Clem Burke Drumming Project

Introduction

The Clem Burke Drumming Project is based on the pursuit of knowledge through the application of scientific principles to the various art forms of drumming. It is committed to the dissemination of information leading to increased enjoyment, health and well-being of all participants involved in drumming.


Honorary Doctorate of Music for Clem BurkeSTOP PRESS: Drumming fraternity congratulates Clem on Honorary Award. Read more>>

Award

The Clem Burke Drumming Project is pleased to announce that the University of Gloucestershire has bestow an Honorary Doctorate of Music to Clem Burke. The award ceremony took place at the University of Gloucestershire on 30th July 2011. The award recognises not only Clem's excellence as a musician but also the pioneering work he has undertaken exploring the physical demands of drumming and the use of drumming as an intervention to help promote enhanced physical and psychological wellbeing.

Blondie drummer Clem Burke made 'Doctor of Rock'

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Beat It: The World of The Modern Drummer

When John Lennon was asked if Ringo was the best drummer in the world he quipped "He wasn't even the best drummer in the Beatles". Lennon's natural put-down is typical of the way drummers are belittled within music circles. Presenter Phil Jupitus challenges this notion with the help of a cross-section of musicians to discover how they have gained this reputation? On this programme we hear from Clem Burke and Dr Marcus Smith, along with comments from Phil Collins (Genesis) and Stewart Copeland (The Police), who all explain how they cope with the physical demands of performing and how these veterans react to the negative image of the drummer. To find out more visit BBC Radio 4 – Beat It: The World of The Modern Drummer

The Modern Drummer

Research team

BlondieClem Burke

Clem Burke is the drummer for the band Blondie. Clem has also played drums for Pete Townshend, Bob Dylan, Eurythmics, Ramones and Iggy Pop.
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University of ChichesterUniversity of Chichester

Marcus Smith is a Principal Lecturer in Sport, Exercise & Health Sciences at the University of Chichester.
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University of GloucestershireUniversity of Gloucestershire

Steve Draper is a Principal Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Physiology at the University of Gloucestershire.
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Chris Potter is Director of Studies for the undergraduate sport programmes at the University of Gloucestershire. Read more >>

Kate Mori is the Course Leader for the MA Sports Development. Read more >>

Joe Wilson is a composer and producer who started his career with the band Sneaker Pimps. Read more >>

Research aim

The aim of the study was to to investigate the energy cost of rock drumming during concert performance in a high profile rock drummer. Read more>>

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