One of the biggest events in music this year is HOF band Chicago celebrating its 50th year of existence. Few bands ever achieve this status so it is only right that any group that does reach it should be specially recognized….in sytle. As it relates to Chicago, drummer Tris Imboden and percussionist Wally Reyes, Jr., the rhythmic backbone of the group, have had the good fortune of being associated with DW Drums and LP Percussion who have come up with a special series of drums and percussion pieces to celebrate this very special occasion.
Before we show you some killer pics of the new gear (photos courtesy of Kristy Duff Photography) we should acknowledge the two gentlemen who worked so hard to make these beautiful instruments; Louie Garcia (DW Drums) and Akbar Moghaddam (LP Percussion). (Special thanks and recognition also goes to DW’s John Good and LP’s Jerry Zacarias for making the project possible in the first place).
Wally Reyes, Jr., also wanted to add this:
“I have played professionally for decades and I have seen and played many makes and models of instruments but this–for both Tris and I–is a once in a lifetime experience. What DW and LP did here was nothing short of amazing. It’s one thing to be included in one of the best bands on the planet alongside one of the best drummers in the business, but it’s another to be privileged to be playing such beautiful, beautiful instruments that honor a once in a lifetime event. It’s really special and frankly, I am speechless. I think the pictures say it all.”
Well said Wally. Having said that, let’s get to the photos to show you what he means.
Editor’s Note: In addition to LP Percussion, Wally would also like to thank Regal Tip Sticks; Sabian Cymbals; DW Drums; Remo Drumheads; Beato Bags; and, Roland Corp.
Great job guys. Look for Chicago this year in a city near you. You can find their tour information here.
Ken “K Bo” Biedzynski, Editor