Modern Drummer News Item

The following article appeared in the April 1998 issue of Modern Drummer ON-Line Magazine. I am reposting it here for those who did not get a chance to see it at the time. I would like to thank Modern Drummer for recognizing the contribution that Jimmie Stavris Sr. made to the drumming community during his career and the legacy he left for those that had the pleasure of knowing him!

In Memoriam

The drumming education community recently observed the passing of master drum teacher Jimmie Stavris Sr. An inspiration to many drummers, Stavris spent his entire life promoting drums and drumming. He was sixty-eight.

Over the course of his thirty-eight-year career, Stavris instructed more then 2,500 students in the northeastern US, many of whom are drumming all over the world to this day. Included among his students was Nick Forté, who has contributed many articles to Modern Drummer. Stavris himself learned from drumming luminaries such as Al Lepak (with whom he studied at Hartt School of Music) and Burns Moore.

A dedication Web site ( has been set up to honor Stavris, and to give those who knew him an opportunity to reflect on his enormous contribution to their drumming pursuits. A special guest book page has been added to accommodate comments from the many people touched by his talent.