Ed Metzinger was the head percussionist with the Chicago Symphony for 30 years. He retired, moved to Selma, Indiana
and taught percussion at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.
I was very fortunate to study percussion with Ed who taught the Edward B Straight system to his students which was contrary to my original drumming with the 26 original rudiments. It was a real pleasure to study under Ed and learning his approach to percussion.
When did Ed retire?
Daniel, thank you for your story!!!
I was very fortunate to study with Eddie Saffer, Joe Crozier who introduced me to Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich and Louie Bellson. They were impressed with my dedication to practicing 3 hours daily from age 10 through my teens. Louie taught me his single bass technique and single paradiddles which became an important part of my solo's. Buddy and Gene taught me how to work around the kit with single, double and triple paradiddles mixed with triplets and rim shots with much more than allowed in this brief format. They emphasized to practice slowly for articulation and gradually increase the speed.
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