PMC Draws On Experts From All Facets Of The Industry; 2016 IDM Celebrity Spokesperson Announced
The Percussion Marketing Council (PMC) hosted a percussion industry leaders panel at its Annual All-Member Meeting January 22, at the 2016 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California. The “Women in Percussion: the Changing Market for Percussion” panel discussed issues pertaining to how to increase the number of female percussionists and drum students. Panelists included retailers Victor Salazar (Vic’s Drum Shop), and Gary Forkum (Fork’s Drum Closet); percussion industry representatives Joe Testa (Vic Firth Corporation) and Chris Stankee (Sabian); plus professional female drummers Allison Miller (nationally-recognized artist, composer, teacher) and Cora Coleman (nationally-recognized artist who’s worked with Prince and Beyoncé).
The lively 2016 All-Member meeting included a brief overview of PMC market development plans and programs for 2016, presented by the PMC executive officers David Jewell (Yamaha Corporation of America), Stacey Montgomery-Clark (Sabian), Brad Smith (Hal Leonard), and Karl Dustman (Dustman & Associates). For the past 20 years, the trade organization has been recognized as the catalyst for the percussion industry’s expansion through market development programs and campaigns like International Drum Month (IDM), Percussion in the Schools, Drums Across America, Vans Warped Tour Free Drum Lessons, and Roots of Rhythm.
Roadie For A Day Contest
At NAMM, the PMC also announced that its 2016 IDM (May) celebrity spokesperson would be Rich Redmond, drummer with Jason Aldean. Throughout May, drummers or would-be drummers are encouraged to visit their local music retailers to enter to win the grand prize of “Drum Roadie for a Day.” The lucky winner will get to hang out backstage with Redmond for a behind the scenes look at the life of a professional touring drummer. Participating retailers will have a life-size Rich Redmond IDM pop-up in-store display with contest entry information for customers (or they may enter online at http://www.playdrums.com).
“My good friends at the Percussion Marketing Council have asked me to host the ‘Roadie for a Day’ contest to help raise awareness for International Drum Month this May. One lucky winner can get a chance to see what it’s like to be on the road with an artist like Jason Aldean. It’s going to be an amazing time!” says Redmond, who urges drummers and would-be drummers to visit their local music retailers to register to win and support drumming.
“The idea is to drive more consumers and get more sticks into the hands of kids, and adults, to play drums for the first time,” says PMC Executive Board member Dave Jewell.
To sign up as a participating IDM store visit www.PlayDrums.com/retail. Manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and anyone interested in International Drum Month, can contact the PMC through PlayDrums.com for more information and downloadable application and membership forms.
Hit Like A Girl Fests On Both Coasts
Los Angeles Event Scheduled For This Saturday And New York For February 13, 2016
Upper row, left to right: Lindsay Artkop, Cherisse Osei, and Terri Lyne Carrington perform in New York. Below: Emmanuelle Caplette, Kiran Gandhi, and Kim Thompson appear in L A.
The organizers of the Hit Like A Girl female drumming contest, in conjunction with Swing House Studios and New York University (NYU), are proud to announce two exciting drum events scheduled to take place in Los Angeles and New York the first two weekends in February.
February 6 Los Angeles Drumming Invasion
The first festival, taking place on Saturday, February 6, 2016 from 1:00 to 7:00 PM at Swing House Studios (3229 Casitas Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90039) in Los Angeles, features clinics and performances by Kim Thompson (Beyoncé/Late Night with Seth Meyers), Gina Schock (The Go-Go’s) and the Los Angeles debut of artist/educator Emmanuelle Caplette. Also on the bill are a panel discussion moderated by Kiran Gandhi (MIA) with Jess Bowen (The Summer Set), Val Sepulveda (Heather Russell) and Venzella Joy (Beyoncé) and an appearance by an all-girl, all-star band from the Los Angeles area School Of Rock music schools. Sponsors include DW, Evans, Promark Gretsch, Sonor, Zildjian, Sabian, Mapex, NFUZD, Paiste, TRX Vic Firth, Swing House, Musician’s Institute, School Of Rock and Hit Like A Girl. In addition, the Los Angeles event will offer hands-on demonstrations of the latest drum gear from Mapex and NFUZD. The final concert of the day will be filmed to air later on YouTube and The Enter Music Network courtesy of DrumChannel.com.
Celebrating Women Drummers In New York
The second Hit Like A Girl Drum Festival will occur in conjunction with NYU’s “Day Of Percussion” on Saturday, February 13, 2016, at the Frederick Loewe Theatre (35 West 4th Street, New York, NY 10012) in New York. Featuring a variety of educational clinics and performances from NYU and KoSA guests, Hit Like A Girl supported activities for the east coast festival include appearances by Cherisse Osei (Bryan Ferry), 2015 Hit Like A Girl Champion Lindsay Artkop and an all-girl, all-star band from the New York City area School Of Rock music schools. Sponsors are BeyerDynamic Microphones, Cooperman, Gator, Gibraltar, Kickport, Latin Percussion, Ludwig/Musser, Mapex, Majestic Marimbas, MalletKat, Mike Balter, Norsk Musik, Prentice Practice Pads, Promark, Sabian, Tama, Zildjian, Evans, Remo, Vic Firth, School Of Rock, NYU, KoSA and Hit Like A Girl.
The Hit Like A Girl Drum Festivals are free of charge and open to the public.
About Hit Like A Girl
Now in its 5th year, since the Hit Like A Girl Contest began there have been more than 1,600 entrants from 45 countries and more than 8,000,000 web impressions. Sponsors include leading companiesAvedis Zildjian, Evans, Promark, Mapex, NFUZD, Sabian, Yamaha, Puresound, Vater, Innovative, Cympad, TRX. Support for the festivals are provided by other companies as well. Hit Like A Girl’s 2016 co-spokespersons are Anika Nilles and Hannah Welton. For more information, please visit http://www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com
KoSA Cuba 2016 Easy For Americans To Visit
The fourteenth annual KoSA Cuba Percussion workshop, a collaborative one-week intensive learning and playing journey, combined with festival concerts is scheduled for February 28 to March 6, 2016. Aldo Mazza, percussion artist and KoSA director says this year is special because it is now easier than ever for US-based drummers to attend. "Learning in Cuba is an experience most drummers will never forget," Aldo says. "With the changing US relastions, American players can now fly there direct."
The KoSA Cuba workshop takes place the same time as the Havana Rhythm and Dance Festival. KoSA works closely with the festival to ensure students experience the full range of Cuban music. "We immerse students in the culture and then let them share experiences with Cuba's top players. There's no camp like it," Aldo adds.
For this years event, KoSA faculty include:
- Giraldo Piloto, Cuba’s top drummer who teaches “ timba “ style and Latin Jazz drumming in today's Cuban music
- "Conguero" Tomas "El Panga" Ramos, one of the top studio Havanistas teaches conga.
- Another instructor "El Capitan" astounds fans with his "Cuban Contraptione"-a unique fusion of conga drums, timbales, bongs, guiro, bells and multiple pedals, including innovative new technologies and instruments for expanding the drummers' horizons.
- The great timbalero, Amadito Valdés (best known for Buena Vista Social Club) will teach his style of timbale playing.
- Enrique Pla, famous for his work with Irakere and the development of Cuban fusion will teach and there will be classes with the two Klimax group percussionists: Jean Roberto Figueroa and Julio Lopez.
Nightly performances will many of Cuba’s top drummers and percussionists Oliver Valdes, Ramses Rodriguez , Rodney Barreto and great ensembles such as, Alicia Alonso National Ballet Company, Havana Compas Dance, Los Papines, Roberto Fonseca, Pupy y Los que Son, as well as several other well known dance companies will perform , Cuba’s best known groups such as NG la Banda, Compania Santiago Alfonso, Manolito Simonet, Lazarito Valdes y Bamboleo and the legendary drummer Giraldo Piloto and his band Klimax.
For more on KoSA Cuba 2016 visit http://www.kosamusic.com
KoSA Cuba 2016 Fiesta del Tambor (Havana Rhythm and Dance Festival) is sponsored in part by KoSA Music, Sabian, Gon Bops, Evans, ProMark, Regal Tip and KoSA Music. Dates for KoSA Cuba Workshop & Havana Rhythm and Dance Festival ( Fiesta del Tambor ) are February 28-March 6,2016. For more information, please visit Kosamusic.com
Before 2015 production at the Walopus Drum Wrap Company was limited to a few designs in small quantities for a handful of drum enthusiasts local to the Greater Toronto area. Fans of the product say it is the most flexible, durable, gleaming and lustrous drum wrap possible.
Now, the company has scaled up its production and opened a website with an online ordering system and expanded its manufacturing capabilities. The online catalogue has grown to over 50 drum wrap designs, most of which are unique to Walopus including grains, sparkles, pearls, and unique designs.
Unlike most wrap manufacturers Walopus offers it's products in either pre-cut pieces for standard drum sizes, or as full sheets. The pre-cut sizes include pieces large enough to cover a 24" bass drum with a single piece of wrap.
All of Walopus' designs are available in "standard thickness" which according to the company is in the neighborhood of 20 mil / 0.5 mm, or about the thickness of a credit card. Some are also available in an extra-thick gauge which is roughly double that of the standard gauge.
Walopus is a family owned and operated company. The products are hand-made in a purpose-built manufacturing facility in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga. All raw materials used are sourced from Canada and USA.
For more information visit walopus.com.
Beyond Your Wildest Drums: Fifth Annual Contest For Female Drummers Opens February 1, 2016
Alicia Warrington is one of the many celebrity judges who will participate in the 2015 contest.
Friday January 22, 2016. Anaheim, California. Female drummers of all ages and abilities— from all around the world— are invited to participate in the 5th Annual Hit Like A Girl drum contest. According to event organizer David Levine, beginning February 1, 2016, women and girls can upload and register their drum videos online to be seen by fans, friends and family, be judged by an all-star panel of industry leaders and celebrity judges, and compete to win thousands in drum gear from the world’s top drum and accessory companies.
The contest is judged by a group of well-known drummers and past winners including Lindsay Artkop, Jess Bowen (The Summer Set), Emmanuelle Caplette, Grammy winner Terri Lyne Carrington , Emily Dolan-Davies, Kiran Gandhi (formerly with MIA), [Cuban star] Yissy Garcia, Venzella Joy (Beyonce), Nia Lovelis (Hey Violet), Didi Negron (Cirque du Soleil), Nicx, Anika Nilles, Cherisse Osei (Bryan Ferry), Val Sepulveda (Diamante), Kim Thompson, Alicia Warrington (pictured) and Hannah Welton (Prince). Executives from Alfred, Drummer, Sabian, Yamaha and Zildjian represent the drum industry judges. Plus, drumming legend Steve Smith is the first to be confirmed as a special guest judge for the final round of competition.
Principal sponsors include DW, Evans, Mapex and Zildjian along with KAT, LP, Gibraltar, Gretsch, PDP, Promark, Puresound, NFUZD, Sonor, Vic Firth, Musician’s Institute, Sabian, School Of Rock, Swing House Studios, Yamaha, Cympad, Innovative, TRX and Vater. Media support is provided by Alternative Press, DRUM!, Drum Channel, Drum Guru, Enter Music Network, Music Radar, Percussive Arts Society, Rhythm and Wikidrummers.
The entry period for the 2016 Hit Like A Girl contest runs from February 1 through March 13, 2016 with Weekly Winners and Finalists chosen through a combination of celebrity judging and public voting, and announced during the course of the contest. Achievement Award recipients and the under and over 18 age-division Champions will be announced live on DrumChannel.com on April 14th. For complete details visit www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com.
Now in its 5th year, since the Hit Like A Girl Contest began there have been more than 1,600 entrants from 45 countries and more than 8,000,000 web impressions. Previous sponsors have included D’Addario, DRUM!, Drum Workshop, Mapex, Yamaha and Zildjian as well as many other leading drum, percussion, hardware, electronics and media companies. Hit Like A Girl’s 2016 co-spokespersons are Anika Nilles and Hannah Welton.