Jimmie Stavris Sr. Dedication Page GuestbookI'd like to thank all of the following people that have taken the time to either fill out my survey form or send me email with comments about my dad, or the dedication web page. I'd also like to thank organizations like Modern Drummer and PAS for taking an interest and helping to get the word out about Jimmie Stavris Sr., and the page.
Lou, I just got done viewing your website for the first time! "WOW" Such a great job. I know your dad is proud and I know that Louie is too! Thanks for showing the great memories and thank you for being a Dynamic Drummer!
I had the pleasure of dealing with your dad for a number of years from when
I first started at Pro-mark in 1985. Although we never met face-to-face, he
was always very nice to me when I'd call him. I didn't realize he had
passed away, as I've been away from day-to-day sales for the last 4 or 5
years. I'm sorry to hear it. I'll see if I can find an appropriate place
on our site to make a link to yours. Thanks for the message and I'm sorry I
didn't reply sooner. I've been out of town on business.
Pat Brown (Pro Mark Corporation)
George T. Hines
I don't know if you remember me, but I was one of your father's many students. I was a very shy girl who received a lot of "flak" for wanting to play drums. When I first started lessons with your dad, I remember being in awe. It was like entering a whole different world… A Drum World!! Most importantly, I remember your father's patience and kindness towards me, and never once did I feel the stigma of being a "girl drummer" when I was in his presence. He was by far the most respectable man I have ever met. Not only was he a GREAT teacher, but he was also a GREAT man. I could never express how much he meant to me or how appreciative I am to have known him. He was truly an inspiration.
I was telling a story of how I could always tell if someone studied with Jimmie by their hands… They always have great hands (form). When I was informed of his passing, I was so shocked and saddened. Again, words cannot express. Drums are still my life and I am now a teacher also. I mention your father often. One of your dad's famous quotes to me was "Pat, Pat, You have to walk before you can run!!!". He was a great man who still lives in many hearts!!! Whenever I hear thunder, I just figure your father is giving a class.
Much love to you and your family.
Very nice page and glad to see it, If it's got to with drums
you know I'm interested. Also hearing of Jim's passing was very
disturbing for me I had heard of it after the fact, to this day I
just wish I could have shown my respect at the services if I had
known. GOOD LUCK!
I took lessons from your father 25 years ago. What a real master!
I have a brother in law in north Carolina who collects
vintage kits. I was amazed to see a Gene Krupa kit, a
Buddy Rich kit, and many more of the greats. It reminded me of the days when I took lessons from your dad. His rudiments always blew my mind. I live in Branford, CT now, and although I have not player drums seriously in a long time, I still have some speed. At this point, I'd like to work a little on my timing. Any suggestions for a teacher?
I've been playing classic rock music and originals with my current band for about a year, and would appreciate any advice you could offer.
Your Web Site is Very Cool!
I Love the new web-site, especially the dedication to your dad. He was one hell of a guy. He is thought of often. Hope all is well with everyone. I'm still drumming, (teacher#2)since your dad passed on. I saw the piece you did on channel 8 news Sunday night. Great job! Your father would have been very proud of you. He always was. He spoke of you & Jim Jr. all of the time. He was very proud of both of you.
As you know, I only knew your dad for a short time, but in that time, we became good friends.
It was more than just a teacher/student relationship. I can remember plenty of times after my
lesson, we would go out for lunch. He always liked to go to the Twin Pines Diner in
East Haven. I also remember one of the times I was laid up in the wheelchair with the
m.s. (multiple sclerosis) & he came over my house to give me my lesson. I really appreciated that!! He gave me
& 2,500 other students the foundation for drumming. May he rest in peace.
Please tell your mother & your brother I said hello.
Thanks for helping with the computer. I
Went to your web site
excellent job! Your father would be proud. The pictures bring back memories.
I'm going to check out some sticks than call you with the model
number. I'll stay with Vic Forth. I have some of his BR sticks but they are to
heavy. The Ludwig model is the one. I have 2 pairs left. One I play with on
the pad the other still in the bag for collecting. I also have a Slingerland
BR model that's like a Pro Mark 747 that's two light.
Well, thank you again, and I'll be in touch!!
I didn't have the opportunity to meet your Dad, but I was introduced to Nick Forte some years back as he was close friends with a close friend of mine...the late Wardell Ward.
I met him at a Jazz Club in Ct., where they had a gig together. I can tell that your Dad was a great
drummer/teacher by the talent of his pupil. Thanks for sharing this dedication site....It's obvious
how deeply you loved and respected your Father, and I'm glad you did the spot on TV...otherwise I would have never known to check it out.
I STUDIED WITH JIMMIE FOR SIX YEARS YOU WERE ABOUT 5 OR 6 YEARS OLD THEN THE SHOP WAS ON TOWNSEND AV. WHAT A GREAT MAN AND TEACHER, HE DEFINITELY MADE A DIFFERENCE IN MY LIFE I DID A LOT OF STUDIO WORK BACK IN THE DAY AND I KNOW IT WAS BECAUSE JIMMY SHOWED ME THERE WAS MORE TO DRUMMING THAN ROCK & ROLL I'LL ALWAYS REMEMBER HIM AND THANK HIM
I'm extremely pleased to find this GREAT web site. I studied with your father for a total of 7 years, on and off at different times. I started learning from him March 13, 1965, the first date written in my Buddy Rich book. I have that memorized. Unfortunately I stopped playing when I got married, but it was also the very FIRST thing I did when I got divorced. I wept with sadness of your father's passing and also with happiness when I found this very touching dedication. It's extremely fitting for such an important man in my life. Please tell your mom and Jim Jr. I said hi.
I just bought this computer and this is my first email. It is very touching to see how many people were touched by your father.
The very best of health and luck to you Jim Jr. and your Mom.
With Love and Fond memories.
Carl Iaccarino Jr.
We've never met, but I studied under your dad more than 30 years ago. He was my first and only drum teacher.
My deepest sympathy to you, your brother, and your mom!!
All the best,
I had the pleasure of knowing Jimmie through my dad John Forcinelli Sr., and good friend Mike Streeto. I will always remember hanging out at Jimmie's shop listening to his incredible stories! I miss those days. Now as I play in Nashville I always have those thoughts with me.
All the best,
John R.Forcinelli Jr.
I took drum lessons from Jimmie Stavris from age 9 through age 18 and then attended Hartt College of Music.
Your father was a great teacher and had great patience with
his students. I'll always remember the recitals.
I'm just writing to tell you that I think it's great that you are keeping your dad's memory alive for all that knew him. I studied with your dad for 4 1/2 years, and still remember with great pride the day he told me that I was the longest continuous student he ever had up to that time (25 Years!). I consider him my mentor, and whatever drummer I am today I owe it to him. During the period of 1972-1976 that I was taking lessons, I was a Rock drummer only. Because dad taught me that styles and requirements change, I decided to learn to play as many different things as possible and especially learn to read music. I now have a very good gig doing theatre shows, and I frequently look up and thank him for making me a good reader and player.
I knew Jimmie well for many years. I sold to him when I worked for Sonor/Sabian. I enjoyed his company so much and was saddened to hear he was gone. My condolences to his family. He was a truly talented and wonderful man.
Your Dad was my first drum teacher. I have very fond memories of him. I think it was 1959 when he use to drive to my house in New Haven in his big Buick. I would always meet him in front and help him get the drum pads out from the trunk. I also saw him play a few times. I think what had the most profound affect on me was seeing how relaxed he was. I can remember to this day how I was mesmerized by watching the back of his hands. I thought he had very long wrists and they moved effortlessly when he played. After each lesson we would sit at the kitchen table. I would have a glass of milk and Jimmy would have coffee and my mom would give us cookies and ask how I did at the lesson. Your dad was a big influence on me not only as a teacher but more so as a great person and friend. I will always be grateful for that. I am pretty sure I met your brother when he was first born and I remember hanging with Nick a few times. We even went to see Mousy Alexander together. Please give my best to all. I taught all day today at Berklee and am off to my regular Tuesday night gig at the Acton jazz café. I can go on and on about what I have been doing, but I would just like you to know I am still as passionate about music as ever. Thanks for getting in touch.