Legendary drummer and educator Sam Ulano passed away on New Year’s Day at the age of 93.

Ulano, or “Mr. Rhythm,” began playing drums at age 13. He opened his first drum studio when he was 17, and had been teaching and writing about drums ever since. Over the course of 76 years, Ulano wrote over 4000 drum instruction books, and taught nearly 10,000 students.

He appeared on several television programs, including Tonight Starring Steve Allen, and recorded with Moondog. He was also for one night in 1981 a member of the English post-punk band Public Image Ltd.