Jimmy Sica was born in the middle of the 20th
century, and grew up in a home filled with music.
Jimmy has been tapping on things since he was a little kid; before his parents got him drumsticks he used the wood rods from old-fashioned clothing hangers. Originally self-taught, Jimmy began drumming professionally at age 16, and has worked as a professional drummer ever since.
Jimmy earned an undergraduate degree in music, and later graduated the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts, in New York City. AMDA, which was founded by Philip Burton (step-father of the great British actor Richard Burton), gave Jimmy the knowledge, training and discipline to develop into a well rounded performer - musician, actor, singer, dancer.
Jimmy has played with The Drifters, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Johnny Maestro and many more; he has been a pit drummer for shows like Chicago, Pippin and Jesus Christ Superstar. He has acted on both stage and screen. For many years he organized and managed his own band.
In the late 1990s Jimmy began teaching drumming to aspiring students (he has, of course, taught them all to read music). He continues to play professionally, is working on his next book, and continues to teach drumming to select students.
Stu Segal grew up in a house filled with music.
Though not musicians, his parents were always
playing Broadway Show tunes, Harry Belafonte,
Bobby Darin, Mario Lanza, and Al Jolson. When Stu
was 6 he heard the hound dog man for the first time,
and his foot has been tapping ever since.
Stu had a long career in banking, and later as the
owner of motorcycle stores. At over 60, he began to pursue his long-forgotten childhood study of drums, which led to re-learning how to read music, and subsequently the writing "How To Read Drum Music."
Stu lives just outside New York City. He rides motorcycles, juggles balls, clubs & knives, listens to rock 'n roll and New Orleans jazz, and plays drums. You can find him annually at the World Science Fiction Convention, the Westminster Kennel Club Show, various rock concerts and motorcycle events, on the internet, and occasionally in the French Quarter.