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Top Percussion Companies To Exhibit Their Latest & Greatest Instruments At DRUM! Night 2013

Drum NightBased on the enthusiastic response from attendees of last year’s DRUM! Night drumming festival, the editors of DRUM! Magazine increased the number of pre-show gear exhibits for the 2013 event, which will take place on Friday, August 9. The result is an impressive lineup of exhibits featuring some of the leading brands in the drum and percussion industry.

While the clinics and performances by Chad Smith, Cindy Blackman-Santana, Jason Bittner, and Street Drum Corps begin at 6:30, the doors of the San Jose Repertory Theatre will open to ticketholders at 5:00 p.m. for the pre-show expo. All ticketholders will get the chance to test the latest and greatest instruments from the following companies:

Black Widow Drum Web
Lightweight but durable, the Black Widow Drum Web employs strategically placed Velcro and the weight of the seated drummer to secure the drum kit from slipping on any surface, including concrete floors.

Craviotto Drum Company
Renowned for building highly collectible drums, Craviotto promises to exhibit a selection of snare drums and drum kits made of sold-shell hand-selected hardwoods made with premium-grade components and old world construction methods.

Evans Drumheads
If you’ve been wondering why Evans is so enthusiastic about its new Level 360 drumhead design, spend a few minutes at the Evans booth where product specialists will walk you through the revolutionary technology.

Gibraltar Hardware
One of the few companies in the drum industry dedicated only to building rock-solid hardware, Gibraltar will exhibit some of the most popular stands and pedals from its extensive catalog.

Gretsch Drums
Get a close up look at this year’s Grand Prize Raffle kit: an all-new 2013 Gretsch Renown Series kit, Gibraltar Hardware package, Sabian Cymbals, and an assortment of popular drum set add-ons from Latin Percussion.

Latin Percussion
When drummers think of Latin percussion instruments, they think of LP, the longtime leader in its category. You won’t want to miss the drum set add-ons LP promises to display at the show.

Louie Bellson Legacy
Meet Francine Bellson, the widow of the great jazz drumming legend, who will offer various forms of media and artifacts that honor and remember the achievements of Louie Bellson.

Pearl Drums
Experience the exciting world of hybrid drum sets in person when Pearl combines one of their state-of-the-art acoustic kits with components from the company’s revolutionary real-look ePro Live electronic drum set.

Remo Percussion
Remo has been an innovator in drumhead design since the ’60s, and a leader in the hand drumming revolution of the past two decades. The company promises to showcase its newest concepts.

Sabian Cymbals
Once again the innovative Canadian cymbalsmith Sabian will debut its latest selection of Cymbal Vote models at this year’s DRUM! Night. Expect to test a large sampling of styles that range from traditional to unusual.

The Rhythmic Arts Project
TRAP educates individuals with intellectual and developmental differences by embracing a curriculum that encompasses rhythm as a modality to address basic life and learning skills.

Thumper Custom Drums
Based in Northern California, Thumper buildsindividually handcrafted custom drum kits and snare drums, made to order in limited numbers, with a selection of finish and bearing edge options.

Yamaha Electronic Percussion
Yamaha will exhibit its revamped DTX-502 electronic drums with newly designed tom pads, a lighter-weight steel rack, and brand new drum trigger module that is more powerful than anything else in its class.

Zildjian Gen16
Witness the groundbreaking Gen 16 AE Cymbal system, which features low volume acoustic cymbals, a new “pickup” that utilizes a dual-head mini microphone, and a Digital Cymbal Processor with preset tone shaping and audio mixing capabilities.

For more information visit www.drumnight2013.com.

Drum Night ExpoDrummers test Sabian’s latest selection of Cymbal Vote cymbals at DRUM! Night 2012’s pre-show expo.