Keep The Water Coming!

A HOT Hyderabad Sound Check - Carl

A HOT Hyderabad Sound Check – Carl

Many times I have to remind myself to drink more fluids when playing. Being a drummer is a little like being an athlete. You put out a lot of energy and moisture… It doesn’t take long to literally run out of juice! … and it feels like that too. When I’m playing & start to feel run down, I’ll reach for the water bottles. In a few minutes my energy feels solid again.

While on the recent tour with Don Moen, Paul Baloche, & Lenny LeBlance we played mostly in outdoor venues. The stages were uncovered and I really had to take in a lot of water to stay, not only strong, but healthy. It can be dangerous in the heat. In Dubai & India most sound checks were in the afternoon with direct sunlight.

As a habit I always keep a couple of bottles of water by my drum throne. And if someone comes around to offer me more, I’ll take it… and add them to my collection. It’s amazing how fast I can drink those 8 oz. bottles when we’re working hard. Besides the water I may have a little juice or a power drink, but they are really not good for you… Go with water as your main thing. OK… got to go. I gotta grab another bottle of H2O before we get started. *Here’s more encouragement for taking care of yourself.* Blessings, Carl

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About Carl

Carl has been a professional drummer & percussionist for over 30 years. He has played on over 80 Integrity Music projects; Maranatha Praise Band recordings 7 thru 10, & numerous other Christian, Pop, Country, Jazz, & Commercial projects.


  1. Hi
    I am writing a paper on the relevance of drums within Christianity for my university degree and heard that you have written/ are still writing a book about worship drumming.
    Is there any way that I might be able to get hold of that? so that I can quote you on some things if you have published it yet?? If you have not would you be interested in answering some questions that I have about drumming and being a christian?

    Many Thanks


    • Hi Andrew, I’m excited to hear about you’re writing project. I’m not able to send copies of my book script until it’s published, but I would be happy to answer any of your questions. You can contact me at my email – – Blessings on your work. Peace, Carl

  2. Joel DeBoef says

    Thanks for the great video Carl! LOTS of great advice. I went to a drum clinic hosted by Antonio Sanchez a while back and he stressed the exact same thing… exercise and stay in shape is so important to build endurance!
    I just finished a 4-week worship training for my worship band and I’m going to follow up with some of your (& Paul’s) videos on worship. You are a big inspiration to me & my team and for every young drummer that I work with YOU are the model I use to becoming a Godly, gifted worship drummer.

    Keep up all the great work!
    in Christ,

    • Hey Joel, Thank you so much… it’s an honor to encourage the “music tribe.” Hope we can hook ups sometime for a clinic or SKYPE event. We’ll see what happens… stay in touch. Peace, Carl

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