2010

Benefit For Richie Hayward

The editors of DRUM! Magazine staged the first DRUM! Night Event (formerly known as Rhythm Night) as a fundraiser for Richie Hayward, the late drummer for Little Feat, who died of liver cancer the night before the benefit show. Nonetheless, drummers from throughout the West Coast came together to raise much-needed funds for Hayward’s family.

Last year’s attendees, co-sponsors, and performers enthusiastically agreed that the 2010 premiere of DRUM! Night was a smash success. The San Jose Repertory Theatre was packed with 430 drummers from a wide geographic area that spanned from Lake Tahoe to California’s Central Valley — an otherwise untapped market for such large-scale drumming events.

The 2010 event showcased an exciting cast of clinicians who represented a range of drumming styles and disciplines, including funk legend David Garibaldi performing an enlightening rhythm section clinic with other members of Tower Of Power, former The Mars Volta drumming powerhouse Thomas Pridgen, and the amazing drum pyrotechnics of Marco Minnemann. The evening closed with a blazing duet between Pridgen and Minnemann that brought down the house.

Artist Lineup

David Garibaldi

David Garibaldi

Famed for his fiery drumming style and integration of Afro-Caribbean rhythms, David Garibaldi joined Tower Of Power in 1970 and forever changed the sound of funk drumming.

Thomas Pridgen

Thomas Pridgen

In 2007 Thomas Pridgen took over the drum chair for progressive rock outfit The Mars Volta, and recorded the band’s releases Bedlam In Goliath (which earned a 2008 Grammy) and Octahedron.

Marco Minnemann

Marco Minnemann

German native Marco Minnemann is looked upon by his peers as one of the most gifted, innovative drummers on the international music scene. He is famed for his four-way independence and his skills as a composer, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist.

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2011

Benefit For The Lincoln High School Music Program

The 2011 edition of DRUM! Night featured another all-star lineup of incredible drummers who raised the bar just a bit higher. Karl Perazzo and Raul Rekow, Santana’s incredible percussion team, opened the show with a astonishing display of chops and taste, performing both as soloists and an ensemble over at array of backing tracks that spanned from medium grooves to blazing tempos.

Up next was a display of drumming pyrotechnics from drummer, clinician, educator, and super technician Thomas Lang, who played his entire presentation on a Roland V-Drum kit. Lang dished up plenty of solos while navigating any number of time signatures, and offered expert instruction and advice for the rapt audience members.

Zappa alumnus Terry Bozzio closed the evening with an hour-long improvisation on his massive kit, which pushed the limits of musical expression on a drum set. With his carefully tuned toms, cymbals, and bells, Bozzio was able to lay foundational ostinatos with his feet while dividing his hands between thoughtful melodies and muscular fills.

The 2010 show launched a new DRUM! Night tradition of presenting pre-show activities. Even before the lobby doors opened, the drummers from Street Drum Corps Presents Bang! began jamming in the plaza on the types of found instruments that have made them familiar faces on the Vans Warped Tour.

Inside the lobby, we offered technique tune-ups with Wally Schnalle and autograph sessions with Brian “Brain” Mantia, Dino Campanella, and Jimmy DeGrasso, as well as a Roland V-Drum Lab where attendees could test the company’s latest innovations.

The 2011 show also was our first opportunity to raise funds for the music department at Lincoln High School, San Jose’s foremost performing arts academy.

Artist Lineup

Karl Perazzo & Raul Rekow

Karl Perazzo & Raul Rekow

Karl Perazzo and Raul Rekow have been Santana’s percussion section since the early ’90s. They’ve appeared on the clinic circuit for years, and released the instructional video From Afro-Cuban To Rock. They will be joined by former Santana conguero Armando Peraza.

Thomas Lang

Thomas Lang

Thomas Lang’s career spans a range of styles, including pure pop with The Spice Girls and Boyzone, funky R&B with Tina Turner and The Commodores, punk with Mick Jones and Nina Hagen, and prog with Robert Fripp and John Wetton.

Terry Bozzio

Terry Bozzio

Terry Bozzio has played with Frank Zappa, Missing Persons, Jeff Beck, Robbie Robertson, and Herbie Hancock, among many others. He established himself as a premier drum clinician in the ’90s, and is now co-director of drumchannel.com.

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2012

Benefit For The Lincoln High School Music Program

By its third year, DRUM! Night had become a total immersion into drumming. Even before the doors opened, San Jose Taiko began performing in the plaza outside the San Jose Repertory Theatre. For half an hour, as DRUM! Night attendees lined up to enter the theater, our local taiko group dazzled curious passersby with their remarkable combination of rhythm and choreography.

Once the doors opened, drummers flooded in to check out exhibits of new gear from Roland, Sabian, and Power Wrist Builders, as well as memorabilia from Louie Bellson Legacy, and a huge display of collectible vintage drums from A Drummers Tradition.

A half hour before show time, internationally renowned drum teacher Nate Brown, of Onlinedrummer.com, performed a stick tricks clinic in the downstairs lobby. Drummers drew a close circle around his kit to get a good look at the techniques he demonstrated.

Minutes before the theater opened, members of Street Drum Corps wound through the crowd in the lobby, keeping time on found percussion instruments. They slowly made their way to the stage and played a dynamic ten-minute performance along to recorded backing tracks, which signaled that this wasn’t just any drum clinic.

The rest of the show was a meaty combination of speed, finesse, and power. First up was death metal master Tim Yeung, whose outrageously fast chops kept audience members on the edge of their seats. Our next clinician was Queen Cora Dunham (formerly Cora Coleman-Dunham), who displayed incredibly funky chops, impeccable technique, and captivating showmanship while playing with her trio. Closing the show was a hard-hitting display of rock-solid craftsmanship from the legendary Kenny Aronoff.

Artist Lineup

Street Drum Corps

Street Drum Corps

Since their formation, Street Drum Corps have blown away audiences at nearly every major U.S. festival with their combination of thunderous percussion and visual stimuli. SDC’s shows are a primordial, stomping blast of energy, theatricality, and passion.

Tim Yeung

Tim Yeung

Tim Yeung has played with Hate Eternal, All That Remains, Hank Williams III, Nile, Vital Remains, Decrepit Birth, and Divine Heresy. He broke the World’s Fastest Feet record in 2005 by playing 872 bass drum hits in one minute at the NAMM Show.

Cora Coleman-Dunham

Cora Coleman-Dunham

Cora Coleman-Dunham has played with Prince, Beyoncé, Najee, Billy Miles, Pink, Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, Sheila E, Larry Graham, Raymond McKinley, Phil Upchurch, Il Divo, India Arie, and has performed at The Grammys, Academy Awards, Oscars, and the NAACP Image Awards.

Kenny Aronoff

Kenny Aronoff

Kenny Aronoff has played with John Mellencamp, Smashing Pumpkins, Bob Seger, John Fogerty, Melissa Etheridge, Jon Bon Jovi, Elton John, Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, Alanis Morissette, The Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Willie Nelson, Chickenfoot, and Santana, among many others.

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