In memoriam: Kim Plainfield Author of drum bible 'Advanced Concepts' dies In memoriam: Kim Plainfield Kim Plainfield, one of the most influential teachers, drummers and talents of the past decades has past away. Kim was a drummer who with his revolutionary method 'Advanced Concepts' influenced many drummers and educators world wide. The reactions on his Facebook page overwhelming and students, friends and fellow drummers pay their respect to one of the best educators the drum community has known. As an educator, Kim was Chairman of the Faculty at The Collective in New York City where he has taught since 1979. In the fall of 2002 Kim accepted an Associate Professor position at Berklee School of Music.

Kim Plainfield played with the Pointer Sisters, recorded and toured for seven years with Tania Maria, Andy Narell, John Pattitucci, Kenny Rankin, Jacques Higelin, Charles Fambrough, Edgar Winter, Mose Allison and more.

Kim has released two solo cd's: 'Night and Day' and 'Jacob's Ladder,' featuring musicians like Jon Lucien, Mino Cinelo, Bill O'Connell, Alex Foster, Didier Lockwood, Myra Casales, Dan Carillo, Bill Connors, Adam Holzman and Pat Thrall.

Kim Plainfield, Live at the Berklee Performance Center, July 2013
Featuring: Alain Mallet - piano, Lincoln Goines - bass, Samuel Bautista - Sax.



The Rogue - Berklee Performance Center, March 2005
Kim Plainfield - Drums
Lincoln Goines - Bass
Alain Mallet - Piano



"I'm saddened by the news of the passing of drummer and educator Kim Plainfield. During his professional career which spanned four decades, he accumulated an impressive list of performance and recording credits. Through his longtime affiliations with both Drummers Collective and Berklee College of Music where he taught, he established himself as one of the foremost percussion educators in the country."
- Vic Salazar


"It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden and unexpected passing of Drummers Collective Faculty Chairman, Kim Plainfield.

Kim had a huge heart, strong opinions, and a passion for teaching and life. He was an irreplaceable asset to The Collective, being a huge part of our 40 year history since the beginning of his tenure in 1979.

His spirit and impact as a teacher will live on forever. We have lost a mentor, teacher, friend, and brother.

Kim was an extremely talented drummer who knew when to be serious but always found time for a laugh.

We are all attempting to comprehend this devastating news since Kim meant a lot to all of us. He touched countless students' lives as he prepared them for careers in music, always getting the best out of each of them.

We are all grateful that we were lucky enough to have had him in our lives.

We are awaiting word from Kim's family regarding the arrangements and will inform everyone so they can pay their respects. We will also be planning an event at the school to celebrate Kim's life and contribution to the drumming and music world as well as to The Collective.

We will miss you. Rest In peace, Kim"
- The Collective
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