Todd Sucherman

220 – Todd Sucherman: Conquering Rock, one world tour at a time

It’s hard to categorize Todd Sucherman. Sure, he’s most notably known for being the drummer in Styx, but he’s also a clinician, writer, and educator who has released two DVDs and was named #1 Rock Drummer and #1 Clinician in the Modern Drummer and Drum Magazine Reader’s Polls. The Chicago native grew up under the influence of big band music and the sounds of Chicago (band) leading him to start gigging by the age of 9. Since then he has played with a list of artists, including: Sammy Davis, Jr, Peter Cetera, Brian Culbertson, Spinal Tap, Michael Bolton, The Falling Wallendas, Eric Marienthal, and Brian Wilson (including his 2003 release with Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton and Elton John.) and of course, Styx.

“You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.” – Malcolm Forbes (Tweet this)

Todd Sucherman talks about:

  • His early years in Chicago
  • What it was like growing up in a musical family
  • Starting to gig at a young age
  • Getting the Styx gig
  • The importance of learning the “business” of music
  • Stories from the road
  • The power of being a professional
  • The importance of work ethic
  • Having gratitude
  • Much more

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6 replies
  1. Matt Tanger
    Matt Tanger says:

    Excellent podcast. Plenty of structure yet ample room for Todd to really dive into things. Any drummer who aspires to play dive bars to regional events to national venues should heed Todd’s insights.

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