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The Chicago Drum Show, the world’s largest and longest-running event of it’s type, will take place on May 15th and 16th, 2010 at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St Charles, Illinois. (Just 35 miles west of downtown Chicago.) Over 1000 visitors are expected.

Show producer Rob Cook says, “What started as a small swap-meet with less than a dozen vintage drum collectors 20 years ago has evolved into a major international percussion industry happening. I now plan this show as an entertainment event- there are not only exhibits, but clinics, educational sessions, multi-media presentations, and drum circles. Everything is tied together by an audio-visual system.”

This year’s clinic program features:

Bun E Carlos (Cheap Trick, Tinted Windows), sponsored by Ludwig, Zildjian, Shure, & Pro-Mark

Denny Seiwell (Paul McCartney, studio), sponsored by DW, Zildjian, Firth, & Remo

Joe Morello, sponsored by DW, Sabian, SkinsNTins & Pro-Mark

Hannah Ford and her new fusion project, Pandorum, sponsored by Gretsch, Gibraltar, Zildjian, Vater, Evans, ThunderEcho, & Kelly Concepts.

Gregg Potter, sponsored by Trick, Gibraltar, Sabian, SkinsNTins, Firth, Aquarian, Maxheads, & Prentice

Danny Seraphine, sponsored by DW, Zildjian, Auralex, Beyer, Remo, & Pro Mark

Commenting on the clinician roster, Cook says, “The roster for this very special anniversary show has a decidedly Chicago flare. Bun E has been a Chicago Drum Show fixture since the first show 20 years ago, and lives nearby. Denny Seiwell is not a Chicago native, but studied here under the famous Roy Knapp, who also taught the likes of Hal Blaine and Gene Krupa. Local starlet Hannah Ford turns 20 this year, and did her first clinic here when she was just 16. Gregg Potter is also local and has been a big hit as clinic MC the last few years. We pretty much had to promote him to a full clinic slot this year in honor of his recent Emmy win. Danny Seraphine — is there another drummer that better says “Chicago?” He packed the house last year and we expect another big crowd this year. Joe Morello is not from Chicago, but was an honorary member of the Ludwig family and a fitting icon for this special show.

Master Classes will be presented by Morello, Seiwell, and Seraphine. “The DW Master Class program is going into it’s 3rd year now, and has really been embraced by showgoers,” says Cook. “It gives drummers the chance to interact with these great players in an intimate setting.” Prentice Practice Pads (the official pad of the Chicago Drum Show) provides pads for Master Class Attendees to use.

Two special multi-media presentations are planned for the Master Class room; Don Lombardi will present a program on the history of DW, and Fred & Dinah Gretsch will present a program on the history of Gretsch drums.

Special exhibits are being planned by a number of longtime exhibitors. Other special exhibits include David Anfuso’s Slingerland History, a Photo Retrospective, and Neil Peart’s first Slingerland kit.

2010 Chicago Drum ShowNew for 2010 is a Silent Auction. The limited-edition Ludwig Bun E Carlos signature series glass glitter kit that Carlos uses in his clinic to kick the show off Saturday morning will be auctioned off to the highest bidder, with bids starting at $1.00. Whoever is the high bidder when the auction closes at 4 on Sunday will own a true collectable; this is one of the last 8 kits available from Ludwig in this 50-kit limited edition series.

The ever-popular raffle program is being supersized in 2010, thanks to Johnny Craviotto and the Craviotto Drum Company: the grand prize is a complete Craviotto kit valued at over $12,000.00, fitted with special engraved plates in honor of the occasion. Gibraltar is supplying a set of flat-base stands to top this kit off. Other raffle prizes include cymbals from Supernaturals, a snare drum from Drum Foundry, More are expected to be announced as the show approaches.

Partnering with drumSTRONG, the Chicago Drum Show is sponsoring drum circles each day when the exhibit areas close. “Scott Swimmer’s drumSTRONG program (www.drumstrong.org) has pretty much taken the industry by storm,” says Cook. “It basically is a drumming vehicle that calls promotes Cancer awareness. The local beneficiary for our show is the Kidney Cancer Association (www.kidneycancer.org) headquartered in nearby Evanston. drumSTRONG has simultaneous drum circles scheduled around the globe that will be linked to the main event through internet streaming, to create a truly global drum circle.”

In addition, this year's Chicago Drum Show is going to be unique in that Bart Elliott's Drummer Cafe will leave the virtual world and transform into a real cafe! Complete with tables & chairs, a stage, and AV support, the Drummer Cafe will be near the food concession area of the entry foyer. Attendees will be able to sit down, have a cup of coffee or grab a bite to eat, and listen to Bart interview drum world luminaries.

For more information, daily schedule and ticket pricing, visit www.chicagodrumshow.com.