Cascio Interstate Music, 13819 W. National Ave. in New Berlin, will hold its 13th annual DrummerFest on Saturday, October 19, 2013, starting at 10 a.m. and ending at 6 p.m. This free Milwaukee music event is open to the public. DrummerFest continues to feature some of the nation’s most progressive and seasoned drummers, and Cascio Interstate Music SuperStore is well-known for its extensive selection of drums and accessories and free nationwide drum catalog.
This year’s DrummerFest 2013 will showcase four exceptional drummers who will perform, speak and inspire on Cascio’s Soundstage: Russ Miller (Ray Charles, Steve Perry), Gene Hoglan (Dethklok, Strapping Young Lad, Fear Factory), Ronald Bruner, Jr. (Stanley Clarke, Lee Ritenour), and Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree, King Crimson, 05Ric). Prizes will be offered, along with photo and autograph opportunities, amazing drum deals, and factory representative demos. Arrive early for the best possible seating at this popular Milwaukee regional drumming event.
Customers can save an extra 10% off Cascio's low prices on sponsoring products from Mapex, Zildjian, Tama, Sonor, Sabian, Vic Firth, Meinl, Shure, Pro-Mark, Evans and Remo. Plus, attendees can test the latest Sabian cymbals and vote for their favorites!
Russ Miller is presented by Mapex & Zildjian. As a Multi-Platinum recording artist, Miller’s versatility has led him to work with an incredible list of over 50 international artists, including Ray Charles, Steve Perry, Tina Turner, and more. The Modern Drummer Magazine Readers Poll has repeatedly voted Russ in the top 5 Studio Drummers in the world, including 2010, when he was voted the #2 Session drummer.
Russ has performed on more than 250 albums (including many #1 Billboard hits like Nelly Furtado's "Whoa Nelly" and Hilary Duff's "Metamorphisis"). Russ has also recorded for many T.V. shows and over 50 international movies (such as #1 box office titles like "Chicken Little", "Fracture", "Lakeview Terrace", "Resident Evil Apocalypse" and the "Boondock Saints" series of movies, just to name a few).
Gene Hoglan is presented by Pearl & Sabian. Hoglan is a well-known metal drummer, famous for his extremely fast and technical playing style.
In 1984, Hoglan began his music career as a lighting engineer for the seminal thrash metal band Slayer, and at the end of 1984 he was asked to join the thrash metal band Dark Angel as the drummer. He achieved greater notoriety during the mid-1990s playing with Death. Subsequently, he recorded one album with the thrash metal band Testament, and made the acquaintance of Canadian multi-instrumentalist Devin Townsend, forging a lasting friendship. He recorded several albums with Townsend, both as part of the speed/industrial/death metal band Strapping Young Lad and under Devin Townsend's name. He currently performs with Zimmers Hole, Meldrum, and provides the drums for Dethklok from the popular animated series Metalocalypse.
Ronald Bruner Jr. is presented by Tama & Zildjian. Bruner was exposed to the drums at a young age when he climbed up on his father Ronald’s drums, a well-known drummer who performed and recorded with some of the giants of Motown.
Ron started his professional career when he was 15, at the Theolonius Monk Institute, which opened the door for him to perform with many great artists such as Wayne Shorter, Dianne Reeves, and Ron Carter. At 18, he became a regular member of Kenny Garret's jazz band and in 2004, he was involved in the Young Jazz Giants CD with his brother, Stephen. His diversified style is evident by his membership in the punk rock band, Suicidal Tendencies, as well as being a sideman for the likes of George Duke, Stanley Clarke, and Marcus Miller.
Gavin Harrison is presented by Zildjian & Sonor. Gavin Harrison is an award-winning drummer, best known for his work with prog rockers Porcupine Tree, singer/extended range bass player 05Ric and King Crimson. He is also a popular clinician and author of several educational drum methods.
In 2007 Gavin began a long-term collaboration with 05Ric which led to the release of three CDs. In 2008, Gavin joined progressive rock band King Crimson as part of a dual-drummer lineup with Pat Mastelotto, and played a number of shows. Harrison will be one of three drummers in the newly announced lineup of King Crimson, according to guitarist Robert Fripp in the September 26 issue of British newspaper The Guardian. The band will reunite with saxophonist Mel Collins, with a tour beginning in September of 2014.
Cascio Interstate Music is a strong player in today's musical instruments retail industry, ranking in the top 12 nationally among music retailers, providing musical instruments and accessories to musicians of all ages, including music educators and music professionals worldwide. Cascio began in 1946 in West Milwaukee as a small teaching and accordion studio owned by Frank Cascio. Today, over 75,000 musical products are marketed nationwide via catalogs and online, and locally at their SuperStore in New Berlin.
Cascio also carries their own company-designed brands of guitars, drums and band instruments – Archer, Union and Ravel – for consumers and schools and major retailers across the country.