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Cascio Music Celebrates a Successful 19th Annual Drummerfest

This annual free drum event offers live performances and clinical instruction, giving fans and drummers exclusive access to some of the world’s best drummers.

By - Oct 22nd, 2019 04:15 pm
Drummerfest 2019 - Gerald Heyward. Photo courtesy of Cascio Music.

Drummerfest 2019 – Gerald Heyward. Photo courtesy of Cascio Music.

MILWAUKEE, WI (October 21, 2019) – Cascio Music, a musical instrument retailer in New Berlin, WI, welcomed over 300 drum enthusiasts on Saturday, October 12th for Drummerfest 2019. This annual free drum event offers live performances and clinical instruction, giving fans and drummers exclusive access to some of the world’s best drummers.

Nick Cesarz, founder of (a well-known drum gear blog), said “Drummerfest 2019 was incredible. I’m lucky to live so close.” He continued, “Without a doubt, one of my favorite events of the year.”

Drummerfest kicked off with a rousing performance by the Milwaukee Bucks Beats drumline, who marched their way through the 30,000 square foot Cascio Music SuperStore before heading to the stage to share a preview of their new arrangements for the upcoming Milwaukee Bucks season.

Drummerfest attendees were then treated to first-rate performances from drumming superstars Calvin Rodgers (Fred Hammond, R. Kelly, Kirk Franklin), Gerald Heyward (Puff Daddy, Coolio, Beyoncé), and Carter McLean (NYC Jazz Drummer, Lion King on Broadway, 4HD: Four Hands Drumming drum courses).

Favorite moments from the crowd included:

  • Calvin Rodger’s performance of James Fortune’s “Free Indeed”
  • Carter McLean teaching rudiments from his new book Drumset Concepts & Creativity: Find Your Unique Voice on the Drumset
  • Gerald Heyward, the Godfather of gospel and R&B drumming, entertaining and inspiring future drummers with stories of coming up as a young drummer and his practice regimen
  • The high-energy All-Star Jam finale with all three drum superstars

In addition to the amazing live performances, attendees were able to get up close and personal with the featured artists for photos and autographs, win amazing prizes including a complete Ludwig drum set, and get into gear details with brand representatives from Drummerfest sponsors Pearl, Zildjian, Ludwig, Meinl, Remo, Vic Firth, DW Drums, and ProMark.

“Once again, we are thrilled with audience response to Drummerfest,” said Mike Houser, CEO of Cascio Music. “What an experience to hear these amazing, world-class drummers in a small, intimate setting. We can’t wait for the 20th annual Drummerfest in 2020!”

About Cascio Music

Cascio Music ranks in the top 20 nationally among musical instrument retailers and is one of the nation’s top drum retailers. Starting in 1946, Cascio Music has provided musical instruments and accessories to musicians of all ages, including music educators at over 100,000 schools and universities, and music professionals worldwide.

Cascio Music offers over 100,000 musical products nationwide via catalogs and, and locally at their SuperStore in New Berlin, Wisconsin. Cascio Music’s retail location also offers private music lessons, free educational clinics, instrument rentals, musical instrument and electronic repair. Under the ARU Music group of brands, Cascio Music designs, markets and manufactures proprietary musical instruments brands Union Drums, Archer Guitars, Ravel Band Instruments and Melokia Ukuleles, supplying major eCommerce retailers and schools worldwide. Connect with Cascio Music on Facebook and on Twitter.

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