Kristen Gleeson-Prata is a Los Angeles-based drummer, percussionist, writer and educator originally from Cleveland, Ohio. She has a bachelors degree in Drumset Performance from Berklee College of Music and a masters degree in World Percussion from California Institute of the Arts. She has toured extensively with BØRNS, as well as worked with Scary Pockets, Trixie Mattell, Mike Taylor, LPX, Wilder Woods, Total Brutal and more. She is known for her impeccable time and pocket, powerful yet tasteful touch, stylistic versatility and bright personality.
Some of Kristen’s most notable performances and venues include: The Hollywood Bowl, the Greek Theater, Radio City Music Hall, Amoeba Records, Walt Disney Concert Hall and PASIC, as well as the ACL, Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Glastonbury festivals. Her performances on late night TV include: The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, CONAN, The Late Late Show with James Corden, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Last Call with Carson Daly.
Kristen’s playing can be heard on the platinum-selling single “Electric Love” and album “Dopamine”, commercials for Southwest, Chrysler and Hulu, the “FIFA 16” video game soundtrack, TV shows “School of Rock” and “Uncoupled” and Output software “Arcade”. She was featured alongside Stewart Copeland, Kenny Aronoff, Evelyn Glennie, Sheila E. and others in Hunger Relief International’s 2018 campaign. Modern Drummer magazine featured her in 2018 and nominated her for the “Up and Coming” category in their 2018 Modern Drummer Reader’s Poll.
In addition to her extensive private student roster, Kristen currently teaches at ICON Collective College of Music where she developed their Groove Theory curriculum. She is an Arthur Hull and Christine Stevens certified drum circle facilitator and a regular volunteer at Rock and Roll Camp for Girls LA. She is also a contributing writer for Modern Drummer and Tom Tom magazines.
Kristen plays Tama Drums, Paiste Cymbals, Vic Firth Drumsticks, Remo Drumheads and Percussion and Snareweight Accessories.
Toronto native Mike Sleath is one of Canada’s brightest musicians. Mike has managed to navigate his own way through the music industry, led by his perseverance and love for music. In his budding career as a drummer/percussionist, Mike has earned his stripes touring and performing with Shawn Mendes, Camilla Cabello, John Mayer, Khalid, Zedd, Conor Maynard, Miley Cyrus, Francesco Yates and Cody Simpson among others.
Mike has appeared on countless network television programs and award shows including, The Grammys, SNL, MTV VMAs, The American Music Awards, The Tonight Show with JimmyFallon, Ellen, The Billboard Awards, The Late Late Show with James Corden, The People’sChoice Awards, The Junos, The Much Music Video Awards, The iHeart Radio Awards, The European Music Awards, and many more.
In recent past Mike lent his talents to a studio recorded rock remix of Grammy nominated popartist Katy Perry’s hit single “I Kissed a Girl” (Capitol Records) produced by Matt Squire and Dr. Luke. More recently, he has been involved with live studio recordings with several developing and established artists from around the world including Shawn Mendes’ “MTV Unplugged.”
Mike has been featured in publications such as Modern Drummer, Drumeo, Rolling Stone, Digital Drummer, Canadian Musician and many more.
Jessica Goodwin is a heavy hitting rock drummer based in Los Angeles, CA. Growing up in Las Vegas, she got her start in the school band and studied percussion at the Las Vegas Academy of Performing Arts high school where she played in concert band, percussion ensemble and jazz band. Outside of school, Jessica played in a local punk band where she pursued her true passion of playing drum kit and performing live.
Since moving to Los Angeles in 2008, Jess has played with artists Big Black Delta, Torii Wolf, Zachary Kibbee, Diamonds Under Fire, Omniflux, She Demons, Ex-Sage, Glam Skanks and Wind River Revival among others. She has toured the US, Canada, Europe and the United Kingdom, and has performed on the Ellen Degeneres show with Troy Sivan, played drums in a 2017 TV commercial for Wish.com, and has been featured in ads for Guitar Center across the United States.
Jessica endorses Vater drumsticks, TRX cymbals and Cympad.
Drumming has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. My father, who can still lay down a beat to this day, was the one who put me in front of the kit for the first time.
I consistently took lessons once a week for about four years but where I really grew behind the kit was at home alone in my garage playing to music I was excited about. While my previous teachers most definitely gave me the foundations of what I know today, Youtube videos and personal experimentation have taken my playing abilities to a new level.
Starting an Instagram page over quarantine in 2020 was one of the best things I could have done. Not only did it allow me to document my progress and be encouraged by my personal growth, but it allowed me to connect with a plethora of other drummers whose skills and styles brought variety and diversity to my drum world.
Currently, I play drums solely outdoors. My living circumstances do not allow me the pleasure of practicing privately, indoors but it has given me the opportunity to increase the interactions I’m able to have with strangers. I feel so blessed to be in a position where I can share my love for music, specifically drumming, publicly.
I’ve always enjoyed keeping music as a hobby. Like many, drumming has become a creative outlet for me. When I’m behind the kit, my brain can switch off. I look forward to seeing where my drumming takes me— musically, socially and geographically!
Mirna Ayshoa grew up in Iraq where she was highly influenced by middle eastern rhythms and music. Since relocating to Colorado in the U.S., her approach to the drumset has been to combine both eastern and western rhythms.
Currently Mirna is a session drummer, playing mainly rock and metal but always available to play and explore other genres. She has been featured by magazines such as DRUM! Magazine and organizations such as the Percussive Art Society (PAS).
Due to her unique background and life experiences, Mirna is also a drummer that focuses on showing the world that women can play whatever men can play. Her main focus is to empower women in every aspect of her life— from advocating for women’s education in the Middle East to being a scientist and an outspoken public speaker.
Mirna lists Marco Minnemann, Derek Roddy, Eugene Ryabchenko, Matt Byrne, Dom Famularo and Mindy Abovitz among her mentors and biggest drumming influences. She also supports many of her hard hitting drumsisters and peers, including Sam Landa, Anastasia Sereda, Kristina Rybalchenko, Hayley Cramer and Anika Nilles
World-renowned drummer/educator Pat Petrillo has been a leader in the drum industry for years. He has backed and worked with a wide array of artists from many genres, including Patti LaBelle, Gloria Gaynor, Oz Noy, Chieli Minucci, Glen Burtnik, and numerous Broadway shows. He now leads his own killer group of NYC players, the Big Rhythm Band. Their recording, “The Abbey Road Sessions”, is available on Amazon.
Pat’s popular Drumeo videos have inspired the next generation of drummers, and he also designed the popular Drumeo P4 Practice Pad. Pat’s educational products. “Hands, Grooves, and Fills”, and “Learn to Read Rhythms” are available at Hudson Music. Pat endorses Zildjian cymbals, where he designed the K Custom Organic Ride, as well as Ludwig Drums, Evans Drumheads, PROMARK Drumsticks, and Earthworks Mics.
Victoria Danilevskaya is a 24-year old drummer from Rostov-on-Don— a small town in the southern part of Russia. She started to play the drums at the age of 12 and attended the pop-jazz music department of an Arts College. Victoria enjoys playing many different styles although her favourites are jazz, pop, fusion, rock and funk.
“I have been actively performing on stage since I was 15 and have had the opportunity to play in more than 40 bands, 2 orchestras and about 10 Russian and International contests. Now I play concerts as well as sessions. I’m also a teacher at two music schools and privately.”
Victoria endorses Zultan Cymbals.
Jim Toscano is a NYC freelance drummer, educator, and clinician. He is the author of “Filling In The Grooves: The Ultimate Guide To Drum Fills” on Hudson Music. Jim’s playing and passion for teaching arrived at a young age. He has built a successful private teaching and technology coaching practice with more than 200 students worldwide, and maintains a busy online presence, live streaming, workshops, master classes and his weekly “Hand Technique Workshop”. He is also a frequent contributor to the Sabian Education Network.
Jim is currently working with several NY Artists and many recording projects, including Roger Street Friedman Band, One Block East, an original Jazz Fusion ensemble and Giant Flying Turtles.
Jim Toscano plays Sabian cymbals, Prologix Percussion, Vater Drumsticks and Offset Pedals.
Based in Boston, MA, Tim Carman is an international touring musician, session drummer, educator, and published author with both Alfred Music and Hudson Music. “One of Boston’s most accomplished percussionists can be found in local Tim Carman,” Andrew Maroney of Vanyaland writes, “If his name sounds familiar, then you’ve probably seen him on the back-line of a number of tremendous Boston groups the past few years. From GA-20 to Julie Rhodes, Carman leaves his indelible imprint on some of Boston’s most illustrious jazz/blues acts.”
Tim’s session work earned him a nomination for “Session Musician of the Year” by the Boston Music Awards in 2020 and he currently records and tours extensively with GA-20, a two-time Billboard #1 blues trio signed to Karma Chief/Colemine records. He also leads two of his own projects: Tim Carman & The Street 45s—a world-groove inspired funk band—and the Tim Carman Trio—a vintage organ jazz trio (à la Jimmy Smith).
Along with performing, Tim is a dedicated educator with over fifteen years of teaching experience. Tim has released three drum publications and is currently finishing his fourth—a study of Roy Haynes titled “HAYNES-ISM” (Hudson Music, 2022). In 2017 Tim released his first drum set method book titled “Shape Beats for Kids.” Published by Alfred Music, the book utilizes shapes to teach young students basic beats that they can use to play along with popular songs.
In 2020 Tim released his second book, “Shape Beats: Drum Notation Simplified,” which can be used by beginning students of all ages. In 2021 Tim released a method for intermediate to advanced drummers titled “Groove Systems: Functional Four-Way Coordination Exercises.” Available through Hudson Music, the book utilizes patterns directly transcribed from 10 unique styles of music as a vehicle for both coordination development and an increase in stylistic vocabulary.
Photo by Ian Dickerman