From Ragtime to Rock – The Clinic

From Ragtime to Rock:
100 Years of American Popular Music in 100 Minutes
Discover the fascinating story of American Popular Music with a master musician, author and educator.

Event Description

From Ragtime to Rock – The Clinic offers a interactive and engaging way for your students to discover the fascinating story of American popular music. Noted jazz musician, author and educator Daniel Glass leads participants on a thrilling journey that spans more than 100 years, beginning with the brass bands of the Civil War (1865), moving through ragtime, jazz, big band swing, bebop, and rhythm and blues, and concluding with modern styles like rock’n’roll, funk and hip-hop.

To bring the material to life, Glass incorporates audio, photos and graphics, as well as several dazzling performances from behind the drums. The presentation can also incorporate a live band.

Students are encouraged to participate through a continuous stream of Q&A. Daniel’s goal is to fully engage students, and help them understand today’s music in a much broader context.

Audience: From Ragtime to Rock – The Clinic can be tailored to all age groups and levels, from middle school to university. Daniel has versions for musician-only audiences, an entire student body or the general public.

Endorsements: Daniel is endorsed by DW Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks, Aquarian Drumheads, LP Percussion and Alfred Music.

Daniel has presented more than 300 clinics, master classes and seminars at
various institutions, festivals and conferences world


Highlights include:
– Jazz Education Network Conference (JEN)
– Texas Music Educators Assoc. (TMEA)

– New Jersey Music Educators Assoc. (NJMEA)
– PASIC: Percussive Arts Society International Convention (Indianapolis, IN)
– The Modern Drummer Festival (NJ Perf Arts Ctr, NJ)
– Ultimate Drummers Weekend (Melbourne, Australia)
– University of Miami – Frost School of Music (Miami, FL)
– MI: Musician’s Institute (Los Angeles, CA)
– The Collective School of Music (New York City, NY)
– UMass Amherst (Massachusetts)
– University of Central Florida (Orlando)
– Ohio University (Athens, OH)
– Canberra University (Canberra, Australia)
-Universidad Vera Cruz (Xalapa, Mexico)
-Music – und Kunstschule (Bielefeld, Germany)
– Punahou School (Honolulu, Hawaii)

Praise for Daniel’s Presentations …

Daniel Glass was incredible! I can see why he is a noted drummer in the world. The guy has so much rhythm it leaks out of his pores. He wasn’t just hitting the drums in time; there was something about what he played that was magical.  Our kids were so impressed and inspired

Robert T.
Faculty, Punahou School

Honolulu, Hawaii


Your clinic presentation was absolutely amazing!  Incredibly thorough and engaging.  I can’t imagine how much effort it took to produce such a product. Well done!

Steve Rucker
Director of Drumset Studies, Frost School of Music

University of Miami


 Daniel Glass was exactly what our students needed. Someone who can deliver a great educational message in a way the kids would truly enjoy it. You can’t go wrong with great historical information mixed with some killer drumming!

Rob Starrett
Director of Bands, Westshore School District
Harrisburg, PA


Daniel was down to earth, fun, practical, extremely knowledgeable and made the material relevant for all of the students, not just the percussionists.

Brian Engelson
Director of Bands, Palm Springs High School
Palm Springs, California

About Daniel Glass

Daniel Glass is an award-winning drummer, author, historian and educator. He is widely recognized as an authority on traditional American music styles. As a professional musician, Daniel has been a member of internationally acclaimed “retro-swing” band Royal Crown Revue for more than 20 years. He has also recorded and performed with many top artists, including Brian Setzer, Bette Midler, Liza Minnelli and KISS front man Gene Simmons. Since 2010, Daniel has been the Monday night house drummer at New York’s legendary Birdland Jazz Club.

Daniel has published five books, 3 DVDs and dozens of articles dedicated to sharing the amazing story of America’s musical heritage. His DVD “From Ragtime to Rock: An Introduction to 100 Years of American Popular Music” is a part of the music curriculum in hundreds of middle and high schools across the United States and Canada.

Since 2003, Daniel has presented more than 300 clinics, master classes and seminars at various institutions, festivals and conferences worldwide. His goal? To show musicians and music lovers here in the 21st Century just how much they have in common with the past.

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