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Todd Sucherman......
Todd Sucherman grew up in a musical family. His father, Arnold J. Sucherman was a doctor by day, and a big band drummer by night. He was the house drummer at the famed Chez Parre' in Chicago through the 1940s and 50's. During that time he worked with Lena Horne, Sammy Davis Jr., Sophie Tucker, Joe E. Lewis, Jack Benny and countless others. While on the road, at a gig in New Orleans, Arnold met a young actress, Jo Seiwert, who was performing together in the same variety show. They were married and soon formed a family of their own.

Paul was first(keyboards), then Joel(bass), then Todd(drums). Todd was fascinated with the drums as an infant. His father taught him to play and could read music by age five. His first paying gig was with his brothers, "The Sucherman Brothers" at age six. They continued to play together and with other musicians for years.

Todd kept up with his musical studies through school and attended Berklee College of Music for one year. There he studied privately with Gary Chaffee, a world renowned educator with former students the likes of Steve Smith and Vinnie Colaiuta.

In 1988, Todd returned to Chicago and quickly established himself as a first call musician in the recording scene. As an in demand player for live and session work, this led to his association with the band Styx. Todd was called in to record when Styx's John Panozzo was ill. After John Panozzo's untimely death, Todd's position in the band was solidified. Thirteen years later Styx continues to play to millions of fans all over the world averaging 100 dates a year. Todd has recorded several albums with the band including "Big Bang Theory" which put the band in the top 50 on Billboard for the fourth straight decade. In-between his time with Styx he's recorded over 1000 radio and TV spots and worked with artists diverse as Peter Cetera, Brian Culbertson, Spinal Tap, Michael Bolton, The Falling Wallendas, Eric Marienthal, and Brian Wilson (including his 2003 release with Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton and Elton John.) Todd has been an in demand clinician performing at drum festivals around the world.

In 2007 he produced and played on the debut from Taylor Mills, "Lullagoodbye" which featured appearance from Brian Wilson and Tommy Shaw.

Todd Sucherman won the Modern Drummer Magazine Reader's poll for #1 Educational DVD as well as #1 Rock Drummer for 2008 with "Methods & Mechanics".

2011: The Educational DVD "Methods & Mechanics II" appears - a great follow up.

Todd has appeared on records released or unreleased with:
Brian Wilson (Imagination) (Brian Wilson On Tour DVD) (Gettin' In Over My Head - along with Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton & Elton John) (That Lucky Old Sun CD and live DVD)
Styx (Greatest Hits 1&2, Return To Paradise, Brave New World, Arch Allies, Cyclorama, Styxworld Live, Big Bang Theory, 21st Century Live, One With Everything with the CYO)
Tommy Shaw (Seven Deadly Zens)
Peter Cetera (One Clear Voice)
Brian Culbertson (After Hours, Secrets, Somethin' Bout Love, Come On Up)
Steve Cole (Stay Awhile, Spin)
The Falling Wallendas (The Falling Wallendas, Belittle)
Bob Mamet (Night and Day)
Henry Kapono (Spirit Dancer, Hits)
Wade Hubbard (Insanity Lane)
Taylor Mills (Lullagoodbye, Under the Surface)
Greg Ridley (Anthology)
Michael Bolton (Only A Woman Like You)
Morty Shallman (Love's Oblivion)
Lee Nysted (One Word)
Billy Ocean, R Kelly, Survivor, Jim Peterik, John Wetton, Joe Lynn Turner, Fareed Haque,
Rochelle, Steve Kolander, Nicholas Markos, Tim Cunningham, Jim Brickman, Danny Kravitz, Into the Green, Bill Dickens, Kane Robberts, and others.

Live Performances:
Styx, Brian Wilson, Eric Marienthal, Spinal Tap, Brian Culbertson, Steve Cole, Bobby Enriquez, David Hasselhoff, Dave Uhrich, Falling Wallendas, Bob Mamet, Darryl Jones, Sandy Torano, Bill Dickens, Fareed Haque, Peter White, Rick Braun, Michael McDermott,
Josie Aiello, Lionel Cole.
Various drum clinics and festivals including Cape Breton Drum Fest, Montreal Drum Fest, PASIC '06, and the Modern Drummer Festival 2008.

Film and Television-Radio spots:
The Negotiator (trailer)
If These Walls Could Talk 2 (HBO)
Twice upon a Time (Lifetime)
Jingles--over a thousand spots, the likes of McDonald's, Budweiser, Honda,
Pepsi, Reebok, Miller, Nabisco, etc.





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STYX








Todd Sucherman & Spinal Tap - Late Night with Jimmy Fallon - 2009





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performed with:

STYX
The Spinal Tap
Tommy Shaw
James "JY" Young
Lawrence Gowan
Ricky Phillips
Brian Wilson
Taylor Mills
Peter Cetera
Brian Culbertson
Steve Cole
The Falling Wallendas
Bob Mamet
Henry Kapono
Wade Hubbard
Billy Ocean
Survivor
Jim Peterik
John Wetton
Joe Lynn Turner
Fareed Haque
Rochelle
Steve Kolander
Nicholas Markos
Tim Cunningham
Jim Brickman
Danny Kravitz
Into the Green
Bill Dickens
Kane Robberts
Eric Marienthal
Spinal Tap
Bobby Enriquez
David Hasselhoff
Dave Uhrich
Darryl Jones
Sandy Torano
Rick Braun
Michael McDermott
Josie Aiello
Lionel Cole

...and many more




































STYX









Todd's Studio and Snare Drum Collection





PASIC 2006
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PASIC 2006
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PASIC 2006
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PASIC 2006
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from the new DVD "Methods & Mechanics





Todd Sucherman - Chester Thompson - Musikmesse Frankfurt - 2012












Todd and Taylor with Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson and Brian's band
at the Greek Theater LA, June 2001
Photo by Lisa K. Berton








Todd Sucherman - Bernhard Castiglioni (Drummerworld)



...some years ago