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Ed Soph


Ed Soph is internationally recognized as an author, master teacher, and musician. He has presented masterclasses throughout Europe, the Mid and Far East, Australia and New Zealand. He is the author of ESSENTIAL TECHNIQUES FOR DRUMSET, FUNDAMENTAL STUDIES FOR DRUMSET, and THE BIG BAND PRIMER. His video, THE DRUMSET: A MUSICAL APPROACH, is distributed by Warner Bros.

As a performer and recording artist, Ed has been associated with the big bands of Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Bill Watrous, and Clark Terry. Small group credits include trumpeters Randy Brecker, Ingrid Jensen, Red Rodney, Bobby Shew, Marvin Stamm, Ira Sullivan, and Clark Terry; saxophonists Eddie Daniels, Joe Henderson, Marchel Ivery, Pat LaBarbera, Dave Liebman, Dave Pietro, and Chris Potter; trombonists Carl Fontana, Urbie Green, Slide Hampton, Bill Watrous, and Jiggs Whigham; and, pianists Warren Bernhardt, David Catney, Bill Evans, Stefan Karlsson, Joe LoCascio, Bill Mays, Cedar Walton, and James Williams.

Ed Soph is an Associate Professor in the Jazz Studies and Performance Divisions of the College of Music at the University of North Texas. He teaches applied drumset students, the Rhythm Section Master Class, and coordinates the Summer Drumset Workshop.
His touring and recording work includes the groups of Stan Kenton, Bill Watrous, Woody Herman, Clark Terry, Joe Henderson, Marvin Stamm, Dave Liebman, and Stefan Karlsson. He is the author of a video, THE DRUMSET: A MUSICAL APPROACH (Warner Bros.) and a DVD, MUSICAL TIME (Carl Fischer). His books include THE BIG BAND PRIMER (RonJon Publishers), ESSENTIAL TECHNIQUES (Meredith Music), and MUSICAL TIME (Carl Fischer). Ed is an artist clinician for the Yamaha Corporation of America, the Avedis Zildjian Company, Evans drum heads, and Innovative Percussion drum sticks and mallets.

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