Vater Artist Charli Persip to be honored with tribute

In his September, 2010 article for Musicians Local 802 News, Todd Bryant Weeks referred to Charli Persip as “The World’s Most Perfect Drummer” with good reason! “Persip’s technical mastery of the instrument…has allowed him the luxury of appearing in a multiplicity of settings with some of the greatest names in jazz: Dizzy Gillespie, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Harry James, Billy Eckstine, Archie Shepp, Benny Golson and Art Farmer, Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington, Eric Dolphy, Duke Ellington.” Now an octogenarian, Charli has not only played with every major name in music, but has led SuperSound his own big band for over thirty years, is the author of How Not to Play Drums (published by Second Floor Music and distributed by Hal Leonard), and is an in demand drum teacher, and he’s still going strong.



A tribute in honor of this legendary master drummer will be held at 7:30p.m. on Monday, April 30, 2012 at Saint Peter’s Church, corner of Lexington Avenue and 54th Street, New York, New York. Hosted by WBGO’s Rob Crocker, invited guests include musicians Ron Carter, Jimmy Cobb, Roy Haynes, Anthony Nelson, and Kenny Washington; writers Amiri Baraka and Nat Hentoff; and Martin Mueller, Director of the New School jazz program.

Charli started his musical career in and around Newark, New Jersey. A chance meeting with trombonist Benny Green resulted in Charli going on the road with Dizzy Gillespie, and that was the beginning of his star touched occupational path. Among his most memorable experiences during his rich, long career was his time with the incomparable Duke Ellington, who he felt was an incredible role model. Persip’s musical ability enabled him to defy stereotypical image of jazz drummers. At a recent presentation at the Jazz Museum in Harlem, drummer Kenny Washington said of him, “Persip was one of the black drummers that dispelled the idea that black drummers can’t read music.” During that presentation, Persip advised his audience about “…the importance of using your imagination to the fullest, and that listening is an art, not only as a drum accompanist but in life itself….And when dealing with an unruly audience, don’t be belligerent, just let your artistry quiet them down.”

As a jazz educator, he is said to be among the best. Since 1974, Charli Persip has been instructor of drums and music, for Jazzmobile Inc. – New York. He is currently a professor of jazz at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in Manhattan, having worked there for almost two decades, and he has had a highly successful private practice for over thirty years.

Charli Persip is also a popular attraction at drum clinics, and gives lecture-demonstrations at the nation’s most prestigious schools, including Howard University, University of Massachusetts, Ohio State University, and North Texas State University. Just as Duke Ellington left a serious impression with Charli, he has had the same effect with his students. Jeremy Carlstedt, one of his former students wrote in his blog, “…I was lucky enough to study with Charli Persip and just like anything a legend shows you, you can replay the lesson over and over in your head and still learn from it.”


Who: Friends of Master Drummer Charli Persip What: Tribute for his 6+ decades creating music

What: Tribute for his 6+ decades creating music. 

Where: Saint Peters Church Corner of 54th Street and Lexington Avenue New York, NY

When: April 30, 2012 @ 7:30pm Cost: $20 suggested donation

Contact: Pamela Morgan – - 973-996-8342, or Silvia St. John - - (845) 565-2578Who: Friends of Master Drummer Charli Persip



Posted by Chad on Monday, April 02, 2012 9:58 AM

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

Upcoming Clinics and Events

October 15th, 2011

Hannah Ford Clinic

 Willis Music Super Store

1850 S. Hurstborne Pkwy.

Louisville, KY 40220


October 17, 2011

Hannah Ford Clinic

 Forks Drum Closet

2701 12th Ave S

Nashville, TN


October 18, 2011

Hannah Ford Clinic

 Memphis Drum Shop

878 S Cooper St

Memphis, TN 38104



November 9-12, 2011


Vater Artists performing to be announced

Indianapolis Convention Center

Indianapolis, IN

Posted by Chad on Monday, June 06, 2011 12:00 AM

Branden Steineckert Update

Update from Vater Artist Branden Steineckert (Rancid)

Live Online Performance: April 9, 2011


"My project "Apocalypse Radio" is releasing a live performance and documentary online this Saturday. We've got a brand new website that we've teamed up with a pretty rad company to be able to do a multi-angle HD live performance (that we shot on March 6th) and viewers can register for $1.99 to watch it unlimited, high quality sound/video and the viewer can select which of the many camera angles they want to watch from at anytime in real time without interrupting the show.

We also have a 20min documentary about the band/project that people can get for only $0.99 (if people register for both they also get a free live download of our song "Lost Souls"). Pre-registration is available now at our website: and the show will release this Saturday, April 9th 2011

"Apocalypse Radio" released a new self titled album on Nov 30th 2010. "Apocalypse Radio" is myself along with my best friend Brian Patchett. He and I write, perform everything ourselves. I play drums on the whole album, we both play guitar, sing, and we both played bass on all the songs. I personally recorded, engineered, produced and mixed the entire album myself. It was a lot of work but very rewarding!! We released it by ourselves through iTunes and our online store on our site. We've just arranged with Hot Topic to be the exclusive retailer of our cd too. We've worked really hard on this project doing it all 100% independent, by ourselves.

Our live performance features our good friend Atom Willard (Angels & Airwaves) on drums and Drew Hamnett (The Trademark) on bass while Brian and I sing/play guitar. This online performance will be cool because with our "live" line up, it makes it very hard for this band to tour properly due to everyones careers, etc. So with this we can bring the event right to people in the comfort of their own home."

Hope you get to check it out!


-Branden Steineckert



Posted by Chad on Thursday, April 07, 2011 3:01 PM

Hannah Ford Joins White Noise Cast

Hannah Ford has joined the musical cast for White Noise, which will begin a 16-week run at The Royal George Theatre in Chicago, IL




White Noise is produced by Whoopi Golbnerg, Holly Way, Jay Strommen, and Tom Leonardis.

White Noise is a provocative new rock musical that follows a pair of sisters who are discovered by a powerful record producer, and groomed into a well-packaged rock/pop band, which mixes irresistible harmonies with coded rhetoric into chart-blazing hits. Inspired by real life, White Noise fuses today’s headlines and blogs into a cautionary tale that challenges conventional notions of free speech, media and the power of pop culture.

Directed and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo, whose recent Broadway credits include Jersey Boys (2006 Tony Award and 2009 Olivier Award for Best Musical), Next to Normal (Pulitzer Prize for Drama), Memphis (2010 Tony Award for Best Musical), The Addams Family; Guys and Dolls and All Shook Up, White Noise features a book by Matte O’Brien and music and lyrics by Robert Morris, Steven Morris and Joe Shane. White Noise was originally conceived by Ryan J. Davis with a story and characters by Joe Drymala.

Producer Whoopi Goldberg comments, “White Noise smacks you in a challenging, emotional and entertaining way. The producing team looks forward to bring this unflinchingly honest new production to Chicago where audiences are sophisticated, aware and open to a musical that will certainly remind them of today’s headlines and might awaken a new awareness of current social issues.”

White Noise had an early developmental production in the 2006 NY Musical Theatre Festival, and then was fully re-developed and went on to a critically-acclaimed and sold-out engagement at New Orleans’ Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre in July 2009.

For more information, visit 

Posted by Chad on Friday, March 04, 2011 10:37 PM

Vater Artists @ Modern Drummer Fest 2011

All of us at Vater are very excited to support Trevor Lawrence Jr. (Herbie Hancock/Everlast/Independent) and Jim Riley (Rascal Flatts) at the 2011 Modern Drummer Festival.

Produced since 1987 by Modern Drummer Magazine, the world’s most widely-read drumming publication, the Festival presents a roster of today’s top drumming talents, representing a variety of popular musical styles. Some offer solo “clinic” performances; others appear “in concert” with additional musicians. All share their talents in an educational and entertaining format that has made the MD Festival a must-see event for drummers around the world.

This years festival will take place on May 21, 2011 in Montclair, New Jersey.


Jim Riley Vater Artist Video Spotlight:

Trevor Lawrence Jr.

Jim Riley uses the Vater 5B and Sugar Maple Blazer (both in wood tip), Monster Brush, Slick Nut Cymbal Fasteners and Splashsticks

Trevor Lawrence Jr. uses the Vater Gospel Series Fusion, Splashsticks, Monster Brush, Retractable Wire Brush and T-7 Malllets.

For more info, please visit:

Posted by Chad on Thursday, February 17, 2011 2:39 PM

Vater Artists on Warped Tour 2011

A handful of the bands have been announced for this summer's Warped Tour and already there's plenty of Vater Artists represented!

Vater Artists confirmed so far include:

Travis Roundtree (The Ready Set)

Mike Kennedy (The Wonder Years)

Tyler Minsberg (The Dangerous Summer)

Mike Ambrose (Set Your Goals)

Nick Pizzolato (Moving Mountains)

Jamin Marshall (Larry and his Flask)

Swav Piorkowski (illScarlett)

Aaron Flora (Hellogoodbye)

Steven Kopacz (Go Radio)

Dennis Wilson (Every Avenue)

Derek Davis (Big D and the Kids Table)


Keep an eye out on for more Vater Artists to be announced to the band line-up soon!

Categories: Shows/Clinics | Artists
Posted by Chad on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 9:54 PM

Artist Signings at NAMM Show

Come on by Vater's booth at the 2011 NAMM Show January 13-16th in Anaheim, CA. Vater is booth #3072 in Hall D of the Anaheim Convention Center.

We will be introducing several new products for 2011, and also a brand new Vater catalog.

Vater Artists that are scheduled to appear for autograph signings at the Vater booth are:

Thursday January 13th 1PM

Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers)


Friday January 14th 1-2PM

Steven Adler (Legendary Guns N' Roses/Adler's Apppetite Drummer)


Saturday January 15th 12-1PM

Big Mike Clemons (Israel Houghton and New Breed)

Brian Frasier Moore (Janet Jackson/Madonna/Christina Aguilera)

George "Spanky" McCurdy (Lady Gaga)

Chris Pennie (Coheed and Cambria)

Mike Johnston ( 


Saturday January 15th 3-4PM

Mika Fineo (Filter)

Brian Tichy (Whitesnake) 


You'll be able to catch many other Vater Artists dropping by the Booth including: Chris Dave (Maxwell), Scott Travis (Judas Priest), David Silveria, Robin Diaz (Daughtry), Mario Calire (Ozomatli), Chris Johnson (Rihanna), Joe Sirois (Mighty Mighty Bosstones), Aaron Montgomery (Trapt), Nate Walker (Lit), Ed Udhus (Zebrahead), Xavier Muriel (Buckcherry), Bennie Rodgers (Mariah Carey), Manny Dominick (Chester French), Nisan Stewart (Diddy/Jamie Fox), Gorden Campbell (Jessica Simpson) and many more! You never know who you may bump into at the Vater booth.

*Keep checking the Vater Facebook and Twitter pages as we'll be posting pictures and updates from the show floor!


Posted by Chad on Thursday, January 06, 2011 10:58 PM

3 Vater Artists at Drum Off Finals

Three Vater Artists will be performing at the Guitar Center 2010 Drum Off Finals in January. Vater Artists Nisan Stewart, Cora Coleman-Dunham and Trevor Lawrence Jr. are included as special guests at this years Finals to be held at the Music Box in Hollywood, CA at 6:30 PM on January 8th 2011.

For more info, check out:

Nisan Stewart uses the Vater Nisan Stewart Model.

 Cora Coleman-Dunham uses the Vater Cora Coleman-Dunham Model

Trevor Lawrence Jr. uses the Vater Gospel Series Fusion and Nude Series Fusion in Wood Tip.

Posted by Chad on Monday, December 06, 2010 1:14 PM
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