include Free Flight, Nils Lofgren, Carl Anderson, Ben Vereen, Steve Allen, Michael Bolton (CableAce Awards) and Cirque Du Soleil (CableAce Awards). Television credits include 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th Annual CableAce Awards (TNT), The EasterSeal Telethon (National Broadcast), KTLA Morning Show with Leeanza Cornet,World Cup Closing Ceremonies (World Wide Broadcast) and the New York New York Casino & Hotel, Las Vegas, NV. (In-house recording). His teaching experience consists of 15 years of private instruction and several clinics in the USA and Europe. Michael is the author of Feet Don’t Fail Me Now (Hal Leonard Publications) and Feet First (Michael Packer Publications). Michael has also written for Modern Drummer Magazine. Please visit www.michaelpacker.com for more info.

Steve Pemberton, a musical chameleon, graduated Summa Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music. His work spans all styles, from touring/recording with noted jazz artists such as Mel Torm? Doc Severinsen, Grover Washington, Jr., John Pizzarelli, the New York Voices, Patti Austin, Peter Nero, the Count Basie and Quincy Jones Orchestras, Ray Charles, Ken Peplowski, Don Menza, Pete Christlieb and Tom Scott, to being a member of the Boston Pops Orchestra as the featured drumset artist. In the world of film and Broadway, he has worked with John Williams, Marvin Hamlisch, Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne and Jerry Herman. Pop/rock/country artists include Jeffrey Osborne, Johnny Mathis, Melissa Manchester, Maureen McGovern, Peabo Bryson, Crystal Gayle, Amy Grant and Vince Gill. He has performed at the Hollywood Bowl to the White House, including 5 performances at Carnegie Hall, and has worked with over 125 orchestras worldwide. A published composer of percussion music, Steve has had numerous pieces premiered at the Interlochen Arts Academy, New England Conservatory of Music, University of Miami and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC). Please visitwww.steve-pemberton.com for more info.

Tim’s training began in Newark, Ohio at the age of five. His early influences included everything from Folk, Jazz, R&B, and pop, to the great Ohio State Marching Band. After a move to Southern Oregon, he continued studies in drum set, classical, and marching percussion eventually winning several awards including two consecutive state solo contests. Tim then attended the University of Oregon (BM) studying percussion and drum set with Professor Charles Dowd, was section leader of the Oregon Marching Band Drumline, and a member of the Green Garter Band. He continued post graduate studies at the University of Southern California (MM) with Professor Eric Forrester and Ndugu Chancellor. Tim went on to perform for audiences throughout the world as percussionist with grammy nominated artist Josh Groban. He has also performed and/or recorded with Herbie Hancock, Elton John, David Foster, Chris Botti, Angelique Kidjo, Ashley Maher, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Andre Manga, Gary Novak, Bakithi Kumalo, Lucia Micarelli, John Williams, Joshua Bell, Angie Stone, and Bela Fleck. Tim performs on four Josh Groban DVD concert recordings including “An Evening in New York”, “Awake”, “Live at the Greek”, and “Josh Groban Live in Concert”. Film and television recordings include “NCIS”, “JAG”, “The Prize Winner of Defiance Ohio” (Dreamworks), “Andy Richter Controls the Universe” (Fox), and “Lucky” (FX). Television appearances include PBS “Soundstage”, Sundance Channel “Live from Abbey Road”, Good Morning America, The American Music Awards, The Tonight Show, Conan O’ Brian, and Ellen. Tim is on faculty at the Los Angeles College of Music teaching drum set and percussion. He is currently touring with the band “Incendio” in support of their new CD “The Shape of Dreams” performing concerts throughout the U.S. Tim plays Taye Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, L.P. Percussion, Yamaha timpani, Roland V-Drums, REMO Drumheads, and Vic Firth sticks and mallets.