I have a rich family history with Slingerland drums. My great uncle, Oswald Kern worked for Slingerland and helped my father, Jack, get a job at Slingerland when he emigrated from Germany to the United States.
Dad was with Slingerland for over 30 years. He was head of the woodshop there and he was with them up to the very end when they moved from the Niles, Illinois plant to the Algonquin, Illinois plant. Dad had European craftsmanship roots and taught me well.
During Slingerland’s heyday in the mid-1970s, I worked summers at the Niles plant while in high school and after school on the night shift. Talk about a sweet job for a high school kid who was a drummer!