Drummer Mike Johnston To Headline Gretsch 135th Anniversary Clinic Tour – Asia, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, NAMM

Gretsch Brings Drum Making Heritage to Asia

Top drumming educator, Mike Johnston, will be taking the Gretsch 135th Anniversary drum set on tour throughout Asia this July 2018. The six drum clinic dates, in association with Aquarian and Vater, will see Mike visiting China and, for the first time, Taiwan, Thailand and Indonesia.

This limited edition Broadkaster kit has been finished with Exotic Ribbon Mahogany outer ply in either Dark Emerald or Classic Mahogany. Evocative of the forties, the anniversary drum sets are completed with the Gretsch Round Badge and etched single-flange 301 hoops with vintage-style claw hooks: The epitome of ‘old school’ drum styling, with modern construction.

Mike Johnston revolutionized drum education forever when he introduced his award-winning online drum lessons to the world.  He left touring in 2006 to concentrate full-time on education and has since taught and performed in hundreds of clinics and festivals including PASIC, The London Drum Show and La Bag’ Show, Paris.

Commenting on the forthcoming tour, Mike said, “I am so incredibly excited to share my teachings and my enthusiasm for the drums with the amazing people of China, Thailand, Taiwan and Indonesia! More than just grooves and fills, I look forward to introducing the clinic attendees to the many benefits that the drums can bring to your life. My goal for this clinic run is that there is an equal combination of inspiration and information!”.

Gretsch 135th Anniversary Mike Johnston Tour Dates:
17 July: Xiamen, China
18 July: Hangzhou, China
19 July: Hefei, China
23 July: Taipei, Taiwan
25 July: Bangkok, Thailand
27 July: Jakarta, Indonesia

Founded in Brooklyn, New York in 1883, Gretsch Drums is an iconic American drum brand manufactured in Ridgeland, South Carolina. In 2015, Oxnard California-based, American drum designers and manufacturer Drum Workshop (DW Drums) acquired the rights to develop, produce, market and distribute Gretsch Drums. For 135 years, this award-winning company has been providing “That Great Gretsch Sound” to drummers around the globe. Noted artists include Phil Collins, Charlie Watts, Vinnie Colaiuta, Cindy Blackman and Taylor Hawkins among others.