Beginner's Guide to Big Band Drumming - Anthony Stanislavski

Beginner's Guide to Big Band Drumming - Anthony Stanislavski

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The perfect resource for teachers, students, and ensemble directors. 

What's included

  • More than 50 exercises
  • Drumless, play-along backing tracks for all exercises and charts.
  • Simple descriptions of articulations and note lengths.
  • How to approach saxophone, trumpet, or trombone section figures.
  • How to approach ensemble figures, rests, and fills.
  • Two big band charts with interpretations.
  • Video and audio demonstrations for all material.

About the author

Anthony Stanislavski is a drummer, educator, and author from Melbourne, Australia. He prides himself on his ability to play many different styles of music and devotes himself to his craft by continuing to learn and develop as a musician. At the age of 18, Anthony joined the Australian Army Band as a percussionist and during his seven-year service he toured Australia and overseas, performing with Guy Sebastian and Marina Prior. He studied with some of Australia’s most prolific drum teachers including Simon Barker, Graham Morgan, Peter Blick, Dave Beck, and Ronny Ferella. He has a Bachelor of Music Performance from the Victorian College of the Arts.

As a performer, Anthony has performed at high-profile events including the ANZAC Day Clash at the MCG, the Australian Grand Prix, the Japan Self-Defence Forces Marching Festival, and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Melbourne. He performs regularly in rock, jazz, Irish and country bands. As an educator, Anthony teaches drum kit, percussion, and music theory at Caulfield Grammar School and Luther College.

"The Beginner's guide to BiG BAND DRUMMiNG articulates quintessential elements of big band playing which you can also apply to a variety of rhythm sections that working drummers must be literate in." Michael Julian

"The exercises are laid out and demonstrated in methodical and thorough way, which allows the student of big band drumming, both beginner and intermediate, to attain the necessary fundamentals in theory and practice to step into the unique, wonderful and sometimes challenging world of Big Band drumming with confidence." Adrian Smith

"By the time a player has finished with this book, I'm sure they'll have the tools to investigate the style further and work out how to weave in their own style over the solid foundation Anthony has helped them build." Dan Slater