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A Musical History of Joe Amato (as told to, and documented by Jim Mattila in 1975.)

June 16th, 2008 · 7 Comments

Joe Amato STUDIED with the following teachers.
Rudy Schultz: snare drummer with John Phillip Sousa’sBand, the American Symphony, and instructor of field music at West Point.
George Hamilton Greene: world famous xylophonist.
Otto Kristufek: Tympanist with the Chicago Civic Opera, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and the American Opera Company.
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JOE’S PLAYING EXPERIENCE
Portland Symphony
Percussion Section 1919-1925
Tympanist 1925-1957
Played under the [...]

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Tom Reuter

June 1st, 2008 · No Comments

Some time back Jim Mattila called to our attention that Tom Reuter should be added to the Roll Call. That got me attempting to recall what I could about Tom Reuter. The first thing that came to mind was his cheerful disposition. Then I remembered that he sat in with some old timers out at [...]

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WELCOME

May 8th, 2008 · 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. The man who forever changed the face of percussion and drumming [...]

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How to Sound Like Ringo On Sargent Pepper..Or Not.

May 1st, 2008 · No Comments

I bucked bales and peeled cascara bark all summer to save enough money to buy my first kit. It was a used red sparkle rather generic imported 3 piece number and Denny Thiel let me have it for $100. The bass drum was about half full of shredded newspaper and sounded great! Denny said “Yeah [...]

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Cream of the Crop

April 20th, 2008 · No Comments

Anyone who visited Joe Amato wherever he lived could see he was a master gardener. In those days when Joe was busy, happily reaping what he had sown, the term “Master Gardener” was not yet part of the lexicon. Either you had a garden or you didn’t. If your family had a generational legacy [...]

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A Few First and Second Hand Tidbits About Joe

April 15th, 2008 · No Comments

As with many things, you’ve got to start somewhere. If you’re building a house you start with a strong, well footed foundation. If your starting a business, you want to do something you like and get a good location. If you want to play the drums, get a good instructor, teacher, mentor so you get [...]

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Why You Should Never Let Another Guy Sit In On Your Gig

April 2nd, 2008 · No Comments

Especially if his name is Gene Krupa

Tough act to follow.

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Joe Amato Drums FORUMS

March 13th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Click here to go to the Joe Amato Drums Forum

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