Mark Eckhardt

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ark is a Zen Priest who trains visionary leaders, launches social businesses, loves cycling, composing music and trying to make the world spin in the opposite way.

Acknowledging Source: Roy Burns

This man changed my life.

In 1989 Josh Freese referred me to Roy Burns, drummer and teacher extraordinaire.

At that time in my life, I was a young guy with a passion for music, drums and performance.

Roy taught me, trained me and molded me into not only a decent musician, but a decent human being too.

As he used to say "your drumming is an expression of who you are, why not make that good!"

As a result of his mastery, I was working professional after 2 years of study, travled the world and went on to have a great career as a musician.

The takeaway.

When I was with Roy, it was never about him, and always about me. 

How do I know?

Well, It's been 22 years since I studied with him, and he just called, like he does every year, to ask how I was doing.

Roy is 76 now, and I can hear the age in his voice. 

Time is short and passes swiftly, so in honor of Roy I share this video.

It starts slow, but around the 4 minute mark, you'll understand why the best of the best call him "teacher."