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Kendor Music Announces Collaboration With Roy Burns

Delevan, Y – Kendor Music, Inc. proudly announces an exciting collaboration with Roy Burns to publish three new books by the iconic drummer: Solo Secrets; Relaxed Hand Technique; and The Creative Drumset Workbook. Slated for release in February 2012, Solo Secrets (Of The Left Hand And Bass Drum) is based on the drum set artistry of Roy Burns. This book will improve the drummer’s left hand technique, bass drum control, hand-to-hand coordination, overall speed, and rhythmic creativity in any playing style or idiom. Solo and fill-in playing skills are enhanced through use of the entire drum set. Edited by percussionist and well-known educational composer Murray Houllif, the book includes a DVD featuring Roy Burns’ amazing final clinic in 1989. Roy’s clinics were a balanced mixture of good natured humor, education, demonstrations, information, questions and answers, and finished off with a powerful exciting drum solo featuring Roy’s phenomenal techniques. At the beginning of the clinic, Roy’s opening single stroke roll on a snare drum got the message across that this was going to be a meaningful and business like educational experience for all ages. NOW FOR THE FIRST TIME ANYWHERE you can see a vintage Roy Burns clinic on the DVD with Roy’s first new book in years (The only Roy Burns clinic on film). Available from music retailers or (item #21194, $17.95).
Roy Burns became famous as a big band drummer in his early twenties performing with legendaries Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, and Woody Herman. In the 1960’s he concentrated on studio work and freelancing in the New York City area. He played for a number of top TV shows such as the Merv Griffin Show and the Tonight Show, and led his own jazz group that performed regularly at such NYC clubs as The Metropole and Birdland. Roy was one of the very first Artist-Clinician Performers in the music industry. His background as a drummer, teacher, author and studio musician made him an ideal teacher/performer. In many instances, a Roy Burns clinic was the first one ever attended by young drummers in the U.S. and internationally. Thousands of drummers read his Concepts column in Modern Drummer Magazine. It was one of the most successful columns in the history of the magazine and ran for an unprecedented 12 years. Founded in 1954, Kendor Music was the first publisher of student level jazz ensemble charts. Today Kendor is internationally recognized not only for its extensive jazz catalog, but also for critically-acclaimed publications for string orchestra and instrumental solos/ensembles. Several bestselling books on jazz improvisation, composing/arranging, and instrumental performance also bear the Kendor name.

For more information about the first book being released, “Solo Secrets”(Of The Left Hand And Bass Drum) visit