By Phil Hood Published July 6, 2009
Nashville is not everyone's idea of a summer paradise. But for this summer's NAMM (National Association of Music Merchandisers) show, the weather, for once, was great. Nashville in July can be a steambath, but this time it was nice and breezy. Though show attendance was down due to the economy,those who were there had fun, and in many cases, got some business done. DRUM! visited the show and came away with several news reports on products (see our drum, cymbal and accessories reports). And, we got to see some old friends and check out the people on the exhibit floor. Here's a salute to the faces of NAMM.
Nashville's Convention Center, Commerce Street entrance.
Andy Zildjian and Jon "Bermuda" Schwarz were smiling at the Sabian Booth. Both of them were guests at the Southern Drum Show which was held July 18-19 in Nashville.
Terry Loose and Dennis Wozniak of Power Wrist Builders working out their forearms.
Legendary Roy Burns (left) and Chris Brady of Aquarian Drumheads.
Andy Morris and Brian LaRue of Dream Cymbals say "What recession?"
The best smiles award went to Mark Badger of Belcat and Pekka Rintala of B-band.
Brad Baker of Zildjian looks happy even though the booth next door was pumping out 120 decibels of noise. We used sign language to communicate.
This unidentified stickman was laying down hip grooves on the Alesis DM-10.
Live sound legend Bob Heil, Marketing director Michelle Levitt and Performing Songwriter ad guru Merlin David.
Udo Huebeck of Meinl Germany, and Mitch McMichen of Meinl USA.
Steve Spratt of Supernatural Percussion introduced nine lines of cymbals.
Whoever this kid is, he was bringing it hard at the Supernatural Percussion booth.
Scott Misner of the Houston-band Axe loves his Supernaturals.
Kevin Packard and Grant Henry in front of Ludwig's wall of legends.
Ibrahim Diril traveled from Turkey. Sutton Rigg reps Diril in the US.
Inventor Mark Steele of Drumagination was wringing incredible sounds from his new electronic pedal.
Terry Bissette of Tama, resplendent against the Tama Starclassic B/B setup.
John Gresko and Dave Trout of Extreme headphones.