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Bernard "Pretty" Purdie Drum Clinic

Learn how to play drums from the founder of the "Purdie Shuffle and Modern Drummer Hall of Fame member Bernard "Pretty" Purdie at District Live!

Plant Riverside District and Thomas Claxton’s "Me, Myself & Us" Productions are pleased to host the Bernard “Pretty” Purdie Drum Clinic at District Live, featuring instruction from Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, one of the most acclaimed drummers in rock, soul and R&B history.

This special drum clinic will offer attendees of all ages the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn the “Purdie Shuffle” from the creator of this signature drum pattern, which consists of a distinctive combination of bass, high-hat and snare rhythms. The memorable “Purdie Shuffle” rhythm can be heard on a variety of hit songs, including Toto’s “Rosanna,” The Police’s “Walking on the Moon,” Led Zeppelin’s “Fool in the Rain” and Steely Dan’s “Babylon Sisters” and “Home at Last.”

Named one of the “greatest drummers of all time” by Rolling Stone, Purdie is a member of the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame who has recorded drum tracks for more than 4,000 albums and has worked with more than 2,500 artists. Over the years, he has collaborated with The Rolling Stones, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Steely Dan, Ray Charles, Hall & Oates, Peter Frampton, Bob Marley, Simon & Garfunkel, Otis Redding, Miles Davis and B.B. King.

Also in attendance will be all-star performers including Muscle Shoals rhythm guitarist Will McFarlane, David Bowie’s bassist Carmine Rojas and accomplished singer Roberta Freeman, who has worked with Guns N’ Roses, Pink Floyd and Mary Wilson’s Supremes.

General admission is $50 per person. Student admission is $25 per person (purchased on the day of the clinic with a valid ID presented at the door). Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

The first 50 student attendees will receive signature Bernard “Pretty” Purdie drumsticks by Drum Limousine. This premier event for drummers will also include three giveaways courtesy of Trinity Cymbals.

Date & Time

May 28, 2023

3:00PM - 6:00PM


District Live - Plant Riverside District - 400 West River St, Savannah, GA, 31401 400 West River St Savannah 31401 GA US

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$50/person General Admission; $25/person Student Admission

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