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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Freddie Gruber Passes Away at Age 84

Neil Peart and Freddie Gruber
We're saddened to announce the passing of Freddie Gruber; the drumming legend that inspired many drummers through the years including, of course, Neil Peart. Freddie died on October 11th at the age of 84.

As well as being a respected jazz drummer, Freddie enjoyed a long and successful career as a drum teacher. In adddition to Neil Peart, he counted drum heavyweights such as Dave Weckl, Steve Smith and Vinnie Colaiuta as among his students.

Last year Freddie's was honoured by Zildjian for his lifetime of achievement in the drumming world. Read more about Freddie's history via this LINK.

Our condolences go out to Freddie's friends and family.

Below is a segment from Rush's Beyond the Lighted Stage documentary that featured Neil Peart and Freddie Gruber. The man will be missed.

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