Although I was somewhat jet-lagged when first arriving at the venue, that feeling soon went away after seeing Hannah Welton perform in clinic. Without a doubt, she’s a force to be reckoned with. Hannah is a truly amazing and gifted drummer.
“Hannah Welton. I remember it like it was yesterday, receiving an email in 2006 from a young girl asking for an opportunity to play drums at the show. I turned her down. She came back a year later with a raft of endorsement deals and it was clear that this teenager had talent, ambition, persistence and grace. Shed did here first clinic in 2007, appeared to trade fours with Danny Seraphine in 2009, and another clinic in 2010. She is an integral part of the Chicago Drum Show family and we could not be prouder. She studied under Paul Wertico and has been teaching Jake D. and we have all three in 2019!!” – Rob Cook
A few of the well known drummer in attendance were Bun E. Carlos, Craig Krampf, Les DeMerle, Mike Arturi, Ken Harck, Bobby T Torello and Gary Asher. Even in the space of two full days it was nearly impossible for me to see everything. That’s how huge this event is. Rob Cook’s 30th anniversary show in 2020 promises to be even bigger and better.
Some of the many drum and cymbal dealers I spoke with or interviewed were Noble & Cooley Drums, Thunder Echo Drums, Chicago Drum Company, doc Sweeney Drums, Craviotto Drums, Prologix, Dunnett Classic Drums, Amedia Cymbals, Custom Tank Drums, Drugan’s Drums, Maxwell Drums, WFL III Drums, Yamaha Drums, Zildjian Cymbals and Trick Percussion
A steady stream of attendees was evident on both days. Comments I received from dealers and fans alike were all very positive, many saying that they really enjoyed the show and loved the vibe. Numerous drummers were already looking forward to next year’s event featuring Mike Clark and Gregg Potter in clinic.
*All 2019 Chicago Drum Show photographs by David Barsalou and George Burrows.