Daniel Bédard started drumming back when he was 13 years old, and was first inspired by the punk-rock bands of the day. After having played those beats for a while, he then discovered the drumming of rock legends John Bonham and Neil Peart which inspired him to push the limits of his drumming further. After having heard the rhythms of Tony Williams and the Zappa drummers, he then spent the next three years studying at the Cégep de Drummondville with Paul Brochu and Camil Bélisle. He then went on to study at the Université de Montréal where he got a Jazz Studies degree with Paul Brochu and Gilbert Fradette. Daniel also had a private lesson with Peter Erskine and participated in masterclasses with Horacio ‘El Negro’ Hernandez and Dave Weckl. He has also been studying with famed jazz drummer John Riley, Dom Famularo and spent two years working on his craft with the legendary Gary Chaffee. He is currently working with Claus Hessler. After getting his degrees, Daniel went on to play with several bands. We’ve seen him on stage with bands like Sharcüt, Pawa Up First, Paul Cargnello, Alexandre Désilets, Jérôme Charlebois, Michel Donato, The Johnny Cash Show Tribute, Mahjorbidet, The Vasts, The Wildwood Family, The Preville Big Band and several others. He played at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Francofolies de Montréal, Osheaga, Woodstock en Beauce, the Festijazz de Rimouski, the Festival Franco-Ontarien d’Ottawa and on Musique Plus. On top of that, Daniel writes for drumming magazines Modern Drummer and Drumhead Magazine. He also used to write for Canadian drum magazine Drums Etc. Nowadays, Daniel spends his time between playing on stage and in the studio and teaching his students.
I remember one particular night playing with a singer friend of mine and how everybody felt relaxed and comfortable and how it grooved very well. I love those moments!
Listening to my favorite drummers like Steve Gadd, Tony Williams and Vinnie Colaiuta along with my favorite musicians like Frank Zappa, Miles Davis, The Beatles and more.
Vic Firth sticks feel just so good to play. I love the way the wood reacts to the strokes I'm playing on the set.
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