The Drum Dojo

a drumming website and space designed to gather insight and information for the aspiring student.

Drumming website designed for students to explore, practice, review material and insight form myself and other drummers. 

A tribute to Ray Reilly

 

   Toronto born, Ray Reilly was a student of George L. Stone of Boston, and the late Billy Gladstone of New York. He has been a member of the orchestras of the National Ballet of Canada, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, the Stratford Shakespearian Festival and the Charlottetown Festival.
     Mr. Reilly has been active in radio, TV, commercial music, film music, and with the CBC Symphony Orchestra. 
     He is also the author of "Power Speed and Flexibility", first published by BMI in 1986, and the second edition revision in 2007 published by Talking Stick Productions.

 

In 2015 Ray passed away, sucumming to a series of health problems. He will be missed by his wife, children, grandchildren, friends, and students.  After his passing one of his students, Geordie McDonald, published a piece titled "Ray Reilly: Legendary Canadian Percussionist" a link to the article can be found on Soul Drums Website here https://www.souldrums.com/blog/ray-reilly-legendary-canadian-percussionist/ 

I met Ray when I was 14 years old. Over the years of learning from him he has become one of my most important mentors in life, music and drumming. This page is dedicated to his memory, knowledge and spirit. 

...Coming Soon

An online store where you will be able to purchase Ray's book "Power Speed and Flexibility" with all proceeds going to Ray's family. 

This picture was taken in March of 2014 inside York University where Ray came to see me play in a jazz quartet performance. 

This picture was taken in March of 2014 inside York University where Ray came to see me play in a jazz quartet performance. 

An Interview with Ray Reilly

Here are two articles Ray wrote himself that also contain valuable information and further detail of things discussed in the interview below. 

http://cadre-online.ca/george-l-stone-ray-reilly/

http://cadre-online.ca/ray-reilly/

This is an interview that I shot with Ray in 2013. It is full of history, humour, and insight. Please enjoy and share. 

The videos below are from the same interview, but are cut up into particular points of interest (indicated by their title). Please share and enjoy.