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Stockton Helbing

Stockton Helbing is always moving. If he is not playing the drums he is busy being a composer, arranger, producer, bandleader, educator, music director, author, and entrepreneur.

Stockton maintains a busy schedule of performing, recording, and teaching around North America with his trio, quartet, quintet, and sextet. He is a frequent guest artist at colleges and high schools where he clinics, rehearses and performs with their small groups, big bands, and percussion ensembles. Since 2011, Stockton has been heard across the United States playing drums for American music icon and trumpet player extraordinaire Doc Severinsen.

Stockton has released seven albums to date: Lodestar (2005), For Nothing is Secret (2007), Battlestations & Escape Plans (2010), Crazy Aquarius (2012), Handprints (2014), Patina (2015), and Swimming in Place (2017), his most recent. Each album showcases not only Stockton’s drumming abilities, but his composing, arranging, and producing skills as well. Stockton has also authored two books, Big Band Drum Set Sight Reading Etudes Volume 1 and Studies in Syncopation, both of which are included in the percussion curriculum at the University of North Texas.

Since 2016, Stockton has directed a Jazz masterclass and small group program called the Helbing Jazz Initiative (HJI). Through a close partnership with the music company Williamson Music 1st, Stockton and his sextet have provided Jazz masterclasses for thousands of elementary, middle school, and high school students throughout the Dallas/Ft

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[Helbing] lays a solid foundation, spiced with tasty fills.

- Modern Drummer

When the grade is entered, it‘s no Secret that Helbing has passed this latest test with room to spare and continues to show promise as a drummer and leader.

- All About Jazz

He’s still more about taste and dynamics than flash and razzle dazzle.

- Jazziz Magazine

This young man promises to make a mark in the drummer’s world. He has found a way to express his own voice and has made the achievement to be one of the best drummers that visionary “Boss” Maynard Ferguson has ever hired.

- Jazz Review

I thought Helbing might spontaneously decombust right along with the drum set, either that or reveal he's really a robot

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Primary Instrument

Drums

Location

Dallas

Willing to teach

Advanced only

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Discography

Battlestations & Escape Plans

Battlestations &...

Armored Records
2011

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For Nothing Is Secret

For Nothing Is Secret

Armored Records
2007

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Lodestar

Lodestar

Self Produced
2005

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Keslier

Keslier

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Battlestations & Escape Plans

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