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Your complete resource to info on the most famous drummers in the world. This page contains everyone who's anyone with a last name beginning in the letter S.

Antonio Sanchez
Jazz guitar great Pat Metheny calls Antonio "a drum monster in the lineage of Jack DeJonnette and Roy Haynes." In addition to his work with Metheny, Antonio has played with Avishai Cohen, Danilo Perez, David Sanchez, and Miguel Zenon among others. In addition to the above bio link, click here for a discography.

Poncho Sanchez
This is the Official Web site of Bandleader and Conguero Poncho Sanchez, who has been making music for more than two decades.

Mongo Santamaria
Click the above link for a thorough bio on conga player Mongo Santamaria, and here for his discography. Courtesy of www.npr.org.

Peter Schmidlin
Click the above link for a bio and interview with the Jazz drummer and music producer who founded the TCB label. Courtesy of JazzBreak.com.

Gina Schock
Born August 31, 1957. Drummer with the first successful all female rock band, The Go-Gos, Gina has also formed her own band called House of Schock. Click the above link for her bio and discography, from drumat.com.

Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz
Born: August 18, 1956. Bermuda has been playing drums for "Weird Al" Yankovic for over 20 years. Since 1980 Bermuda has appeared on all of Weird Al's albums, videos, concert and television performances.

Gil Sharone
Gil is an up and coming drummer who has worked with numerous artists and groups including Fishbone, Dave Wakeling of The English Beat, HR of Bad Brains, Eck-A-Mouse, and more. Self taught, Gil has learned  through watching his favorite players. He is currently working with his band, Stolen Babies, which includes his identical twin brother Rani on bass.

For a sample of his performance, see our coverage of the Cape Breton International Drum Festival 2005.

Mark Shulman
Check out the bio of this drummer, musician, producer, composer, and educator. Courtesy of lamusicacademy.com.

Danny Seraphine
Born: August 28, 1948. Chicago is one of my all-time favorite bands and Danny's one of my favorite drummers. Here's a revealing 1994 interview with Chicago's main rhythm-maker Danny Seraphine. Courtesy of Bishop's Drum Shop.

Paco Sery
Check out this profile on Paco, who has worked with greats like Joe Zawinul and Jaco Pastorius, and is now a leader in his own right. Courtesy of mikezwerin.com.

Chad Sexton
Photos, an audio interview, and video clips of 311's drummer in action, courtesy of VicFirth.com. Here's another interview with Chad, courtesy of ink19.com.

Ed Shaughnessy
Born: January 29, 1929. I met Ed in LA back in 1979 and he gave me a tour of his "Tonight Show" gig. A master drummer and a great guy as well. This Web page contains photos, some sound bites in Real Player format, and some stats on Ed, from Bernhard Castiglioni's Web site.

Michael Shrieve
Born: July 6, 1949. Here's a bio and discography of the former Santana drummer. Courtesy of AllMusic.com.

David Silveria
Enjoy this brief profile and drum/cymbal/percussion gear setup of the drummer man behind Korn.

Pete "La Roca" Sims
Here's a cool bio and interview with Swing great Sims, from allaboutjazz.com.

Eric Singer
Eric has played for Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath, Gary Moore, KISS, and other Rockers. Although his Official Web site was not totally complete, as of October 2001, there's still plenty of good stuff for fans.

Mark Singer
Mark is a drummer who is at home whether playing live or in the studio. Check out his discography at the above link.

Arthur "Zutty" Singleton
Enjoy this bio on Zutty, one of the most influential of the early jazz drummers. Courtesy of redhotjazz.com.

Chad Smith
Born: October 25, 1962. Chad Smith is the funkified drummer with the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Above link is his Remo endorsement page and here's his SABIAN page. More info on Chad can be found on the RHCP site. (Chad needs a good site of his own!)

Marvin "Smitty" Smith
The son of a drummer, Smitty got his education from dad at an early age. Today, he has more than 45 albums to his credit and has played with jazz greats like Sonny Rollins, Hank Jones, Frank Foster, Frank Wess, Art Farmer, Benny Golson, Slide Hampton, Milt Jackson, Ron Carter Quartet, The New York Jazz Quartet, and The Art Farmer/Benny Golson Jazztet to name a few. His bio and partial discography is courtesy of Europe Jazz Network. Also, check out his drum setup from Pearl.

Steve Smith
Born: August 21, 1954. He's performed with Mariah Carey, Randy Brecker, Vital Information, Journey, and many others. Here's an interview with Steve Smith by Hugo Pinksterboer, courtesy of Bishop's Drum Shop.

Kevin Soffera
Formerly with Seether, Kevin is a studio session and touring drummer with a long list of artists to his credit. And he was one of the performers at our first DrumBeat Festival 2004.

Ed Soph
Although Ed began his career playing in the big bands of Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Bill Watrous, and Clark Terry, he's no stranger to the small group scene. Over the years he has played with Randy Brecker, Ingrid Jensen, Red Rodney, Bobby Shew, Marvin Stamm, Ira Sullivan, Clark Terry, Pat LaBarbera, Dave Liebman, Dave Pietro, Carl Fontana, Slide Hampton, Jiggs Whigham, Bill Evans, Stefan Karlsson, Bill Mays, and many others. Enjoy this page, courtesy of the University of North Texas where Ed is now an Associate Professor. Also, check out Ed's drum setup, compliments of Yamaha Corporation.

Matt Sorum
Born: November 19, 1960. Check out this profile of Matt, who has powered the drums of Guns N 'Roses, The Cult, Slash's Snakepit, Steve Jones, Neurotic Outsiders, Gilby Clarke, Sammy Hagar, and others. From conspiracymusic.com.

John "Jabo" Starks
Born: October 26, 1938. Best know for his work with James Brown and B.B. King, check out Jabo's bio at the above link. And don't miss this interview with Jabo from Modern Drummer Magazine, courtesy of funky-stuff.com.

Ringo Starr
Born: July 7, 1940. I remember seeing a book once called "How to Play Drums Like Ringo" and thinking: Why would anyone want to? What do you think of Ringo as a drummer? Follow this link to find out what other drummers think of him – and what the other Beatles thought. There's even a link to Ringo's Homepage. And all this in a site maintained by Gary Shultz.

Bill Stewart
Here's a site with a load of info on Stewart, who has worked with John Scofield, Pat Metheny, James Brown, Larry Goldings, Peter Bernstein, Joe Lovano, Scott Kreitzer, Maceo Parker, Tim Hagans, Andy LaVerne, and many more. Courtesy of Anders Damaas.

Clyde Stubblefield
Born: April 18, 1943. In addition to his famed work with James Brown, Clyde has worked Garbage, Otis Redding, Ben Sidren, Chris Plata, Randy Sabien, The JBs, John Scofield, Westside Andy, U2, Chris Woods, and many others. Check out some funky loops and MIDI file grooves by Clyde himself, courtesy of dnadirect.com.

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