Ed Flack is a lifelong passionate drummer, teacher and historical drum expert.

An Iowa native, Ed has performed regionally for nearly 50 years with some of the Midwest’s most accomplished bands. Throughout his career, he has played countless gigs at every imaginable venue with rock bands, blues bands, country western bands, rockabilly bands and live theater. Most recently with Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame band, Bob Dorr & The Blue Band (including the band’s historic final performance before a live studio audience at Iowa Public Television Studios.) He’s recorded on dozens of albums and demos for many homegrown Iowa songwriters, as well as commercial projects and movie soundtracks. 

From 2010-2013, Ed was a percussionist with the Waterloo Municipal Band, on which he also served as a board member. A throwback to his days in the Chevaliers Drum & Bugle Corps, he is a founding member of The Drumslingers, a drum line ensemble comprised of veteran DCI drum corps drummers. Currently, he is the Lead Snare Drummer of the Cedar Glen Pipes & Drum Band, performing Scottish and Irish pipe band classics for celebrations around the state of Iowa. 

In January 2018, Ed founded Drumslingers Academy, where he teaches traditional and modern snare drum styles and drum set at Music Hill Studios in Waterloo, Iowa.     

This year Ed will publish his first drum method book: “The Ancient Art of Modern Drumming.” By sharing his expertise, experience, and deep historical research Ed hopes to inspire drummers to keep the grand tradition of American-style snare drumming alive through practice and performance. In the meantime, you can read his thoughts on the techniques, theory and history of drumming at and view his many YouTube drumming tutorials at (or just look for Ed Flack on YouTube.)