For the third consecutive year, the staff of DRUM! magazine has joined a host of high-profile cosponsors to present the biggest drumming event in Northern California, while raising money and awareness for the cause of music education in schools.
DRUM! Night 2012 will transform the San Jose Repertory Theatre into a drummer’s playground on Friday, August 10, for an exciting evening of drum clinics, performances, instruction, exhibits, raffles, and awards.
The show will spotlight the talents of three incredible drummers — Kenny Aronoff (CHICKENFOOT, JOHN FOGERTY), Tim Yeung (MORBID ANGEL, DIVINE HERESY), and Cora Coleman-Dunham (PRINCE, BEYONCÉ) — demonstrating startling chops and sharing professional playing tips.
Between acts, the animated punk-rock ensemble STREET DRUM CORPS will provide percussive interludes on drums and everyday objects, while acting as the evening’s MCs to welcome the star performers onstage.
“We’re really excited about this year’s lineup,” says Andy Doerschuk, editorial director of Enter Music Publishing. “It’s such a diverse presentation of styles, from straight-up rock, to extreme metal, and funk. All those incredible chops will definitely keep the audience on their toes.”
As attendees queue up before the show, the award-winning ensemble SAN JOSE TAIKO will take over the plaza outside the theater at 4:30 p.m. to showcase their infectious brand of choreographed drumming that draws from both Japanese and Western traditions.
While the main show begins at 6:30, the doors will open at 5:00 to allow early attendees to tour through a vintage drum museum, a Roland electronic drums lab, and exhibits of gear made by drum and percussion manufacturers. In the meantime, onlinedrummer.com’s celebrated educator Nate Brown will conduct a pre-show “stick tricks” workshop in the lobby.
To celebrate the rich drumming history of the San Francisco Bay Area, in 2011 DRUM! inaugurated the Bay Area Drummers Achievement Awards (or BADAAS). The first award was presented to Mike Bordin, best known for his work with FAITH NO MORE and OZZY OSBOURNE.
This year’s winner has been chosen and notified by the editors of DRUM! magazine, and the prized trophy is being engraved with his name, which will remain a mystery until it is presented during DRUM! Night 2012.
“We’re lucky to be part of such an incredible music community here in the Bay Area,” says DRUM! publisher Phil Hood. “We realized DRUM! Night gives us a prime opportunity to honor those drummers who have contributed to this legacy.”
DRUM! Night 2012 will raise revenue for the music department at Lincoln High, a San Jose performing arts magnet school. With more than 40 course offerings in dance, music, and theater arts, more than 900 Lincoln High students of all ability levels study and learn to attain the highest levels of achievement.