I like how you clarified between drummers and musicians. I admit to being a drummer long before I started to think I needed to be a musician in order to grow. Grow in the ways I want to, that is.Well Bo it's because you're a musician. I think there are musicians who play drums and then a bunch of drummers (I'm the later). Like at church there was some young players with chops galore but couldn't keep a steady beat. When I played with an orchestra it was simple stuff, that I could read, so lots of chick boom and rarely any kind of solo (it's metronomic and sadly I find it boring-maybe it's cause of my ADD?). But if you want to stay in orchestra you have to be metronomic. But when I watch videos of my favorite drummers they often mix it up-I remember a video of Gavin Harrison taking a simple beat and showing how to mix it up to make it interesting. So I think drummers "reason" if it works for them it will work for me-which I think is naive. As you mentioned JoJo and Benny, etc always mix it up. This hits on something I'm doing now-so glad you brought it up. I'm looking for lessons.
I've been looking locally in Columbia SC for a drum teacher. Lots of music stores offer and some individuals (I think need someone to sit down with me rather than Skype-but I probably would find a better teacher online), however I see 1-30 years in business and I have no idea of the background of any of them. Most run 35-60 bucks a lesson, but I don't want to have to spend 300 bucks going through 6 teachers trying to find one. How can I run this gauntlet-phone calls and specific questions?