Sam Ruttenberg is a highly sought after drum teacher and performer, and has taught professionals as well as some of the most promising talent in the Philadelphia area, including Justin Faulkner (Branford Marsalis Quartet), Shakoor Sanders (Tim Warfield), and NY drummer Shirazette Tinnin (Tia Fuller). Sam joins the UARTS percussion faculty to teach a student who is making the move from France to study with him.
With a background in both drum set and percussion performance, Sam has performed with artists such as Dave Brubeck, Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, Lena Horne, and Al Martino.
He has performed with the Pennsylvania Ballet, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, Orchestra 2001, and the Philly Pops. He also performs with his own jazz trio and is an active drum set clinician, presenting clinics all over the U.S. and abroad.
He performs with the Jubilate Deo Orchestra and Chorale, and on Christmas Eve 2011, Sam performed in a live stream that went out to the troops in Afghanistan and to all the other military bases around the world.
Sam has also toured and recorded with the Houston Symphony, Ballet, and Pops Orchestras, and has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall, and the Kennedy Center. He also teaches at the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia and has taught at Camden County College and Rutgers University Camden.
He has written articles for PAS Percussive Notes and Modern Drummer Magazine. He also transcribed and worked closely on the creative aspect with drumming legend Joe Morello on his Master Studies II book. Sam wrote his own book entitled “Drum Tips” (HoneyRock 2009), which is designed to help drummers develop better technique and coordination through increased musicianship.
Sam has also created the HingeStix® practice drumsticks, which won “Best in Show” at NAMM in January 2011. The HingeStix® is a learning tool designed for drummers to feel the rebound, develop finger technique, hold the drumstick properly, and feel the whipping motion of the Moeller technique.
Sam received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Miami and a Master’s Degree from the Juilliard School, and has endorsements with Sabian Cymbals, Vic Firth Drumsticks, Remo Drumheads, and Taye Drums.
Sam’s website is www.samruttenberg.com
See the links below for some of Sam's instructional drum videos: