This event began in 1996 as the Not So Modern Drummer Vintage Drum Show with a small number of exhibitors and attendees. In 1998 founding publisher of Not So Modern Drummer, John Aldridge, added the Snare Drum Olympics — a contest which showcases, publicizes and promotes high end snare drums built by major drum manufacturers and small custom drum builders. The show and contest were held during the same week as the Summer Namm Show in Nashville up until this year when it was moved to a later, cooler date in the Fall, renamed the Nashville Drum Show, and relocated to the larger fairgrounds venue. This drum show is now one of the biggest in the nation, rivaling the Hollywood Drum Show and the Chicago Drum Show.
Not So Modern Drummer Magazine is the world’s first vintage and custom drum magazine. Started in 1988 as a four page newsletter, it has grown into a major monthly digital publication, the Nashville Drum Show, the BlueBookOfDrums.com website, and the Not So Modern Drum Company featuring metal snare drums engraved by John Aldridge. Owner and editor George Lawrence is the drummer for POCO, venerable pioneers of country rock music.
Stop by the Drummer Cafe (Booth #51) and visit with founder/owner, Bart Elliott.
Not So Modern Drummer Magazine is the world’s first vintage and custom drum magazine. Started in 1988 as a four page newsletter, it has grown into a major monthly print and digital publication that also reviews and advertises current drum manufacturers, and a popular research and bluebook website. It is now also the parent company of the Not So Modern Drum Company featuring metal snare drums engraved by John Aldridge, and the Famous Drum Company featuring new designs in snare drums by woodworking artist Joe Partridge.