Long Island Drum Center founder, Jerry Ricci, owner Dennis Ricci, and Joe Hibbs of Mapex Drums displaying the commemorative Black Panther snare drum.
As part of the festivities, Mapex A&R Manager, Joe Hibbs presented LIDC owner Dennis Ricci with a one-of-a-kind commemorative Black Panther Snare Drum featuring several “vintage” photos of Dennis and his brother Jerry Ricci throughout the years.
In appreciation for his thirty years of vision and leadership, a special ceremony was held in honor of Jerry Ricci, founding owner of the Long Island Drum Center.
“Today was an unbelievable day, not only from a sales standpoint, but the vibe was great,” added Dennis. “We broke every sales record ever set for the store in the past thirty years. Today was the greatest day in our history and Mapex is one of the reasons why!”
Mapex artist Will Calhoun (Living Color) with LIDC customer Mark Hardwick.
An enthusiastic crowd was entertained throughout the day by live performances, including LIDC’s long time friend, Andy Passaretti, performing songs on bagpipes, the Matt Miller Jazz Trio, The Long Island Sound Drum and Bugle Corps and Approaching Storm Marching Bands.
Drumming superstars such as Mapex endorser Will Calhoun as well as Jason Bittner, Nat Townsley, Frank Bellucci, Rod Morgenstein, Bobby Rondinelli, Pablo Nunez, and “Chembo” Corniel were present to show their support and hang with the fans.
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