25 June 2007 — Cherie Willoughby of Repercussions and WilloughCraft Drum Co. has announced that an all-star roster of clinicians, vintage drum collectors and top custom drum companies will be on hand for the first annual edition of the New England International Drum Expo.
Held on October 6 and 7, 2007 just 45 miles north of Boston in “sales-tax-free” Manchester, New Hampshire and amidst the incredible fall colors of New England, the Expo’s 30,000 sq. ft. exhibit hall will showcase:
- Some of the finest, rarest and most collectible drums ever made by classic American companies such as Gretsch, Slingerland, Rogers, Camco and Ludwig.
- An eye-popping selection of impeccably crafted instruments from many of today’s top custom builders, including, Drum Workshop, Craviotto, Dunnett, Ocheltree and Willoughcraft.
- An assortment of high-end and custom-made cymbals by master cymbalsmiths at Bosphorus, Zildjian, Spizzichino and others.
A total drum experience weekend, both days of the Expo will feature hands-on educational displays and historical collections along with an unprecedented schedule of clinics, workshops, private lessons and lectures by some of the world’s drumming giants, from Cindy Blackman, Steve Smith, Dave Mattacks, Kenwood Dennard, Dave DiCenso and Bob Moses to Jerome Deupree, Sergio Bellotti and Neal Smith.
Confirmed Drum Expo sponsors and exhibitors include Craviotto Drum Co., Zildjian, Ludwig Drums, Ontario Music, Bosphorus Cymbals, Keller Products, Inc., Onboard Research, Drum!/Traps, Modern Drummer, Classic Drummer, Repercussions, Hyper-Bass, Drumnetics, Steve Maxwell Pro Percussion, QuikStix, Pro Mark, Universal Percussion, Dunnett Classic Drums and Willoughcraft Drum Co.
As of press time, thousands of dollars in raffle prizes had been provided by Craviotto, Ludwig, Ocheltree, Dunnett, Willoughcraft and Pro Mark with additional donations from major cymbal, drumhead, accessory and souvenir sponsors to be announced.
Plan now to attend the New England International Drum Expo where drummers of all ages, interests and abilities are invited to be refreshed and inspired by great drummers, great drums and great drumming in a new, vibrant and wonderfully unique setting.