By Radim McCue Published August 8, 2009
Who says drumming isn't a contact sport? Five judges including world-renowned collector Gary Asher, Tesla drummer Troy Lucketta, industry expert Clay Fuqua and Nashville recording drummer Tommy Wells spent seven hours on July 15, 2009 putting 36 snare drums through their paces in the annual Snare Drum Olympics. The event, part of the Not So Modern Drummer-Southern Drum Show held in Nashville each July, encourages manufacturers to submit drums in various categories. This year, the categories were broken down by type of construction (ply, solid, segment, synthetic, metal) plus a special category for orchestral drums. To see our earlier coverage of the Southern Drum Show click here.
Judging includes a blind testing in which a drum is played two to three minutes for the judges, and a subjective portion in which judges get to handle and evaluate each drum. And, the winners for 2009 are:
After the Olympics, the public attending the Southern Drum Show was invited to vote as well. Though not as rigorous as the judge's voting, their tallies are below.