Etymotic Signature Artists - ETY•Plugs (ER•20 Earplugs)

Jeff CampbellJeff Campbell

Musician -


Philadelphia native and musician Jeff Campbell has toured all over the country, sharing the stage with John Mayer, members of Counting Crows, and Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead. He's also opened for the multiplatinum selling, multi-Grammy-winning band Train and performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Recently selected as the winner of Guitar Center's National Singer Songwriter 2 Competition from over 13,000 entrants, Jeff released "In Spite of Everything," a five song EP produced by six-time Grammy Winning Producer John Shanks, in late 2013.

Of the EP, Michael Canter of said, "...not since Elliot Smith have I heard similar music sound this accomplished. His wistful and soulful vocals make this album immediate and relevant." Chuck Dauphin of Music News Nashville said Jeff's 2012 release 'Stop and Go' is " album that will leave you wanting more."

"My EtyPlugs take the guesswork out of when to use and not use earplugs as a spectator at live music events, loud restaurants and clubs. If they're always in, they do the work!"

Russell McCutcheonRussell McCutcheon

Conductor/Director of Bands - Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College


Russell McCutcheon is Director of Bands in the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. At Gettysburg, he conducts the Wind Symphony, Sunderman Conservatory Symphony Band, and the Sunderman Chamber Winds. He also directs the Bullets Marching Band. In addition, he teaches conducting, music education courses, and supervises student teachers in the field.

Dr. McCutcheon received his Ph.D. in Music Education with a concentration in Wind Conducting from the University of Florida in Gainesville where he served as Assistant Conductor of the Wind Symphony.

Dr. McCutcheon is the founding conductor of the Atlantic Chamber Winds, and is a regular contributor to the best-selling book series, "Teaching Music through Performance in Bands." He has been the featured clinician/conductor for many county and district honor bands, was invited to serve as the winds and percussion clinician for the Ohio All-State Orchestra, travels regularly to music camps nationally, and adjudicates band festivals in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Ohio, Florida, Mexico and the Bahamas.

"I'm on my second pair of custom musicians' earplugs, and wouldn't trade them for any others. As a conductor of wind bands, the sound levels can be very high, and all directed at me. Some days I have as much as six hours of rehearsal; since my ears are my most important teaching tools, it is critical I protect them. Etymotic's custom musicians' earplugs fit beautifully and are comfortable to wear for long periods of time. They cut the sound enough to be safe, without affecting my ability to hear and rehearse the ensemble. I even wear them to football games, nightclubs and on airplanes - anywhere sound is an issue."

Kurt GartnerKurt Gartner

Musician,Educator - Kansas State University


Kurt Gartner serves as Associate Director of the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance and Professor of Percussion at Kansas State University. There, he teaches applied percussion and percussion methods. Also, he directs the Percussion Ensemble, Keyboard Percussion Quartets, and the Latin Jazz Ensemble. As a 2010-2011 Tilford Fellow, he coordinated an interdisciplinary study of Cuban arts. In the past, he was a Big 12 Faculty Fellow, collaborating with the percussion studio and jazz program at the University of Missouri. There, he provided instruction and performances in Afro-Cuban music and applications of technology in music. He has served as Special Assistant to the Provost and as Coordinator of the university's Peer Review of Teaching Program.

Gartner has performed professionally in orchestral, jazz, chamber, world, and commercial venues, and has performed on a showcase concert and presented additional clinics and performances at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. He is an educational consultant for Remo, Sabian, and Vic Firth.

Prior to his appointment at KSU, Gartner served as Associate Professor of Bands at Purdue University. In 2001, he completed his Doctor of Arts degree at the University of Northern Colorado. At UNC, he directed ensembles, taught jazz history, and was the Assistant Director of the UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival. Also, he received the Graduate Dean's Citation for Outstanding Dissertation for his research of the late percussion legend, Tito Puente. Gartner is a founding member and contributing composer of the Indiana-based Los Blancos Latin Jazz Band. He is the technology editor for the journal Percussive Notes.

"I hope that mine is the last generation of musicians not fully informed and equipped to prevent hearing loss from the beginning of our careers. With the quality and variety of Etymotic products available, there's no reason for anyone NOT to enjoy quality sound that is also safe in any musical setting."

Brian ZeglisBrian Zeglis

Musician, Educator - Colt Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps/Davenport Central High School


Brian Zeglis is the Percussion Caption Head, Percussion Arranger, and Music Coordinator for DCI Open Class Finalist Colt Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps. He also serves as Percussion Coordinator for Davenport Central High School. He is the drummer for Hunter Fuerste's American Vintage Orchestra and The Rod Pierson Big Band. Brian graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Music Business from Western Illinois University. He then received his M.M. in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas.

"I have worn my Custom Musicians Earplugs or ETY•Plugs every day for the past two years! They have become an absolute necessity to everything I do as a performer and educator.

The thing that amazes me most is the clarity! I use the 15db filters on the field because I can safely tech in front a battery, but clearly hear every word from the box. With Etymotic earplugs, I don't have to constantly take them out in order to answer a question or have a conversation."

Jeremy PetersJeremy Peters

Musician, Music Industry Professional, Educator - Ghostly International & Quite Scientific Records


Jeremy Peters is the Director of Creative and Business Affairs for Ghostly Songs. Since joining Ghostly in 2003 he's risen thru the ranks from intern to directing the operations of the group's publishing, copyright administration, master licensing, original composition, and music supervision activities. Jeremy has worked on projects with brands such as Nike, Victoria's Secret, FIJI Water, HUMMER, Motorola, Ford, Chevy, and Sprint/Nextel as well as numerous Television, Video Game, and Film projects.

In his non-existant spare time, he is the co-founder of an indie imprint, Quite Scientific Records, is part of the group that organizes 826Michigan's Mittenfest, and is a communications and new media consultant and organizer for progressive and center-left political campaigns. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of 826michigan, as Co-Chair of the American Association of Independent Music's Licensing and Publishing Committee, Co-Chair of the Ann Arbor Film Festival's Local Advisory Board, and on the Community Advisory Committee for The Neutral Zone's Youth Owned Enterprises.

He's been a resident of Washtenaw County for the past eleven years and graduated from the University of Michgan with a BA in Political Science and Music, and has recorded and/or performed with The University of Michigan Men's Glee Club (on a double Platinum record, to boot!), The Friars, Western Michigan University's Gold Company II, the University Musical Society's Choral Union (with the Detroit and Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestras), the Lakeshore Chamber Singers, the Choir of Christ Church, Grosse Pointe, Chris Bathgate, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., The Silent Years, Matt Jones, Fred Thomas, Frontier Ruckus and others.

"I work in the music industry and hearing is part of my bread and butter -- as such, I need to protect what is bringing me my livelihood. I've used many of Etymotic's products over the past few years (ETY•Plugs, Musician's Plugs, and now these...), and swear by them. It is cool to enjoy music, but not cool to go deaf.

The fidelity is amazing, especially with the Music•Pro series -- and to boot, they work great to dull the ambient noise on a plane ride. Music sounds crystal clear, equally balanced, and still shimmers, but just at levels safe for consumption by your ears.

I highly, highly suggest you invest in the long term health of your ears, do yourself a favor, and get yourself a pair of Music•Pro earplugs. You won't regret it."

Website: Jeremy Peters


Music Producer, Multi-Instrumentalist, Remixer, Composer - Timeless EnterpriZes, Zeitmahl (band), Red Light District (Band)


Shok is a producer, musician, multi-instrumentalist. His use of bass guitar, guitar and even live drums (including live tambourine) and his own voice as backing vocals, set his sound apart from the usual fully electronic remix.

Notable remixes include Fischerspooner, The BellRays (Lisa K of The Basement Jaxx), Nick Cave and Warren Ellis's Grinderman, Mirah, KMFDM, Combichrist, Fun Lovin Criminals, Isaac Hayes & Burt Bacharach, Godhead, autoKratz, featuring bassist, Peter Hook (Joy Division / New Order), Daniel Myer's Architect and Haujobb.

Recently having wrapped a mix for the new UK sensation, Queen Of Hearts, he is currently remixing Neil Finn (Crowded House, Split Enz) for the Pajama Club album, Max Pashm and Gotye.

Production and collaborative credits include work with Josie Cotton, Lady Gaga, DJ Superstar Keoki, L7's Donita Sparks, Traci Lords, Douglas McCarthy (Nitzer Ebb), Technical Itch and Daniel Ash (Bauhaus / Love And Rockets).

Shok has composed music for Nickelodeon cartoons, A&E’e Biography, Paramount Pictures, Fox, Miramax, M. Night Shyamalon, PS3, Newgrounds and Michael Bay’s Transformers in a musical collaboration with Adam Freeland, Bassbin Twins and Alex Metric.

He has been the drummer of Mount Sims and Thrill Kill Kult and is presently a member of Juno Reactor, Red Light District (1920s, 30s neo-vaudeville cabaret vs. a time machine), Zeitmahl and also Tres Vampires, a project with Johnette Napolitano of Concrete Blonde and David J. of Bauhaus / Love And Rockets set for release 2012.

"This is extremely important for anyone, especially today when there are always beeps, alarms, sirens and other alerts not just from the streets and clubs and other venues, but computers, mobile phones and such which increasingly become louder as we move forward in time. Being an avid music fan as well as being composer and producer means that I need to protect my ears effectively so I can ensure and reinforce the longevity of healthy hearing for work and pleasure. Even when I am in a loud restaurant or bar, I may use protection (hey and I am not talking sexually here, kids) I used my Etymotic plugs tonight when it was loud as they attenuate the volume and not muffle the high frequencies as typical foam plugs do. Hearing all frequencies accurately is important for anyone who wants to effectively communicate whether it be listening to music or hearing someone speak. If you do not protect your sensitive ears, you will not have them in the future. USE PROTECTION!!! You will be glad you did! You will also not have to purchase anything for a headache later too!"

Mike ScottMike Scott

Music Educator - Rhythm X


Mike Scott is an instructor, conductor, clinician, and private teacher in music education programs across Ohio. A recent graduate of Miami University, Mike earned his Bachelor Degree in Music Education in 2012 where he studied percussion, piano, and conducting. Mike is currently the Instructor of Music at the St. Ursula Junior Academy in Toledo, Ohio and the Front Ensemble Coordinator of the St. John's Jesuit percussion program. He is in demand as a clinician of area high school band and percussion programs.

Shortly after his age-out of the program in 2012, Mike joined the administrative team of Rhythm X as the Operations Director. There he works closely with Ensemble Director, Tim Fairbanks, coordinating the logistics of the competitive ensemble. In 2013, Mike joined the administrative team of The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps from Allentown, PA. Prior to his graduation Mike performed as the Assistant Drum Major of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps of Canton, Ohio, and a front ensemble member of Rhythm X. Additionally, he performed as the Drum Major of the Miami University Marching Band from 2010-12.

"The ETY•Plugs are the quintessential earplug. My students can get safe and effective hearing protection with an inexpensive yet high-quality earplug. Every musician should have a pair!"

Steven CobbySteven Cobby



I'm a UK musician, composer, producer and very occasional DJ based in Kingston-upon-Hull, Yorkshire.

I co-founded Fila Brazillia with David McSherry in 1990 with whom I released 10 lp's and produced over 70 remixes for artists such as Radiohead, Busta Rhymes, Black Uhuru, Simple Minds, A Certain Ratio and Moloko.

I helped form Pork Recordings with David Brennand in 1990 then 23 Records in '99 and Steel Tiger Records in 2006.

Prior to this I was signed to Big Life records as one half of Ashley and Jackson. A group that enjoyed moderate success in the late eighties and had a minor hit with 'Solid Gold', which went to number 3 in Austria. On a trivial note, the A&R man that signed us is head of Universal now.

My other writing and production collaborations include Heights of Abraham with ex Chakk members Sim Lister and Jake Harries; J*S*T*A*R*S with Lister and The Cutler with Dave 'Porky' Brennand . I also released two solo lp's and as The Solid Doctor and a selection of remixes under my own name. I've written and recorded with Cabaret Voltaire's Steven Mallinder under the guise of 'Hey Rube'. Our debut lp 'Can You Hear Me Mutha?' was released in October '12. Regan from Different Drummer and Leftfoot in Birmingham is also a regular collaborator. The project is entitled 'Chieftain' and aimed fairly and squarely at the dance floor. Digi ep released last year. CD to be released in '13.

I co-produced Afghan Whigs frontman Greg Dulli's debut solo l.p. 'The Twilight Singers' in 2000 and also co-wrote and produced Three White Roses and a Budd ep with Bill Nelson and avant garde American composer Harold Budd. I worked extensively with old chum Darren Emerson on his solo lp, in an engineering and writing capacity. Looking ahead,I'm off to France to work with ex Cocteau Twin Robin Guthrie in a couple of weeks.

My work has been used on a wide array of international film and television programs. From Sex and the City and CSI Miami to Blue Peter and Homefront in the Garden, my PRS statements are testament to the wide appeal of my back catalogue.

'Loose Nuke Threat' by J*S*T*A*R*S was used on two extensive UK advertising campaigns for John Lewis in 2005/2006 and Fiat in 2011. Nokia used Motown Coppers by Fila Brazillia on an international campaign in 2010. Two international feature films by Stacy Peralta - Riding Giants & Dogtown and Z Boys also feature Fila tuneage.

I've DJ'd on every continent but Africa and performed live and extensively toured both Europe and the States with Fila Brazillia.

As you can gather, I have a wide range of production, writing and engineering skills.

I'm currently represented by Roberto Neri at Eagle I publishing.

"The ER 4 is far and away the best ear buds Ive ever used. They're the most comfortable Ive worn and deliver a wonderful crisp and balanced frequency range. The ETY ear defenders were a revelation. Zero muffle but powerful noise reduction. Outstanding."
Website: Steel Tiger

Don TeschnerDon Teschner



From the Rod Stewart Band, both his platinum award winning recordings and touring band, to the critically acclaimed MTV "Unplugged And Seated" release with Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones, Don is an accomplished Multi-Instrumentalist.

The list of instruments he plays is long and varied; Violin, Mandolin, all sorts of Electric, Acoustic and Slide Guitars, Bass, Viola, Octave Mandolin, Harmonica, Banjo, Bouzouki and 5 String Viola These are his main instruments. There are more, but why go on?

Born in London England, Don grew up near the foot of the Appalachian mountains in Easton, Pennsylvania. He began playing Fiddle, Mandolin and Guitar at the bluegrass festivals all around the state. After moving to the town of State College he began playing gigs with "Hey Pedro" and "DOA" while in school at Penn State University.

After his "Schooling" in Pennsylvania Don moved to Los Angeles to attend Musicians Institute and pursue his music. While studying Guitar Don became a Recording Engineer at MI's newly built recording studios, as well as the first call Live Sound Engineer for the many seminars and shows offered as part of the curriculum. Don did sound for Stevie Vai, Robbin Ford, Steve Morse, Joe Pass, Jeff Berlin, Tommy Tedesco just to name a few.

As one of the original founding members of the resurgence of Acoustic Music in LA in the late 80's, Don landed a recording session playing with the Legendary Rod Stewart This pairing led to Three world tours, Two Gold and One Platinum record.

After working with Rod Stewart for almost five years,Don released his first CD.

SwampRockBlues ; A collection of Slide Guitar based music. Inspired by the tradition of the Delta Blues; Organic, Acoustic, and Passionate. These steamy songs resonate with the beautiful yet haunting sounds of the deep South.

SwampFunkBlues ; is Dons second set of recordings, Electric Funk and Acoustic POP... covering a wide range of style and emotion . This time with his band "WaterDawgs", Don sings and Rocks The Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Violin, Mandolin, Lap Steel and Harmonica ... as well as a few choice Bass lines.

Don will soon be touring in support of this release. In the mean time he will be playing local shows around the Los Angeles area.

Don also plays with the Black Shamrocks, a traditional Irish Rock band and The Makepeace Brothers an acoustic rock band

"I have a collection of earplugs and have always been searching for the perfect set. Now I've found it. The clarity with the ETY•Plugs (ER-20's) is the best I've heard!"

Kyle Jordan BarshingerKyle Jordan Barshinger

Member (Front Ensemble) - Blue Stars


Kyle is currently a student majoring in music education at Illinois State University. In January of 2008, he was contracted as a member of the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps out of Dubuque, Iowa. In 2009, he was part of the elite group of Colts performers at the Presidential Inauguration Day Parade. Aside from the Drum and Bugle Corps, Kyle is also part of the Symphonic Winds at Illinois State and recently recorded a CD with composer David Maslanka, which will be produced by Albany Records to be distributed worldwide. Kyle had the opportunity to work directly with Dr. Maslanka to make the music and to gain his insight about the music.

"Etymotic ER•20 earplugs allow me to comfortably and safely rehearse all day without sacrificing the quality of my listening environment."

Ernie BecquerErnie Becquer

Multi Percussionist, Musician, Educator
Blue Sound / Orquesta La Cura


Ernie Becquer started his musical journey when he was a young boy. His grandmother, Ubalda, exposed him to her favorite Cuban music and planted the seeds of Son, Bolero, Cha Cha, Mambo and many other types of Cuban music in his heart. He grew up listening to that music and it influenced him tremendously. Ernie also was inspired by his other grandmother, Anita, who was a poet, painter and artist who painted 100's of paintings, recorded several records, many poems and a children's book called "Nachito". She encouraged Ernie to pursue his passion for music. Ernie is constantly searching for knowledge and history to expand his musicianship. His grandmothers can be credited for his passion for music and his constant journey of musical growth.

Ernie has lived in San Diego for more than 15 years, and his talent continues to be sought after by the top Salsa and Latin bands throughout California. His steady meter and passion for the conga is evident in his performances. He has performed all over the United States, Mexico, Central America and recently became the first Toca Percussion Artist to perform Salsa in Lagos, Nigeria (Africa). "It's a blessing to be able to perform and express yourself through music," says Ernie.

Ernie has performed and shared the stage for some of the biggest names in the business, including the late Ray Barretto, Tito Puente, Celia Cruz and Cachao, as well as Oscar D' Leon, Irakere, Cubanismo, Luisito Carrion, Son by 4 and Tito Nieves. "When you perform and share the stage with your musical heroes you can't help but be honored," says Ernie. "I am very thankful."

"As an Artist with many years in the industry, I neglected to protect my hearing, I took it for granted. I could of prevented some of my hearing loss. So with your help, I'm committed to champion your products and to help in any way. I want people to realize how crucial it is to protect your hearing, I want to help educate and prevent people from losing such a precious gift that is your hearing."

Justin CoughlinJustin Coughlin

Front Ensemble Technician - Blue Stars


As an educator, Justin teaches marching percussion. Dealing mainly with the front ensemble, Justin also specializes in arranging, visual design and programming. He is currently Caption Head and Ensemble Director for the Stamford High School Percussion Program in Connecticut. He has taught at many other schools including Waterford High School, and Cheshire High School also in Connecticut. He is an active marching arts clinician having worked with such groups as 7th Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps. Under Justin's instruction, his groups have won high performance awards on the USSBA, MAC and WGI circuits.

"When the front ensemble started wearing ETY•Plugs, it brought a whole other level of clarity to the sound."

Dan FarrellDan Farrell

Program Coordinator & Corps Director - Phantom Regiment


Dan Farrell began his drum corps career in 1972 as a young baritone player in his hometown drum corps, the Phantom Regiment. Being a part of the growth of the Regiment through the 1970's was an experience that charted the course for his adult life.

After serving as an instructor, then caption head of the brass staff through 1992, Dan moved into the Program Coordinator position in 1993 and has held that position for most of the years since. He also served on the Phantom Regiment Board of Directors from 1999 - 2009 and has served on the Phantom Regiment Alumni Board since its inception in 1989. Currently, Dan is focusing all his energies on the Phantom Regiment, as Director of Programs, managing the corps as Director and Program Coordinator, as well as the Phantom Regiment's other educational programs.

"Anyone interested in caring for the future health of their students should take a serious look at the Etymotic line of products!"

Jeff  GliddenJeff Glidden



Jeff Glidden has been a professional drummer since the age of 12 and has played virtually every genre of music, from eclectic jazz to new country. He's had the pleasure of opening for/sharing the stage with/jamming with/recording with some amazing talent: Michael McDonald (Steely Dan, Doobie Bros.), Willie Nelson & Family, Donna Jean Godchaux, Vince Welnick, and Tom Constanten of The Grateful Dead, JGB, members of The Allman Bros. Band, Jim Weider's Project Percolator, Charlie Daniels, members of Phil Lesh & Friends, Keith Urban, Jon Fishman of Phish, Rodney Holmes of Santana/Steve Kimock Band fame, members of Blues Traveler, Gov't Mule, Barbara Mandrell, Karl Denson, members of The Steve Kimock Band...the list goes on and on. Jeff's currently endorsed by Sabian cymbals, Vic Firth drumsticks, Sonor drums, Kelly SHU, ButtKicker low-frequency transducers, K&K triggers/mics, Etymotic in-ear monitors, and Evans drumheads. Jeff's recent highlights include the CD "Night Blooming Cereus," by The Sumner McKane Group. 'ECHOES,' National Public Radio's highly acclaimed music program, placed the CD in their Top 25 Listeners' Poll for 2006 ( and placed it at number four in their Essential CDs of 2006. The CD also recently placed #58 in ECHOES Top 200 CDs of The Past Twenty Years Listeners Poll.

Currently freelancing, The Time Traveler and Human Metronome is available for any musical situation.

"I got turned on to Etymotic by Dan Wojciechowski, Peter Frampton's drummer. The ER4s are just incredible. They were the missing link...the piece of equipment that I really needed to hear music the way that I wanted to hear it. Whether it be live or in the studio, they are indispensible now. I won't leave home without them."

Lady DLady D

DJ, Producer - D'lectable Music


Lady D spent her childhood in Chicago studying theater, music and dance at an early age. Several years of performing paid off in commercials and a movie with Morgan Freeman and Cicely Tyson. Moving on to high school, college and grad school, she left her acting days behind her to explore science. Eventually she found her way back to the creative arts to become a premier DJ.

Darlene Jackson aka Lady D is a pillar of the Chicago House community. She's been a constant player at every relevant House club to rise (and often fall) in the city. She has played extensively throughout North America (Canada, US & Mexico) and globally in Russia, Asia, and parts of Europe. She's appeared at numerous festivals including Lollapalooza's 20th Anniversary on Perry's stage alongside Skrillex, Afrojack and others because she is a performer of the highest caliber. Fierce, sexy and classy, Lady D knows how to move the masses.

A media darling, Lady D has enjoyed covers and features in UR, New City, Billboard, Spin, Chicago Mag, iDJ, Urb, XLR8R, Mixer, Venus, DMA, and been the subject of radio broadcasts stateside (NPR) and overseas (Galaxy Radio UK) and documentaries such as: Midnite Madness, Girl The Movie, Slipcue, Godfather of Disco, Maestro and more.

"Hearing is so important. I'm a HUGE proponent of hearing conservation and protection at the personal level as well as institutional level. I've actually received certification for completing an intensive short course in hearing protection and conservation and I'm very happy about that fact."

Manou OeschgerManou Oeschger

Singer - Manou


The success of MANOU speaks for itself:

  • Over 1 Million sold records with the band beFour
  • 1 Platinum, 10 x Gold (Germany Switzerland Austria)
  • 2 Echo Nominations (german Grammys)
  • 1 VIVA Comet Award Nomination
  • Concert Touring through 100+ cities in Europe
  • 168 Episodes of own Reality Show on the Disney Chanel
  • Debut album "ALL 4 ONE" reached #1 on the German and Swiss charts and #2 on the Austrian charts
For all that accomplishment, MANOU came a long way. But she says: That's only the beginning!

"It is the most important thing to me. It's what I make my money with. If I can't hear anymore, there's no career anymore. "
Website: Manou Music

David PrinceDavid Prince

Writer, Promoter, DJ, Music Obsessive


Owner/Founder of The Daily Swarm. A seasoned writer, publisher, event organizer, and new media professional who brings a cutting-edge approach to the creation of innovative publications, internet properties, and live productions.

"As someone who lives for listening to music every waking moment, nothing is more important to my being than my hearing. Not only does Etymotic help preserve this delicate, essential sense, its earplugs and earphones make music sound better in my ears."

Matthew RiceMatthew Rice

Marching Percussion Instructor - Victor J. Andrew High School & Yorkville High School


Matthew Rice is a middle school teacher and marching percussion instructor at both Victor J. Andrew High School and Yorkville High School. He attended Illinois State University where he received his undergraduate degree in Elementary Education. He is currently completing his Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an endorsement in English as a Second Language from Lewis University. Rice's drum corps marching career includes performing with Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps (2006-2008), Southwind (2005), and Capitol Sound (2002-2003). He was also on the percussion staff for Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps.

"I love that I can hear the articulation of the ensemble with my ER20's when I run a rehearsal. I can protect my ears while still having the clarity necessary to teach a marching percussion ensemble. It doesn't matter if I'm teaching/performing in an outdoor or indoor venue. The plugs allow me to provide the necessary instruction to help my students develop and grow as musicians."

Derrick Shannon IIDerrick Shannon II

Band Director - Goshen Community Schools


Derrick Shannon is a percussion specialist originally from the Chicago-land area. He currently holds the Director of Percussive Arts position at Goshen Community Schools and the founder of DAS Productions. He is also on staff with the Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps from Rockford, IL and a board member of the Midwest Percussion Cooperative. He played snare drum on both the Chicago Bears and Chicago Bulls drum lines for several years. In 2008, Derrick was selected as one of the charter members of the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. He has appeared numerous times on ESPN, ABC, WGN and has been invited to perform around the world.

"When it comes to hearing protection, Etymotic always consistently produces at a high level, which is something that we ask of our students. Their motto is 'true to the ear' and they are definitely true to the performer and educator as well."

John StorykJohn Storyk



Award-winning architect/acoustician John Storyk's Walters-Storyk Design Group has created over 3,000 critical recording and listening rooms around the world. WSDG credits include studios for Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Springsteen, and Alicia Keys, the Jazz at Lincoln Center performance complex and, 2012 TEC Award-Winning NYC, destination studio, Jungle City.

"I won't drive without my seatbelt, and I won't go to a concert without my Etymotic ER•20 earplugs. They safeguard my
hearing without compromising or distorting the inherent
quality of the music."

Earl  TalbotEarl Talbot

Drummer, Producer, Instructor - The Drum School


From the streets of Chicago, to the rainforests of Cameroon, Earl's multicultural blend of music has touched millions of listeners with the message of inclusiveness and respect for each other's heritage.

As a multi platinum recording artist, Earl has provided 96 songs for Oprah, Dr. Oz, and Harpo Radio, from Maya Angelou's "Human Family Remix" to Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy's production of "The Hush Sound" with Shawn O'Keefe. Earl's hit song "Yakaleo" with French sensation "Nomads" earned a Diamond Record for it's success throughout Central Europe and North Africa.

His drumming career includes performances with Cyndi Lauper, Master Griots Dialy Mady Cissoko and Morikeba Kouyate, Poi Dog Pondering and The Chicago Symphony Orchestra to name a few.

Earl's expertise with Rhythm stems from years of touring, and constant study including Central African traditional styles from Cameroon.

"Earl has a fluidity as a musician that can't help but inspire others. Be it rock and jazz or the poly-rhythms of Cameroon, Talbot is capable of most anything percussive.

His real talent, however, is his inexhaustible patience and enthusiasm for music. Any student of his is lucky."
~ Patrick Stump, "Fall Out Boy" at The Drum School with Earl Talbot

"ETY•Plugs are a staple here at The Drum School. Now all of my students enjoy protecting their hearing, comfortably without objection! I use ETY Plugs while practicing, and at every show I attend, weather performing, or as an audience member. With Etymotic products I'm always safe, especially during set up and sound check when feedback and loud noises used to gang up on my precious ears. I've always got a pair handy, and never leave home without em'.

I use ER•4's exclusively for my amazing 'in-ear monitor situation'. On stage I've got no more need for a loud wedge that competes with my own drum volume levels. In studio I've got a true reference, and record and mix at low volume levels- perfect! I love being able to work for hours, and when I 'un-plug' my Etymotic products, the world sounds the same as it did before I started. I can't believe I used to rock without protection, but now I'm at ease and can enjoy listening for the rest of my life."

-Earl Talbot

Alex ValentiAlex Valenti

Senior Front of House Engineer - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill


Alex Valenti has been a professional musician and sound engineer in NYC for the last 25 years. He has mixed front of house and monitors at B.B. King's for the last six years for locals and artists such as Patti Labelle, Paul Simon, Isaac Hayes, George Clinton, Bootsie Collins, Ronnie Montrose, Leslie West and Teddy Riley. He is also the bass player and producer of reggae band Skadanks, and has toured with such acts as Queen Latifah, Super Cat, JR Reid and Rita Marley.

"I have been using the Music-Pro 915 earplugs both while working at my venue and playing bass in my band and love them. The frequency response is great. I can hear every instrument, and speech is clear and intelligible even at low levels. These are a must have for the working musician.

The ER-20's provide maximum hearing protection with a much better frequency response than foam plugs. I love these as my go-to hearing protection!

"et-im-oh-tik" true to the ear
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