Rod Morgenstein

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Rod Morgenstein
Rod Morgenstein.jpg
Morgenstein in 2008
Background information
Born (1953-04-19) April 19, 1953 (age 65)
New York City, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments
  • Drums
  • percussion
  • keyboards
  • vocals
Years active 1973–present
Associated acts

Rod Morgenstein (born April 19, 1953) is an American drummer and music educator. He is best known for his work with the rock band Winger and with the jazz fusion band Dixie Dregs.[1]

He also played with Fiona, Platypus, the Steve Morse Band, and Jelly Jam. He has also done session work with Jordan Rudess including his ventures with the Rudess/Morgenstein Project.[2] He also toured with Jazz is Dead.[3][4] He has also been awarded Modern Drummer 's "Best Progressive Rock Drummer" five years (1986-'90), "Best All-Around Drummer" (1999) and was inducted into magazine's Honor Roll.[5]

He is currently a professor, teaching percussion at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Morgenstein continues to tour with the band Winger. He has also been a columnist for Modern Drummer magazine.

Rod is known for his versatility of playing many styles of music.[6]

Equipment[edit]

Morgenstein currently uses Premier drums, Evans Drumheads, Sabian cymbals, Vic Firth drumsticks, and LP Percussion. He has, in the past, also used Remo drumheads and Paiste cymbals.

Drums: Premier signia series (also uses the genista series):

  • 22"x18" bass drums (x2)
  • 10"x9" rack tom
  • 12"x10" rack tom
  • 13"x11" rack tom
  • 16"x16" floor tom
  • 18"x16" floor tom
  • 14"x6.5" snare
  • 14"x14" piccolo snare

Drumheads: Evans:

  • Snare: G1 Coated or Power Center Reverse Dot/300 Snare Side
  • Toms: EC2S Clear or G1 Clear (top and resonant)
  • Bass: EQ4 Clear/EQ3 Black Bass Reso

Drumsticks: Vic Firth:

  • Vic Firth Rod Morgenstein signature drumsticks (Length 16.12", Diameter: .610")

- described as essentially combining a 5B and 2B stick

Cymbals: Sabian:

  • AA regular hi-hats 13"
  • HH china kang 10"/AA splash 10" (stacked)
  • AA splash 12"
  • AA splash 10"
  • AA splash 8"
  • AAX stage crash 18"/cymbal disc 12" (stacked)
  • AAX stage crash 16" (or studio crash)
  • AA splash 10"
  • Signature tri-top ride 21"
  • HH china 20"
  • HH thin crash 18"

Paiste cymbals (circa 1984):

  • RUDE 14" hi-hats
  • Formula 602 11" splash
  • RUDE 16" crash/ride
  • RUDE 18" crash/ride
  • 2002 18" medium
  • RUDE 20" ride/crash
  • Formula 602 22" heavy
  • 2002 20" china type
  • Sound Creation 22" dark china

Cymbals circa 1988:

  • 3000 14" sound edge hi-hats
  • Formula 602 11" splash
  • 3000 17" thin crash
  • 3000 18" thin crash
  • 3000 19" thin crash
  • RUDE 22" ride/crash
  • Sound Creation 20" dark china

Discography[edit]

with Dixie Dregs[edit]

with The Steve Morse Band[edit]

with Winger[edit]

with Fiona[edit]

with Rudess/Morgenstein Project[edit]

with Platypus[edit]

with The Jelly Jam[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Schlenker, Dave (September 11, 1992). "Steve Morse and the Dregs on the road again". Gainesville Sun. Retrieved January 31, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Rudess Morgenstein Project announce four US dates". musicradar.com. October 22, 2013. Retrieved January 31, 2014. 
  3. ^ Hochanadel, Michael (April 5, 2002). "Jazz is Dead to jam on Grateful Undead songs at Van Dyck". The Daily Gazette. Retrieved January 31, 2014. 
  4. ^ Zimmerman, Curtis (August 9, 1999). "Jazz Is Dead Laughing Wake Water 'Wake Of The Laughing Flood'". The Michigan Daily. Retrieved January 31, 2014. 
  5. ^ "About". rodmorgenstein.com. Retrieved January 31, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Rod Morgenstein:Cross-Genre Ripping". moderndrummer.com. November 15, 2010. Retrieved January 31, 2014. 

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