Kenny Aronoff’s World Record Tama Snare
Kenny Aronoff's World Record Tama Snare
In 1999, my drum shop staged what would become the very first live webcast of a drum clinic, which featured Kenny Aronoff. It was a momentous occassion for more than one reason, since Aronoff had also played at our grand opening a few years earlier, where he made a lasting impression on all the drummers who attended. Everyone was excited to see him again and he was thrilled to perform live for a worldwide audience. There was a lot of anxiety before the show as none of us was certain that the webcast would even work. Ultimately, everything went smoothly with just a few minor technical problems. As with many groundbreaking ideas, we were several steps ahead of the technology curve at the time. Today you can do more with a cell phone than we were able to do with the truckload of computers and the dozen or so techs we had running them.
Aronoff performed for more than two hours and knocked everyone out. He accompanied backing tracks from some of his most famous recordings, played a scorching solo, and took live questions from viewers all over the world. He introduced this recently released Tama Trackmaster signature model snare drum, which sounded as great as it looked. The engraved 14" x 5" black brass drum was modeled after his beloved Ludwig 1960 brass Supraphonic 400 snare, which he’d played on hundreds of his earlier recordings.
After the clinic Aronoff left the snare with me. He’s continued to use this drum on numerous performances in the Seattle area since then – most recently when he helped the Seattle Seahawks Blue Thunder Drum Line set a new Guinness World Record for the world’s loudest stadium (Seattle football fans are no doubt the loudest fans on the planet). Aronoff’s pulverizing backbeats helped push the Blue Thunder, and over 68,000 roaring Seahawks fans, way above and beyond the world record mark. Once again Kenny Aronoff broke new ground with this trusty Tama Trackmaster.