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19 Jul

Pete Korpela Wows The Sunset Strip with Stellar Clinic

This week, the tight-knit percussion community residing in the music Mecca of Los Angeles, was treated to an exceptional percussion clinic from, Pearl artist, Pete Korpela.  Hosted by the Sam Ash Drum Shop, Pete Korpela provided the Sunset Strip with a phenomenal and highly educational clinic, displaying his vast knowledge in the seemingly countless genres of world percussion, along with diving into his techniques behind each instrument and how he approaches various aspects of his current gig performing with, international superstar, Josh Groban.  The 2.5 hour long event included a tremendous display of drumming prowess from Pete, captivating the crowd throughout each section of his performance, moving about the Pearl-littered stage and brilliantly utilizing every piece of his setup with complete mastery, comprehension, and total professionalism.  

Starting the night with an impromptu solo that immediately hooked the standing-room-only audience of excited onlookers, Pete Korpela integrated a plethora of toys from Pearl’s expansive Percussion line to accent the beat of this soulful introduction, relying on the rich tones of his Bobby Allende signature Congas and Bongos to set to mood of the celebratory occasion.  The highlight of the evening, however, occurred when Pete invited some fellow musicians onto the stage to give the audience a rundown of the various Pearl cajons that were on display at Sam Ash, playing each in a band-type setting to show the differences between each model.  Starting off atop Pearl’s Wedge Tri-Side Cajon and switching intermittently to-and-back-from the Boom Box Cajon throughout the first number, Pete Korpela and his stringed-counterparts grooved about flawlessly, trading solos and showing off the individual superiority to their specific craft.  A Peruvian number shortly ensued, leaving Pete to turn to the snare-less Sonic Boom Cajon in order to achieve the full and deep body of the genre’s traditional sound.   Lastly, the quartet settled into a smoother jazz number, which demanded the need of Pearl’s Brush Beat Cajon.  Throughout this final number, Pete showed several of the Brush Beat Cajon’s dynamic uses, including using a brush to accomplish the traditional jazz sound, with the body of the cajon serving as the backbeat. 

To close out the night with a bang, and to give back to the eager and inquisitive attendance, Pete raffled off several items from Pearl’s Imagewear Shop, including various hats and tee-shirts to the lucky winners, along with raffling off a Pearl Jingle Cajon- Pete’s go-to cajon in which he co-designed with Pearl.  With the evening sadly coming to a close, Pete Korpela and the Sam Ash Drum Shop provided a fantastic and informative clinic, celebration in the art of percussion and the beauty of music; an inspirational and highly informative evening that is sure to become a must-see event the next time Pete comes back through town.
About Pete:
Pete Korpela has spent the last year and a half backing up the sensational vocalist and international superstar, Josh Groban, playing some of the biggest stages this planet has to offer, and filling them all to capacity.  Just this calendar year alone, Josh Groban and Pete Korpela have toured across Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, along with playing one-off dates throughout North America which included 3 consecutive sold-out nights at the legendary Hollywood Bowl, in Los Angeles.  Along with the live concerts, Pete has also been spotted providing his superior percussion talents alongside Josh Groban on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Dancing with the Stars, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Ellen, Good Morning America, The Kelly & Michael Show, and several others, all promoting Josh Groban’s latest album, All That Echoes. 

For more information on Pete Korpela, please be sure to visit his official website,