Drummer Night brought the drumming community together in a unique celebration that featured 16 world-class drummers performing, and who gave up their time to perform at the event with some artists flying in especially to support the cause.
The show opened with percussionist Pete Lockett supported by drummers from the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance playing REMO World Percussion. Then came an amazing list of REMO drumhead artists performing individually on drumset with a house band to their favourite tracks.
First up was Andrew Small (Kylie Moniogue/Massive Attack), who quickly departed immediately after his performance to play with Massive Attack at the Royal Festival Hall later that evening, followed by Karl Brazil, (James Blunt), Geoff Dugmore (UK Session Great), Simon Hanson (Squeeze), Paul Stewart (The Feeling), Jojo Mayer (Nerve), Trevor Lawrence Jr (Snoop Dogg, Alicia Keys) and Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers),
The House Band opened the second half with Paul Mason on drums followed by Mark Schulman (Cher, Pink), Andy Newmark (Bryan Ferry/Roxy Music), Ian Matthews (Kasabian), James Hester (Malakai), Cherisse Osei (Mika), Jerry Brown (Girls Aloud), Neal Wilkinson (Van Morrison), and Steve White (Paul Weller) who was also joined on stage by Chad Smith. The unique finale was all the drummers taking to the stage on the eight drumsets.
After his performance Mark Schulman himself a cancer survivor, contributed with an emotional and motivational speech at the event as he praised the efforts of the charity. With this came a live auction hosted by Chad Smith – REMO had donated a 50th Anniversary REMO snare drum signed by all participating REMO artists. After an enthusiastic response the auctioned snare drum settled at a staggering £1,500 by Jules Follett. After being moved by Mark Schulman’s speech, Jules Follett made the decision to gift the snare drum to Mark to be later auctioned by Teenage Cancer Trust alongside other drums and cymbals donated by Phil Collins (Genesis), Stewart Copeland (The Police), Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden) as well as a snare drum donated by Nigel Olsson also signed by Elton John.
“On behalf of Teenage Cancer Trust and in particular the teenagers and young people who will benefit by your tremendous support I would like to thank you all you have done for us....we are delighted to be the chosen charity for Drummers Night....the PR generated for TCT and the number of new friends we made at the event will really help our influence in the music business – which can only be great for TCT....it’s a privilege to have the support of REMO Europe.” Simon Davies (Chief Executive - Teenage Cancer Trust)
“A huge effort by a musical army made this event happen. The end result was fantastic music, an amazing show and a huge success for Teenage Cancer Trust in terms of awareness, contacts and fundraising from the night. Remo and TCT are really grateful for all the efforts by the musicians including all the drummers, sponsors and production crew to help make us all be better aware of the challenges being presented daily, to those who are less fortunate than ourselves. That was the prime reason for the event and that I think we achieved it in some small measure.” – Gary Mann (REMO Europe)
“REMO’s Drummers Night was an amazing show. It was so great to see so many world class drummers all on one stage and to link this to such the Teenage Cancer Trust just added to the success of the evening.” – Clive Morton (MB Media)
The House band comprised
Graham Dee (Vocals) Malcolm Moore (MD / Bass) Tim Maple (Guitar) Stuart Trotman (Keyboards),Paul Mason (Percussion / Drums, Dave Williamson (Trombone), Ben Edwards (Trumpet), Mark Brown (Sax)
The event was supported by the drum companies DW, Gretsch, Mapex, Pearl, Premier, Sonor, Tama, Yamaha and the cymbal companies Meinl, Paiste, Sabian, Zildjian as well as support from Vic Firth, London Drum Company, Music Bank, Tour Supply, and Crowne Plaza Hotels for the one night in support of Teenage Cancer Trust.
A memorable and successful evening served up with great fun and good intention for purposeful cause.