Bill Crowden was one of the true veterans of the music products industry! He owned and operated Drums Ltd, one of the hot spots for jazz, symphonic and rock drummers for several decades. The store was located on Wabash Avenue in Chicago, Illinois. When Bill married into the Ludwig family by marrying the founder’s granddaughter Brooke, it was the perfect match. Mr. and Mrs. Crowden were sure to be on hand at the NAMM grand events as well as those hosted by Ludwig and the Percussive Arts Society for the better part of 40 years. Bill was also known to millions of NAMM attendees over the years, seen on the opening day carrying the flag for the all industry marching band.