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THE GREATEST DRUMMERS AND MUSICIANS IN THE WORLD HEAD TO LAS VEGAS FOR THE SECOND ANNUAL JOHN WACKERMAN DRUM FESTIVAL


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THE GREATEST DRUMMERS AND MUSICIANS IN THE WORLD HEAD TO LAS VEGAS FOR THE SECOND ANNUAL JOHN WACKERMAN DRUM FESTIVAL

An amazing and equally unique musical event, for drummers, musicians and fans alike to experience some of the best drummers on the planet.
Tickets starting at $45.00.

LAS VEGAS – SUNDAY FEBRUARY 19TH. 2012.
LOCATION: THE SHOWROOM AT SOUTH POINT. TIME 1:00 – 5 PM
www.southpointcasino.com Phone 1-866-796-7111
Festival and room packages available

The John Wackerman Drum Festival is an amazing event for drummers, musicians and music fans alike. Not only will attendees of the show be able to see the performances and hear these talented musicians discuss their craft but also fans will be able to ask questions and get answers from the best drummers and musicians at the top of their game.
 
"I’m so excited to bring all these amazing drummers together in Las Vegas". John Wackerman stated.

The 2nd annual festival’s lineup consists of;

DANNY SERAPHINE and CTA playing all the “Chicago” Hits
Danny Seraphine is one of the world’s most highly-respected rock drummers, rated by the legendary Buddy Rich as one of his favorite young drummers. He was the drummer, percussionist and a founding member of the multi-million selling, Grammy award-wining band Chicago. Seraphine played on and helped produce 19 gold and 13 platinum albums, 50 Top 40 hits, including 20 Top 10 singles, and 5
number ones. Come meet and hear Danny play all the Chicago hits with his new 9 piece band Called CTA which includes:
Michito Sanchez-Percussion (James Taylor, John Mayer)
Tony Davich – lead Vocals (Sheena Easton, Phoenix)
Marc Bonilla-Guitar (Toy Matinee’, Keith Emerson)
Ed Roth-keyboards (Will Smith, Sophie B. Hawkins)
Mick Mahan- bass (Pat Benatar, Steve Miller Band)
Tom Delibero-Trumpet (Natalie Cole, Doc Severinsen)
Steve Dawson-Sax (Terry Fator, Phantom of the Opera)
Dan Trinter-Trombone (Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr.)

John Wackerman

John Wackerman, best known for playing drums with Maynard Ferguson, Lindsey Buckingham, Kazumi Watanabe, numerous TV/film appearances (Megan Mullaly, Spinal Tap, Comic Strip Live and One Tree Hill).
He has authored numerous books on playing drums, filmed DVD’s on the subject and has played and written drum duets with over two dozen famous drummers like Steve Gadd(Eric Clapton), Taylor Hawkins(Foo Fighters), Peter Erskine(Weather Report), Travis Barker(Blink 182),Steve Smith(Journey),Clayton Cameron(Tony Bennet),Adrian Young(No Doubt) Dennis Chambers(Santana) and Gene Hoglan(Fear Factory) to name a few. . John currently functions as both the bandleader and drummer for Terry Fator who headlines his own show at The Mirage Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

Chad Wackerman
Best known for his work as the drummer in Frank Zappa’s band.
Played with the Australian rock act Men at Work and on the platinum selling “One Voice” album with Barbra Streisand.
Recorded albums and toured with artists such as Allan Holdsworth, Steve Vai, Andy Summers, Ed Mann, Albert Lee, Colin Hay, and Dweezil Zappa.
Currently playing with James Taylor and is brother to John.

Marco Minnemann
Known for his educational books he has authored 3- including the award winning "Extreme Independence" voted #1 in several drumming magazines. His DVD "Extreme Drumming" achieved Marco a Telly Award.
He has worked with guitarist Paul Gilbert on his solo album called "Space Ship One".
He has toured with Thrash Metal band Kreator, Adrian Belew’s Power Trio,
Nina Hagen, The Aristocrats, and Necrophagist.

 

 
Johnny Rabb
Has taught at Berklee College of Music
Has played with Tanya Tucker, DJ Hype, Hank Williams III, She Daisy, Deana Carter and Mindy McCready
Johnny was also voted #1 Best Educational Author by Modern Drummer’s Readers Poll for his book Jungle Drum ‘N’ Bass for the Acoustic Drum Set. 
 
Scott Johnson
Scott Johnson (also known as Scojo) is the current head drum instructor for the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps
Scott Johnson’s personal awards include thirteen DCI Gold medal Championships, twelve DCI High Percussion titles, two WCI Gold medal Championships, three DCA Gold medal Championships, two DCA High Percussion titles, ten DCE Championships, nine DCE High Percussion titles, seven High Percussion titles in Japan, and 1977 DCI & Percussive Arts Society Individual Snare Champion.
Mark Grey (Head Audio Engineer “Studio At The Palms”)
Has Recorded : The Killers, Elton John, Guns-N-Roses, Celine Dion, Katy Perry, Santana, Panic At The Disco, Jay-Z, Lady Gaga, 50 Cent, and Dr. Dre

Blue Man Group Drummers

Vince Verderame
Studied classical percussion at Penn State and the University of Miami. Vince was a faculty member at New World Scholl for the Arts and FIU.
He is a drummer and the Resident Music Director for Blue Man Group Las Vegas
With Blue Man Group Vincent has performed in New York, Chicago, Lugano Switzerland, and Shanghai China as well as on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Regis and Kelly.

Blas Elais
As a member of the rock group Slaughter , Blas recorded several multi-platinum CD’s and toured internationally with bands such as Kiss, Ozzy Osbourne, Ted Nugent and Alice Cooper. Slaughter had several MTV hit videos as well as winning an American Music Award.
Blas appeared in the movie "Rock Star " with Jennifer Aniston and Mark Walberg, along with other rock musicians Zakk Wydle, Jason Bonham, Jeff Pilson and Brian Van Der Ark.
Blas currently performs as a drummer with the Blue Man Group in Las Vegas. He also plays occasionally with other diverse acts such as the Flamenco Guitar virtuoso "David Maldonado" and the punk-metal band "Mack".

Todd Waetzig
He has been Blue Man Group’s first-call drummer for over a decade. A St. Louis native and Berklee College of Music alumnus, he started his career with Blue Man in Boston.
During that time he has toured extensively for both of their critically acclaimed tours, "The Complex Rock Tour" and the arena-sized "How To Be A Megastar" world tour. He also appears on their multi-platinum DVD, "The Complex Rock Tour Live" and the recent "How To Be A Megastar Live!" which debuted at #2 on Billboard’s DVD Chart. Other notable appearances include multiple performances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, as well as playing for The Queen of England on the 77th Royal Variety Performance television show. 

Jeff Tortora
Jeff performed with the Syracuse Symphony at the age of 8.
At the age of 21 he was performing with Joey Belladonna the multi-platinum singer from the band Anthrax and was simultaneously recording albums with Grammy nominated Berkeley professor and guitar virtuoso Joe Stump.
Jeff has had the opportunity to perform on a number of exciting projects to include the recording of BMG CD’s “The Complex",“Live at the Venetian”, and How to be a Megastar Live!, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the“How to Be a Megastar version 2.0/2.1 World Tour”, the 2011 pre-game super bowl performance in Dallas.
Jeff is involved in many other musical projects in Las Vegas including drumming for Uberschall (an improvisational band featuring members of BMG and Chris Angel’s live show), Franky Perez of Scars on Broadway on his project FXP, writing and recording for Shooting Hemlock and singing in his band Tinnitus.
Artist Subject to change.

 

The Festival is guaranteed to inspire not only new drummers just starting out but also seasoned professionals to push themselves to a higher level of artistry. For more information go to www.johnwackerman.com or call (702) 384-DRUM (3786).

ABOUT THE JOHN WACKERMAN DRUM FESTIVAL:
The John Wackerman Drum Festival is about bringing world-class drummers and musicians together to perform and explain their craft to a captive audience. It is both a performance and learning experience where anyone in the audience can ask questions. People put on drum festivals all over the world and John is excited to be the first to bring an annual drum festival to Las Vegas.