"Beyond The Brick"  

In 2013 while attending the independently presented international Lego Convention "Brickfair" in Chantilly, VA.  I observed in the general play area a family with two little ones creating circular Lego creations.  I was amazed.  I had never thought for a moment that you could do such a thing with Lego bricks.  I was directed by my son how to achieve this feat and found myself most intrigued.  During that same weekend we ventured to an area shopping mall "Tyson's Corners" which features a very well stocked Lego Store which highlights the "Pick - A - Brick" wall which offered on the day of our visit two other incredible finds - the 1 x 1 slope and the 1 x 1 round plate.  These two finds blew my mind.  It was after discovering these two different Lego bricks that it occurred to me that I can create a fully operational drum shell since these two bricks would allow me to create the most critical element of the drum shell - it's bearing edges.  Using the combination of 1 x 3 standard brick and the 1 x 1 cylinder made it possible for me to create the straight walled cylinder shape of the drum shell but the 1 x 1 slope would allow me to create the all important bearing edge along the top edge while using the 1 x 1 round plate as the all important bearing edge for the bottom of the drum shell.  When I returned home I outfitted my drum with the necessary conventional drum components to complete a fully operational drum with shells made completely out of Lego Bricks.  I tuned the drum heads and when I struck the drum for the first time I was absolutely blown away.  I had never really fully expected it to work.  I honestly continue to use this first Lego Drum (which is a snare drum) in all of my professional musical situations - performing , recording and education.  As of today's date September 1, 2017 I have clocked at least 1000 performances.  Shortly after creating my snare drum - I then started building a Bass Drum (16" x 16"), A Ride Tom (10" x 10") and a small diameter floor tom (12" x 12") all equally successful projects.  I am currently planing on building 2 additional Lego Drums, one smaller (8" x 8") and a slightly larger floor tom (14" x 14")  These sizes were selected on purpose since I work along side many other drummers which use typically larger drum sizes - my Lego Drums always find their sonic space and never get in the way of the drummers sound.

 

The following video excerpt is from the 2015 Brickfair International Lego Convention, Chantilly, VA when an internet television station "Beyond The Brick" stopped by my Lego Drum Exhibit and interviewed me.

 

 

"Beyond The Brick" Internet Television Station Interview 

 

Setting up my Lego Drum Set Exhibit Booth

 

Ready - There will have been over 24 thousand attendees over the 2 public days of the 2015 Brickfair Virginia

 

 

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