Billy Ward

About Billy Ward

Billy Ward has performed in clinics and master classes all over the world, including The Montreal Drum Festival, Rhythm In Bath (England), Percussive Arts Society International Conference, Cape Breton International Drum Festival (Nova Scotia), Drummer Live (England), the Modern Drummer Festival and more. As a drum clinician, Billy emphasizes a more musical approach to drumming while at the same time re-enforcing the importance of drumming fundamentals. He offers a very articulate “real world” approach in his teaching.

For five years, Billy’s been writing the much acclaimed “Concept” articles for Modern Drummer Magazine and serves on MDs advisory board. His book, “Inside Out... Exploring The Mental Aspects Of Drumming” is available through Modern Drummer Publications. The drum instructional, Big Time, has a completely new fresh approach and received the Modern Drummer Magazine Reader’s Poll Award for Best Drum Instructional of ‘05. Billy also was awarded the Eric A Bergquist Award for Excellence in Education in the Percussive Arts.

As a performer, Billy Ward has toured and recorded with “Blue Chip Artists” such as Joan Osborne, Carly Simon, Robbie Robertson (The Band), The Knack, Ace Frehley, Bill Evans, Yoko Ono. Last year, Billy played on B.B. King’s Grammy Award winning album, “80”. All told, Billy has played drums on more than 60 albums and 60 film soundtracks. His first solo album, “Two Hands Clapping” got a (perfect) 5 star rating in Modern Drummer which called the record “Album of the Year”. “Voices In My Head” is the title of Billy’s second Instructional DVD, which has just been released through DW Drums DVD.