The Not So Modern Drummer Snare Drum Olympics was started by NSMD editor/publisher John Aldridge in 1998 as “basically an excuse to get a bunch of really cool drums into one room at the same time”. It has turned into an international showcase for the best snare drums in the world.
It is a huge publicity event that has been heavily promoted by the major drum magazines, online drum sites and has gone viral on YouTube. Whether you are a custom builder or a major manufacturer, this is a chance to get your cream of the crop instruments into the spotlight, with very minimal cost. Can instruments be objectively judged? Of course not BUT the scrutiny and reactions of the judges and the public has been highly entertaining and attracts a lot of drummers’ eyeballs! The deadline for 2013 will be in mid summer. The exact date has not been set yet but the judging and videoing will precede the Nashville Drum Show in the Fall.