PRESS RELEASE: CHICAGO DRUM SHOW 2012
for immediate release: January 30, 2012
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The (22nd Annual) Chicago Drum Show, the world's largest and longest-running event of it's type, will take place on May 19 and 20, 2011 at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St Charles, Illinois. (Just 35 miles west of downtown Chicago.) Over 1400 visitors are expected.
Clinics will be presented by Fred Young, John Fred Young, Mike Clark, Les DeMerle, and Ed Shaughnessy. Commenting on this roster, Cook was enthusiastic. "This is a talented and diverse group. I've been a fan of FredYoung and the Kentucky Headhunters for many years and now his nephew is a star with Black Stone Cherry. It's going to be exciting having them team up for a joint presentation. Mike Clark is best known for his Headhunting credentials also, with Herbie Hancock's Headhunters. This forum is right up his alley as an articulate educator and technician. The second day of clinics will start off with Eric Liebing demonstration of steel drum manufacture and playing. Last year Les DeMerle was a hit in the cafe, so he is moving to the big stage this year. Anchoring the clinic program will be the legendary "Tonight Show" drummer Ed Shaughnessy who will also use the 2012 Chicago Drum Show to launch his memoir Lucky Drummer, a Rebeats publication." The clinic program is made possible by the support of DW, Ludwig, Zildjian, Sabian, Firth, Pro-Mark, Istanbul Agop, Evans, Prologix, Remo, and Prentice.
Master Classes will be presented by Mike Clark and Les DeMerle. "The Master Classes are basically extensions of the clinics" says Cook. "We limit the class size to 25 so everyone gets some personal attention- it's like a cross between a clinic and a private lesson. We also plan to have some special events in the Master Class conference room like a panel discussion on dating Gretsch drums, moderated by Rick Gier, the author of a well-received serial number dating guide for round badge Gretsch drums. Another event will be a presentation by Bernie Stone of Stone Custom Drum, explaining how he acquired and renovated the Slingerland shell-making equipment. We will be making other announcements on the show site and Facebook page."
"We are pleased to announce the return of Jane Boxall," says Cook. "She has been a very popular part of the show for several years now. The format of her presentations for this year have not been announced yet; stay tuned!"
Home-cooked food will be available in the Rebeats Cafe which has over the last 3 years evolved into sort of a "second stage." with informative video presentations, interviews, and performances.
The 2012 Chicago Drum Show will build on the charity connection established in 2010 with exhibitor Nancy Laughery, massage therapist, working with drumSTRONG!
Another key component of the 2012 show will be a tribute to Dennis Stauffer of Phattie Drums, who died in a car crash January 18th, 2012. Dennis was one of America's premier independant custom drum makers and a longtime affiliate of the Chicago Drum Show. The shocked custom drum world has already formulated a plan to pay tribute to Dennis and raise funds for his family; he left a wife and year-old son. For more on the tribute, please visit: http://www.ghostnote.net/vbforum/showthread.php?46849-Another-thought-for-helping-Dennis-family and http://www.ghostnote.net/vbforum/showthread.php?46856-Official-Contributors-List.
Official show photographer will once again be Michael Hacala of Detroit. If you are interested in having custom photography done at the show, please contact him directly at 313-510-2545 at least one week prior to make arrangements. For examples of his photography work, please visit his website: www.centerstageimages.com
Show organizer Rob Cook reports that both exhibit halls are filling up. "At this point in time, there's little doubt we will once again have a sellout."