Featured in Modern Drummer Magazine’s October 2005 issue, Dean Johnston is a top-call player and sought-after educator on the Boston music scene. With a full schedule of private students and live performances with his band SUPERHONEY and other projects, it’s no surpise that he’s considered ‘on the move’ by the world’s largest drum publication.

Dean graduated from Berklee College of Music in 1990 with a degree in Education and Performance. From there he went on to study with his true mentor, Gary Chaffee for over six years. He’s also had lessons with Freddy Gruber, Tommy Cambell, Ian Froman, Dave DiCenso, and many others. As a result, Dean has developed a unique and musical style of playing as well as a variety of proven instructional methods that have helped his students to become successful musicians as well. Whether it’s rock or funk, fills or solos, or just learning to play better time and feel, Dean has the tools to help drummers of any level advance.

Dean is also a founding member of Gary Chaffee’s percussion ensemble Chomp – a truly inventive group with a refreshing approach to improvisation and composition – a must-see if you’re in the Boston area. Dean recently joined the ranks of Mike Rivard's trance/trip/drum n bass/face-rip collective Club d'Elf. They can be seen bi-weekly at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge. Dean is also a proud member of the Vic
Firth Education Team

In other news, Dean has agreed to endorse Maryland Drums! His kit now consists of an 18” x 22” maple kick drum, 4 x 14” alloy snare, 13” x 15” floor tom, and 6” x 10” soprano snare, 14” Zildjian A Custom Hi-Hats, 17” A Custom Projection Crash, 22” K Custom Ride and various efx cymbals and splashes.

Dean can also be seen sitting in with :

Alex MacDougall
Dwight Ritcher
The Buddha Club
Charlie Farren
Blind Tiger Swing Posse

The Dux’s Top Fifteen Drumming Recordings :

1. Miles Davis – Four 'n More – Tony Williams on drums
2. Led Zeppelin – Houses of the Holy – John Bonham on drums
3. James Brown – In the Jungle Groove (or any jb record, really) – Clyde Stubblefield and Jabo Starks on drums
4. Pat Metheny – 80/81 – Jack Dejohnette on drums
5. Steve Coleman and Five Elements – The Tao of Mad Phat – Gene Lake on drums
6. McCoy Tyner – The Real McCoy – Elvin Jones on drums
7. Frank Zappa – Tinsel Town Rebellion – Vinnie Colaiuta on drums
8. John Scofield – Pick Hits Live – Dennis Chambers on drums
9. The Police – Regatta de Blanc – Stewart Copeland on drums
10. The Roots – Do You Want More? - ?estlove on drums
11. Medeski, Martin and Wood – Friday Afternoon in the Universe – Billy Martin on drums
12. Keith Jarrett – Tribute – Jack Dejohnette on drums
13. Michel Camilo – Suntan – Dave Weckl on drums
14. Rush – Exit, Stage Left – Neil Peart on drums
15. Chick Corea – Now He Sings, Now He Sobs – Roy Haynes on drums


Top Ten Non-Drumming Recordings (although some have great drumming) :

1. Prince – Purple Rain
2. Van Morrison – Astral Weeks
3. Sigur Ros – []
4. Me’shell N’dgeocello – Bitter
5. Radiohead – Kid A
6. Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
7. The Rolling Stones – Exile on Main Street
8. U2 – Wide Awake in America
9. Squeeze – Singles, 45’s and Under
10. The Clash – London Calling


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One from the record :

"I took the classic “Funky Drummer” groove from James Brown’s In the Jungle Groove and modified it into a slower, swung version for the SuperHoney track, "Thinking it Over", from the CD Theorems and Anthems."

Click here to check out the track


Dean has two instructional books available – Time to Play - a beginners guide to drum set, reading and technique and Fill Patterns and Plug-Ins – a unique approach to creating and applying fills.

Contact : hisgrayness@yahoo.com for lesson information.


Watch Dean's Drumming Live :

Dux Movie 1 (Quicktime)

Dux Movie 2 (Quicktime)