Chicago Drum Show Set Attendance Record
[Ed. Note: For dozens of videos from the Chicago Drum Show, visit this link.]
The 25th Annual Chicago Drum Show (15th-17th, 2015) was expanded to three days to squeeze in everything that producer Rob Cook planned for the show. “This year’s show had more of everything,” says Cook. “We had seven headliner clinics, six Master Classes, 2 Cafe presentations, 4 conference room presentations, 2 Round Table presentations, plus several special displays.” The clinician roster included Will Calhoun, Dave Mattacks, Paul Wertico, Todd Sucherman, Bob Henrit, Steve Smith and Daniel Glass. Glass was assisted by musicologist Denny Brown in presenting his clinic, which had a "Sing, Sing, Sing" theme. The iconic Gene Krupa tune was deconstructed and explained, culminating with the Daniel Glass performance of the tune. Presenters included master drum builders Gregg Keplinger and Adrian Kirchler, percussion effects specialist Nick White, and Ringo’s Beatle gear archivist Gary Astridge. Jim Messina recorded interviews with vintage drum experts in the Rebeats Cafe for his VintageDrumsTalk online program. “The British Beat Boom” Round Table was moderated by Bob Henrit and included fellow Brits Dave Mattacks, Colin Hilborne, and Pete James. “The Life And Times of Gene Krupa” Round Table was moderated by Daniel Glass and Denny Brown. Tommy Piorek (with the assistance of David Anfuso of VintageDrumGuide.com) set up a large display in the show foyer, “The Drums Of Buddy Rich.”
“Although the show has been growing every year, it still has a family reunion vibe.” says Cook. “We have a small-show vibe with the profile of a major percussion entertainment event. Anywhere you looked this year, there was something pretty special happening, A lot of exhibitors stepped up their game with special displays. Steve Smith and Daniel Glass talked about their book Roots Of Rock Drumming from the Cafe stage, Mindy Abovitz spoke to the clinic crowd about female drummers and was on hand all weekend in her Tom Tom magazine booth. We even had a vintage drum themed barber shop! The barber was Derek Crawford, former show logistics coordinator. He cut hair and trimmed beards for not only a number of prominent exhibitors, but even Steve Smith stopped for a touch-up.”
A cast drum key was struck for the occasion. Produced in the Czech Republic, the key is shaped like the Rebeats logo and on one side lists the show’s exhibitors; over 1,700 characters!
“Attendance at the show is increasingly diverse" commented Cook. “More youngsters and female drummers are attending every year. One of the show’s most memorable moments for me was the raffle drawing. We were drawing for the snare drums. When we announced that David Anfuso had won, David came forward and said that he already had 30+ snare drums and wanted to give his winning ticket to a youngster. He handed to a young man in the front row, who lit up like a Christmas tree and left with a beautiful WFLIII snare drum autographed by William F. Ludwig III.”
Bigger Show In 2016
“I am really looking forward to the move in 2016,” says Cook, referring to the 26th Chicago Drum Show which will relocate to Villa Park’s Odeum expo center. “Aside from more room, the Odeum has many advantages that will benefit exhibitors and attendees alike. Proximity to the airport and downtown Chicago, Wi-Fi, 24-hour security, a staff EMT and the capability of receiving shipments of exhibit materials will be especially welcomed. In addition to all that, this facility features separate banquet and conference rooms better suited to our clinics and presentations plus a second arena that will feature a guitar show. The Four Amigos guitar shows are the largest and longest-running guitar events in the country. The facility now becomes a destination for the whole band!”
Royal Blood On Tour With Foo Fighters
Royal Blood was a huge hit in 2014 in the UK (see video) winning best new band at the Brit Awards. Now the duo of Mike Kerr (bass) and Ben Thatcher (drums) are on tour opening for Foo Fighters, bringing their sound based in blues and hard rock to new parts of North America. To celebrate, DRUM! has arranged to give away a few prizes including a signed drumhead, signed poster, t-shirt and copies of the Royal Blood CD or vinyl LP. Enter the contest here.
The tour kicks off July 7 in New Jersey and we're betting they'll have a lot more fans by August. They certainly are in demand in the DRUM! office whenever we need to rock out.
For more on the band, visit royalbloodband.com.
Royal Blood On Tour
- 7/6/15 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center
- 7/9/15 – Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
- 7/16/15 – New York, NY – Citi Field
- 7/19/15 – Boston, MA – Fenway Park
- 8/12/15 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
- 8/13/15 – Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome
- 8/17/15 – Denver, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
- 8/19/15 – Maryland Heights, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
- 8/21/15 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
- 8/22/15 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
- 8/24/15 – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
- 8/25/15 – Pittsburgh, PA – First Niagara Pavilion
Learn Cajon Percussion And How To Rock
Drumroll, please: Hal Leonard rolls out its latest Drum Play-Along publications at Summer NAMM. Cajon Play-Along and How To Play Rock Drums will keep drummers of several styles busy learning new techniques to add to their repertoire of chops. The New Cajon Play-Along features artists such as Taylor Swift, Sheryl Crow, Shawn Colvin, and many more. And, the new How To Play Rock Drums provides a repertoire of essential grooves and fills.
The Hal Leonard Drum Play-Along series helps drummers play their favorite songs quickly and easily. They just follow the drum notation, listen to the CD to hear how the drums should sound, and then play along using the separate backing tracks. Lyrics are also included for singers, or to help players follow along. The audio CD is playable on any CD player, and also enhanced so Mac and PC users can adjust the recordings to any tempo without changing pitch.For more information or to place an order for Drum Play-Alongs from Hal Leonard, call the Hal Leonard E-Z Order Line at 800-554-0626, email or visit http://www.Halleonard.com.
Tour DW Factory And Hang With Thomas Lang And Special Guests
Big Drum Bonanza 2015 is overflowing with drummers. With announcements that legends such as Jim Keltner and Greg Bissonette will be there, along with rising stars such as Matt Garstka, this event boasts an incredibly diverse lineup of world-class drummers. Attendees to the weeklong camp will also enjoy a VIP tour of the Drum Workshop factory as well as participate other activities including a live, talk show-style webcast held in the Drum Channel studios.
Drummer/producer Thomas Lang and Muso Entertainment host the Big Drum Bonanza 2015 July 1-5 at the Palm Garden Hotel in Thousand Oaks, California. Drummers of all ages, levels and styles are invited to join The other special guest instructors include:
- Thomas Lang
- Tony Royster Jr.
- Gregg Bissonette
- Chad Wackerman
- Rich Redmond
- Matt Garstka
- Gergo Borlai
- Jim Keltner
- Dave Elitch
The daily schedule at the Bonanza includes intensive, hands-on drumming, master classes, Q&A sessions, performances, private lessons ain an exclusive setting that allows students to have maximum access to these acclaimed artists.
For more information visit Big Drum Bonanza
Sabian Lets Teachers Teach Teachers
Sabian has established the Sabian Education Network to provide support to drum teachers. Headed up by internationally renowned educator Joe Bergamini, Sabian Education Network provides a welcoming and inclusive forum for drum educators worldwide to exchange ideas and share skills. The forum is open to all educators from the private home studio teacher with a handful of students to a music school or educational institution. Educators who join will get access to the Sabian website, resource library, and online events throughout the world. The site also features a panel of distinguished educators and drummers that will engage local teachers in an open exchange of ideas surrounding educational issues.
“Inside the forum and resource library, teachers will undoubtedly find ideas and inspiration. Ultimately, it’s our aim to create a rewarding and robust dialogue between educators through the Sabian Education Network website, online events, and live events" comments Joe Bergamini.Sign Up Now!
To join the Sabian Education Network, please visit Sabian