Sabian Education Network Hosts Event At Vic’s Drum Shop In Chicago

Mike Lawson • News • May 20, 2016

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SEN Panel & AttendeesOn May 3, 2016, the SABIAN Education Network hosted its latest panel discussion event for drum teachers at Vic’s Drum Shop in the Music Garage in Chicago, IL.

SEN Panel – Meg Thomas, Rich Stitzel, Victor Salazar, Billy Cobham, Joe BergaminiWith SEN director Joe Bergamini moderating, the teacher attendees listened to Victor Salazar (owner of Vic’s Drum Shop) discuss promotion and marketing your teaching business, Rich Stitzel (Chicago drummer and educator) focus on finding purpose as a teacher, and Meg Thomas (Chicago percussionist, drummer and educator) explain how to customize lessons for each student.

A highlight of this event was having drum legend Billy Cobham on the panel. Billy discussed his upcoming Art of the Rhythm Section Retreat (coming up in August in Mesa, AZ), and various aspects of performing and teaching. After the event, as the educators networked, Cobham mingled with the attendees, posing for pictures and answering questions.

Joe Bergamini with Giveaway winner Scott Paeth and Victor Salazar“The Sabian Education Network (SEN) is doing great things. If you are a drum educator this is definitely an organization you should be a part of.  With master educator and killer musician Joe Bergamini at the helm you know you are going to have access to high-quality educational material covering a full spectrum of topics,” said panelist Rich Stitzel. “It was a pleasure to be on the panel alongside Joe, Meg Thomas, Vic from Vic’s Drum Shop, and Billy Cobham. Some deep, heavy, and relevant information was shared and the attendees seemed very inspired. I am honored to be part of an organization that is truly dedicated to evolving and expanding the methods of drumset education”

Drum teacher Scott Paeth of Chicago won the giveaway prize, an AAX 21” Stage Ride, and once again the feedback was positive from the grateful and inspired educators who attended, including Kelli Rae Tubbs who made the trip from the Minneapolis area.

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