Dave Weckl is one of my biggest drumming inspirations. He has also inspired many others around the world for more than 25 years, with his love of drumming, music, and educating.
Born on January 8, 1960 in St. Louis Missouri Dave Weckl began playing drums when he was about 8 years old. His mother loved music and his father played piano as a hobby. Weckl received many awards as a teenager, from the National Association of Jazz Educators which later went international and changed it's name to the International Association of Jazz Educators.
When he was 16, Weckl began playing professionally and has performed around the world with many famous musicians. In 1979 Weckl moved to the East coast of the USA to study percussion and drumming at the University of Bridgeport Connecticut.
Weckl has also recorded quite a few albums and has even recorded TV and radio jingles and movie sound tracks. Click here to read more about Dave Weckl's discography, or list of recorded albums.
Weckl's high profile also includes being inducted into the Modern Drummer "Hall of Fame" as one of the top 25 drummers of all time. Weckl is sponsored by a range of companies, which include "Yamaha Drums; Sabian Cymbals; Vic Firth Signature sticks; Remo heads and products; Shure microphones and In Ear Monitor system, May bass drum mounting system; DDrum electronic drums, XL Specialty Cases; Bagend Speakers, LP products." (AngelFire).
Today, Weckl lives in Los Angeles and is still recording, touring, and teaching. He loves to spend time with his family, dog, and also enjoys driving his Audi S4.
In the video below Weckl shows the exciting sounds he can produce on the drum kit. Enjoy :)
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Haid, M. (n.d.) Image of Dave Weckl playing Yamaha drums. Retrieved September 15, 2010 from http://www.drummerworld.com/drummers/Dave_Weckl.html
Mike Haid's website is http://www.myspace.com/mikehaid
Martin, Gene (n.d.). Image of Dave Weckl with drum sticks. Retrieved September 15, 2010 from http://www.drummerworld.com/drummers/Dave_Weckl.html
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Strideer. (2006). Dave Weckl Drum Solo. Uploaded to YouTube on November 10, 2006 by Strideer. Retrieved September 15, 2010 from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPiAWfprCzI