Steve Miller Band Member Teaches Drummers

Steve Miller Band's Gordy Knudtson Leads Percussion Clinic for Grades 6-12
Posted on 12/07/2017
Gordy Knutson demonstrates a drumming techniqueThis December, Simley High School and Inver Grove Heights Middle School put some rock ‘n’ roll into their learning. Percussionists in grades 6-12 improved their skills with the direction of Steve Miller Band drummer, Gordy Knudtson. The rocker led a percussion clinic for the students to teach them the techniques he has used and perfected over three decades.

Mr. Knudtson, who currently heads the percussion department at the McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, taught students how to balance their drumsticks for better control and practiced with them. He explained why different techniques and forms did or did not work to help students understand how to drum better. He also talked to students about his life growing up in Minnesota, his music education, and his career performing with the Steve Miller Band as well as other popular groups, such as Journey and Santana.