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23 Oct

Todd Sucherman at The Hollywood Drum Show

Last weekend marked the 11th Annual Hollywood Drum Show at the Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, Ca. This convention is a great way for boutique companies and vintage drum enthusiasts to sell their used vintage gear, or as a way of showing off their special drum collections over the years. Along with the drums on display, the event also included special performances by some of today’s hottest drummers including Pearl’s very own Todd Sucherman of Styx.

As far as drummers are concerned, Todd Sucherman is one of the best in the world. His flawless technique, speed, and creativity around the kit, plus his almost 14 year career with Styx, have helped Todd to become one of the most popular and in-demand drummers of today. Todd’s schedule has been filled 10 months out of the year touring with Styx, however, Todd makes time on off days to do a clinic and, lucky for us Los Angelinos, he made some time to rock the Hollywood Drum Show.

While Todd’s infamous Pearl Masterworks bubinga/maple kit is still on the road, Todd chose to use a Pearl Reference series kit for this clinic. Although his set-up differed a bit from his usual Styx rig, Todd still utilized this kit to the fullest while he was both playing along to tracks, and soloing. The sizes that he used were 8x7, 10x8 and 12x8 rack toms, along with a 14x14 and 16x16 floor toms. His kick drum was the usual 22x18; however, he played this hit with an Eliminator double pedal instead of using 2 kick drums with single Demon Drives. For snares, he had both a 14x6.5 Ultracast Aluminum snare and a 14x5 Reference wood snare as a backup.

As a break from the road, Todd was using this trip out to LA to head into the studio for a couple days. After so, he is flying back out to continue the Styx/REO Speedwagon co-headlining tour which continues from now until November 22nd. For more information and for Styx tour dates, please visit For more information on Todd and to find out about upcoming clinics and events, please visit