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"For the last 5 years, I have traveled to a least 10 countries per year. My passion for drumming and teaching has directed me to great places all throughout North America, the Far East, Australia and to almost every country in Europe."Dom started playing when he was twelve. Looking back on the early years when drums first became an important part of his life, Dom recalls a humorous incident that started the ball rolling. In an interview with Modern Drummer (2000) Dom recalls:
"At twelve years old I was in a band with my brothers. "The Beatles’ ’Ticket To Ride’ was popular at the time. We played the song over and over, sometimes for eight hours straight in the basement of my house. My dad was involved with the local fire department, and one day we got asked if we wanted to play at a fireman’s party. ’Can you boys play four hours’ worth of music?’ we were asked. ’Absolutely,’ we said. We never bothered to tell them we only knew one song. The night of the party we performed our song and they loved us. Lots of applause. So we played it again...and again...and again! Well, this went on for quite some time, until the fire chief came up and asked if we could please play something slow so he could dance with his wife. I said, ’Of course we can,’ and we immediately went into ’Ticket To Ride’ at sixty beats per minute! We just played the same song - slower."A well-schooled player, Dom doesn’t hesitate to acknowledge the many teachers who guided him along the way. Dom names Al Miller, a great rudimentalist who gave him a solid foundation in reading and rudiments. Ronnie Benedict, Joe Morello who opened him up to the techniques of George Lawrence Stone and Billy Gladstone. Later, Jim Chapin showed Dom the Moeller technique and helped him achieve more power and speed. Dom adds:
"When I moved to California I studied with Shelly Manne, Joe Porcaro, Colin Bailey, and Johnny Guerin. Each experience was extremely memorable. Shelly, in particular, focused on imagination and the different things you could do with rhythms, sticks, brushes, and different sound surfaces."There’s no mistaking Dom Famularo’s love for the art of drumming. One need only spend ten minutes in his presence to sense the intensity of that love. Dom claims:
"One of my highest goals is to inspire people to aspire. If you can make somebody feel so good about themselves that they walk away saying, 'I want to become better as a person and as a drummer,' there's not enough money that could possibly reward you for that feeling. So people at least remember 'expression', 'enthusiasm' and feel better about themselves. When I leave town, my job is done, it's on to the next one."
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