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David Stanoch Named a “Vic Firth Artist”

McNally Smith percussion faculty member David Stanoch has been named a Vic Firth Artist, a sponsorship arrangement with the prestigious manufacturer of drumsticks, mallets and related items. Vic Firth, the world’s largest stick maker and a supporter of percussion education, chose to sponsor Stanoch based on his impressive musical career and on the strength of his new book, “Mastering the Tables of Time:  VOLUME 1 – Introducing the Standard Timetable.”  Dave’s photo currently appears on the home page of Vic Firth’s website, and Dave’s own page on the website includes video lessons and information on his new book.

Vic Firth has sponsorship arrangements with many of the world’s most respected drummers, including names like Steve Gadd, Jack DeJohnette, Kenny Aronoff, Anton Fig, Sully Erna and Shannon Larkin from Godsmack, and many more. “It’s an incredible honor to be chosen as a Vic Firth Artist,” said David Stanoch. “The fact that they believe in my book and wanted to feature it among their educational highlights is very, very flattering.”

David Stanoch, a member of McNally Smith’s percussion faculty since 1990, is enjoying success with “Mastering the Tables of Time.” The book lays out a comprehensive drumset method to improve groove, coordination, soloing and polyrhythmic skills. A September 2008 review in Rhythm Magazine bestowed a coveted “five-star” rating on the book, with this comment: “A Future Classic?” Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, a music legend with a claim to being the most-recorded drummer ever, had this to say about Stanoch’s book:  “It fills a void that I’m surprised has been missed until now and I think a lot of people will be kicking themselves that they didn’t see it first.”

As a performer, Stanoch leads the Twin Cities-based progressive jazz group Triplicate, while maintaining a busy schedule as a freelance studio and live drummer. The impressive array of national acts that Dave has performed with includes Sheryl Crow, Keb’ Mo’, and many others. He is also a clinician for the Paiste Cymbal Company, and his written work can be found in the pages of Modern Drummer, Drummer (U.K.) and other publications.

Visit Dave’s website to learn more about him.