Video Feature-Dick DiCenso

For Dick DiCenso's 70th Birthday this past August, fellow Vater Artist Jimmy Pemberton (Kiley Evans/Educator) sat down with him to film this 2 part video interview. Jimmy had Dick chat about what got him into playing drums as a young kid, touring, opening DiCenso's Drum Shop and why after all these years, his real passion with drums is with his being an Educator.

Dick DiCenso has been a long time friend of the Vater Family. In fact, Dick had great influence on the launching of the Vater brand in 1991 and also helped design the Vater Super Jazz Model .

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 A few words from Alan Vater on Dick DiCenso:

I first met Dick 30 years ago while he was Managing Director at Harris Fandel Music Company. Dick was a very close friend of my Father Clarry, and my Dad cherished this friendship. If my Dad were around today, he would be very honored to share in the Happy Birthday wishes for Dick! 

It was on that day, when I met Dick for the first time, that he and my Dad were discussing the prospects of Harris Fandel purchasing the drumsticks that my Dad and my brother Ron were making downstairs in my Dad’s Drum Shop in Norwood Massachusetts.

Dick was instrumental in providing expert advice to my Dad in those early days when my Family resumed the art of making drumsticks. That art had been passed on from my Grandfather Jack Adams (of Jack's Drum Shop in Boston, MA) and my Godfather Fred Michele. Dick's guidance, friendship and generosity are greatly appreciated as we look back on those early times of Vater Percussion.

I also can clearly remember the day that Dick paid us a visit, to our then new factory, in Weymouth Mass and asked us to produce Private Label Drumsticks under the name “ChopStix” for his new store, DiCenso’s Drum Shop, that he was opening in Quincy. It's apparent today that Dick's decision to open his own drum shop was the right one, as it continues to thrive today.

There is alot of history between the Vater and DiCenso families. I have come to know and respect not only Dick but also his son Dave who is one of today's greatest drumming talents. Personally there are a select few people that I looked to with the passing of my Father in 1998. Dick is one of those people whose words and presence continue to bring me comfort and reassurance.

From myself and the entire Vater Family, we wish you a very Happy 70th Birthday!     -Alan Vater

 


Alan Vater and Dick DiCenso
 
 
 
Purchase Dick DiCenso's book, A Practical Workbook for the Modern Drummer, by clicking the image below:

 

Posted by blogadmin on Tuesday, September 13, 2011 10:25 AM

Video Series: How to Prepare for the Recording Studio

Boston based Vater Artist Jimmy Pemberton (Kiley Evans/Educator/Independent) set up this great video series with very helpful hints on how to prepare for the recording studio.

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Jimmy Pemberton is a professional drummer & educator based out of Boston,MA. Known for his “play for the song” approach he has become one of the areas go to guys for producers, song writers and bands alike. No matter if it’s in the studio or on the stage Jimmy brings his upbeat positive attitude and hard work ethic to any situation.

Jimmy has worked with Kiley Evans, Marc Orrell (former Dropkick Murphys), Endway, Jamison Ernest (Warner Music Group), Jer Coons,Gregory James,The Holiday Electric, Soren Sorensen, Gone Baby Gone, AutoManual, and many more. Some producers include: Mike Poorman, Jim Wirt, Joe Merrick, Michael Carroll, Jim Foster,and Mathew Ellard.

Jimmy has studied with Dave DiCenso, Dick DiCenso and Chris Rivelli. ” I plan on always being a Student , a Teacher and an Artist. I feel keeping all three going is the key for me to progress as a musician and human being.”

Jimmy Pemberton uses the Vater 5B Wood

www.jimmypemberton.com

Posted by Chad on Tuesday, August 09, 2011 2:29 PM

Vater at Warped Tour in Boston!

 

 

Vater will have a tent at the Boston date of the 2011 Van's Warped Tour on July 13th, 2011 in Mansfield, MA at the Comcast Center. Vater along with DiCenso's Drum Shop will be on site to provide beginner drum lessons as part of the Percussion Marketing Council's "Lesson Lab" initiative to expose music fans to drumming.

Some Vater Artists performing on the 2011 Warped Tour will be stopping by the tent as special guest drum teachers throughout the day. Also, Larry and His Flask will be performing a special live set at the Vater/DiCenso's/PMC Tent.

 

Along with the drum lessons, there will be give-aways from Vater. Guest appearance times will be posted at the tent that morning of the show.

 

 

Vater Artists performing on July 13th Include:

Andrew Wetzel (Attack Attack)

Mike Ambrose (Set Your Goals)

Derek Davis (Big D and the Kids Table)

Christian Coma (Black Veil Brides)

Aaron Stern (D.R.U.G.S)

Swav Piorkowski (Ill Scarlettt)

Jamin Marshall (Larry and His Flask)

Nick Pizzolato (Moving Mountains)

Yesod Williams (Pepper)

Travis Roundtree (The Ready Set)

Michael Kennedy (The Wonder Years)

Tino Arteaga (Of Mice and Men)

Kyle Mueller (The Dangerous Summer)

Dennis Wilson (Every Avenue)

Steven Kopacz (Go Radio)

Russell Dixon (New Years Day)

 

About DiCenso's Drum Shop:

DiCenso's Drum Shop located in Weymouth, MA next to sister store South Shore Music, is easily accessible from MBTA transportation via the #225 bus or the Weymouth Landing commuter rail stop on the Greenbush line. They have served the South Shore and Boston drumming community for over 27 years!

Dick DiCenso (you may also know his son, Dave DiCenso!) opened DiCenso's Drum Shop in 1982 fulfilling a dream of providing a one-stop service and educational venue for all drummers. In 2005, DiCenso's partnered with South Shore Music to enhance the opportunities of our customers and students.

DiCenso's provides personal service, great prices and an educational program that is first rate! All of their instructors are working professionals who come from a variety of educational backgrounds - from Berklee College of Music graduates, to having studied with Dick DiCenso himself!

Contact DiCenso's Drum Shop:

13 Washington Street

Weymouth, MA 02188 

Ph: 781-331-3333 

 

 

  

Posted by Chad on Wednesday, June 15, 2011 10:24 AM

New Product Demo Videos

Here is a series of videos to give you helpful information on some of Vater products that you just can't get by reading a product description in a catalog. We'll be filming many more, so stay tuned!

 

Mike Johnston demonstrates how different tip shapes and sizes have an effect on how your cymbals sound. He also shows the sound difference between wood tip and nylon tip.




Jen Lowe demo's the New Vater Cajon Brush and also the Wire Tap Retractable Brush on the Cajon.
 




Vater Slick Nut Cymbal Fastener Artist Mike Mangini (Dream Theater) shows how he uses the Slick Nut and Slick Nut Skull in his set up and also while he adjusts them when actually performing live. (Please Note: Mike Mangini is not a Vater Drumstick Artist)




Jen Lowe demo's the 12" Split Surface Pad from Vater's Chop Builder Practice Pad line.




In this video, Jimmy Pemberton gives you the skinny on Vater's Earplugs. An important must have for any musician!




Steve Fidyk shows off his Vater Swing model sticks in both wood tip and nylon tip.

Posted by Chad on Thursday, June 02, 2011 8:53 AM
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