In 2006, Chief Musician John Emrich retired as a featured member of The U.S. Navy Band. While with the Navy Band, he performed throughout the world including performances for Presidents Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Pope John Paul II, The Crown Prince of Norway, and visiting heads of state. Presently, John is a driving force in the electronic drum community. He has produced sample collections for companies such as Fxpansion, Zildjian, Modern Drummer, Bosphorus, and Alesis that have received worldwide critical acclaim. John is also a contributor to Modern Drummer with product reviews and articles on electronic drumming concepts. He continues to advance the overall development of electronic percussion as a consultant for many of today's top companies.
Peter Erskine has played drums since the age of four and is known for his versatility and love of working in different musical contexts. He has appeared on more than 500 albums and film scores, and has won two Grammy Awards, plus an Honorary Doctorate. He's played with Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson, Weather Report, Steps Ahead, Jaco Pastorius, Joni Mitchel, Steely Dan, Diana Krall, Michael Brecker, The Yellowjackets, Pat Metheny & Gary Burton, et al, and has appeared as a soloist with the London Symphony, Los Angeles, BBC and Berlin Philharmonic orchestras. Peter graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy and studied percussion with George Gaber at Indiana University.
Check out Peter's Vic Firth Artist Feature for a full interview and more videos!