Dave Goodman is a drummer, composer, bandleader & educator from Sydney, Australia. Dave plays drums with some of Australia’s most important jazz ensembles - Ten Part InventionKevin Hunt Trio, and the Steve Barry Quartet, to name a few. He has worked with a long list of luminaries - both Australian and international - including Joe Lovano, Bob Berg, Bernie McGann, James Morrison, Don Burrows, Vince Jones, Mike Nock and Mark Isaacs, and he also holds a PhD from Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney. Dave endorses Sonor DrumsBosphorus Cymbals, Remo DrumheadsVater Drumsticks, DW Hardware and Pedals, and Roc-N-Soc Thrones.

Dave offers drum lessons, and presents at clinic, workshop and masterclass events. DRUMScene Magazine cited Dave's drum lesson studio as 'one of Australia's leading independent drumset and percussion schools'. To register for drum lessons with Dave, please visit the drum lessons page.

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Spring 2017 News

Dear friends,

It's been many months since I've written to you, and I hope you've been well. There's been a lot going on, and so I thought I'd write to fill you in.


2017 Vintage & Custom Drum Expo
I'll be playing with Steve Barry and Max Alduca for my Sonor clinic at the 2017 Vintage & Custom Drum Expo this Sunday 8th October at 1:15 PM. We'll be playing some of Steve's music, and some of my music as well as demonstrating some creativity exercises in the middle of the set. Jackie Barnes will be playing…

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Sydney Drum & Percussion Show 2017

I'll be presenting a drum clinic for Bosphorus Cymbals and Pro Music Australia this Sunday...

10:30 - 11:30 AM, Sunday 28 May 2017
Sydney Drum & Percussion Show
Indoor Sessions, Rosehill Gardens Grand Pavilion

As well as performing on a couple of new pieces and soloing for a little while, my clinic will be in three parts on the following topics at the request of the organisers:

  • Part 1: Techniques for Developing the Ability to Play Accents Amongst Different Sticking Patterns – What I Learned from
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In Memory of Steve McKenna, 1958-2017 Podcast

Steve McKenna Quartet, Fri 2 June 2006, The Sound Lounge in Seymour Theatre Centre, Sydney for SIMA.
L-R: Dave Goodman (drums), Dale Barlow (saxophone), Brendan Clarke (bass), Steve McKenna (guitar). Original higher resolution copy of this photo lost in a corrupted photo library.
Photo by Liz McKenna
It's with great sadness that I write this elegy following receipt of the news of the death of one of Australia's great jazz guitarists, Steve McKenna. Steve died in early-February 2017 from complications due to…Read more
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Abby and Toby are On Their Way!

Congratulations to long-term (and now former) drum students Abby Constable and Toby Brown! Abby and Toby were in Year 12 in 2016, and they were both accepted into their first-choice tertiary music institutions for 2017: Toby’s going to James Morrison Academy of Music at Uni SA, and Abby’s going to Sydney Conservatorium of Music, The University of Sydney. Everyone I’ve taught regularly in the last 10 years who’s aspired to study at these and similar institutions has made it through to their first choice…

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2016 Vintage & Custom Drum Expo, 14 August

Dear friends,

I hope you're well!

I'm writing to invite you to the 2016 Vintage & Custom Drum Expo.

When: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Sunday 14 August
Where: The Factory Theatre, 105 Victoria Rd, Marrickville NSW 2204

At 12:20 PM, I'll be playing a 45 minute set for my friends at Bosphorus Cymbals and their Australian distributor Pro Music. I'm going to talk about these gorgeous cymbals for a while, as well as play some new pieces of music. My set will be flanked by some great, great drummers, namely Grant Gerathy (John…Read more
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For many years, as a teenager growing up in the regional Australian city of Tamworth, I depended on my monthly purchase of Modern Drummer magazine to find out all I could about drums, drummers and drumming. The first edition I bought was June 1989 with Michael Shrieve on the cover. I soon went back to the store and bought the May edition with Dennis Chambers on the cover, and so it began. It was great to read new interviews each month, and to find out how some of the world's…

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December 2015 - Christmas Edition

Dear friends,

Christmas is drawing near, and here in Australia, December is known as the silly season. It's strange to think that we celebrate Christmas during summer here in the southern hemisphere in the style of northern hemisphere celebrations - lots of talk about snow; big men dressed in red suits, and so on. But the only truth is that December is a month of sweltering heat, and so my hat goes off to all those Australian men who are choosing to dress up as Santa Claus at this time of year for whatever…

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