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How did that routine come about?

Yeah, I didn’t start off on a good foot. I studied with him for about two years in the Ft. There are so many!

Drummerworld: Billy Ashbaugh

Find someone who will keep it fun and interesting for you and who will let you get behind the kit bully away. He turned me on to many different styles and techniques.

And the rest is history. But we’re always conscious of our daughter and our family and that comes first.

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If I had the guts to pull away, I should have let the money go and figure out another way to make money and concentrate more on making myself happy behind the instrument. We weren’t going to dump her off on a relative or grandparent and take off. Do you play or practice any differently as a result of the size of the venues you play? It really gives you a chance to show off.

Following this festival, I’m doing a clinic tour down the East Coast. Billy, is it tough being out on the road away from home for such long periods of time? Links Related to this Article. My playing biply change as the tour progresses. Eric Moore of Suicidal Tendencies and T. Zshbaugh not out there messin’ around and meeting other women or partying. Find a good teacher. That’s fine, that’s cool but that’s personally not my bag because I’m not a big chops kind of player, you know.


Billy Ashbaugh Bio

Ever since then, I was hooked. There’s a special connection that we have and a mutual understanding that I couldn’t have with anyone else. Plus, over the years, I did my share of gigs — mostly top bands — that played with some sort of programmed or sequenced tracks.

Billy was playing drums and I was playing percussion.

Do you have any specific drumming goals you have yet to accomplish? Do you play any other instruments besides drums? Jennnie, I understand that you’ve put your drumming career on hold to raise your daughter. I did that for about three years and I really miss bolly. You’ve got to practice rudiments on the pad and sit behind the kit to hear the different voicings, learn to play a rim shot, learn to work the hi-hat and learn how the pedal feels against the bass drum.

The musical director, Kevin Antunes, will sometimes make suggestions to me on a particular type of fill or groove, but for the most part I get to play what I want.

Do you think you guys will be doing some double drums together in the future? Billy Ward just gave me a CD and I can’t wait to check it out. I also listen to Toto and Prince, with John Blackwell. It was a lot of fun. What’s going on, gig wise, in the near future? That’s my advice to the drummers starting out.

At the end of a tour, when I listen back to a disc of one of the first shows, I hear a noticeable difference in my fills as well as the grooves.


Do you get nervous when playing in front of huge crowds? Looking back on it, it’s probably the worst thing I could have done. I can remember banging on pots and pans at a very young age. How much freedom do you have to play what you want in the show?

I know my time will come, eventually. I’m not downplaying the rudiments, they’re extremely important and I practice them all the time, but you need to fulfill the need that drew you to the drums and that’s to sit behind the kit.

When I was about fourteen, I went to a company Christmas party for my dad. I had to force myself to do this solo today.

Billy Ashbaugh

I interviewed Billy backstage in his dressing room at the Modern Drummer Festival and his wife, Jenie, who also happens to be a drummer joined us, sahbaugh.

I started playing rather late in life. Best Products at the Lowest Prices. I’ve got a question for the both of you, how did you two meet? Long after there was no enjoyment at all, either musically or spiritually. Great pocket, great player.

Will be used according to our Privacy Policy. I love Phil Gould. What type of music do you enjoy listening to? We’d wake up and go to our rooms and play dueling drums and stuff and that was our thing! The precision required to keep choreography, light shows, and football-stadium-sized TV screens in ashnaugh is an unbelievable task.