The drumming world lost its Global Ambassador today, the one and only Dom Famularo. He shared his love for drumming for over 40 years, becoming one of the world's most influential and beloved drummers, teachers, and motivators.
His was only the second drum clinic I had ever been to.. the first being Liberty DeVitto at the local college. I had seen Dom's name in issues of Modern Drummer and decided to take a chance and drive the two hours to Houston and see him at The Drum Keyboard Guitar Shop. It was held in a smaller room in the back of the store, and there may have been 25-30 people in attendance. He was a great player, but my takeaway from that afternoon wasn't what he played but was from what he said. His remarkable enthusiasm for drumming, music, and the industry was so infectious that it was the first time I thought I could be a part of the drum world that I only read about. I didn't have any plan at that point, but his words got the ball rolling... and I got to thank him much later at a NAMM Show in the '00s.
Thanks for your perseverance and dedication, Dom... you really made a difference.