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


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, 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. Stay tuned and send in those pic scans and fond memories!

Let me know if you think the early 1950’s recording of the 13 essential drum rudiments is OK. Each rudiment is introduced by Wm. F Ludwig Sr. and then played by Wm. F Ludwig Jr. The best part about it I think is Ludwig Senior’s introductions and how he provides a helpful onomatopoeia for each one, for example, “da da, ma ma,” for the double stroke roll. Joe used that one to teach me. Here is a link to Wikipedia’s article on drum rudiments, the 13 essentials and the other 27 as well. I suppose there are percussionists that play them all every day. More power to them!

by Pierce

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  • 1 Pierce // Mar 28, 2008 at 7:15 am

    If you have any problems logging in, email me and I’ll send you a user name and password which you can use to by pass the moderator process. Once you login with those you can change your user name and password to something else as long as the password has at least 5 letters and a couple numbers. We kind of have to use the moderator thing as a firewall against all the unsightly spam out there.
    Don’t be shy , check in and let us know what you remember and what your up to now.

  • 2 Uncle Steve // Jul 22, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    Hi Pierce, Hi I have what I think is one of Joe’s kits. I would love your opinion of the kit. It is a green Marine pearl radio king set. I can tell ya more if ya want to hear about the kit. By the way, I play this kit, to this day! With someone who played with Joe back in the day.
    Uncle Steve

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