Congratulations to Victor Salazar on the grand opening of the new Vics Drum Shop in Chicago. Check it out at

Also congratulations to the good folks at The Music Exchange on North Lincoln, another hip and happening new drum shop in Chicago.

And don't forget to visit Steve Maxwell's new shop the next time you're in Chicagoland!! 1163 East Ogden Ave, Naperville 630-778-8060 Call before you visit,


















Book news from Rebeats:
Jerry Shirley's memoir "Best Seat In The House- Drumming in the '70s with Marriott, Frampton, and Humble Pie" was released in October, 2011.
Rick Gier's "Dating of Vintage Gretsch Drums Based Upon Serial Numbers" was released in November, 2011..

Work continues of the Gretsch project. It will benefit greatly from the efforts of Rick Gier, who has completed a remarkable study of round-badge serial numbers. Gier's treatise will soon be published as a separate standalone Rebeats publication.



Deleware Drum Show
Sunday, Feb 19, 2012

Ct Drum Show
Sunday April 22, 2012

2012 Chicago Show date set
The 22nd Annual Chicago Drum Show will be held May 19 and 20, 2012 at the usual venue, the Kane County Fairgrounds.

Pennsylvanion Drum Show October 20, 2012

Gretsch book
Rob Cook spent 3 days recently in New Jersey with John Sheridan collaborating on the Gretsch drum book. The tome is starting to take shape; the manuscript already fills two large ring binders and their are over 2700 digital files filling over 16 gigabytes of hard drive.





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