Gary Chester
October 27, 1924 - August 17, 1987
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Gary Chester...
If the subject is great studio drummers, this man's name inevitably comes up, and Gary Chester can also take credit for both writing and co-writing a pair of books that are acknowledged masterworks of drum instruction.

The average listener's reaction might still be "Gary who?", but feel assured the sounds of this man's drumming have been in the ears of just about anyone who wasn't hiding out in an underground cave from the 60's onward.

He is the drummer with the Coasters. He is the drummer with the Monkees. He is the drummer with the Lovin' Spoonful, and a host of other acts who either fronted bands consisting of studio musicians to record their hits, such as the Mamas and Papas or Dionne Warwick, or groups who gladly sent their regular drummer out for a smoke break in order to get Chester's take on things beat-wise.

He occupied the same position of studio prominence on the east coast recording scene that Hal Blaine did on the west, and had the musical abilities and creative spirit to roll with all the changes in popular music flow that happened during his lifetime. Beginning with doo-wop and rhythm and blues recordings, Chester also showed a great knack for folk rock, eventually collaborating with artists such as Country Joe McDonald and the Jim Kweskin Jug Band.

In the meantime he played on literally hundreds of records and claimed to have logged some 15,000 studio sessions over three decades. Van Morrison's "Brown Eyed Girl" is another one of Chester's great drum parts, although sophisticated jazz drummers often mention his work with Warwick as some kind of watermark of great pop drumming.

Several musical scholars who have devoted their lifetimes to the work of studio drummers have advocated the renaming of the "oldies" radio station format to "Gary Chester radio."

Chester's instruction books are entitled New Breed and New Breed II and are published by Modern Drummer.





















Gary Chester was one of the busiest studio drummers of the '60s and '70s and played on hundreds of hit records. His systems have been used and endorsed by drummers such as Kenny Aronoff, Danny Gottlieb, and Dave Weckl. This is not just another drum book, but rather a system that will help you develop the skills needed to master today's studio requirements. By working with this book, you'll improve your reading, concentraton, coordination, right and left-hand lead, and awareness of the click.


The greatest book for developing your four limb independance and improvisational skills.This is a useful and challenging book for players of all skill levels.Gary Chester is the master of drum education and he has taught drummers such as Kenny Aronoff and Dave Weckl.This book is a must read for any drummer that has professional aspirations.










He is the drummer and a host for bands consisting of studio musicians to record
their hits or groups who gladly sent their regular drummer out for a smoke break
in order to get Chester's take on things beat-wise.




© Stu Miller










































...from Gary Chester's daughter:
I posted a message to you about adding my Father and how beautiful the words and pictures are. I am having our webmaster of course link your site to my fathers. From all of us here at the site we would like to say a huge THANK YOU! This is incredible....
Katrina Chester
Gary Chesters Daughter






performed with:

Frankie Avalon
Simon & Garfunkel
Aretha Franklin
Jackie Wilson
Jim Croce
Lovin' Spoonful
Tony Bennett
Tommy Boyce
Kitty Callan
Jo Ann Campbell
Dihanne Carrol
Chad and Jeremy
Chubby Checker
Lou Christy
Don Cornell
The Creations
Bing Crosby
King Curtis
Danny Davis
Sammy Davis Jr.
The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra
Bob Dylan
Shelly Fabares
Jose Feliciano
The Four Lads
The Four Seasons
Sergio Franci
The G Clefs
Screamin' Jay Hawkins
Joey Heatherton,
Al Hirt
Linda Hopkins
Lena Horne
Sissy Houston
Tommy Hunt
Jan & Dean
Fran Jeffries
Johnny & The Hurricanes
Steve Lawrence
The Lease Breakers
Brenda Lee
Little Richard
Frankie Lymon
Trini Lopez
Big Maybelle
JohnnyMaestro
Maguire Sisters
Miriam Makeba
Herbie Mann
Peggy March
Tony Mattola
Glenn Miller Orchestra
Mamas and Papas
Ralph Marterie Orchestra
Art Mooney Orchestra
Rose Murphy
The New Christy Minstrels
Wilson Pickett
Jan Pierce
The Rockefellers
Tommy Sands
Lonnie Satin
Bobby Scott
Pete Seeger
Del Shannon
Roberta Sherwood
Nancy Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
Jimmy Smith
Soul Machine
Sweethearts of Rhythm
B.J. Thomas
Johnny Thunder
Cal Tjader
The Tokens
HankTurner
Twiggy
Leslie Uggams
Jerry Vale
Village Stompers
The Wanderers
Baby Washington
Joe Williams
Paul Anka
Burt Bacharach
Ray Ellis
Quincy Jones
Jerry Lieber
Mike Stoller
Phil Spector
Barbara Streisand

.....and many more

Drum Teacher of:
Danny Gottlieb
Dave Weckl
Kenny Aronoff
Max Weinberg
Tico Torres

...and many more