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Friday, September 12, 2008 - 17:31 PM

What A Great Festival !

jost nickel teaching two drummers during his masterclass
my colleague stefan mueller and me during the cymbal seminar
jaska is curious :-)
panel discussion (left to rigth: heinz kronberger of drums and percussion magazine, axel mikolajczak of sticks magazine, benny greb, jost nickel, and me)
our foh engenier, georg feltes from belgium
benny backstage
stagehand oli taking a break
dominizer (left), daniels tech, and duce - jaskas tech
alexander meinl
from left: ian croft of drummer magazine england, dennis boxem of slagwerkkrant magazine from holland, heinz kronberger, and klaas jan stoll
i've been the host again this year
our good friend bernhard, founder and owner of
jaska during his clinic
backstage rider
our backstage security guard, klaus
daniel svensson's warming up pad
thomas warming up for his juggling show
stefan mueller (left) and me
wolfgang l├╝cke (left), chief of musikmesse frankfurt, talking to reinhold meinl
the complete line-up (left to right): jost nickel, johnny rabb, benny greb, felix pollard, jaska raatikainen, thomas duerrfeld, daniel svensson, charly boeck, and stephan maass
see you all at the '09 meinl drum festival in moscow

it's been a week now since our 4th drum festival has happened. i'm still blown away from all the impressions and experiences. of all the festivals i have organised so far, this one has been the most fun. all the hard work and preparations are forgotten when i see our artists play their a** off on stage and when i see that the audience has the time of their life. once again, thanks to our artists for their great performances, but moreover, thanks to everyone who has taken the time to come and attend the festival. benny greb always says that the most precious thing one can give is his or her time and attention. both has been given by everyone who was here. we are very grateful for that.

pictures say more than a thousand words. you can see some here, and more on check'em out. additionally we have had a stage-webcam which shot a picture every minute for four days. we made a fast motion video from all those images, also to be seen on

now i am off to holland to attend the adams drumworld festival this weekend.

Norbert Saemann

Norbert Saemann

With Meinl since 1990. International A&R, Event Management and Marketing

3 responses to "What A Great Festival !"

max lichtenfeld posted on Sep 13, 2008 - 12:37 PM

such a great festival ! ! ! i got a signed stick from jaska and manny manny more ...

Ian Croft posted on Sep 15, 2008 - 16:56 PM

Hey Meinl, Thank you for a fantastic event that was highly organised and truly inspirational to both drummers and percussionists. I love coming to the festival and discovering players that I am not familiar with and this year it was Jost Nickel that knocked my socks off with his deep groove and fabulous feel. I can\'t wait to watch the videos of the festival to remind me what a great time I had.
Ian Croft
Drummer magazine UK

Johnny posted on Sep 17, 2008 - 8:58 AM

Hello everyone at MEINL! This year the MEINL Drum Festival was outstanding. I was so honored to perform there and share the event with the other amazing artists! Thanks so much for having me. I agree with Ian, I cannot wait to see the videos of everyone on the site. It was great to catch up with friends as well. Thanks to the staff, friends and the wonderful crowd!

-Johnny Rabb

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