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John Wackerman

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About

John is a prolific Musical Artist. He was the first Drummer to do a Drum Duets project with 15 of the worlds most famous and respected drummers on one CD. “John Wackerman Drum Duets Vol.1”features John doing Drum Duets with: Steve Gadd (Eric Clapton, Paul Simmon, James Taylor), Alex Acuna (Weather Report),, Ron Tutt(Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond), Peter Erskine, Steve Smith(Vital Information, Journey), Clayton Cameron(Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr,), Adrian Young(No Doubt), John Ferraro(Rod Stewart),Marc Atkinson(Jessica Simpson), Ricky Lawson(Steely Dan), Josh Freese(Nine Inch Nails, Sting), Gary Novak(Alanis Morissette) and his Family Brooks, Chad and Chuck Wackerman.
His Second Solo CD/DVD Drum Duet Project features John playing Duets with Travis Barker (Blink 182), Ronnie Vannucci (The Killers), Terry Bozzio (Frank Zappa), Mark Schulman (Pink), Dennis Chambers (Santana), Thomas Lang (Falco), Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Scot Johnson (Blue Devils) , Jon Theodore (Mars Volta) A Day As A Lion, Bernie Dresel (Brian Setzer),Gene Hogland(Fear Factory) and Marco Minneman.
Born into a musical family, John Wackerman adds to his musical legacy which was started by his father Chuck, a music teacher for over 50 years and continues with his three brothers: Chad (drums –James Taylor, Frank Zappa, Barbra Streisand, Allan Holdsworth) Bob (bass – Maynard Ferguson, Keiko Matsui, Henry Mancini) and Brooks (drums – Bad Religion, Tenacious D (Jack Black), Korn). Starting piano lessons at the age of five was John’s introduction into performance, but his true passion for percussion began when his father decided to sell his boat to purchase a Vibraphone. “My Mom and Dad would drive me to all my lessons and music competitions and were very supportive” John said in a recent interview, “I was doing all of these private lessons and going to school and things were really hectic, but it taught me persistence and determination”.
John studied under such greats as Ruth Ritchie (mallets), Murray Spivack (classical snare drum), Chuck Flores (drum set independence), Charlie Shoemake (jazz studies), and Earl Hatch (classical marimba).
At age 16 John joined the Bill Watrous Big Band and from there moved onto playing with Maynard Ferguson, Kazumi Watanabe, Bunny Brunel, Patrick Moraz (Moody Blues, Yes), Vivian Campbell (Def Leppard) and Lindsay Buckingham (of Fleetwood Mac). John is currently Terry Fators Band leader / Musical director at The Mirage in Las Vegas who refers to Terry as “The most talent person I have ever worked with”.
John also played on the Grammy nominated African Choir album -Two Worlds, as well as a varied of Live Gigs and sessions including:Cirque Du Soleil “KA”, Megan Mullally(Will and Grace) TV talk Show on NBC, Mad About You, Comic Strip Live, Family Matters, Amen, Daniel Powter, Billy Ray Cyrus, Kirsten Chenowithe, Shawn Lane, Oprah, John Davidson, Regis and Kelly. Larry King Live, The Miller Brothers, Sea World, IBM, Nissan, Merv Griffin, Will Ferrill, Spinal Tap, Jerry Springer, Issac Washington, John Stamos, Nathen Burton, Linda Suzanne Live, CNN, Circo, Disney, Debra Messing,Virtual Pool, Shock It, Lens Crafters, Peter Galagher, Warner Bros., Generation X, Cartoon Circus, LA Fitness, and Mass Mental. John also wrote a best selling drum transcription book “John Wackerman Drum Duets Vol.1

Discography

Drumhead Setup

Snare- Triple Threat or Coated Response 2 batter, Classic Clear Snare Side
Toms- Clear Force Ten, Response 2 or Texture Coated on Batter, Classic Clear on bottom
Bass Drum- Superkick 10, Superkick II or Modern Vintage on Batter, Regulator on resonant

Artist Quote

Aquarian Drumheads are not only great sounding Heads but a great company. I have known Roy Burns since I was a kid. My Dad would take my brothers and I to Roy's Drum Clinics and we would not only learn but be inspired to be great drummers. The fact that Roy owns Aquarian makes the company unique because his knowledge is invaluable. I have also known Chris Brady(Aquarian artist relations) for years. In fact he was one of my excellent drum students. With this much talent and personal experience I am proud to be a part of the Aquarian family.

Artist Media

John Wackerman/Peter Erskine Drum Duet

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John Wackerman/Steve Gadd Drum Duet

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John Wackerman/Steve Smith Drum Duet

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