Chad Wackerman & Family Fund

For: Chad Wackerman
Los Angeles, CA
Organizer: DW Drums
of $15,000 goal.
Raised by 290 donors
100% Complete

The Story

Chad Wackerman has played DW drums since 1982, and his music has inspired and entertained people the world over. He is respected and admired for his phenomenal playing and a remarkable body of work which includes a seven year association with Frank Zappa, as well as work with Allan Holdsworth, Barbra Streisand, Steve Vai, Andy Summers, Dweezil Zappa, James Taylor and John Patitucci among many others.

In November, Chad’s wife of 28 years, Naomi Star, passed away after fighting cancer. Chad and Naomi met on tour in 1985. Naomi was a professional singer in her own right, having worked with The Moody Blues, Belinda Carlisle and Neil Sedaka among others. Chad is now left to care for their two children, one of whom has a disability. So that Chad can tour again, he will have to hire a 24/7 caregiver for his child with special needs as well as a nanny for his other child. The combined costs of the medical bills, funeral expenses and caregiver are a tremendous financial burden.

In response, DW is donating some very special drums for sale with 100% of the proceeds going directly to the Wackerman family.




This is a truly special item. This stunning snare drum from Nigel's "Annette" drum set is now available. Nigel signed the drum head with a personal message of "For Chad" and a drawing of his signature, "Lil Bloke" character. The interior of the drum is hand-signed by:

The interior is signed by the entire current Elton John Band:

Elton John
Davey Johnstone - Guitarist
John Mahon - Percussionist
Matt Bissonette - Bass
Kim Bullard - Keyboards

  • DW will include shipping via UPS Ground within the continental United States. If you live outside the US, you will be responsible for shipping costs as well as any tariffs or taxes due.
  • BEFORE you donate for this kit, please contact us via Youcaring via the "Contact the Organizer" option below to confirm the kit is still available. We will attempt to remove any sold items immediately after the donation is received, but because of time differences, etc., we want to take every precaution to avoid disappointing anyone.

If you have any questions regarding the items, please contact us directly and we will get back with you as quickly as possible.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on January 15, 2016

Posted on January 15, 2016

Hello and Happy New Year!

Just a quick update from the Wackerman fund, we have just added a Nigel Olsson's stunning, 5x13" Collector's Series "Annette" snare drum signed by Nigel and the entire Elton John band -- including Elton himself!

Please remember that if you haven't already provided us with your address and information to send you a "Thank You" please do so before 6:00 PM PT on Friday, January 15th. Look for items to mail out by February 1st.

The link to submit your info is here: ADDRESS SUBMISSION FORM

***Please note that ALL addresses must be submitted via this form.

Please help us spread the word on the campaign by sharing it on your social media.

With gratitude - Team DW

Posted on January 4, 2016

Posted on January 4, 2016

Thank you to everyone who has donated to the Wackerman Family Fund! Thanks to you generosity, we have now raised over $20,000.00.

In order to raise even more funds, we are now offering the 7-piece DW Collector's Series Royal Ebony Kit signed/played by legendary Cream drummer, Ginger Baker for a minimum donation of only $6000.00 and the Jane's Addiction signed Performance Snare drum with case for only $750.00!

If you have made a donation and have not yet submitted your info for the mailing of perks, please click on the appropriate links below. All addresses must be submitted through these forms for proper processing. Deadline to submit addresses is January 15th.



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