A tribute to and scrapbook of Joe Amato, world-class drummer and respected teacher header image 2


May 8th, 2008 by Pierce · No Comments

Google the name Joe Amato and the hits come up – race car driver, poet, Sinatra impersonator, blues musician (guitar player) and comedian/actor, etc. Even when you add the keywords “drums” and “percussion”, the search fails to reveal anything about THE Joe Amato. Joe Amato Yearbook Photo The man who forever changed the face of percussion and drumming in the Columbia Pacific region. A big man who drew the bar high, set a sterling example of how to play and how to live. A man who played professionally all his life. A man who instructed many dozens if not hundreds of youngsters in the technique, rudiments and finer points of his art. After a long productive life Joe passed away twenty odd years ago. Personal computers were a rarity and the internet in its infancy. That is no doubt why his web presence was apparently nonexistent. It is the mission of this website to track down as many of Joe’s students, friends, fans and maybe some family if possible, encourage them to draw from their collective memory banks and contribute recollections of lessons learned, perfomances, contests, experiences, good times and stories. I have never tried anything like this and am bound to make some blunders, but perhaps with “a little help from my friends” we’ll get by.

One great thing about the internet, it’s practically free! We can start up a website like this using extra space and it doesn’t cost a dime, just time . Rest assured no one from this site will ever solicit any financial donations. We are however aiming for substantial contributions and deposits in the form of pictures, memories and stories about Joe, from and about his students, friends and family. IF YOU HAVE PICTURES PLEASE EMAIL THEM TO TERRY OF ASTORIA -HIS EMAIL IS Other info can go there too. We are working to make the site more spam resistant and hopefully more user friendly so that you can write a post, hang it up here and keep the energy flowing. Stay tuned and send in those pic scans and fond memories!

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