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Benny Greb
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Background information
Born 13 June 1980 (1980-06-13) (age 41)
Origin Augsburg, Germany
Genres New wave, Rock, Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, music teacher
Instruments Drums, percussion,vocals
Years active 2002 – present

Benny Greb (born 13 June 1980 in Augsburg, Germany) is a prolific German drummer, singer and clinician. He started playing the drums at age six and began taking lessons at age twelve. He plays a large variety of music and can be seen playing rock with Stoppok [de] and The Ron Spielman Trio, jazz with The Benny Greb Brass Band and Sabri Tulug Tirpan, funk with Jerobeam, fusion with the NDR Big Band on their Frank Zappa Project, with 3erGezimmeR and Wayne Krantz, and acoustic punk with Strom & Wasser. He has also performed at the Modern Drummer Festival 2010 and at many clinics and drum festivals around the world. Greb is endorsed by Sonor Drums and has his signature snare, Remo Drum Heads, Vic Firth, and by Meinl Percussion. He developed with Meinl a signature line of Byzance Vintage Series cymbals including the "Sand Ride" and "Sand Hats," both known for their sandblasted finishes. In 2012, Meinl introduced new "Sand Crash" and "Sand Crash/Ride" cymbals to the Byzance Vintage lineup. Furthermore, Benny has a set of trash hats that he uses on the right side of his kit.

In 2009, Greb released his Hudson Music DVD "The Language of Drumming". In 2015, he released his DVD "The Art And Science Of Groove".

Gear

Greb endorses Sonor Drums

  • Sonor Vintage Series in "Vintage Pearl"
  • 20" x 14" Bass Drum
  • 10" x 8" Tom
  • 16" x 14" Floor Tom
  • 13" x 5.75" Signature Snare 2.0 (Beech)
  • 13" x 5.75" Signature Snare 2.0 (Brass)

Greb endorses Meinl Percussion and Meinl Cymbals.

(From Left to Right)

  • 8" Classics Bell High (used as Xhat bottom)
  • 8" Byzance Dark Splash (used as Xhat top)
  • 14” GenerationX Trash Hat China (hihat bottom)
  • 14” Byzance Sand hat (bottom used on top of the China)
  • 14” Byzance Sand hat (top)
  • 14” Generation X Trash Hat China (used underneath the crash)
  • 18” Byzance Sand Thin Crash (on top of the China)
  • 8" Artist Concept Crasher Hats
  • 20” Byzance Sand Ride
  • 18” Byzance Trash Crash (two pcs used as Xhat)
  • 22” Byzance Sand Crash Ride
  • Hardware – Sonor 600 Series
  • Pedals – Sonor Giant Step
  • Drum Heads – Remo
  • Sticks – Vic Firth Benny Greb Signature Sticks
  • Percussion Meinl Bongos, Cowbells and Shakers

Discography

Poetry Club

  • 2007: Goldene Zeit

Stoppok

  • 2008: Sensationsstrom
  • 2009: Auf Zeche

Jerobeam

  • 2004: Confidential Breakfast
  • 2009: How One Becomes What One Is

Benny Greb

  • 2005: Grebfruit
  • 2009: Brass Band
  • 2013: Two Day Trio
  • 2014: Moving Parts
  • 2016: Moving Parts (Live)
  • 2017: Grebfruit 2

3erGezimmeR

  • 2009: 3erGezimmeR

Strom und Wasser

  • 2005: Spielt Keine Rolle
  • 2006: Gossenhauer
  • 2007: Farbengeil
  • 2009: Emotionsdesign
  • 2011: Mondpunk

Thomas D

  • 2011: Lektionen in Demut 11.0

Blue Touch Paper

  • 2011: Stand Well Back
  • 2013: "Drawing Breath"

Ron Spielman Trio

  • 2008: Absolutely Live
  • 2012: Electric Tales

Nils Wülker

  • 2012: Just Here Just Now
  • 2015: Up
  • 2017: ON

DVDs

  • 2009: The Language of Drumming
  • 2010: Modern Drummer Festival
  • 2015: The Art & Science Of Groove

Nick Johnston

  • 2019: Wide Eyes in The Dark
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