Introduction from Wayne Salzmann





In this new educational series from Vic Firth, we take you “Inside the Studio” of some of the world’s top instructors to give you a peek into the time-proven curriculum that has motivated and educated generations of successful teachers and performers!


In our second series, we take you inside the jazz drumming studio of Wayne Salzmann from the UT Austin Butler School of Music. In each video, Mr. Erskine will describe the curriculum segment, which will follow with a lesson & demonstration from a student from his studio. With each student’s presentation, you’ll see the immediate application of curriculum to the real world of performance and explanation!


Whether you’re an educator or student, you’ll be sure to benefit from the concepts and lessons from this series!





About Wayne Salzmann

Wayne Salzmann II is an incredibly versatile and active drummer with over 20 years of experience. He is best known for his work touring and recording with Grammy winning guitar virtuoso, Eric Johnson. He is one of the most in demand session and live drummers in Austin, Texas, where he plays as many as 250 gigs per year. Although he is primarily a performer, Salzmann has an incredible passion for teaching. He has been teaching privately for over 15 years, has given master classes at drum shops, Universities, and Music Conservatories worldwide, and is currently the drum set instructor at the University of Texas at Austin.


He has performed and/or recorded with with Steve Miller, Kenny Rogers, Kris Kristofferson, Christopher Cross, Eric Johnson, Joe Satriani, Mike Stern, Joe Bonamassa, Bobby Mcferrin, Robben Ford, Albert Lee, Ray Benson, Dale Watson, Charlie Sexton, Chris Potter, Carlos Sosa, Kevin Lovejoy, Ephraim Owens, Jeff Coffin, Joe Lally of Fugazi, John Jorgenson, Oz Noy, Roscoe Beck, Red Young, Jake Langley, Bob Schneider, Sonny Landreth, Esperanza Spalding, Kat Edmondson, Suzanna Choffel, The Yellowjackets, Romero Lubambo, Andre Mehmari, Carmen Bradford, Gabriel Santiago Quintet, Tameca Jones, and The UT Faculty Jazz Quintet.


Salzmann has been featured on dozens of albums and music videos with a wide variety of artists in Jazz, Blues, Rock, Funk, R&B, Soul, Singer-Songwriter, Brazilian, African, and Classical genres. He has also recorded for multiple commercials, television shows, and Hollywood film soundtracks. Salzmann has toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Central America, and South America, and played drums for the 2011 Eric Johnson Up Close Tour and 2012 EJ World Tour. He has performed everywhere from club gigs to Carnegie Hall, International Music Festivals, and Amphitheatre gigs supporting Steve Miller Band.


Born and raised in Neenah, Wisconsin, Salzmann was exposed to a wide variety of music at a young age. By the time he was sixteen, he was playing regular gigs, had won the DW/Zildjian drum solo competition, and was teaching drum lessons at a local music store. He earned a full-tuition music scholarship from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where he received a student-research grant to travel to New York City and study with legendary drummers Bill Stewart, Joey Baron, Billy Martin, and Ari Hoenig. Salzmann was awarded a teaching assistantship from the University of Texas, where he earned a masters degree in music. Immediately after finishing his masters degree, Salzmann was asked to join the Jazz Faculty at the University of Texas and has been the drum set instructor ever since.

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