A tribute to and scrapbook of Joe Amato, world-class drummer and respected teacher header image 3




Pierce has scared up a few more really neat pictures – click here to see them.

We always can use more pictures of Joe, Joe’s students, friends and family.  Digital pictures can be emailed to .

Copies of film photos can be mailed to:

Joe Amato Drum Pics

1167 Marine Dr.

Astoria, Or. 97103

These next two pictures are details of much larger images. Please click on each one to view the whole image.

This is Craig:

Detail - click to see the rest of the image.
Click on the picture of Craig Abrahamson at left to see the entire image, Craig is busy counting rests as Ed Ohlmann keeps the AHS Fighting Fishermen varsity cagers on their toes with an upbeat cadence. Nearby, David Nikka shoots the breeze with Debbie Scott while fellow trombonist Jim Dunagan looks on helplessly.

Jim Mattila captured on film as he breaks the tape and shatters yet another AHS track record.Detail - click to see the rest of the image.

by Terry of Astoria

Discuss - 6 Comments

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lee Stromquist // May 22, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    I have very fond memories of playing gigs with Joe.
    It was always an opportunity to learn something new about music and most of all percussion. Joe loved sharing his skills and knowledge with others.

  • 2 Dave Huber // Jun 3, 2008 at 10:24 am

    Nice to see you guys making this happen. It’s long overdue tribute to an amazing musician and friend of all lof us!

    Note, I’ll be playing with the North Coast Big Band on June 21st for a fund raiser, (don’t know the venue yet), and with the North Coast Symphonic Band jazz combo on June 27th for the music festival at the liberty, 6:30-7:30, we’re opening for Nancy King. Hope to see you there.

  • 3 John Moore // Jun 11, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    Just want eveybody to know that i am alive and well in Oregon City and contnue to hold down the drum chair with Lee Blake, Bill Rhoades, &the New Iberians and can be found at jam sessions @ the Trails End saloon in O.C.on Wed. nites and at Ladds Inn in PDXon any given Monday. That Joe studied trumpet lead sheets for clues as to where the music is going is probably thr best advice any young drummmer ever got…of course for us its the guitar if you are working up the R&B as i have for the past 40 years. Glad to have the opportunity to communicate with everybody…be good and eat your greens…Johnny

  • 4 Roger Lengel // Mar 21, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    I had heard about this site from Craig Abrahamson but didn’t find it until now. I would like to express my gratitude to Pierce for putting this together. What a wonderful tribute to our dear friend. I tend to think of Joe everytime I pick up a pair of sticks. I often get that feeling when I am practicing that at any minute Joe is going to grab my arm and scold me for not pulling the stick away from the drum! Joe was the best. My regards to you all… Roger

  • 5 Pierce // Apr 4, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Nice to hear from you Roger. What goes down must come up. That goes for drumsticks and websites. If olny Joe was here to give us the scolding we so richly deserve .Yeah the site crashed for a while and we are still in the process of redoing what we lost and adding more. If you have any photos or scanned items to share. . You can send them to and Terry will get them up. Sunny Regards-Pierce

  • 6 steven starnes // May 4, 2009 at 8:09 am

    I am a world class entertainer, located in Las Vegas Nv. I have worked with both dennis laplant and craig aberhamson over the yrs. (35) to be exact. whoever is reading this , please give me a email and let me know if theres any reunions schudled..

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