Fred Gretsch Leads Historic Walking Tour
GARFIELD, NJ (August 7, 2014)—On a sunny afternoon in July, twenty lucky Gretsch Drum enthusiasts were treated to a once-in-a-lifetime event, as current President and fourth generation founding family member, Fred Gretsch led an intimate and historic walking tour through the streets of the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, New York and shared personal stories and memories of the manufacturing origins of the iconic drum brand.
“The Gretsch Company history is interwoven in Americana music history,” explained Gretsch Drums’ Product Director, John Palmer. “Fred made this event special by sharing a personal account of history. His insightful anecdotes provided a unique perspective into Brooklyn and some of the original Gretsch buildings that still stand today.”
Stops along the tour included the site of the original Gretsch Factory at 104 South Fourth Street, the former long-time Gretsch Headquarters at 60 Broadway and the location of the finishing factory, where a young Fred Gretsch learned the fine art of sanding and applying lacquer to drums shells in the late 1950s.
The tour was hosted by two of New York’s most successful Gretsch Dealers, Main Drag Music in Brooklyn and Steve Maxwell Drum Shop in Manhattan. Guests visited both stores and got an opportunity to view both rare, vintage Gretsch Drum Sets as well as newly manufactured products. There were plenty of photo opportunities and Mr. Gretsch graciously signed autographs and answered many questions from diehard Gretsch fans.
“My great-grandfather, Friedrich Gretsch first walked the streets of Williamsburg in 1872,” remarked Mr. Gretsch. “He was a gifted instrument maker and a visionary. What a privilege it was to walk the same streets with a group of like-minded musicians more than 140 years later. His vision lives on in us.”
Johnny Rabb Helps Roland Launch V-Drums Rebate
Johnny Rabb is appearing in a new vid from Roland announcing the launch of a V-drums rebate. Customers who purchase a TD-15K V-drums kit between August 1 and October 31, 2014, will receive a $100 rebate on their purchase. The ad features Rabb being interrupted during filming by a mad scientist from V-Drums Research Laboratories, a character that appeared in an hilarious Noise Eaters video earlier this year.
Kickport Unveils Sound Specialist Education Program
Drummer Doug Meola To Lead New Initiative
KickPort International has unveiled its “Sound Specialists&dquo; drummer support/education program and announced that leading drummer and drum educator Doug Meola has been tapped to lead it. The new program has been developed to share information about the nature of drum sound— and the ability of KickPort’s bass drum, snare drum and tom-tom devices to improve it— with drummers as well as teachers and dealers.
“Traveling around the world and talking to players, I’ve learned that every drummer has their own theories and beliefs about drums and drum sounds,” Doug says. “However, very few really understand what I like to call ‘The Science Of Sound’. During my presentations I explain the differences between opinions and facts and why sound matters in every playing situation. The more a drummer knows about the basic principles of drum sound and tuning, the easier it is for him or her to get a great drum sound and take advantage of the proven acoustic benefits of KickPorts and FX Ports.“
Before recently relocating to Edmonton, Canada, Meola gained extensive experience as a session and touring drummer and drum teacher in Los Angeles and New York City. He purchased his first KickPort 2 years ago and, since then, has become one of the leading advocates of Kickport’s sound enhancing drum accessories. In addition to his ongoing playing and teaching career, as the head of KickPort’s growing team of Sound Specialists, Meola is responsible for meeting with drum dealers, teachers and players as well as training other Specialists.
Rudiments On Conga Ready For Download
Drum Channel is proud to announce the immediate availability of Rudiments On Congas, new drum education content featuring world-renowned drummer and percussionist Alex Acuña (Weather Report, Paul McCartney, Whitney Houston, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea and more). Rudiments On Congas contains nearly two hours of lesson material featuring the master discussing and demonstrating how drumset drummers can quickly become conga drummers by applying traditional drum rudiments to congas drums. During the unique series of 13 lessons, Alex covers topics such as single strokes, double strokes, rolls, paradiddles and flams and drags— giving drummers a foundation to expand their technical and musical skills.
Danny Carey To Sub For Primus In September
Rolling Stone Magazine is reporting today that Tool drummer Danny Carey will sub for a couple of gigs in September while Tim “Herb" Alexander continues to recover from heart surgery. Claypool reportedly said,”The great Herbinator has undergone his surgery and has come out with flying colors, but alas, it will be weeks before he can man the Primus percussion helm."
Alexander recently completed an interview with DRUM! and will be on the magazine's November cover, his first appearance there in more than fifteen years.
For more on the story, visit Rolling Stone.
Tim discussed the upcoming Primus reunion a year ago in DRUM!