The 2014 Nashville Drum Show was held September 20 & 21 at the Nashville Expo Center on the Tennessee State Fairgrounds. The show was well attended with 1,000 in attendance and 120 exhibitor/vendor booths.
In the new performance hall added this year were drummers Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick, Roy Wooten of Bela and the Flecktones playing with the Wooten Brothers band, Craig Krampf, famed studio drummer and secretary/treasurer of the Nashville Musicians Union AFM local 257, Pat MacDonald of the Charlie Daniels Band, Bob Harsen of the Bob Harsen Band and former Berklee College educator, and up-and-coming young drummer Kayleigh Moyer who played with her duo, the Khromaticks. Sponsors for the Performance Hall shows were Gretsch Drums, Amedia Cymbals, Ludwig Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Mothertone-Sleishman USA Drums and Auralex, who provided a Hover Deck for the stage.
Unveiling of new products included the new Gretsch Broadkaster drum set presented by Fred Gretsch, Mothertone-Sleishman’s new inverted bass drum and inverted double pedal, DrumKitAccessories.com’s new solid punch pillow and bass drum anchors , and the new SwitchKick interchangeable bass drum beaters.
The Nashville Drum Show is a trade and consumer show that connects consumers, retailers, manufacturers and distributors. It is heavily supported by the percussion manufacturers that are headquartered in Nashville, the local and regional drummer organizations and by Fork’s Drum Closet. In addition to the percussion industry, it also has a grass roots-swap meet-drummers’ hang component that includes vintage drum collectors and dealers, used gear sales and consignments, a drum museum sponsored by Not So Modern Drummer, and drum kits set up outside for attendees to play and show off.
Plans for next year are being made and the date will be announced by January 2015. The Snare Drum Olympics professional judging event will be held on October 16th here in Nashville and results will be posted in the November issue of Not So Modern Drummer as well as in multiple other industry publications.
Photos have been posted on the Not So Modern Drummer Facebook page as well as on the Nashville Drum Show Facebook page. Links to the galleries have been posted below. Video will follow soon on the Nashville Drum Show and Not So Modern Drummer YouTube pages.
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Photos by Bob Campbell: