Couldn't Make It to the Chicago Drum Show? Take a Virtual Tour, Courtesy of DRUM! Magazine
By Radim McCue (originally published June 27, 2012 by DRUM! Magazine)
The Chicago Drum Show 2012 this past May was another wonderful event. Now in its 22nd year, the show keeps getting better. Here are some selected shots from the floor; there's more info as well as videos of the event on DRUM! magazine's web site.
Welcome to the Chicago Drum Show. It's held at the Kane County Fairgrounds, near St. Charles Illinois.
The exhibit space sold out and the crowds were healthy.
These Slingerlands in copper sparkle were sweet!
Classic brands like Ludwig were everywhere.
Rogers drums in green and blue sparkle.
New drums were displayed as well, including this kit from Gretsch.
The men of Noble & Cooley displayed their awesome, timeless snares
Noble & Cooley snare drum.
Colin Hilborne of Prentice Pads and W.F. Ludwig III
The Crash Flash is a nifty device that triggers lights as you play.
Big Band Drummer Les DeMerle and Mike Clark took time out for a bruising snare drum battle. Les was dishing it out here.
Matt Nolan's cymbals come in amazing designs. This is sort of a bat wing.
Clinician John Fred Young of Buckcherry.
John Fred Young jammed with his Uncle Fred, of Kentucky Headhunters fame.
Detroit Custom builds some beautiful drums.
Boogie Beat drums makes highly affordable snares plus this wild bass head veneer.
DRUM! founder Andy Doerschuk (right) with drummer Billy Thommes.
This Amedia cymbal with a bit of silver in the bronze had a great bell-like sound.
It's not all collectors and boutique drum makers. Larger companies like Pearl and Zildjian also exhibited.
Click over to Part 2 for more pix of the show.