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Topic: In Memory of Ron Newsome 1947 - 2012

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In Memory of Ron Newsome 1947 - 2012


Ron was a great guy, wonderful musician and good friend whose tasteful and skillful drumming kept toes tapping and folks dancing for many years. He will be greatly missed.

Ron's drum sets are being sold to help cover medical costs and funeral expenses.

The sets: 1)  1965 Ludwig Sky Blue Pearl Hollywood set with Zildjian ride, crash and high hat cymbals, Chrome Ludwig Snare, stands, bass pedal, throne, covers in excellent condition. These are collectible great sounding and looking drums!!! 2) circa 1990  Pearl Natural Birch set consisting of  Bass Drum, 4 mounted toms, floor tom and hard ware.

If you or any one that you know are interested please contact me,
Vernon Fischer, at 434-295-6360 or email

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Ron Newsome, Drummer/Percussionist, grew up in a musical household Influenced by his Mother, a professional dancer, and his Fathers mastery of the guitar, lead to his love of percussion.

Rhythm and music was a theme that began to take shape for him early on. Playing drums came naturally for Ron, who started at the age of 6 on oatmeal boxes and by the age of 10, he was playing on every piece on furniture in the house.

His parents realized that buying a set of drums was not an option, if they wanted to save the rest of the furniture in the house. Ron inherited those artistic genes and by 14 years of age had his own band and bookings.

Ron was a a band drummer. He possessed the social and musical skills necessary to glue a musical group together. He has been a member of, and, led many successful bands with his supportive professional attitude. One of the most successful Top 40 bands was "Sound Trek", which played all throughout Philadelphia for 10 years straight. After that, he played his way to Florida and joined the South West Florida Jazz Society where he had an opportunity to play and learn Jazz from many of the retired greats from the TV industry. Now a resident of Central Virginia, he brings his wealth of experience to a musically rich area.

"My ultimate goal", said Ron, "is to attain a level the likes of Buddy Rich, Art Blakey, and Anton Fig" "These legends not only could make drums swing, they could make them sing. "He further states: "Ive been playing for many years but as I've often said: 'theres always something new to learn'. I feel a good musician never finds complacency, never stops leaning; there's always room for improvement. "

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