Old friends Dick Markus of Evans Drumheads (left) and Paul Wertico.
Nick Kapka is a Chicago fireman, gigging drummer, and a fixture at these shows. He's also a great friend of the magazine who owns all 207 issues produced so far. Thanks, Nick. Here he's testing a beautiful Carolina Drumworks snare..
(L to R) Michael Vosbein of Crescent Cymbals with Greg Potter and Cathy Rich (Buddy's daughter). Greg is the drummer for the Buddy Rich Big Band which is about to go on a Japanese tour with Peter Erskine and other drummers.
After the first day of the show we got together for a night of vintage drumming discussion with Dennis Brown, a legendary student of early jazz drumming (lower right). The others are (L to R) Michael Vosbein, DRUM! Publisher Phil Hood, Daniel Glass, Leann and Bob Hyams of the Black Widow drum rug. (Front row) Eric Frank of DRUM! and Dennis Brown.
Master classes also run during the show, giving attendees the opportunity for more in-depth instruction. I think Daniel Glass is teaching advanced stick balancing.