Jimmy Sica was born in the middle of the 20th century, and grew up in a home filled with
Jimmy has been tapping on things since he was a little kid; before his parents got him
drumsticks he used the wood rods from old-fashioned clothing hangers. Originally self-
taught, Jimmy began drumming professionally at age 16, and has worked as a
professional drummer ever since.
Jimmy earned an undergraduate degree in music, and later graduated the American
Musical and Dramatic Academy, College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts, in New
York City. AMDA, which was founded by Philip Burton (step-father of the great British
actor Richard Burton), gave Jimmy the knowledge, training and discipline to develop into a
well rounded performer - musician, actor, singer, dancer.
Jimmy has played with The Drifters, Sceamin’ Jay Hawkins, Johnny Maestro and many
more; he has been a pit drummer for shows like Chicago, Pippin and Jesus Christ
Superstar. He has acted on both stage and screen. For many years he organized and
managed his own band.
In the late 1990s Jimmy began teaching drumming to aspiring students (he has, of course,
taught them all to read music). He continues to play professionally, is working on his next
book, and continues to teach drumming to select students.
Stu Segal grew up in a house filled with music. Though not musicians, his parents were
always playing Broadway Show tunes, Harry Belafonte, Bobby Darin, Mario Lanza, and Al
Jolson. When Stu was 6 he heard the hound dog man for the first time, and his foot has
been tapping ever since.
Stu had a long career in banking, and later as the owner of motorcycle stores. At over 60,
he began to pursue his long-forgotten childhood study of drums, which led to re-learning
how to read music, and subsequently the writing of "How To Read Drum Music".
Stu lives just outside New York City. He rides motorcycles, juggles balls, clubs & knives,
listens to rock ‘n roll and New Orleans jazz, and plays drums. You can find him annually at
the World Science Fiction Convention, the Westminster Kennel Club Show, various rock
concerts and motorcycle events, on the internet, and occasionally in the French Quarter.
He is hard at work on his next book with Jimmy.
Stu has started restoring fine old sets of drums. His latest restoration was covered by "Not
So Modern Drummer."
Stu & Jimmy are currently working on two books, which will be available soon:
- How To Read Drum Music - Practice Exercises
This is a compilation of all the practice exercises we are making available for free as
pdf's on the website. But this is for those of you who want those exercises nicely
bound in a quality book that matches "How To Read Drum Music".
- Jimmy Sica's Drumset Ostinatos
This is a book of ostinatos for the drumset. Going from the basic to the more
involved. This book will help you develop true four-limb independence and
coordination, and will provide you with some great melodic ostinatos you can apply
in your drumming.