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Modern Drummer Festival 2002
Part One: Saturday Performances
15th Annual MD Festival Saturday
The Modern Drummer Festival Weekend, held at Montclair State University in New Jersey, is an event I look forward to all year long. (Me and more than a thousand other DrumHeads!) Those of you who have been to one, know what I mean. Those who haven't, should try to get there at least once.
Always a Sellout
Although the doors don't open until 12:30 PM, you'll find lines of DrumHeads waiting outside hours ahead of time. What do they do in line? What does ANY DrumHead do? (Check out the photos above.)
The 3 R's
Richie (Flores), Robby (Ameen), and Robert (Vilera) opened up this year's event and what a powerful opening it was. They each played solo and then all together, bringing the crowd of over a thousand drummers to their feet in appreciation.
Drums, Drums, Drums
Here's where gear manufacturers and pro-drummers all get the chance to say hey, make deals, trade business cards and network. That's part of why the Modern Drummer Fest is so important.
It's not only a source of entertainment and education for the DrumHeads in the audience, but it is also an important networking connection for the entire drum industry. And it all started one day when a DrumHead had an idea that drummers should have a magazine of their own.
That DrumHead was Ron Spagnardi, Publisher of Modern Drummer Magazine and Festival Producer (see the sidebar for my interview with Ron). And although, by Ron's own admission, the idea for the Festival Weekend was the brainchild of Production coordinator Rick Van Horn, without Modern Drummer Magazine there would be no MD Fest.
Here's a sampling of the drum gear the artists played over the MD Festival Weekend... (I'll take one of each, please.)
Here's the rest of Saturday night's Super-Drummer lineup.
If any DrumHeads in the audience thought Billy was just another pop drummer before his segment, I'm sure they changed their minds after his performance. He demonstrated some techniques as he played along with some canned tracks from *NSYNCH and his video, Takin' Care of Business.
Although Simon is better known for his rock, pop, and metal drumming style, he treated the audience to a spirited performance with Vantage Point, an instrumental jazz group consisting of Jeff Babko on keyboards, Dave Carpenter on bass, Brandon Fields on sax, and Walt Fowler on trumpet.
Click the following link for MD Festival 2002: Sunday Performances!
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