Great Gretsch Educators: Mark Schulman
Mark Schulman: Mr. Energy
by Fred W. Gretsch
If you had to pick one drummer in the world to personify boundless enthusiasm, unwavering dedication to purpose, and sheer, unadulterated energy, you’d need look no further than Mark Schulman.
To begin with, there’s Mark’s musical career. His performing and recording resume would do credit to five drummers, let alone one. Besides his current gig with superstar P!nk, Mark has worked with a “Who’s Who” of international rock & roll royalty including Foreigner, Sheryl Crow, Stevie Nicks, Destiny’s Child, and Billy Idol. He anchored Cher’s Believe and Farewell tours—two of the most-attended tours in music history. He drummed with Velvet Revolver at Ozzfest and with Simple Minds at Glastonbury (for 200,000 people).
He’s the recipient of numerous gold and platinum discs, he’s appeared on nearly every American and European TV variety show, and he was named among the top three pop-rock drummers of 2014 in the Modern Drummer Readers Poll. Mark is also a music producer, trained audio engineer, and co-owner of West Triad Recording Studio in Venice, California.
But we’re here to examine Mark’s work as an educator. Not surprisingly, he’s just as busy in that area as he is in his performing career. He’s taught at the prestigious Los Angeles Music Academy, and he has a top-rated educational DVD titled A Day In The Recording Studio: A Do-It-Yourself Guide To Recording Great Drum Tracks For Drummers And Musicians, distributed by Hudson Music. Mark has also become one of the world’s most sought-after drum clinicians, hosting clinics and master classes in countries around the world.
Oh, and lest we forget, Mark is an author, too. His website is chock-full of his blogs, which offer great advice on a variety of drum-related topics. Meanwhile, he recently published a book, titled Nerve Breakers, Conquering Life’s Stage Fright. This terrific work arms readers with the essential tools to break through the daunting yet defining moments in life. After performing for more than a billion people on the biggest stages in the world over the past twenty years, Mark has developed his own “nerve breakers.” In addition, during the past year he’s interviewed some of the world’s most famous people, from all walks of life, to learn their “nerve breakers”: how they conquer fear, from running into a burning building to placing a foot on the moon to kicking a last-second field goal on national television. His book offers inspiration and easy-to-follow action steps to enable readers to break through the barriers that have held them back from fulfilling their dreams and goals.
And in his spare time (!) Mark has been chairman of the board and a major force in the development of Create Now!, a non-profit organization founded in 1996 to help change troubled children’s lives through creative arts mentoring. And, as a cancer survivor himself, Mark has also motivated children and teens through his work doing seminars with the Ronald McDonald House as well as benefits for the Teenage Cancer Trust in the UK.
Everyone at Gretsch is proud of Mark’s accomplishments as a musician. (And by the fact that his Signature Snare Drum is the best-selling signature product in the history of Gretsch Drums.) But we’re just as proud of Mark’s stellar accomplishments as an educator, mentor, motivator, and all-around dynamo. Mr. Energy, indeed!
Learn more about Mark Schulman and his educational activities at markschulman.com.