DRUM! Night 2013 Tops Previous Events

San Jose Rocks In Biggest DRUM! Night Ever

DRUM! Night 2013, held Friday August 9, 2013 at the San Jose Repertory Theater, was the biggest night yet in the event’s four-year run. An all-star cast including Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, former Lenny Kravitz drummer Cindy Blackman-Santana, well-known for her Tony Williams project Another Lifetime, and Jason Bittner of Shadows Fall, along with emcees Street Drum Corps put on a blazing three-hour drumming demo for the capacity crowd of 515.

DRUM! Night is an annual event that includes a raffle and silent auction to benefit music education at Lincoln High School in San Jose. This year’s event included more than a dozen exhibits by top drum company manufacturers such as Pearl, Sabian, and Gretsch. Before the show, attendees also got a chance to sit in on an electronic drumming seminar with Yamaha and Zildjian clinicians.

The show was balanced by the genres of the different performers–metal, jazz, and rock. Each drummer chose a unique approach to explaining his or her art, playing along to recorded tracks, or soloing. During audience Q&A sessions students in attendance got a chance to interact with the stars and hear advice won after decades in the entertainment business. Cindy Blackman-Santana urged girls in the audience to not let their gender define them, but also that it is possible to be feminine and nurturing in a mostly male occupation. “I don’t have a problem being a woman drummer,” she said in response to one question, “though some people might have a problem with me.”

The show closed with all the stars playing together as Chad Smith exhorted his fellow drummers back on to the stage. These kinds of impromptu situations don’t always produce great music, but the three drummers clicked almost instantly and were then joined by Street Drum Corps for a rousing 10-minute drum jam.

DRUM! Night 2013 sponsors include San Jose Jazz Summerfest, Metro, DW, Gretsch, LP Music, Gibraltar, Sabian, Zildjian, Yamaha, Istanbul, Pro-Mark, Remo, Pearl, Tama, Vater, and Vic Firth.

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