Karl Sloman


The drummer for Opus Rex is Karl Sloman, composer, clinician, teacher, published author and music coach, based in London, Ontario Canada.

Karl Began his music training in 1972 with piano lessons. In 1977, Karl began playing snare drum for the Strathroy Pipes and Drums. By 1979 he had moved on to guitar and tuba ending as the lead tuba player for the award winning Symphonic Band and Senior Orchestra at Saunders Secondary School from 1981-82. He would eventually go on to study bass guitar, didgeridoo, vocals and harmonica, but would always return to his first love the drum set.

In 2002, Karl began to study with professional drummer Dom Famularo and Frank Bellucci in New York. He also began spending his summers at the Kosa international drum camp where he was quickly tasked with running their student concerts and conducting clinics. Through these connections Karl was able to establish himself a strong foothold in the industry meeting important men like Vic Firth who became an endorser for Karl.

In 2003, Karl started the Wizdom Music Academy as primary instructor teaching all instruments at the school.

As an active philanthropist Karl in 2004, played drums continuously for 60 hours (world record) to raise awareness and money for the disabled. This would eventually turn into the Adaptive Music Program, which Karl operates with the assistance of Graehme and Tyse to this day. The program teaches students with disabilities, primarily cerebral palsy how to play music by triggering drum sounds through the headrests on their their wheelchairs. The program would eventually attract the attention of the band Rush who honoured Karl at their 2012 Clockwork Angels tour in Cleveland, Ohio. A documentary Walk-the-Walk was also shot documenting the event. The program resulted in a band called Trainwreck that has gone on to critical acclaim for the students musical talents. During this time Karl also formed the band Falling Into Infinity a Rush/Dream Theater cover band.

In 2010 Hudson Music highlighted Karl in a series of articles in their drum education program (TIPS).karl promo pic1

Tired of preforming covers Karl joined forces with Graehme Floyd and Tyse burrows to form the band Autocratic Oath. This was his first launch into the world of original music. At the same time he formed a second band called Bipolar Feedback a standard rock cover band. If that were not enough he then joined the critically acclaimed Plumbing Factory taking up the position of Bb tuba player.

Karl was fortunate to study with Jazz Legends Joe Morello and Jim Chapin while enhancing a great deal of his technical skill with the incredible Dom Famularo. He considers himself to be extremely lucky to have taught some incredible drummers including: Alfie Vinneau of Orchidectomy, Nick Ireland of Battlesoul, Justin Wiley (University of Western Ontario), Trevor Marchewka (accepted to Berklee under scholarship), Vincent Greeson local drumming sensation and winner of countless drum competitions nation wide, and Tyse Burrows (keyboardist for Opus Rex) percussionist at University of Western Ontario.

Although Karl’s band experiences have seen him performing everything from Jazz to country, punk to classical it is Metal that is his first love, particularly Power and Progressive Metal.

In 2012, Karl became a published author with Alfred Music with his revolutionary work, The Coordination Code. The book takes a unique and intuitive approach to coordination studies unlike anything seen before or since. The book allows students of any skill level to play any drum pattern imaginable in less than 2 hours of study.

Karl’s influences include: Neil Peart, Mike Portnoy, Danny Carey, Thomas Lang, Marco Minnemann, Johnny Rabb, Gregg Bissonette, Benny Greb, Virgil Donati and many others. His primary requirement for an influence is someone who is technically competent while presenting creativity and artistic ability.

Karl endorses Tama Drums, Dream Cymbals, Vic Firth Drum Sticks, Evans Drumheads, Pintech Drums and Polecat percussion.


Karl Sloman uses:

Drums – Tama

Karl uses a wide variety of percussion instruments both electronic and acoustic. For drums Karl used Tama Artstar drums (he has used Artstars for over 30 years) along with two superstar concert toms. His hardware includes Tama and DW including DW 5000 double pedals. The sizes of his drums are listed below.

Cymbals – Dream

After years of searching for the perfect cymbals Karl decided Dream had his sound (he has tried every major manufacturer in the industry but there is just something about the Dream cymbal line). Karl uses the Energy Series for his hihats and crash cymbals, the Bliss line for his splash cymbals, the Lion Line or Chinas and Contact for secondary crash and splash cymbals. He finishes off his cymbal set up with a 22” heavy “Gorilla” ride.

Drumheads –Evans

For the snare it is the Genera Dry which gives a full tone while minimizing overtones. On the double headed Toms he uses EC2s on the top and Generas on the bottoms. For the concert toms Karl employs Evans Hydraulics which creates a great dry “popping” sound. Finally for the bass drum it is the Evans Emad system.

Drum Sticks – Vic Firth

Karl has used Vic Firth Drum sticks or the past 20 years preferring 5a as his main stick and 7a for faster more delicate work. He also uses the Dom Famularo Pad stick for practice. He has recently begun to experiment with 5b sticks as well.

Microphones – Audiotechnica

Karl has devised his own internal micing system utilizing the Audiotechnica microphones.

Hardware System –Polecat Percussion

Karl utilizes the Polecat Percussion drum stand holders. The system consists of modules that make hardware legs a thing of the past.

Karls Drum Layout 9 June 2015


Interested in transforming your drum playing. Study with the best drum teacher in Canada, Karl Sloman.