July 13, 2017:
It's hard to believe, but July 15th marks the one year anniversary of the passing of our founder, Johnny Craviotto. During this difficult time I have to say that I have been extremely proud of everyone associated with the Craviotto organization: Johnny's family, our employees, our dealers, our artists, our vendors, and the loyal customers who love our drums and the legacy that Johnny created.
The support and encouragement we've received throughout the past year has made the difficult task of "moving forward" very rewarding, even though we miss Johnny every day. All of us who work daily to maintain Johnny's legacy are extremely thankful and appreciative of the ongoing support we have received. And, we take great pride in continuing to produce world-class drums "Johnny's Way".
Lastly, I'd like to encourage you to share your thoughts and remembrances of Johnny with us so we can publish them both online on the Craviotto website and as part of our next Craviotto newsletter. Johnny always loved hearing from people who loved his work, so I can't think of a better way for all of us to honor Johnny. Please send your thoughts and comments to Dave Victor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below is our original message from a year ago, which we feel is worth reading once again. We are carrying on with Johnny's vision. His legacy lives on.
July 16th, 2016:
It is with great sadness that I have to announce that my dear friend Johnny Craviotto passed away on July 15th, 2016.
Johnny was, and always will be, the world’s finest drum craftsman. No one had his knowledge, his skill, and his passion for his craft. He created instruments of incredible sonic and visual beauty, and those instruments have graced stages, recording studios, and collections worldwide. His contribution to the world of drum building has been without equal. We are truly fortunate that as the heart and soul of the Craviotto Drum Company it was vitally important to Johnny to pass along his skills, honed over a lifetime, and his innovations in the art and craft of drum building to his trusted colleagues and protégés at Craviotto, so that the "Craviotto-way" could carry on for the next generation. This living art is his legacy.
Johnny and I had been friends for over 15 years, and I can’t even contemplate the world without him. I became very accustomed to him being there at the helm of the finest custom drum building company in the world. I was always amazed by his friendliness, knowledge, and willingness to share information and ideas. As the years progressed I worked with him as a business partner as well, so that he could focus more of his time on what he loved most about this work: building the world’s best drums. He was a very dear friend to me and to many others and we will all miss him terribly.
Johnny was one of a kind, and we’ll never see the likes of him again. But, what I can promise you is this: We will persevere and continue creating the wonderful instruments that Johnny loved. We will carry his vision forward and we will preserve and grow the legacy that he created. We should all celebrate his life and his legacy.
Steve Maxwell and the Craviotto Drum Family.