From the Editor: December 2016


Welcome to three new advertisers who are three old friends: Chris Bennett, Emory Grodek and Joe Mekler:

Chris Bennett is the owner and founder of Bopworks Drum Sticks, authentic historically accurate jazz drum sticks with exact replicas of those used by Art Blakey and Mel Lewis and other standard sticks of the Jazz eras. The Not So Modern Drum Shop will be carrying these sticks online and Chris has some new models in the works which will be announced shortly.

Emory Grodek is the owner of the Drumatix Vintage and Collectable Drum Center in Buffalo New York. His ad features the replacement handle for Slingerland Clam Shell Strainers that he manufactures. The orignal ones broke very easily because of a weak point. Emory's handles are made of stronger metal and are guaranteed not to break.

Joe Mekler is the new organizer and promoter of the Delaware Drum Show which happens February 26, 2017. The torch was passed to Joe after founder Joe Gilday passed away. The Delaware Drum Show has been a very consistent event for many years and is always well attended. Not So Modern Drummer will be supporting the 2017 show with a door prize of the NSMD Back Issue Collection of paper magazines still in print - 31 magazines worth $155. Good luck, Joe, and thanks for carrying on this tradition. You are definitely THE right guy to do it!

Don't forget the Chicago Drum Show, May 20 and 21, 2017. Not So Modern Drummer will be there with a showing of the Snare Drum Olympics instruments.

We are still raising money for Alphonse Mouzon. Alphonse Mouzon is one of the greatest drummers in the world and a pioneer of fusion drumming. He has been diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer along with other complications and needs very expensive surgery. To donate to keep Alphonse alive please go here See the long list of Alphonse's accomplishments in music here:

When I sent out the mass email about Alphonse, John Wilson sent me this list of relief organizations which may of use to some of our readership with medical financing and other needs:

Actors Fund
Actors Work Program
Aid for AIDS
Blues Foundation
Broadcasters Foundation
California Jazz Foundation
Career Transition for Dancers
Dramatists Guild Fund
Episcopal Actors’ Guild of America
Gospel Music Trust Fund
Health Alliance for Austin Musicians
Jazz Foundation of America
Motion Picture & Television Fund
Motown/Universal Music Group Fund
Musicians Foundation
Music Maker Relief Foundation
Opry Trust Fund
Rhythm & Blues Foundation
Robert Johnson Blues Foundation
SIMS Foundation
Sweet Home New Orleans
Sweet Relief Musicians Fund
Will Rogers Memorial Fund
Actors’ Equity Association
Cabaret West
Coalition for Disabled Musicians
Coalition of Songwriter & Music Organizations
Los Angeles Jazz Society
Los Angeles Women in Music
Songwriters Guild of America
AFM/AFTRA Prop. Rights Dist. (royalties) 
Artists House Music
Audition Trax
HEAR (Hearing Education & Awareness for Rockers)
High Wire Music
Hit Parade Hall of Fame
Hollywood Piano
Hollywood Sheet Music
International Songwriting Competition (ISC)
Lets Talk Music
LP Transfers
Methodist Ctr for Performing Arts Medicine,TX
Readers Unlimited
Sheet Music Plus
Singers’ Workshop
Song Cat
Sullivan Foundation
Talent Watch
Thayers Natural Remedies
Unsigned Only Music Competition
Video Journeys
YAP Tracker
1212 – THE Internet Music Production Guide
Buddy Holly Educational Foundation
Doris Day Animal Foundation
Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation
Elton John Foundation
Herb Alpert Foundation