Last Friday’s DRUM! Night 2013 festival was a tremendous success, with exhibitors, artists, and attendees alike proclaiming this year to be our best presentation yet. While every seat in the San Jose Repertory Theatre’s 500+ auditorium was completely sold out to see Chad Smith, Cindy Blackman-Santana, Jason Bittner, and Street Drum Corps, most attendees arrived early to check out all of the cool drum and percussion gear on display during our pre-show Expo.
Twenty lucky ticket holders were chosen to attend a 4:00 electronic drum kit seminar, in which Bob Terry explained and demonstrated the many creative options available with his Yamaha DTX/Zildjian Gen16 setup.
In this shot, Terry hands the sticks to an audience member and encourages him to give the system a test drive.
The Expo opened up to the rest of the audience at 5:00 with a mighty bang as gear-hungry drummers began to flood the aisles.
As they did last year, Sabian used the opportunity to debut its all-new roster of Cymbal Vote models at DRUM! Night 2013, which the public will gradually whittle down into the company’s lineup of new cymbals for 2014.
Eric Gunn of Craviotto Drum Company seems bemused by the onslaught of drummers crowding the exhibit floor.
Adam Murphy explains the subtleties of drumhead selection to two rapt youngsters at the Remo exhibit.
A proud mom looks on as her daughter is guided through basic drumming technique by Mike Farriss at the Pearl booth.
The DRUM! Night merch table did record sales this year – of course we gave ourselves a particularly sweet location.
Up on the balcony level, Bob Hymans explaines how the miracle of Velcro sets his Black Widow Drum Web apart from conventional drum rugs.
John Jones listens attentively while a DRUM! Night attendee asks a question about the impressive assemblage of Thumper snare drums on display.