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Art "The God Father" Verdi

Orange, New Jersy 's, 5’ 9" Art Verdi was the first man in history to break 1,100 Single Strokes in 60 Seconds! The God Father has been drumming for 55+ years and the technique displayed in his "Practicing Properly" DVD certainly reflects this maturity.

When asked how his involvement with the WFD has impacted himself, Art replied, “The WFD gives me a chance to share my ideas on how to improve one's technique with many more drummers than I would without WFD. A lot of drummers improved their speed by me recommending the Drumometer. WFD competitions are a great motivator for many young drummers to improve their technique. The WFD should not be responsible for causing drummers to get the wrong idea on what playing drums is about. It's common sense that the first thing we should do in a band is swing it and play strictly for the music. WFD competitions are like Home Run Derbies in baseball. The great hitters get together and have fun seeing how many home runs they can hit. When they go back to playing baseball they forget about that and play for their team to win - just like a drummer would play for his band to swing. If a drummer gets the idea that all drumming is about is speed, it's the teachers fault - not the WFD.”
We really think it's the fault of the cat make-up, don't we Art?


Hometown: Orange, NJ
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 155 Lbs
Years Drumming: 55+
Hobbies/Interest: Listening to good jazz, harassing Jim Chapin with my Camcorder, wearing cat make-up.
Years in WFD: 4
Previous WFD Record: Traditional Grip Singles - 1,116

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