MIAMI, Fla. A lot of young drummers dream of playing with a group like 'N Sync. Now they can, thanks to Takin' Care of Business, a new video / CD package from Warner Bros. Publications.
The latest addition to the company's immensely popular Inspiring Drummers series, Takin' Care of Business features 'N Sync drummer Billy Ashbaugh, who demonstrates his prowess on the drums, and shares his percussion techniques and insights.
Highlights of the Takin' Care of Business program include: a live vocal / drum challenge between Ashbaugh and 'N Sync band member Justin Timberlake, a "tour bus tour" segment on the challenges of life on the road, and a special look at Ashbaugh's practice kit set-up in the bus, as well as a live clinic staged for middle and high school students.
The CD features drumless mixes that allow drummers to create the percussion part and play along with 'N Sync songs. These songs are broken into Practice Time Management segments, to help drummers maximize the impact of practice sessions.
"Like all titles in the Inspiring Drummers series, Takin' Care of Business is a real hands-on, educational tool that provides musicians with the experience of playing with their favorite band," said Ray Brych, percussion product line manager at Warner Bros. Publications. "Along with putting you in the middle of the action, Takin' Care of Business gives you a personal connection with Billy. You not only learn techniques, but you gain insights into the inspiration and emotion behind the music. Playing pop music requires extreme precision and technique. It's clear that Billy is the drummers' drummer of this genre."
The Takin' Care of Business video contains a special interview with Ashbaugh as he relates his personal philosophy concerning self-improvement and the importance of teamwork. Other interviews feature the five 'N Sync band members, as well as exclusives with the two of the group's singers, Justin Timberlake and Joey Fatone. The famous pop stars discuss the drummer's hot seat, and Billy's contribution to the 'N Sync sound.
In addition to Ashbaugh, the video / CD package showcases other talented percussionists, including child prodigies Isaiah Williams, 5, and Aaron Kimmel, 12. Also featured is female percussionist Jenie Ashbaugh, the wife of Billy. Through the appearances of Jenie and other female drummers, Takin' Care of Business is especially inspirational for young girls interested in percussion.
Speaking on the video, Billy and Jenie Ashbaugh provide an enlightening comparison of their two distinct drumming styles. Their discussion illustrates how every percussionist is different, and highlights the role of the drums as an instrument of self-discovery. Other special scenes show Jenie and Billy presenting a drum master class for middle and high school students, along with both musicians participating in an interactive drum clinic.
"Takin' Care of Business touches all aspects of drumming," said Brych. "The philosophies behind teamwork and self-discovery will help guide any drummer who dreams of becoming part of a band."
The Takin' Care of Business video / CD package has a suggested retail price of $39.95.
For more information visit the company’s website at: www.warnerbrospublications.com.
Warner Bros. Publications is a Warner Music Group Company, a division of Time Warner.