Presented by Rhythm! Discovery Center and the Percussive Arts Society
A special 3-hour LIVE Masterclass with small group personal instruction. All ages and playing levels are welcome. Limited spots are available. If you would rather call to register, please call (317) 974-4488 ext. 101.WHEN
Thursday, August 3, 2023
1144 S Belmont Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46221
Todd Sucherman continues to be one of the world’s most in demand drummers and educators. While recording and touring the world with the multi platinum rock band STYX for the last 24 years, he’s managed to balance a schedule of recording sessions, masterclasses, clinics, and creating the enormously successful “Rock Drumming Masterclass” for Drumeo. Todd has been recognized by his peers winning many Modern Drummer Magazine Reader’s Poll awards through the years taking top honors in the categories of Rock Drummer, Progressive Rock Drummer, Classic Rock Drummer, Live Drummer, Clinician, Educational DVD, Recorded performance, and multiple placements in other categories. In 2020 after playing drums for 49 years, he released his first solo record, “Last Flight Home.”
Todd Sucherman grew up in a musical family. His father, Arnold J. Sucherman was a doctor by day, and a big band drummer by night. He was the house drummer at the famed Chez Parre’ in Chicago through the 1940s and 50’s. During that time he worked with Lena Horne, Sammy Davis Jr., Sophie Tucker, Joe E. Lewis, Jack Benny and countless others. While on the road, at a gig in New Orleans, Arnold met a young actress, Jo Seiwert, who was performing together in the same variety show. They were married and soon formed a family of their own.
Paul was first (keyboards), then Joel (bass), then Todd (drums). Todd was fascinated with the drums as an infant. His father taught him to play and could read music by age five. His first paying gig was with his brothers, “The Sucherman Brothers” at age six. They continued to play together and with other musicians for years. Todd kept up with his musical studies through school and attended Berklee College of Music for one year. There he studied privately with Gary Chaffee, a world renowned educator with former students the likes of Steve Smith and Vinnie Colaiuta.
In 1988, Todd returned to Chicago and quickly established himself as a first call musician in the recording scene. As an in demand player for live and session work, this led to his association with the band STYX. Todd was called in to record when Styx’s John Panozzo was ill. After John Panozzo’s untimely death, Todd’s position in the band was solidified. Twenty four years later Styx continues to play to millions of fans all over the world averaging 100 dates a year. Todd has recorded several albums with the band including “Big Bang Theory” which put the band in the top 50 on Billboard for the fourth straight decade and “The Mission” which garnered him a Modern Drummer Reader’s Poll award for “Best Recorded Performance. In-between his time with Styx he’s recorded over 1000 radio and TV spots and worked with artists diverse as Peter Cetera, Brian Culbertson, Spinal Tap, Michael Bolton, The Falling Wallendas, Eric Marienthal, Taylor Mills, Antoine Fafard, Tzan Niko and Brian Wilson (including his 2003 release with Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton and Elton John.) Todd has been an in demand clinician performing at drum festivals around the world.
Equally comfortable on the stage with STYX, playing instrumental music with Tzan Niko or Antoine Fafard, prog rock with Finally George or The Legacy Pilots, Gershwin standards with Brian Wilson, risking his life with Spinal Tap, or taking a step out front— Todd has taken his place in the Pantheon of the elite drummers/musicians in the world.