Basic Background Info

Birth: Unknown
Location: Unknown
Band: Independent
Genres: Afro-Caribbean
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician, Instructor, Author


Before receiving formal drumming instruction, Chuck Silverman dutifully practiced on his own, reading books and repeating stick control exercises. Chuck Silverman listened to his favorite drummers, Clive Bunker, John Bonham, Clyde Stubblefield, Jabo Starks, and emulated their rhythm and style. Under his first teacher, Harold Harms, Chuck Silverman studied reading and coordination. Chuck Silverman went on to study systematic musicology at the University of California, Los Angeles and music therapy at the University of Miami.

Chuck Silverman's devotion to education continues today. His primary focus now is the instruction and development of a style of teaching and performing that emphasizes command and control of the drums. Chuck Silverman's expertise in Afro-Caribbean rhythms is known world-wide. He is a master of Songo, Mambo, and Samba. Chuck Silverman uses these three basic rhythms as a foundation for teaching drums.

Chuck Silverman's mind is always open to new teaching methods, but he consistently emphasizes the actual enjoyment of playing. He recently incorporated hand drums into his rhythm workshops.

In addition to instruction, Chuck Silverman teaches with books and videos. Modern Drummer considers three of his books (Practical Applications 1, 2, and 3) to be the best drum books of all time. His video, Practical Applications, is also well respected and used internationally. Additionally, Chuck occasionally contributes to various drumming magazines from around the world.
Chuck Silverman passed away due to unknown causes on May 2nd, 2014.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1981 Pages Pages
1992 Canciones Que Quise Escribir Armando Manzanero
1992 Natural Mystic Bob Marley
1992 Time Will Tell Bob Marley & The Wailers
1998 Rhythm & Smoke: Cuba Sessions Various Artists
1999 Pathways and Dawns Peter Ulrich
2004 Rhythm & Smoke Various Artists
2007 Projekt 200 Various Artists


  • Underscoring his affinity for Caribbean sounds, Chuck frequently conducts study programs in inspiring locations such as Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Brazil.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Drum Workshop
Cymbals: Zildjian
Hardware: Drum Workshop
Heads: Remo
Percussion: Toca, RhythmTech

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