VIC FIRTH ARTIST
Peter Retzlaff is a New York City-based drummer. As a performer, Peter is equally at home in jazz, rock, funk, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, Afro-Caribbean, odd meter, and New Orleans drumming styles. Peter has played with Kenny Werner, Greg Osby, Diane Schuur, Ray Vega, Maynard Ferguson, Pete McCann, Kim Bock, Loren Stillman, The BMI Big Band, The Jamie Begian Big Band, and his own group, Steeplechase recording artists Flow.
As an educator, Peter is Director of Curriculum and a full-time instructor at The Collective School Of Music (formerly known as The Drummer's Collective). At the Collective, Peter teaches private lessons and he teaches classes in jazz, rock, funk-r and b, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, Afro-Caribbean drumming styles. He also teaches reading, chart interpretation, rudiments and technique, and ensemble repertoire and performance in varied styles. In addition, Peter teaches at the New School in New York City.
Peter is the author of two books, Turn It Up And Lay It Down: Baby Steps To Giant Steps and Contemporary Jazz Styles For Drums.
Peter received a B.A. in Jazz and Commercial Music and a B.A. in Business Administration from Capital University. He also received a M.M. in Jazz Studies from the Manhattan School of Music.
The recipient of three National Endowment for the Arts Grants, Peter is also a clinician for Vic Firth, Zildjian, Remo, and Canopus.
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American Classic® Extreme 5A
For the 5A player who wants more power and reach.
L = 16 1/2" | Dia. = .565" [enlarge photo]
American Classic® Extreme 5B
Like the 5B‚ with more power and reach.
L = 16 1/2" | Dia. = .595" [enlarge photo]
American Jazz® 1
A 5B shaft that feels full-sized yet plays "lightning fast".
L = 16" | Dia. = .595" [enlarge photo]
Features a light gauge wire and a smooth rubber handle. Fast and easy to play.
Dia. = .530" | Spread = 5" [enlarge photo]
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