Richie Ramone, Slingerland’s latest distinguished endorsee, pummeled his new Slingerland Gene Krupa Signature drum kit during a recent celebration of the 50th anniversary of the musical West Side Story at Descanso Gardens, just outside of Los Angeles, California.

Performing Buddy Rich’s 17-minute drum solo from the Leonard Bernstein classic “West Side Story Suite,” Ramone was the featured musical guest of the Pasadena POPS. Best known for his work in the ’80s with the Ramones, he walked on stage and immediately received a standing ovation.

Ramone’s appearance with the Pasadena POPS has signaled a shift in his career direction, as he’s planning tours throughout 2008 and 2009 with other symphony and pops orchestras. Reportedly in the works is a nationwide tour with Ramone and the Pasadena POPS for 2008 and 2009.

Visit the Pasadena POPS here.