Krupa and Cole School of Drums

In 1954, Gene Krupa partnered with Cozy Cole to open a drum school in New York City on West 54 St. in a second-floor walkup. In two years, the school averaged 135 to 150 students per week. “The more you study,” Cozy said, “the more you find out you don’t know…” They offered complete courses for both beginners and advanced students, in percussion instruments, Vibraphone and Latin-American rhythms, as well as drums. Beginners did not use drums, just the pads. Gene followed his book, “The Gene Krupa Drum Method” and Cole used his “The Cozy Cole-William V. Kessler Sensational Drum Book”, but their teaching was basically the same. The youngest pupil was a seven-year-old and the oldest, who was also the first pupil, was a lady in her forties.

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