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Wow! Ladies and gents, has it really been one year already? Actually, it’s been one year, one month and one week. How cool is that, I waited to write this post so all the ones would align! πŸ™‚ is One Year Old

To be completely honest, the last month or so has been a blur. I started a new position as associate pastor at new church, I renovated my office there, my wife and I are looking for a house, and we are deciding what to do with our cars and commuting situation… oh ya, and on March 9. 2012, turned one year old.

For a long while I was thinking of a grand way to celebrate our one year, like giving away the New iPad, hosting a free drum clinic, or doing a massive blog giveaway. But before I knew it, it was April and I totally missed the month altogether.

But that’s OK!

You see, you don’t need to wait for the passing of one year to celebrate something good. We should be able to take time to count our blessings anytime we stop and think about it.

Jon Manna and Carl Albrecht - WorshipDrummers

Guys like Carl inspire us to keep on perfecting our craft and ministry as worshipdrummers.

Thank You

And so now is a good a time as any for us to stop and celebrate!

  • This blog wouldn’t be here without God planting the word/phrase “worshipdrummer in my mind one sleepy night.
  • Thank YOU …For the kind emails, the words of encouragement, the guest posts, the tweets, and the overall fun of our community of worshipdrummers that has formed! You rock!
  • Pro WorshipDrummers. Thank you for inspiring us, for living a life of integrity, for being good stewards of your talents, and for helping our humble blog out. You keep things real and tangible for us!
  • The drum companies, music labels, and all those that have sponsored us in our first year. You have blessed us with your support and our readers with great gear!


As a small token of thanks – courtesy of our friends at Integrity Music and Desperation Band Β – we are giving away 5 copies of their new release, Center of It All.

Desperation Band - Center Of It All

To enter the giveaway simply leave a comment below telling us how has been helpful to you or what you’d like to see here on the blog that we haven’t done yet.

It’s not required but it would be very much appreciated if you would tweet or like this post (click the share buttons to the left) to help us extend the celebration. Our mission remains the same. We want to serve as a reminder that your heart comes before the beat and we want to be a valuable resource to worshipdrummers in the church.

The giveaway will close on April 23 at 12pm EST Β and winners will be announced here at 2pm.

Winners (as selected by

  1. Chancely Stater
  2. Tim
  3. Bulmaro Rayo Jr.
  4. Sabster
  5. John Anthony

Here’s to year one!

Join the discussion 14 Comments

  • Man Jon, the biggest blessing of all this has been the community. It’s nice to see you post about something and have drummer from all over chime in there thoughts as well. It’s be a rad experience and I’m excited to see what another year brings us.

  • Tim says:

    New around here, but it’s been a great learning tool to see what others are doing

  • Bulmaro Rayo Jr. says:

    Thanks God for Worship Drummer! You guys have truly served the drumming community. Can’t wait to see how God will keep using you guys. It would be cool to get a behind the scenes look at a drummer in a live performance. Blessings!!


  • Chris Jones says:

    Im also new here but its nice to see a website geared towards drummers of faith, who aren’t just making music but helping lead others into worship. It would be fun to compare set lists and setups to get an idea of how drummers in the worship community are doing things. Excited to see what the future holds for keep up the awesome work!

    Chris Jones

  • Sabster says:

    Your blog is an inspiration to me!
    I love your creativity and passion!
    I also love how you truly do put
    the heart, before the beat!!!
    Keep blogging!!!

  • John Anthony says:

    I found like a month ago and i think ive read almost every post on the site. Im 19 and a drummer for my church and ive learned so many cool tips and tricks off this website. An example would be the recommended apps. I bought the “tempo” app and its awesome. I would always forget my big ol’ tama rhythm watch at home but because of this site and i never forget my phone or metronome. Plus the conversation with Jared of Desperation Band is super encouraging.

    Something i would like to see off this site is more conversations with different drummers and discussing preferred gear (cymbals,sticks,heads,etc.) and how they prepare their heart before a live set. And also seeing more drum lessons maybe in rudimental drumming, or even a play along with a song.

    -John Anthony

    • Jon Manna says:

      Hey John Anthony! Thanks for your input. We are seriously looking at doing a few more interviews… as for drum lessons/drum covers… they are something that we are considering doing, just need the studio space to do it πŸ™‚ … but we’ll get there.

  • I’m a worship leader in Chattanooga, TN and I’m always looking for new insights about worship and words of wisdom for worship leaders and I love hearing about what God is doing through worship all over the place! It’s a beautiful thing! You guys keep doing what you’re doing…it’s working!

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