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About the Project

The Clem Burke Project is based on the pursuit of knowledge through the application of scientific principles to the various art forms of drumming. It is committed to the dissemination of information leading to increased enjoyment, health and well-being of all participants involved in drumming.

The Clem Burke Drumming Project (CBDP) was launched in July 2008 in collaboration with Clem Burke, the University of Gloucestershire and the University of Chichester. The seminal research revealed that professional drummers had a heart rate profile similar to professional footballers and expended a significant amount of energy per performance.

Subsequent work by the Project has included the positive effects of drumming amongst primary school children with a range of educational needs and drumming as an intervention to super-obese children. The Project also published data on fifteen professional drummers that shows that the initial findings on Clem’s performance are typical.

Read more about the research:

Energy Cost: Investigating the energy cost of rock drumming during concert performance in a high profile rock drummer.

Psychological Demands: investigate the physiological demands of rock drumming through a longitudinal study of a professional rock drummer.