OXNARD, Calif.-Drummers know DW stands for Drum Workshop and the Oxnard-based company marked its 50 anniversary with a drum roll and more.
The company is celebrating with a number of live streams this week featuring makers Shon Smith and Jose Capos followed by clinics featuring DW co-founder John Good, DW artist Russ Kunkel and others.
On Thursday night an in-person party took place in Santa Monica, the city where DW got its start in 1972.
The party included a who's who of drummers and a surprise performance by Sheila E.
Chad Wackerman ,the drummer for Frank Zappa, Chad Smith, the drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Thomas Lang of the metal band stOrk also played some of DW's newest drums.
They showed off a wireless drum kit called DWe.
Guests also enjoyed checking out a historic exhibit of famous drums and drum hardware and a shop full of DW souvenirs.
The exhibit located at 501 Broadway in Santa Monica will be open to the public through Monday.
DW's parent company is Roland.
DW also give public tours on Thursday at its Oxnard location at 3450 Lunar Ct.
Your NewsChannel will have more on the DW at 50 this weekend.
For more information visit dwdrums.com.