TopSticks

Temitope Odebiyi, popularly known as TopSticks is an award winning drummer from Nigeria.

Her successful drumming career has given her both local and International recognition. She has been profiled and featured on several local and International news agencies, Television Stations and Media Platforms including Guardian, Kenya’s Africa24 Media, MTN Foundation and the British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC.

As a life coach and Inspirational speaker, she has facilitated several leadership programmes and summits in Nigeria. Topsticks holds a certificate in Servant Leadership – The Deciding Difference, Management Strategies for People and Resources and Understanding the right of Women and Girls, from Young African Leaders Initiative. She was awarded Youth of the Year 2017 and 2018 at Breath of Life.

She holds a Diploma in Music from Musical Society of Nigeria (MUSON) School of Music, Diploma in Law from Olabisi Onabanjo University, a trained percussionist from Peterking’s College of Music, Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Diplomatic Studies, Masters in History & Strategic Studies and PhD in view.

Topsticks has been under the mentorship and tutelage of her Pastor, Bishop S.P. Jedafe. Her sense of responsibility has seen her grow to become the Pastor of the Breath of Life Ministry Youth Church where she also anchors a session for Entrepreneurs, being one herself. She is working towards becoming the Chancellor of TOUZAR UNIVERSITY.

Her music journey has been inspired by so many great musicians including Herbie Hancock, Sheila E, Steve Smith, Dave Weckl, Chester Thompson, Calvin Rodgers, K Sticks among others. She is currently the Official drummer and band director at Breath of Life and also trains drummers virtually and in class.

Josh Devine

Josh Devine is a drummer, singer and songwriter from England. His father was in an ’80s rock band, which inspired Josh’s musical interests at a young age. He began experimenting with drumming at the age of three and got his first drum set on his fourth birthday.

Josh is best known as the live drummer of the super group, One Direction. Josh found out about the audition for the group through a friend on Facebook in 2011. He was selected on the very first audition and performed with the group on every live show from 2012 to 2016.

In May 2018 he formed ZFG with guitarist Trev Lukather (son of Toto guitarist Steve Lukather), vocalist Jules Galli and bassist Sam Porcaro (son of Mike Porcaro and nephew of drummer Jeff Porcaro). ZFG debuted in 2019 and toured in the USA and Europe. In 2021, Josh, Trev and Jules became LEVARA and are scheduled to release their debut self titled album on May 14th 2021!

Teri Coté

Teri Coté began drumming on pots and pans from the kitchen at 7 years old, she was highly inspired by Earth, Wind and Fire, Prince, Michael Jackson, Queen, ELO, Barry White, James Taylor and many more. With her kitchen kit, she set up right in front of the stereo and jammed out with the bands. 

Teri started playing drums in the drum corps at 12 years old, realizing she was serious about drumming, her mother bought her a drum set for her 13th birthday, a Ludwig Orange Vistalite, just like John Bonham’s. The next year she and her mother moved to Northern California and at 14 she got her first professional gig. Teri gigged and toured through-out high school, with a country family band called The Marcy Brothers who were eventually signed to Warner Bros. They toured the country as an opening act for top name artists and bands such as: George Strait, Alabama, HWY 101, Dolly Parton, Exile, Charlie Daniels, Juice Newton, Eddie Rabbit and many others. 

Next she moved to Reno, Nv upon graduating high school and joined a professional top 40 band. They played casino’s regularly locally and nationally as well as traveling abroad to Japan, where they lived and played for six months as a house band at a club in Matsuyama. A few years later she moved to Las Vegas and worked at Caesars Palace for three years, in a house band called Anita Sarawak and The American Dream. Anita was a huge star in Asia having been with BMI since she was 17, and 11 albums. In addition to the Caesars gig, they toured Asia and Australia.

From there, Teri moved to Scottsdale, AZ, and played with many different musicians, one being Jeff Dayton (long time musical director for the Glenn Campbell Band). Jeff and Teri had a small country band together for several years. Next she moved to Austin Tx, where she played with many artists including Stephen Bruton, Extreme Heat, Earle Poole Ball, (long time musical director for Johnny Cash) just to name a few. From Austin she moved to Ashland, Or where she played several years with blues artist Karen Lovely and then landed the David Cassidy gig, which she held for 15 years, to the end of his career. By then she had moved to Boston, Ma and married her drummer husband Sergio Bellotti. Teri and Sergio have two drum shops and a cymbal boutique in Boston, both teach drums as well as perform. 

Teri’s performed with, David Cassidy, Stephen Bruton, Bo Diddley, Eric Martin, Freddy Powers, Nidia Rojas, Ralna English, Anita Sarawak, Karen Lovely, Tony Lynn Washington and many, many others.  

Currently she’s involved in an original duo called JamProv with piano player “Jane Potter” an Ear Training Professor at Berklee College of Music. They write music with varying influences: jazz, r&b and pop with infectious grooves, odd time meters and interweaving vocals with harmonies. 

Teri teaches drums regularly at 247Drums in Winchester, Ma and works her jewelry line she started four years ago with drum parts, called DRUM JEWELS. 

Teri endorses Yamaha, Sabian, REMO and Vic Firth.

Sergio Bellotti

Sergio Bellotti is an international artist and Renaissance man. As a powerful and tremendously gifted drummer, he’s played with some of the world’s finest musicians. As an educator, he’s an in demand clinician as well as a professor at the esteemed Berklee College of Music. As an entrepreneur, he owns 247 Drums which caters to the needs of drummers everywhere.

Hailing from Bari, Italy, Sergio’s passion for music and accomplished drumming spurred him to move to Boston in 1995 to attend the Berklee College of Music. Shortly after arriving in the U.S., Sergio met his longtime musical partner, fellow Italian expatriate and bassist extraordinaire, Tino D’Agostino. Together they founded and continue to lead Spajazzy, a jazz fusion group, which has featured guitarist Mike Stern on both of their cd releases. Good company indeed.

In addition to his professorship at Berklee, where students from all over the world come to study, Sergio serves as a visiting artist at the GM Drum School in Torino, Italy and as a faculty member at the Conservatorio Della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, Switzerland.

Sergio is the founder of the “Do You Speak Drumming?” program and often travels to Europe to conduct clinics, concerts and master classes. He is a drum artist for both Yamaha Acoustic and Electronic drums.

Sergio has recorded or shared the stage with world class musicians such as Blues Hall of Fame and Grammy nominated Joe Louis Walker, Mike Stern, The Platters, The Drifters, Tom Scott, Nathan East, Robben Ford, Alessandra Belloni, Bernard Purdie and Rocco Ventrella to name but a few. He has performed at international festivals such as the Montreal Drum Fest, The Golden Jazz 2015 in China, Bari In Jazz 2010,Cape Breton International Drum Fest, Berklee World Percussion Festival and the PASIC and 5 consecutive KOSA festivals.

Sergio has been based in Boston ever since arriving in 1995 and is still immersed in the city’s lively music scene. He holds down the drum throne for his weekly gig  with We Jazz Up. Their Tuesday night show at Slade’s has become a time honored ritual and one never knows which talented musician might visit to sit in.

In addition to being an artist, educator and clinician, Sergio ministers to the needs of drummers with his shop, 247 Drums. The major manufacturers of drum gear have recognized his talents, and besides Yamaha, Sergio is also an endorser for Remo drumheads, Sabian cymbals, Vic Firth drum sticks and the Vibe T5 Stick which he designed himself.

Kelli Rae Tubbs

A working drummer and percussionist for more than three decades, Kelli Rae Tubbs‘ resume spans the musical spectrum, covering jazz, pop, country, bluegrass, drum corps, brass band, and children’s music. From 2017 to 2020, she served as the house percussionist at the Smoky Mountain Opry in Pigeon Forge, TN.  She was featured in DRUM! Magazine.

Over the last decade, Kelli has established a formidable “second” career as a collector, researcher, and clinician. She has presented on the preservation and restoration of antique drums as well as historical drumming methods at the Chicago Drum Show, the Delaware Drum Show, and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. Currently, she is writing a book with the noted drummer, author, and educator Daniel Glass, entitled “The Postcard Project:  A Snapshot of Drumming Life, 1900-1930” (due in 2021).

She is the 2020 recipient of the Paul Charosh Independent Scholar Fellowship, 8 grants, and was an original music contributor to a Regional Emmy winning project in 2011. Her recent live and studio performances include artists Waltzing on Waves and international blues singer-songwriter, Annie Mack.

Kelli is a member of the Sabian Education Network and the D’Addario Education Collective. She has been a regular contributor to Vintage Drums Legendary Sounds and Tom Tom Magazine and served on the Scholarly Research Committee of the Percussive Arts Society.

Helena D

Helena D is a 25 year-old drummer, multi-instrumentalist, music teacher and aspiring producer/composer from Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has played as a session drummer for several local underground artists and currently playing for “Lwlo”, a pop singer and songwriter on the rise.

Growing up surrounded by music instruments and records of all kind, ‘Lena started taking drum lessons at age 12 and drumming quickly turned into her passion. After finishing high school she attended Escuela de Música Contemporanea (EMC), a Berklee international network music school in Buenos Aires, where she focused on drums and music theory. Now she is on her way of getting a degree in cinematographic music at Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA).

Liz Ficalora

Owner of EasyDrumChart.com and DrumChartBuilder.com, Liz Ficalora is a drummer, clinician, author, teacher, audio engineer, producer, songwriter and music software designer. 

Her honors include published author with Alfred Publishing, a First Place Award Winning Jingle Writer for Maxwell House Coffee, Best American Album Producer and Best Contemporary Song, JP Folks Award Show 2020 and a graduate of the Berklee College of Music. 

As a performer, she has extensive touring experience with Stella Parton, Charlie Louvin, Walter Egan, Carnival Cruise Line, Grand Rivers Variety Shows, Sterling and Calliopes Children Steel Band. She has performed with Madame Gandhi, Billy Prine and played with Pam Tillis and is currently working with Stephanie Urbana Jones and the Jill Sissel Band in Nashville TN.

Drawing from all her years of performing experience, Liz developed a drum charting method and authored the book, “How to Write A Fast and Easy Drum Chart,” published by Alfred Publishing.

 Liz’s drum charting method book is endorsed by Remo, Vic Firth, Louie Bellson, Gary Chaffee, Rich Redmond, Lalo Davila and the method is becoming the standard that is used by professional drummers worldwide. She has been featured in Tom Tom Magazine, Drum! Magazine, Rhythm Magazine and Berklee Today. 

After the release of her book, she designed a new drum charting software program called Drum Chart Builder. This program is an online professional tool for drummers, songwriters and composers to create simple and easy drum charts for performances and practice.

“This is my dream, to create a program that becomes the standard in drum music software” Liz Ficalora, CEO of Drum Chart Builder.

As an educator, Liz has taught master classes on Tom Tom Magazine Chops TV, SAE Nashville, the Nashville Musicians Union, PAS International Conference, MTSU, TSU, 5 Star Drum Shops and Guitar Center.
She is currently the producer at her music production company called Sappho’s Productions in Nashville TN.

www.lizficalora.com

Emilie Cleuver

Raised in a musical family, daughter of the Dutch-Bulgarian pop singer Bojoura and drummer Hans Cleuver (founder of Drumschool Cleuver and drummer of the progressive rock band Focus a.o.), Emilie Cleuver learned drumming at her parents’ knees.

Growing up with a Drumschool next to the family’s home inspired her to become a drummer. It was at her fathers’ school in the Hague, Netherlands where she was taught drumming by different teachers along with her own father.

Apart from being a drummer, Emilie has also developed as a percussion player. She studied different percussion instruments (such as congas, bongos, timbales, cajón and daf) and took lessons from several top percussionists e.g. Adel Gonzalez and Roicel Riveròn. She has grown very fond of Cuban music.

Emilie has performed in different projects & productions in the Netherlands, such as Cirque Stiletto with leading lady Ellen ten Damme, percussion group Slagerij van Kampen, and all female latin band Zule Max, touring the country and several other countries in Europe. She is experienced at playing both drums and percussion in (electronic) pop & dance, funk, soul, fusion, hiphop, world, swing, Cuban and West-African music.

In 2018 her dream came true: she got the opportunity to play the drums in Cirque du Soleil’s big top show Amaluna, touring in North-America & Canada from 2019-2020.

Next to performing, Emilie loves to teach as well: she teaches at Drumschool Cleuver and also gives percussion and music workshops at schools & companies. She plays Zildjian cymbals, Remo drumheads and TAMA drums.

Thèrése DiMuzio

Thèrése DiMuzio is a professional drummer, vocalist and disc-jockey based out of Massachusetts. She has toured extensively in the US/Canada and has performed with the Boston Pops, recorded with Grammy award winner Bill Harley, has sung for the 44th President of The United States, Barak Obama and regularly for political dignitaries.

She’s been involved in the music industry her whole life, working alongside her father who was Director of Artist Relations for the Avedis Zildjian Cymbal Company for 42 years, and Sabian Cymbal Company for 12 years. With this wonderful bond they collaborated and published a book about the percussion industry called “Tales From the Cymbal Bag”.

She is an Executive Director for the American Federation of Musicians, US/Canada. Her business, New England Beat, books live and digital entertainment for events. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Massachusetts Labor Guild, and Greater Boston Labor Council AFL-CIO.

Her greatest accomplishment is her two daughters who are very successful choral and music technology educators.

Andrea Arenas

Andrea Arenas graduated in Electronic Engineering and developed her career as a Sound Engineer. Andrea’s latest jobs include being part of the sound team for different Cirque du Soleil shows such as At Sea, Luzia, Amaluna and Totem. With almost 15 years of experience, she focuses her sound career in live sound, musical production, recording and mixing.

Her professional experiences in sound ranges from working in recording productions with the Deutsche Grammophon, Gustavo Dudamel and symphonic orchestras from “El Sistema”, as well as technical support of Digico consoles and other recognized brands with Hermes Music for bands such as Maná, Vicente Fernández, Ricky Martin, etc.

In her musical career, Andrea started playing percussion at the age of 10, participating in multiple tours with the Symphonic Youth Orchestra of Venezuela playing with important conductors as Gustavo Dudamel and Claudio Abbado in very important Halls around the world, Andrea belongs to a generation of outstanding musicians emerging from Venezuela’s El Sistema. She also studied composing at the Ars Nova Music School in Venezuela. And currently develops personal music projects and compositions.

Currently, Andrea has started a Masters program on Cultural Management. She actively participates as a volunteer for the Soundgirls community and She is also part of the Music Forward mentoring program.