Crescent and Sabian Hammer Unique Deal
Sabian Will Make New Hand-Hammered Crescents At Canadian Foundry
- By Radim McCue
- Published January 14, 2014
In a unique deal that the company says will help them meet the demand for new cymbals, Cymbal Masters LLC (the parent company of Crescent Cymbals), announced they will begin offering select Crescent models in North America, handmade by Sabian at its Canadian foundry. Crescent’s Istanbul production managers Kadri Kayan and Guclu Arslan will continue to produce the company's present models in Turkey using ancient handmade traditions
Sabian CEO, Andy Zildjian says, “I am very happy to be working with Cymbal Masters. I am impressed with their passion for and knowledge of cymbals. This is an opportunity to expand our tradition of hand-hammering cymbals, originally brought to Sabian by Kerope Zilcan."
Crescent CEO, Michael Vosbein adds, “This new relationship offers Crescent the chance to expand our sound palette with production on two continents, taking advantage of the best craftsmanship in both the old and new worlds.”
Visit http://www.crescentcymbals.com for more
Jason Bittner Launches New Website
- By Jordan Liffengren
- Published January 9, 2014
Shadows Fall drummer Jason Bittner's got a new website up and running, thanks to Dragonfly Digital Solutions. The new site chronicles Bittner's drumming career and keeps fans current on all of his projects.
"I can't wait for my new site to launch on January 1st," Bittner said. "DDS has put together an awesome package I hope you will all check out again and again — pics, lessons, videos, immediate contact with me, and more!"
You can visit the new site, here.
Hit Like A Girl 2014 Website Live
- By David Levine
- Published January 8, 2014
With the official, January 24th start of the 2014 Hit Like A Girl female drumming contest just days away, drummers, fans and the general public can now visit www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com to view videos of past winners and learn about this year’s sponsors, prizes and celebrity judges as well as how to participate in the popular, international drumming contest for women and girls. The new site also features a selection of free, downloadable “Groove Essentials” play-along tracks courtesy of Tommy Igoe and Hudson Music.
The 2014 contest will once again be divided into under and over 18 age divisions however, to create a more exciting and inclusive event for the drumming community, the voting and judging process has been revised and improved. During the five-week entry period (January 24 through February 28), two-woman teams consisting of a celebrity drummer and an industry representative will choose four weekly winners. The “mini-contest” judging will bring well-known drummers including Jess Bowen, Meytal Cohen, Hannah Ford and Emmanuelle Caplette together with the top female executives in the drum business, such as Craigie Zildjian and Sarah Hagen (Zildjian), Prudence Elliot (Yamaha), Angela Zammit (D’Addario), Mindy Abovitz (Tom Tom) and others. Each week a different pair of judges will select two finalists in each age group with all weekly winners moving on to the finals and the upper age division “Drummers Of The Week” receiving a GoPro video camera.
Once the entry period ends, three weeks of open, online voting by fans and friends will determine ten additional finalists from each age division. The combined finalists from the weekly selection and popular voting phases will then be rated by a panel of judges made up of a who’s-who of leading female drumming professionals from around the world. The list of confirmed and invited judges includes Gina Schock, Sheila E, Kimberley Thompson, Cindy Blackman-Santana, Allison Miller, Jen Ledger, Elaine Bradley, Samantha Maloney, Dawn Richardson, Kate Schellenbach, Vera Figueiredo, Carola Grey, Senri Kawaguchi, Cherisse Ofosu-Osei, Emily Dolan-Davies and Nia Lovelis plus last year’s Hit Like A Girl champions Val Sepulveda and Alexey Poblete. The 2014 Hit Like A Girl Contest winners will be announced on special, Drum Channel event on Thursday, April 10.
For the 2014 Hit Like A Girl Contest, new sponsors – including Premier Sponsors Guitar Center and GoPro along with Prize Sponsor Avedis Zildjian – join returning sponsors DRUM! and Tom Tom magazines, TRX Cymbals, Drum Workshop, Yamaha, Vater, Evans, Drum Channel, Overtone Labs, and SKB. Additional 2014 Hit Like A Girl Contest support includes:
- Supporting Sponsors Big Bang Distribution, Crush, Ddrum, Heil Sound and Innovative Percussion.
- Media Sponsors Drum Guru, Enter Music Network, Hudson Music, Indian Drummer, Music Radar, Online Drummer, Performance Drumming, Percussion Marketing Council, Percussive Arts Society, Rhythm and The Black Page.
Thanks to the generous support of these companies the 2014 Hit Like A Girl Contest will be able to provide participants and winners with $20,000+ worth of drums, cymbals, heads, sticks, accessories and media coverage. In addition, the 2014 Hit Like A Girl Contest champion in the upper age division will have an opportunity to perform at the 2014 PAS International Convention, November 19—22, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Additional information on prizes, sponsors, judges and other activities will be announced at the Guitar Center Drum-Off Finals in Los Angeles on January 18, 2014, during a special event at the Zildjian booth at the NAMM Show on January 24, 2014 and at http://www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com when the contest goes live at 12:01 AM, January 24, 2014. To learn more visit any Guitar Center location or log on to www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hitlikeagirlcontest.
Drumming Against All The Odds
- By Jordan Liffengren
- Published January 7, 2014
Dean Laponsee nearly lost his life to an infection that resulted in the amputation of both of his legs and the fingers on his left hand. But thanks to specialists at Ottawa Rehabilitation Centre, Laponsee still enjoys his greatest passion in life: drums.
The former military lineman and drummer's life changed suddenly last summer on a fishing trip when he started feeling sick and vomiting. The 44 year old father of two woke up six weeks later with a massive infection ravaging his body.
He had contracted double pneumonia. Laponsee had to have both legs removed, and all the fingers on his left hand. He also lost the sight in his left eye.
He could no longer work, but he still wanted to drum. Laponsee's band North of 40 were already asking when their lead drummer was coming back. “Drums are my main thing,” he says, “and when I lost my feet I thought, 'Jesus what's going to happen?'”
Enter experts at Ottawa's Rehab Centre: "You know it's always about how we can best help people achieve the best quality of life with what they have and what they can support,” says rehab engineer Louis Goudreau.
"We'd love to see him play again,” says Tony Zanbelt, a mechanical technologist with the centre, “and I'd be proud to say I had a small part in his recovery.”
The two collaborated and came up with a special holder for Laponsee's drum sticks and special feet for the pedals. In addition, Long and McQuade sent along an electriconic drum kit. There are still some quirks to work out, but for Laponsee, it's more than enough.
“It's awesome,” he says. “When you're playing music and you're in the zone, there's nothing like it.”
Sam Ulano Passes Away At 93
- By Jordan Liffengren
- Published January 3, 2014
Legendary drummer and educator Sam Ulano passed away on New Year's Day at the age of 93.
Ulano, or "Mr. Rhythm," began playing drums at age 13. He opened his first drum studio when he was 17, and had been teaching and writing about drums ever since. Over the course of 76 years, Ulano wrote over 4000 drum instruction books, and taught nearly 10,000 students.
He appeared on several television programs, including Tonight Starring Steve Allen, and recorded with Moondog. He was also for one night in 1981 a member of the English post-punk band Public Image Ltd.