Zoro is an internationally known rock star and the consummate definition of the rare man who marches to the beat of a different drum. One of the world’s most renowned and respected drummers, he has toured and recorded with Lenny Kravitz, Bobby Brown, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, The New Edition, Jody Watley, Sean Lennon, Philip Bailey, Lisa Marie Presley, among many others.

Zoro’s worldwide appeal is evident from his numerous awards and accolades. He is consistently voted "#1 R&B Drummer & Educator" in Modern Drummer, Drum! and Rhythm Magazines. The author of several books, his current work-in-progress is destined to provide inspiration to readers of all ages for the fulfillment of dreams. The “Minister of Groove” has been the subject of dozens of print, radio and television stories for more than two decades.

He has been described as tenacious, dedicated, and passionate – qualities that stand out to anyone who crosses his path. Not your stereotypical rock star, Zoro is a positive role model whose example of hard work and clean living has served as an inspiration to generations.

Zoro's signature stick:
Zoro (SZ)
An enlarged HD4 with a barrel tip for great tone while grooving on the cymbals and hi-hat.
L = 16 3/8" | Dia. = .555
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 NEW: Performance at Drummers For Jesus 2007
  Check out this drum solo, excerpted from Zoro's Performance at Drummers for Jesus 2007 in Dallas, TX! Visit for more videos!
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Vic Firth/Hudson Music Video Feature:
Zoro at Modern Drummer Festival 2005

Watch these clips of Zoro's performance at the 2005 Modern Drummer Festival! For more information about this DVD, please visit!


 Clip 1: Samba 4-2
 Clip 2: Half-time Shuffle
 Clip 3: Solo



Zoro's Commandments of R&B Drumming

In this video lesson series, we will present selected video excerpts from Zoro's book and dvd entitled THE COMMANDMENTS OF R&B DRUMMING, available from Alfred Publishing.

"The Commandments of R&B Drumming" is a historical and in-depth study of R&B drumming, from soul to funk to hip-hop. Topics include practice tips, developing the funky bass drum and hi-hat, creating and playing with loops, and what are considered the Ten Commandments of Soul, Funk, and Hip-Hop (the top ten recordings from each era). This book and DVD not only pays homage to the R&B drummers of the past, but gives the reader a fortune of invaluable information both in history and playing.

The newly revised 10th anniversary edition book features updated information and loads of new photos and album artwork throughout. It includes a play-along CD featuring various styles of R&B, and also includes an R&B history tree. 160 pages covering every imaginable angle, nook, and cranny of R&B!

In the award-winning DVD, Zoro brings his intense passion for funky music to life with an in-depth and entertaining look at the history of rhythm & blues music and drummers. His unique presentation delves into the evolution of R&B drumming by demonstrating grooves that span a 100-year timeline, from gospel and New Orleans, to funk and hip-hop!

Voted #1 Educational Drum Book in the Modern Drummer Magazine Readers Poll!

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"Commandments of R&B Drumming" lesson series