Elliot M. Fine

Minneapolis, Minnesota

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We all had to play my quiet drum outside the cafe. I'm sure this day will be remembered by all of us.

Here is Picture #3. I had an idea to get the drummers together. Scott Simpson helped me make the calls and we met at a Cafe on Hyw 100...or some such. I drove Elliot to and from the event. Fun times were had by all.

2009 Meeting of "The Drummers"

Here is Picture #2

I just found these three pictures from our 2009 Meeting of 'the Drummers"

It was a privelege to be schooled by Elliot Fine. His patience helped me make the transition from field drumming to traps. His passion and heart was reflected in his contributions to local school programs. He always gave back.

4-way has long been a standard for percussion instruction. Among others, Max Roach used 4-way in his teachings at the U of Mass.
I have never forgotten him, and I never will.

Mr. Fine was my drum instructor for 4 years. He taught me the difference between "banging" and "playing music." He taught me the space between beats, syncopation and most of all he tamed my 80s rock ways enough to play Hank Levy's Whiplash in a jazz band. I seeing him just off stage with tears in his eyes while I performed it with the band. It was the highlight of my drumming "career." I only play casually now but I always think of him when I sit down to play...

Sunday, July 15, Tribute to Elliot Fine, (7pm)

A drummer for the Minnesota Orchestra for more than 40 years, master percussionist Elliot Fine made many lasting contributions to the art of drumming. Elliot passed away in May, and will be saluted in a musical tribute at the Artists'Quarter, 7pm July 15.

We are so grateful our family got to know Elliot (and his wife too). He gave our son 10 years of much more than excellent drum instruction, which just ended this past fall when he went to college. He offered humor, wisdom, motivation, inspiration, advise and a joyful spirit of living that we will never forget. He was practically giddy when when we brought him a small supply of brownies or caramels. He was always interested and encouraging. We miss our regular visits with Mr. Fine. Our...

Elliot Fine was my instructor for three years. During that time I learned how to drum and more importantly how to listen and read rhythm. Forty years later I am still drumming and think of him every time I sit down at the drums and play. Elliot loved to put in these fake vampire teeth on and pull out a little dagger, not say a word, and made you play it over and over until you got it right. What a wild man, he will always be in my memories. Thanks and Blessings to you my friend and teacher.

Mr Fine was one of the most influential people in my life. I was fortunate to have known him.


Elliot's Obituaries

Age 86, of Bloomington Formerly of North Minneapolis Died on May 4, 2012. Preceded in death by his wife, Agnes. Survived by son, Milo (Susan); brother, Leo (Maureen); and an extended family which includes relatives, many friends, colleagues and countless drum and percussion students. Elliot...

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