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RebeatsThe 19th Annual Chicago Drum Show — the world's largest and longest-running vintage and custom drum expo — to take place on May 16 and 17, 2009.

Chicago Drum Show founder and producer, Rob Cook, has announced that the 19th edition of annual drumming event has been scheduled for May 16 and 17, 2009 at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St Charles, Illinois (just 35 miles west of downtown Chicago). With over 1,000 visitors expected to attend, the two-day event is billed as the largest and longest-running vintage and custom drum show in the world- featuring nearly 20,000 square-feet of exhibits by leading drum companies as well as a full schedule of world-class artist appearances and educational activities.

Cook also announced that legendary, Sun Records' drummer W.S. "Fluke" Holland will be attending the show as well as participating in an exclusive and historic interview presentation. Fluke was more than "there when it happened" at Memphis' Sun Recording Studio, his classic drumtracks on rock ‘n' roll hits such as Blue Suede Shoes, Matchbox and Honey Don't helped establish a new style of drumming while these and other unforgettable recordings made at Sun Records changed the course of musical history. Fluke's impeccable time-keeping and unique style of drumming lead to a 50-year career touring and recording with some of the most important and influential early rock artists, including Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash. His appearance at the 2009 Chicago Drum Show is sure to be one of the most anticipated in the event's 20-year history.

The remaining roster of clinicians at this year's Show represents one of the most noteworthy group of internationally-acclaimed drum artists and educators assembled in the show's history, as well. Featured performers include:
Danny Seraphine (CTA/Chicago) Sponsored by Auralex, Beyer, Zildjian, Remo, DW, and ProMark
Will Calhoun (Living Colour) Sponsored by Mapex, Skins N Tins, Sabian, Audix, Remo, Vic Firth, and Rebeats
Zoro (Lenny Kravitz) Sponsored by DW, Sabian, Firth, Evans, Audix, & LP
Bermuda Schwartz (Weird Al) Sponsored by Ludwig, Sabian, Trick, Evans, and Vic Firth
Donny Osborne (Mel Tormé) Sponsored by DW, ProMark, Zildjian, and Rebeats
Jane Boxall (solo marimba virtuoso) Sponsored by Rebeats

Several of these artists will also be presenting more intimate Master Class sessions (sponsored by Drum Workshop and Prentice Practice Pads) with Jerome Deupree presenting a special "KickSnareHat" seminar and GhostNote.com hosting a hands-on snare drum building workshop. Chicago Drum Show favorite and local hero Gregg Potter returns as Master of Ceremonies. As in previous years, video displays will allow visitors to monitor the seminars throughout the convention.

In other news, the total square footage of the exhibit area has more than doubled due to the construction of a second building adjacent to the main exhibit hall. The new hall will feature a Clearsonic Isopac acoustic isolation booth, allowing show attendees to audition drums and cymbals away from the primary exhibit area. In the clinic area, the drum riser will be fitted with Auralex's new HoverDeck drum isolation system while Audix has been named the 2009 Chicago Drum Show's official microphone supplier. A partial list of major exhibitors includes Drum Workshop, Ludwig, Craviotto, Dunnett, Joyful Noise, Trick, Vaughncraft, Sabian, Classic Drummer, NotSoModernDrummer and Modern Drummer. Leading drum retailers Stebal Drums, Skins ‘N' Tins, Huber & Breese, Donn Bennett, Ontario Music and Ellis Drum Shop will also be on hand.

Complete, up-to-the-minute listings of exhibitors, sponsors and clinicians plus show-related news can be accessed at the show website, www.chicagodrumshow.com.

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