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Rod Morgenstein

Rod Morgenstein


Rod Morgenstein is a professor in the Percussion department at Berklee College of Music, currently in his 20th year of teaching. He is a founding member of the ground-breaking progressive rock fusion group the Dixie Dregs, whose recordings have received six Grammy nominations for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. The band, in its heyday, was touted by the Philadelphia Inquirer as "possibly the most important, and certainly the most technically advanced instrumental group in progressive fusion."

Rod is also an original member of the heavy metal band Winger, whose recordings have reached gold and platinum status around the world. The band, having received an American Music Award nomination for Best New Heavy Metal Band in 1989, is still actively recording and touring.

He was part of a select group of drummers chosen to play on the Buddy Rich tribute album, Burning for Buddy. In addition, he was the resident drummer for Thoroughbred Music's annual Guitar Expo from 1995 through 1999, jamming with the likes of Slash, Billy Sheehan, Yngwie Malmsteen, Mike Stern, Zach Wilde, and Ace Frehley.

Rod was named the Best Progressive Rock Drummer by Modern Drummer in 1999 and is a five-time winner of the Modern Drummer Reader's Poll for Best Progressive Rock Drummer.

His instructional materials include the books Drum Set Warm-Ups (Berklee Press) and The Drumset Musician (Hal Leonard) with Rick Mattingly; the videos Putting It All Together (Warner Bros.) and Drum Tips/Double Bass Drumming (Warner Bros.); and the audio books Grooving In Styles/Filling In the Holes (Cherry Lane), Double Bass Drumming (Cherry Lane), and Odd Time (Bamo Productions).