Rod Morgenstein met his first band, The Dixie Dregs, in college at the University of Miami. Clearly, it was a life-changing moment, as it set the stage for the next decade of his life, putting him on the map in the world of drumming. Through the years, Morgenstein has recorded and toured with Winger, Jazz Is Dead, The Jelly Jam, Jordan Rudess, Steve Morse Band, Rudess Morgenstein Project, The Visit, and most recently The Road Crew with bassist Billy Sheehan. Several of these bands/artists are still actively recording and touring. Being a musician is all about staying current and bringing new and exciting music to the people!
Most memorable Next-Level PerformancePerforming with the Dixie Dregs in front of many of my music idols sitting in the front row of The Roxy Theater in LA, including John Mclaughlin, Jaco Pastorious, Stanley Clarke, Billy Cobham, and Lenny White inspired me, on the spot, to push myself as hard as I ever could imagine.
What Drives Your Creativity?Creativity can be very elusive. You can feel totally uninspired and then, out of nowhere, you get smacked in the head and the ideas start flowing. Of course, an electrifying audience can inspire you. But quite often there is absolutely no explanation whatsoever.
Why do you choose Vic Firth?The Isolation Headphones are my favorite Vic Firth ‘instrument’, as they have been a life-saving influence on my hearing. I can play drums for hours upon hours with the utmost confidence that my ears are fully protected.