The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

January 8, 2013

Rascal Flatts drummer will lead music clinic at Missouri Southern

From staff reports

JOPLIN, Mo. — Rascal Flatts drummer Jim Riley will lead a free music clinic for the community at noon Saturday.

Hosted by the Missouri Southern State University music department and sponsored by Palen Music, the clinic will be in Room 222 of the MSSU Music Building, which is connected to the Taylor Performing Arts Center.

No reservations are necessary but space will be limited to 100 people on a first-come, first-seated basis.

Brian Fronzaglia, director of athletic bands at MSSU, said Riley will participate in the clinic before Rascal Flatts performs a concert that evening in Springfield.

He said he anticipates Riley will talk about drumming as well as his experiences with music and touring. He said Riley often allows questions from the audience to guide the session.

“It could be on a wide range of topics,” Fronzaglia said. “He’s going to speak a lot about drumming, but he’s also really good at keeping it broad enough that those that have even a minimal music background will find it very engaging and entertaining.”

Riley began studying percussion at age 12 and continued his studies through high school and at the University of North Texas, where he was involved with the school’s jazz program, orchestra, wind ensemble, percussion ensemble and drumline. He also played in the Drum Corps International Finals as a member of the Velvet Knights Drum and Bugle Corps.

He worked for the Coppell Independent School District in Coppell, Texas, and as a musician in Kansas City and Nashville before becoming the drummer for Rascal Flatts in 2000.