Vater Artists in Drummies 2014

Once again, we are honored to see so many Vater Artists place in DRUM! Magazine's 2014 "Drummie" Awards. Vater Artists who placed in this year's Readers Poll are:

Adam Deitch [Runner-up: Funk Drummer]

Chad Smith [Winner: Rock/Pop Drummer]

Derek Roddy [Winner: Extreme Metal Drummer]

Gorden Campbell [Runner-up: Gospel Drummer]

Hannah Ford [Winner: Rising Star]

Jim Riley [Winner: Country Drummer]

Josh Freese [Runner-up: Drummer of the Year]

Karl Perazzo [Runner-up: Latin Percussionist, Runner-up: Percussion Clinician]

Kendrick Scott [Runner-up: Jazz Drummer]

Mauro Refosco [Runner-up: Rock/Pop/Hip-Hop Percussionist]

Mike Johnston [Runner-up: Drum Set Clinician]

Richie Gajate-Garcia [Runner-up: Percussion Clinician]

Roland Gajate-Garcia [Runner-up: Percussion Clinician]

Scott Pellegrom [Runner-up: Rising Star] 

Sean Kinney  [Runner-up: Alternative Rock Drummer]

Tim Alexander [Runner-up: Altternative Rock Drummer] 

Mike Mangini (Vater Slick Nut Cymbal Fastener Artist) [Runner-up Drummer of the Year, Runner-up: Progressive Rock Drummer] 


Congrats to all! 



Categories: Awards | Artists
Posted by blogadmin on Monday, July 28, 2014 1:20 PM

Vater Artists Sweep AP Magazine Readers Poll

We were very proud and excited when the results of Alternative Press Magazine's annual Readers Poll results were announced late December 2013, as all top 3 drummers who topped the poll are Vater Drumstick Artists! The top 3 winners for Drummer of the Year, as chosen by Alternative Press Magazine Readers, are:



Luke's stick of choice: Vater 3A Wood Tip


Mike's stick of choice: Vater 2B Wood Tip


Christian's stick of choice: Vater 3A Nylon Tip


Posted by Chad on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 1:59 AM

Modern Drummer Readers Poll

Congratulations to all the Vater Artists who placed in Modern Drummer's 2013 Readers Poll.




# 2 Gil Sharone [Stolen Babies]
# 4 Mike Byrne [Smashing Pumpkins]
# 3 Tony Escapa [Ricky Martin]
# 4 Brian Frasier-Moore [Justin Timberlake]
# 5 Brann Dailor [Mastodon]
# 3 Chris Dave [D'Angelo]
# 4 Lil' John Roberts [Neyo]
# 1 Jim Riley [Rascal Flatts]
# 4 Mike Johnston []
Up & Coming
# 2 Luke Holland [The Word Alive]
# 5 Roland Gajate Garcia [American Idol/Stevie Wonder]


Posted by Chad on Monday, June 24, 2013 2:23 PM

2013 Grammy Nominations

Congratulations to all the Vater Artists who have been nominated for 2013 Grammy Awards!


Best Pop Solo Performance:

Adele-Live at the Royal Albert Hall [Derrick Wright]


Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:

Payphone-Maroon 5 [Matt Flynn]


Best Pop Vocal Album:

Stronger- Kelly Clarkson [Josh Freese and Miles McPherson]

Overexposed- Maroon 5 [Matt Flynn]


Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance:

Love Bites (So Do I)-Halestorm [Arejay Hale]


Best R&B Performance:

Gonna Be Alright (F.T.B.)-Robert Glasper Expirement [Chris Dave]


Best Traditional R&B Performance:

If Only You Knew- SWV [Mike Clemons]


Best R&B Album:

Black Radio-Robert Glasper Expirement [Chris Dave]


Best Country Solo Performance:

Blown Away-Carrie Underwood {Chris McHugh}


Best Gospel Album:

Jesus At The Center Live-Israel & New Breed [Mike Clemons]


Best Americana Album:

The Carpenter-Avett Brothers [Jacob Edwards]


The 55th Annual Grammy Awards will air at 8PM EST on February 10, 2013 on CBS



Categories: Awards | Artists
Posted by Chad on Thursday, December 06, 2012 5:36 PM

2012 Drummie Awards

Once again, there's plenty of Vater presence in DRUM! Magazine's Annual Drummie Readers Poll Awards!







Runner Up: Vater Nisan Steart Model
Drummer of the Year
Runner up: Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
Rising Star
Ruunners Up:
Chris Dave (D'Angelo/Maxwell/Robert Glasper Expirement), Mike Johnston ( and Luke Holland
Runner Up: Virgil Donati (Alan Holdsworth)
Runners Up: Brann Dailor (Mastodon) and Matt Byrne (Hatebreed)
Runners Up: Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Cora Coleman-Dunham (Beyonce/Prince)
Winner: Shannon Leto (Thirty Seconds to Mars)
Runner Up: Jay Lane (Primus)
Runner Up:
Chris Dave (D'Angelo/Maxwell/Robert Glasper Expirement)
Runner Up: Chris Layton (Kenny Wayne Shephard/Stevie Ray Vaughn)
Chris Dave (D'Angelo/Maxwell/Robert Glasper Expirement)
Winner: Jim Riley (Rascal Flatts)
Runner Up: Chris McHugh (Keith Urban/Nashville Session Artist)
Runner Up: Mike Johnston (
Studio Drummer/Drummer for Hire
Runner Up: Nisan Stewart (Jay Z/Diddy/Jamie Fox)
Runner Up: Richie Gajate Garcia
Rising Star
Runner Up: Roland Gajate Garcia
Live Performer
Winner: Karl Perazzo (Santana)
Runner Up: Andy Farag (Umphreys McGee)
Runner Up: Andy Farag (Umphreys McGee)
Winner: Raul Rekow/Karl Perazzo (Santana)
Educational Web Site


Posted by Chad on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 9:19 AM

Vater Artists Win in 2012 MD Readers Poll

Congratulations to all of the Vater Artists that placed in the 2012 Modern Drummer Magzine Readers Poll! You can also see the full results in the July 2012 issue of Modern Drummer, which is on sale now.



#3 Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers)

#4 Josh Freese (Devo/Weezer/A Perfect Circle) 


Mainstream Rock

#2 Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers)


Alternative Rock 

#5 Jay Lane (Primus)



#2 Mattt Flynn (Maroon 5)



Winner: Josh Freese (Devo/Weezer/A Perfect Circle)



#4 Chris Dave (D'Angelo/Robert Glasper Experiment)



#4 Jeremy Spencer (Five Finger Death Punch)

#5 Brann Dailor (Mastodon)



Winner: Jim Riley (Rascal Flatts)

#4 Chris McHugh (Keith Urban/Nashville Session Artist)



#3 Mike Johnston ( 

#5 Jim Riley (Rascal Flatts)


Up & Coming

#3 Erick Slick (Dr.Dog)

#5 Chris St. Hilaire (The London Souls)


Educational Book 

#3 Jim Riley: Song Charting Made Easy 

#4 Ari Hoenig: Systems: Book 


Educational DVD 

#3 Virgil Donati: Double Bass Drum Freedom 


Recorded Performance

#4 Brann Dailor: The Hunter (Mastodon) 



Also, a big Congrats to Vater Slick Nut Cymbal Fastener Artist Mike Mangini for Winning MVP and Recorded Performance and taking #2 in Prog.

Posted by Chad on Monday, June 04, 2012 8:55 AM

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

Modern Drummer Readers Poll 2012

Vater is well represented in the 2012 Modern Drummer Readers Poll! Head on over to and cast your vote. Vater Artist nominees in the various categories include: Chad Smith, Josh Freese, Chris McHugh, Virgil Donati, Mike Johnston, Jim Riley, Eric Slick, Jay Lane, Matt Flynn, Matt Halpern, Jeremy Spencer, Brann Dailor, Chris Dave and Ari Hoenig.

Posted by Chad on Wednesday, January 04, 2012 12:10 AM

Two Vater Artist Inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

We're very excited that Vater Artists Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Steven Adler (Guns N' Roses) will be inducted into the 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The 27th annual ceremony will take place on April 14, 2012 The ceremony will be taped for broadcast by HBO, which plans to air it in early May. Guns N' Roses was nominated in its first year of eligibility.Chad and Steven now share this honor with fellow Vater Artists Stewart Copeland (The Police) and Michael Shrieve (Santana).


Chad Smith uses Vater Chad Smith's Funkblaster
Steven Adler uses the Vater 7A Wood Tip 

Categories: Awards | Artists
Posted by Chad on Wednesday, December 07, 2011 9:00 PM

Vater Artists in 2011 Drum Readers Poll

The 2011 Drummies have been announced!

We are proud of all the Vater Artists that have placed in the 2011 Drum Magazine Drummies Reader's Poll:


Drum Set Categories

Rising Star:Runner up: Hannah Ford (Bellevue Suite)

Metal:Runner up: Derek Roddy

Urban/Hip Hop:Runner up: Cora Coleman-Dunham (Beyonce)

Blues:Runner up: Chris Layton

Alternative:Runner up: Shannon Leto (Thirty Seconds to Mars)

Punk:Runner up: Jonathan Diener (The Swellers)

Gospel/Worship:Runner up: John Lawson

Country:Runner up: Jim Riley (Rascal Flatts)

Clinician:Runner up: Mike Johnston (

Live Performer:Runner up: Morgan Rose (Sevendust)


Percussion Categories

Percussionist of the Year:Karl Perazzo (Santana)Runner up: Andy Farag (Umphrey's McGee)

Rising Star:Andy Farag (Umphrey's McGee)

Latin Percussionist:Runner up: Karl Perazzo (Santana)

Studio Percussionist:Runner up: Richie "Gajate" Garcia

Live Performer:Aaron DraperRunners up: Karl Perazzo (Santana), Andy Farag (Umphrey's McGee)

Rock/PopAndy Farag (Umphrey's McGee)


Gear Category  

Stick:Runner Up: Vater Nude Series Fusion

Categories: Awards | Artists
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