Steve Gadd Drum Clinic

The West L.A. Music and Zildjian Staff members

Steve Gadd was greeted by a standing ovation

LOS ANGELES, CA - On Saturday, October 8, 2005, West L.A. Music and Zildjian presented the “Mission from Gadd” clinic with Steve Gadd, the legendary drummer who has played with many of the biggest acts in recording history, including James Taylor, Paul Simon, Chick Corea and Eric Clapton.

The daylong event featured product presentations by Zildjian specialists, a prototype cymbal sale and a two-hour meet and greet with Steve Gadd, where he generously signed hundreds of autographs and took pictures with fans.

With a thousand people in attendance, Steve Gadd was welcomed to the stage with a standing ovation. After his brief but impressive performance, a slightly winded Gadd took a moment to address the audience and thank the musicians that had influenced his career. He then spent over an hour answering questions, discussing his technique and use of Zildjian cymbals, his approach to writing music, his spiritual connection with the audience and his experiences in the studio and on tour. Gadd also gave examples of his legendary style, as a mesmerized and attentive crowd watched him perform a 12/8 tribal-influenced piece, using two Steve Gadd signature drum sticks in each hand.

At the end of the event, West L.A. Music awarded two contest participants with a copy of Steve Gadd’s Drummer’s Achievement Award DVD and one lucky winner an 18” Zildjian K-Custom session cymbal crash.

In my 20 years of doing clinics, this was by far the most magical experience I have ever had. I had clients tell me it actually changed their lives! We had clients fly in from Tokyo, Hong Kong, Ireland and England and all of them told me it was well worth it. Zildjian made the entire thing run so smooth and it was an absolute pleasure. I’m not sure how we are ever going to outdo this one!”
-Glenn Noyes, Store/Drum Manager

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Gadd Shared some of his signature drum licks with the audience