Cascio Interstate Music’s 12th Annual DrummerFest Clinic Welcomes Four Drumming Stars of the Music Industry, October 27

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Milwaukee DrummerFest clinic will feature four professional drummers, performing live and giving playing advice and tips to area drummers. New drum products will be featured that day as well.

Drummers enjoy learning about new products and how to play better, whether in their local band or on the professional level, just as much as anyone with their "toys." There’s an opportunity to see some of these products in the hands of experts, played live by professional drummers next weekend.

Cascio Interstate Music SuperStore at 13819 W. National Ave. in the Milwaukee suburb of New Berlin, Wisconsin will hold its 12th annual DrummerFest on Saturday, October 27, 2012 starting at 10am and ending at 6 pm. This free Milwaukee music event is open to the public. Cascio Interstate is Wisconsin's largest music store with online shopping for drums, guitars, keyboards, and wind instruments, plus home electronics categories.

Four drummers will perform and speak at DrummerFest 2012: Rex Hardy Jr. (who has performed with Mary J. Blige, 2012 American Idol Drummer), Ben Sesar (who has played with Brad Paisley, Alison Krauss), John Blackwell (Prince, Justin Timberlake, P. Diddy), and Gregg Bissonette (Joe Satriani, Santana, Maynard Ferguson). At DrummerFest, free prizes are offered, along with photo and autograph opportunities with these drum stars, amazing drum deals, and factory rep. demos. Arrive early for the best possible seating at this 12th annual Milwaukee music event.

Also taking place that day at this Milwaukee music store will be Sabian's Cymbal Vote Tour, which allows drummers from around the world to determine what new models Sabian will introduce in 2013. Also, one-day only savings will be offered on drum products from Mapex, Ludwig, Sabian, Tama, Meinl, Zildjian, Vic Firth, DW, LP and Remo.

Gregg Bissonette has become known as one of the most versatile drummers in the business, his broad experience ranging from big band, blues, and rock, to Latin, fusion, and much more. Gregg’s warm, easy-going down-to-earth manner is refreshing from someone considered one of the top drummers in the world. The Detroit native is one of the most versatile drummers in the business. He has played with David Lee Roth, Don Henley, Santana, Ringo Starr, and many more.

At Cascio's DrummerFest in Milwaukee, attendees will see Gregg playing Mapex MyDentity Series Drums, a new concept in custom drum sets. The Mt. Juliet, Tennessee-based drum manufacturer Mapex offers drummers the ability to design a custom drum set online! Over 500 million combinations exist of shell finish, hardware finish, shell material, configurations and sizes. Customization, assembly, and final quality inspection are done by Mapex's expert drum building staff at their custom shop facility outside of Nashville, Tennessee.

Gregg also performs with his new line of sticks, Gregg Bissonette Signature Artist Drumsticks from Vic Firth. These sticks feature a 5B shaft with a front-end loaded neck and tip for a full sound on the bell of the ride, and available at Cascio Interstate Music.

Ben Sesar is a graduate from the Berklee College of Music and Modern Drummer magazine award winner, best known for his work with country musicians Alison Krauss and Brad Paisley. Ben has also worked with Alan Jackson, Vince Gill, Dolly Parton, The Black Crows, Carrie Underwood and more, and was the drummer on the soundtrack of the Disney/Pixar soundtrack “Cars” & “Cars 2.”

Ben plays Ludwig Classic Maple Series Drums, also available from Cascio Interstate Music. Ludwig recently introduced Atlas Drum Hardware. What is drum hardware? Hardware consists of the stands that hold the cymbals and the snare drum; the pedals that kick the bass drum, and the seat the to sit on … the drummer's throne. The new Ludwig Atlas family features 3 lines – Atlas Pro, Atlas Classic and Atlas Standard Hardware at varying price levels and quality.

Rex Hardy Jr. came up in Chicago’s Gospel scene and started out playing drums in his grandfather’s church when he was just five, and by age six he was playing around Chicago with his father’s Gospel group, The Hardy Brothers. After pairing up with R&B star Mary J. Blige in 2003, he won the drummer's chair on the smash TV show American Idol. He has also played with Chaka Khan, Kirk Franklin, Wyclef, and Marvin Sapp.

Rex plays DW (Drum Workshop) Drums. After more than thirty years of innovation and tireless dedication to improving the way drum products are made, DW drums, pedals and hardware are the standard by which all others are measured.

John Blackwell graduated from the Berklee College of Music, and from 1995 until present, has played with many successful pop, funk, hip-hop, jazz and fusion stars, including Prince, Justin Timberlake, Patti LaBelle, P. Diddy and Charlie Singleton. He has two educational drum DVDs. The first is two-disc set entitled "John Blackwell-Technique, Grooving and Showmanship" the second is self-titled "John Blackwell" and is part of the Masters Series, available from Cascio Interstate Music.

John plays on a Tama B/B Bubinga/Birch Series Drumset. He also has his own signature snare drum from Tama in two different sizes. John Blackwell Signature Snare Drums feature a 1.2mm thick steel shell with a unique, wider flanged edge. The 6.5"x13" model has a fat, punchy tone, while the 5"x14" offers a more traditional, versatile sound. Both models feature three air vent holes with removable plugs that allow a wide range in sound and feel.

Cascio Interstate Music is among the nation’s top independent musical instrument retailers, and is the 12th largest musical instrument dealer in the United States. Cascio celebrates 66 years as a music retailer in 2012, and is headquartered in the suburban Milwaukee, Wisconsin marketplace, which houses its retail Superstore, Call Center, Web Center and corporate offices. Its Distribution Center in Waukesha, WI handles over 60,000 items. Cascio Interstate offers a wide selection of musical instruments, accessories, sheet music, private music lessons, free in-store educational clinics, rentals, repairs, and more.

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