Bruce Becker is an American drummer, author and drum teacher based in Los Angeles and has been teaching in the US and abroad since 1982. As a drummer with a variety of jazz, rock, and pop artists, Becker has recorded over twenty albums.
Becker was a longtime student of Freddie Gruber (whose other students included Vinnie Colaiuta, Neil Peart, and Steve Smith). Becker was on the inside track of Gruber’s world and has developed and extended Gruber’s ideas about drum technique, including “the balance and motion of the stick,” and understanding the natural principles of the physical body’s interaction with the drum set. In addition to studying with Gruber, Becker studied with classical percussionist Karen Ervin at the Department of Music at California State University, Northridge, percussionist Jerry Steinholz, and jazz drummer and author Jim Chapin.
Becker’s technique insights have been sought after by students such as David Garibaldi, Tris Imboden, Jiro Yamaguchi (Ozomatli), Jake Slichter (Semisonic), Mark Schulman, and Daniel Glass and have been featured in DrumHead Magazine, Edge Magazine, and Drum Scene.
Becker has conducted master classes at numerous music conservatories and schools in the USA, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Austria, the Netherlands, Latvia, Moscow, Argentina, Uruguay, and Australia. In November 2017 Becker presented a Drumset Master Clinic at Percussive Art Society's International Convention (PASIC) - Indianapolis, IN.
In 2018, Becker created a technique course, “Drum Technique Made Easy,” for Drumeo and has been a regular contributor to Drum Channel’s live-streamed lessons. His instructional DVD, Concepts and Philosophies, was released in 2013 by Drum Channel and re-released by Hudson Music in 2020. He is also the author of Puzzles, Rhymes and Riddles: Solutions to Odd Time Phrasing (BruBecker, 2016, also released with Hudson Digital in 2018).
Becker, along with his brother David Becker, is the drummer and co-founder of the David Becker Tribune, which was signed to MCA Records jazz division in 1986. With the David Becker Tribune, he has recorded and co-produced ten albums and performed around the world for more than three decades.
We are very excited to have Bruce bring his hand technique expertise for a clinic at America’s Drumfest 2023.
Jeremy Hummel is a professional drummer and educator. He is also a clinician, studio musician and has contributed articles for Modern Drummer Magazine.
Jeremy's most popular recorded works came with platinum-selling rock artists Breaking Benjamin. He was a co-founding member of the group and played on the band's first two records, "Saturate" and "We Are Not Alone." During his tenure the band scored two #1 hits in the Active Rock Format with "So Cold" and "Sooner or Later." Additionally, Jeremy has recorded with a variety of artists and styles over the years.
Since 2009, Jeremy has been the band leader and Musical Director for Into The Spin, an eight-piece dance band with horns. He is also involved with a jazz quartet called EVE.
As an educator, Jeremy has been teaching lessons for more than 20 years. He has performed clinics and taken part in roundtable discussions at PASIC (Percussive Arts Society International Convention). Jeremy is a member of the Sabian Education Network, as well as the Vic Firth Education Team.
Jeremy began playing drums at the age of three and received his first drum kit on his fifth birthday. He began performing in clubs at nine years old. He has played drums for a diverse group of artists ranging from Bluegrass legend Del McCoury to rapper Vanilla Ice.
Daniel Glass is an American drummer, author, historian and educator. He is recognized in the drum industry as an authority on classic American drumming and the evolution of American Popular Music. Glass has published several books and DVDs, including, The Century Project DVD (winner of the Modern Drummer reader's poll: Best Education Package, 2010), Music Alive!'s Percussion The Commandments of Early Rhythm and Blues Drumming (co-written with Zoro and the winner of the 2009 Drum Magazine Drummie Award for "Best Drumming Book.") and The Roots of Rock Drumming (co-edited with Journey drummer, Steve Smith and voted one of the top four drumming books of 2014 by Drum Magazine.) He has performed hundreds of clinics and master classes globally, appearing at many educational conferences and music festivals. Glass is a member of the pioneering swing group Royal Crown Revue and has recorded and performed all over the world with many artists, including Brian Setzer, Bette Midler, Liza Minnelli, and Gene Simmons of KISS among others. He was twice voted one of the top five R&B drummers in the world by readers of Modern Drummer and Drum magazine.