A couple of weeks ago, I came across an old black and white photo of a chubby 12 year old proudly sitting at his first ‘kit’ (a 1930’s 28inch bass drum, an edgeware snare drum and a 12inch ‘Krut’ cymbal on a converted music stand).
51 years and many kits and playing situations later my love affair with drums is still as strong and I am delighted to be a member of the NDF committee and be part of this unique annual event.
For me, the most important aspect of the show isn’t the vast range of beautiful vintage gear on show or the opportunity to witness the talents of top drummers and have them share their expertise with us. It isn’t even the buzz of finding that obscure spare part needed to complete a project. It is about people, it’s about meeting old friends and making new friends.
The late (and much missed) Lou Dias once commented to me that he had more friends at the drum show than anywhere else. I can empathize, it’s great to swap stories over a coffee or have a bit of banter over a deal. It’s hard to believe that nearly a year has passed since the last show, the committee has held it’s last meeting prior to this years show and we are all frantically tying up the loose ends on our own areas of responsibility.
The tenth anniversary show is special and has taken a lot of effort to organise but if it is not the best ever I will eat my bandana! I am getting excited already and I am looking forward to seeing you all.