There's probably nothing more per-sonally satisfying than being at the head of a team whose product continues to evolve.MD's improved graphic appearance beganin April, when numerous design changeswere incorporated. Our press run, nearingthe 15,000 mark, enabled us to enlist theexpertise of a better equipped printinghouse with more to offer in terms of graphic options. We've continued the trendwith an increase to 48 pages, more vividuse of photographic material, and a fullcolor cover. We're hopeful you will enjoywhat we've done.July represents our first theme issue; a'Hooray for Hollywood', if you will. MDhas a team of dedicated Californians whodo a marvelous job for us all year long.This is their shining hour.
Of course, L.A. isn't exactly
Paduchville, Iowa, either. We had a poolof talent to draw from. Ed Shaughnessy, asa member of the NBC Orchestra on theCarson
is perhaps heard by
more people than any other drummer in
the world. Ed's drive, finesse and impec-cable taste is aired into millions of livingrooms, nightly.John Guerin and Russ Kunkel. Two
L.A. drummers always in great demand.
Both have some interesting thoughts fordrummers, on either coast.Surprisingly enough, two more of L.A.'sbusiest players are from the same family.Our profile on Joe and Jeff Porcarohighlights the busy world of this uniquefather and son team, whose major studiowork is a sure sign of their outstandingprofessionalism. The Porcaros exhibit aninteresting contrast in views; indicative of the two generations they represent.And our second Shop Hoppin' tributegoes to Hollywood's Professional DrumShop, one of the most intriguing spots fordrummers in the country.
Surely it was impossible to include
everyone we'd have liked to in this issue.We know we've left out a great deal of finepeople. But, we'll be back on the coastagain soon, to focus in on the many
magnificent players not included here.
Nonetheless, our thanks to those artistswho were a part of this close-up, and to thefine west coast team who put it together.California dreamin' — great fun.
IN THIS ISSUE
Isabel LoriCIRCULATION:LeoL. SpagnardiNancySchuller
MD ADVISORY BOARD:
Henry Adler Don LamondCarmine Appice Mel LewisHoracee Arnold Peter MagadiniLouie Bellson Mitch MarkovichRoy Burns Butch MilesJim Chapin Charley PerryJoe Corsello Charlie PersipLes DeMerle Arthur PressRandy Hess Paul PriceSonny Igoe Lenny White