Thanks to @ThinkDrums and @PercUpLive for the RTs

I did a little tweeting today from the Cascio Interstate Music clinic featuring Todd Sucherman (Styx, Brian Wilson), Hannah Ford (Bellevue Suite) and Pearl Drums Corps’ Raymond Massey. Think Drums and Perc Up Live picked up on it and were kind enough to share it with all of their followers and I hope everyone enjoyed the snippets and pics.

AND as promised, here’s a video snippet of Todd doing a seriously cool reinterpretation of Jimi Hendrix’s “Manic Depression.” I hope you like it!

Big Thanks to WGN TV!

Full view of the WGN studio

WOW! It was so much fun playing on WGN TV and the folks there were amazing. Growing up in the Chicago area, WGN was THE TVchannel – Bozo, Ray Reiner, Frazier Thomas classics on the weekend, Lester Fisher from the Lincoln Park Zoo. Man, it was just great to walk through the studio and watch them do the news and then get a chance to play them in and out of the breaks. Plus a full song at the end of the hour which you can see here:

Mike Mangione & The Union: “Offering” on WGN TV

Back from NAMM 2011

WOW. I had a blast. Got to hang out with some old friends and made some new ones too. For some reason, I spent a lot of time looking at stuf but not really taking many pics. I did upload a few to my flickr site (you can see the pics in the sidebar) and I uploaded a great set of videos from Stanton Moore demoing his new LP pandeiro and a “steam powered” drumset from Trick. Those are up at my YouTube site. Take a look and let me know what you think!

(Oh yeah, and I got to meet one of my favorite drummers of all time, Abe Laboriel Jr. He was the coolest guy and totally worth waiting in line to talk to!)

NAMM Show!

NAMM show 2011

I am extremely excited to be going to the 2011 NAMM show this coming year in Anaheim. I am probably going to be completely overwhelmed by all the gear and meeting/catching up with all my drumigos (drummer pals) from around the country but I am going to try and post things as they happen. Lots of pics and short posts and then maybe a few bigger recaps.

Thanks so much to my friends at Taye drums and Sabian cymbals for their help in making this trip possible.

(only 29 days until the show woo hoo!)

Cymbal Heaven

On the road to Meductic NB to visit Kevin Laskey & all the good folks at Sabian HQ. Factory tour, cymbal match and picking out a new Ozone crash – this us going to be fantastic!

More posts and pics to come …