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Alfred's Drum Method, Book 1 Celebrates 25 Years of Enduring Success

LOS ANGELES, CA  -  Thursday, March 01, 2012
Alfred Music Publishing, the world leader in educational print music publishing since 1922 and home to the world’s largest percussion print music catalog, celebrates the 25Th anniversary of its best-selling Alfred's Drum Method, Book 1, the industry's most comprehensive beginning snare drum method. With more than 500,000 units sold worldwide, the book was created by award-winning arranger/composer, percussionist, and author, Dave Black, and the late educator, conductor, and award-winning arranger/composer, Dr. Sandy Feldstein.

Lauded as the staple drum method book by widely respected music educators and world-renowned musicians, Alfred's Drum Method, Book 1 endures as the ideal teaching tool to help prepare beginning players for all styles of snare drum and percussion performance. The instructional method, featuring the solid pedagogy that paved the way for all drum method authors who followed, focuses on rudimental studies, roll studies, contest solos, and bass drum and cymbal technique, as well as 23 solos suitable for recitals and contests.

To view the official Alfred's Drum Method, Book 1 25th Anniversary Video, visit alfred.com/alfredsdrummethod.

According to well-respected authors, artists, and music educators, Dave Black and Dr. Sandy Feldstein have earned the credibility of being the industry’s most sought after authorities in percussion method and studies.

Joel Leach, Emeritus Professor of Music, California State University, Northridge shares: “25 years ago, the authors set out to write what they hoped would be the finest beginning percussion instruction book available. More than 500,000 copies later, it’s obvious they achieved their goal!”

Steve Fidyk, performer and educator at Temple University states: “Alfred's Drum Method, Book 1 is my go to primer for beginning percussion students. Why you ask? Because this book covers all the fundamentals I teach in one complete package. Thanks to Dave Black and the late Sandy Feldstein for setting the benchmark for introductory drum methods.”

Renowned author and Professor of Music at Hofstra University, Dr. Peter Boonshaft says of the book: “There’s a reason why Alfred’s Drum Method is celebrating its 25th anniversary and has stood the test of time as the gold standard of methods for percussion. It is simply the best!”

And jazz and studio legend Peter Erskine shares, “Alfred's Drum Method codifies what a book that teaches music should be: clear explanations, coupled with perfectly appropriate exercises that build the best possible foundation for any aspiring drummer. Alfred's Drum Method is timeless. It paved the way for all drum method authors who followed, and it will continue to shine the brightest light on the path to drumming, most likely more than all other method books combined – Bravo, Sandy and Dave, and congratulations to Alfred's Drum Method, Book 1.”

Alfred's Drum Method, Book 1 (00-138) and Book & DVD set (00-23196) are now available from $9.99 to $19.95 at music retail stores and at alfred.com/drums. The method book is also available digitally at the iBookstore and on SmartMusic. Book 2 is also available, sold separately.