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Payed a visit to the Palace of Arts, whereas in the frame of the Budapest Spring Festival, Mr. Sándor Kármán, the owner of the Museum of Drums welcomed the arrived visitors to peck in the land of drums. The exhibition can be visited throughout the duration of time during the Budapest Spring Festival. That is until the 26th of March. Even though this exhibition shows only a slice of what can be seen at the Museum of Drums at the city of Cegléd, the selection and the display of drums was as entering to a scene of haven for all drummers and non drummers. Mr. Sándor Kármán has a private collection from 1990 and just by seeing a couple of drums at the exhibition, you can easily believe he has a unique and an outstanding collection of drums and not to mention the wonderful stories he has to each-and-every-one of them! Mr. Sándor Kármán, once being a drummer himself always cherished a dream as to collecting drums and displaying them in a museum.

He was saying he can only hope that these drums can bring back even if just a portion of the grand names in the awakening generation of drummers. As he also stated, these people deserve special recognition, shouldn’t lose track of the great drummers who truly made a difference in the history of drummers.

Listening to Mr. Sándor Kármán’s „presentation” you could hear his  love in the air for the drums. He is a real two-walking-feet lexicon of drums.

Mr. Sándor Kármán is a humble person who has the one and only collection in the World out on display at the Museum of Drums of percussions that introduces the drums from their development in 1990 in jazz, modern and classic music. Since the Museum opened in 1992 numerous visitors have entered a land to a historical tour of drums. During the two decades, many professional and non drumstick holders came along that somehow were interested in the

History of Drums

Opening hours: from Monday till Friday 10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.

Week-end can be visited prior consultation (+36 20 365 1724)

Location: 5 Szabadság tér (Szabadság Square) City of CEGLÉD

The Museum of Drums is also proud to share and take you down the road to a wonderful display of vintage drums from the last century.

At the museum there is a guide tour and you can stroll along at these spaces and time with an expert telling the tales of the drums and drummers beside you. Just a hint to tickle your interest. there is a working model of Leonardo da Vinci’s (1452-1519) mechanical drum design that lays just a foot step away for you.

Drum Museum goal is to collect and preserve and most of all to present the material history of each from and in its formation to the present visitors.

One of the long time gone furnished spot was a huge musical instrument store on the Rákóczi Str. in Budapest. For some of you it doesn’t ring the bell at all, but for many locals and maybe for those Hungarians who once lived in Budapest and now living somewhere over the rainbow, it may sound familiar. The instrument shop owner was Mr.Ármin Sterberg. To bring back the sight and feeling of those days, the Museum of Drums had set-up an exactly the same designed similar shop. Through the shop’s window can be seen (just like in the old days) those sets of drums from the Hungarian drum makers like: Mogyorossy, Stowasser and Reményi from the 1920s up to the 30’s. Now, take that as a tour back in time! One of the superb drummer’s drum Mr. John Grey – “Consort” trap set can be seen there.

Another gift that made history at the Museum was the drum making items and tools donated by Mr Desző Dubán Jr. after his father Mr. Dezső Dubán (1921-1993) had gone ahead. Mr. Dezső Dubán and Mr. Antal Medveczky both were very well-known and acknowledged local drum makers in the postwar times.

Mr. Api Weisz, (1910-1945) was a legend in his time and still remained in the world of music, as Hungary’s legendary drummer. There is a memorial stand showing him beside his drum as was seen playing with his band called “Chappy” at the Moulin Rouge in Budapest.

One of the outstanding “peice of treasure” at the Museum of Drums is an exhibition introducing the lifetime achievement of Mr. Peter Erskine, the American drummer, tutor and composer.

As a private collector he has an outstanding collection of drums and since 1993 he has lite the fire as to organize an annually held International Drum and Percussion Gala at Cegléd,  in the city’s Sport Hall. These walls held excellent drummers such as: Jojo Mayer, Steve Smith, David Moss, Will Calhoun, Tommmy Campell, Benny Greb, Horacio Hernandez, Peter Erskine and last but not least, Billy Cobham –  see my previous article and snaps at: https://rollinginbudapest.com/2011/09/02/septemberfest-with-special-guest-staring-bill-cobham/

There is also a cosy, neet music room at the museum.

A Gala without a prize ain’t really a Gala, right!?! So a Golden Drumstick Award was founded and presented each year as a recognition to the best Hungarian drummer.

There are so many greaties you couldn’t have touched on base, but these drums and stories can bring back their memories.

If you enjoyed this update then the Museum of Drums should not be missed!

Opening hours: from Monday till Friday 10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.

Week-end can be visited prior consultation (+36 20 365 1724)

Location: 5 Szabadság tér (Szabadság Square) City of  CEGLÉD

Many of the „oldies” drum players were radio babies, heard all kinds of music, later formed their own style. They also had their state in style for drums.

There are so many greaties you couldn’t have touched on base, but visiting the museum you will surely get an insight.

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

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