Matthew Henry 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


A Drummer and A Percussionist on the Same Stage?  Finding the What, When, Where and Why together.   Often times as a drummer, it is hard to change gears when a percussionist is thrown in the mix.   Often times as a percussionist, it is hard to figure out what to play when the drummer doesn't change gears.   This clinic will address some of the most common issues between drummer and percussionist, as well as offer some insight to stylistic  choices in Afro-Cuban and non-Western styles.

Sponsored by: Remo, LP and Vic Firth

Matthew Henry is in his fifteenth year as Director of Percussion Studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Specializing in Non-Western percussion such as the drumming of the Malinke ethnic group of West Africa and Afro-Cuban styles, he has presented numerous clinics, master classes, and residencies focused on these topics. His clinic and master class schedule includes Middle Tennessee State University, the University of Indiana, Southeast Missouri State, and Truman State University. Performance credits included the Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Muny Orchestra, Musica SLESA, the Nuclear Percussion Ensemble, and the Funky Butt Brass Band. In March of 2017, he founded a community outreach organization centered around world drumming called SpecDrum( In 2018 he will present for the second time at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention as an Artist/Educational Clinician for REMO, Vic Firth and LP.  Contact Matthew at:

Glen Sobel 1:00-2:00 PM Clinic, Meet and Greet 2:00-3:00 PM


Currently on tour with The Hollywood Vampires (featuring Johnny Depp and Joe Perry and rock legend Alice Cooper) Glen Sobel has played in a variety of genres including rock, hip hop, pop, metal, punk, and fusion. Recently he has played, toured, and/or recorded with gigs ranging from hard rock (Alice Cooper), pop/r&b (tour with ELLIOTT YAMIN- American Idol finalist who topped the Billboard Hot 100), instrumental fusion (Glen played on PAUL GILBERT's DVD), stadium/arena rock (Glen toured in 2010 with VASCO ROSSI- Italy's biggest rock super-star, playing to crowds in excess of 40,000), last minute subbing with some of the industry's heaviest hitters (Glen subbed a week for Tommy Lee in Mötley Crüe on a few hours notice pulling double duty on the Crue/Alice tour), to studio TV work (Glen plays drums on the new version of the MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL theme on ESPN).    Recent live events have found Glen playing in the house band backing such heavyweights as Steven Tyler, Rob Halford, Weird Al, Pat Simmons & Michael McDonald of The Doobie Brothers, Sammy Hagar, Richie Sambora, Joe Lynn Turner, Night Ranger, Jonny Lang, Nils Lofgren, Sarah Mclachlan, Nuno Bettencourt, Dexter and Noodles of The Offspring, Robby Krieger of The Doors, Ke$ha, Orianthi, Johnny Depp, Mike Myers and many more.    Other touring/recording credits for Glen include Chris Impellitteri, Jennifer Batten (Michael Jackson's guitarist), Tony Macalpine , Gary Hoey, Warner Bros recording act Beautiful Creatures (Ozzfest tour), Cypress Hill and many others.

Sponsored by: Sabian Cymbals

James Sexton 3:00-4:00 PM


James will discuss and demonstrate the various styles he uses as a working drummer.

Sponsored by: Impression Cymbals

As a drummer, James has worked, played, recorded, & performed live with a countless number of artists in many different genres of music. He's been everything from the house drummer at the world famous B.B. Kings on Beale St. to the main percussionist for the Bountiful Blessings COGIC Orchestra, under the late Bishop G.E. Patterson. Notable artists that he's worked with includes Branford Marsalis, George Duke, Marcus Miller, Kirk Whalum, Larry Carlton, En Vogue, Stevie Wonder, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and many more.   Currently, James is an instructor at the Academy of the Percussive Arts , the Memphis Jazz Workshop, drummer for  the Garry Goin Group, & house drummer for the Memphis Grizzlies House Band.  He is also tour drummer for 'Elvis Live In Concert' , by Graceland.   While drumset is James's main instrument, he also works as a sideman and solo act, as a singer & keyboardist. He is currently the keyboardist for American Vinyl's 'Road To Memphis' show. You can also catch his solo performances at the Zebra Lounge and the Peabody Hotel, in Memphis, Tn.


Matthew Henry