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Dom Famularo, NAMM Show 2010
|Birth name||Dom Famulro|
|Website||Cycle of Self Empowerment|
|Oral History, Dom Famularo talks about passing opportunities on to up and coming musicians to keep our industry going.” Interview date January 21, 2012, NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Oral History Library|
Dom Famularo is a drummer, drum teacher, author, clinician and motivational speaker from Long Island, New York. He started playing when he was 11 and became a professional at the age of 12. Dom began his career as a performing jazz drummer. He studied under some of the greatest drummers of the 20th century, including Jim Chapin, and Joe Morello. With a passion for jazz and inspiring others, he began a successful drum teaching career, becoming one of the most sought-after clinicians of his time. Some of the most successful jazz and rock drummers have had instruction from Dom.
He has been called Drumming's Global Ambassador due to the many places he visits and vast number of people that hear him speak each year. Dom is known for his open handed playing style. He is also the first western drummer to perform clinics in China.
He has presented masterclasses and clinics around the globe in United States, Canada, Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Peru, England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Austria, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain, Norway, Sweden, Poland, Serbia, Greece, Italy, Hungary, Costa Rica, Honduras, Puerto Rico, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Turkey, Israel, Canary Islands, South Africa,Latvia and Botswana.
He has directed and emceed major drumming expos around the world, and has been one of drumming' s most sought-after private instructors for over 30 years. He has taught many of today's leading drummers, and students regularly fly in from around the globe for intensive study with Dom. Dom acts as Education Director and consultant for several leading drum companies.
Dom uses Mapex Drums, Sabian Cymbals and Vic Firth sticks, and Evans drum heads. He has several signature series sticks by Vic Firth. Famularo has shared the stage with many famous musicians—some include Steve Gadd, Terry Bozzio, B.B. King, Thomas Lang, Tommy Igoe, Will Calhoun and Chad Smith. He is also a motivational speaker and the author of "Cycle of Self-Empowerment."
Dom was voted Best Clinician by the readers of Modern Drummer magazine in 2005 and 2006, and by the readers of DRUM! in 2006. He is also the author of It's Your Move and The Cycle of Self-Empowerment, and co-author of The Weaker Side and Drumset Duets (with Stephane Chamberland), Open-Handed Playing (with Claus Hessler), Eighth-Note Rock and Beyond (with Glenn Ceglia) and Pedal Control (with Joe Bergamini and Stephane Chamberland).
On December 21, 2012, Dom appeared on the national Fox TV show The Real Winning Edge.
He is involved in developing online teaching methods using websites such as www.mlc-academy.com. He resides on Long Island, New York with his wife and 3 sons. He's often been called the Tony Robbins or Gandhi of the drum industry.
Wizdom Drumshed Schools Growing Around the World! Dom had created the first Wizdom Drumshed School in the world in Long Island (NY) many years ago. "Wizdom" is a mix of two words, wizard and Dom (For Dom Famularo). Put the two words together and you get Wizdom. These schools are taking place all around the world in collaboration with Dom to ensure that the quality of the studios and the teaching process is high class. The approach is unique and the result is amazing. In the U.S. is Steven Crammer's Drumshed, in Canada is Stephane Chamberland's Drumshed and in France is Rob Hiron's Drumshed.
Drum and cymbal setup
- Mapex Orion Drums and Sabian Cymbals:
- Mapex Drums - Any Finish
- 10x9" Tom
- 12x10" Tom
- 14x14" Floor Tom
- 16x16" Floor Tom
- 22x18" Bass Drum
- 14x5.5" Mapex Snare Drum
- 13" HHX Hi-Hats (mounted under ride & china)
- 14" HHX Hi-Hats
- 20" HHX Ride
- 21" HHX Ride
- 17" HHX Crash
- 18" HHX Crash
- 18" HHX China
- 20" HHX China
- 12" HHX Splash
- 10" HHX Splash