Todd Trent Joins Joyful Noise Drum Company
When you commit to the drumming industry your life takes interesting turns. That's definitely been the case with Todd Trent, who was recently appointed Chief Operating Officer at Joyful Noise Drum Company, the high-end studio producing seamless metal and solid wood snares and kits. Todd (on the right with company founder Curt Waltrip) brings more than three decades of experience in the trenches of the music business to Joyful Noise, during which time he wore many hats. He has been a musician, a roadie to the stars, a longtime Ludwig Drums artist relations representative, a music store owner in Ontario, California, and most recently, the sales and marketing director at Taye Drums.
Todd has forgotten more than most of us will ever know about the business of drums and drumming, so he's well suited to develop the business at Joyful Noise. He says "I have been a fan of the company's product, their mission, and leadership team since the beginning of the company and am proud to add my abilities to such an outstanding company."
Joyful Noise is known for its meticulous seamless metal drums and solid steam-bent wood drums.
LOS ANGELES COLLEGE OF MUSIC ANNOUNCES INTENSIVE “SUMMER XPERIENCE” WORKSHOPS FOR TEENS AND COLLEGE STUDENTS
Music Performance And Music Production, Songwriting And The Sixth Annual Drummer's Reality Camp Offered
The Los Angeles College of Music offers two week-long intensive summer musical programs designed to give teens interested in music as a career a leg up on the competition. LACM’s Summer Xperience programs include Music Performance and Music Production (Session 1: June 22-26, 9am-5pm) as well as Songwriting and the 6th annual Drummer’s Reality Camp, hosted by LACM and DrumChannel.com (Session 2: June 29-July 3, 9am-5pm). Each session can be taken individually or a multi-session discount is available for those who take both sessions. DRC features lectures, ensemble workshops, clinics, music business workshops, concerts and a private lesson with a LACM Drum Department faculty member. The week-long camp also includes a group field trip to DW Factory and Showroom and Drum Channel production studios. “LACM’s Drummers Reality Camp offers an invaluable opportunity to drum students of all ages and experience levels and gives them access to some of the top drummers and clinicians in the world,” said Mike Packer, professional drummer and Executive Vice President, LACM.
Drummer’s Reality Camp is hosted by LACM and DrumChannel.com. This is the 6th annual DRC and is open to players of all skill levels, ages 17+. This one-of-a-kind, annual event brings a diverse group of drummers together and allows them to get up close and personal with some of the most respected names in drums.
Instructors include Ralph Humphrey (LACM Drum Dept. Co-Chair, American Idol, Franz Zappa), Joe Porcaro (LACM Drum Dept. Co-Chair, Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan, Madonna), Dave Beyer (LACM Drum Dept. Faculty, Melissa Etheridge, America, Jewel, Gregg Allman), and Tony Inzalaco (LACM Drum Dept. Faculty, Ben Webster, Dexter Gordon, Maynard Ferguson).
For more information go to Summer Xperience
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Hit Like A Girl Winners Chosen From Nearly 400 Contestants
The 2015 Hit Like A Girl Contest climaxed tonight with the selection of winners in a one and one-half hour awards show on Drumchannel.com. First, second, and third-place prizes were awarded in both Under 18 and 18+ categories to drummers chosen by a dozen judges drawn from the ranks of well-known female drummers.
The show was hosted by Publishers Phil Hood (DRUM! Magazine) and Mindy Abovitz (Tom Tom Magazine) and Jess Bowen, a judge and drummer for The Summer Set. Special guests throughout the evening include Alicia Warrington (drummer for Kate Nash), Kiran Gandhi (MIA), Youtube star Cobus Potgieter and Red Hot Chili Peppers superstar Chad Smith. During the evening a special drum jam was performed with Alicia, Motown percussion legend Bobbye Hall, and 2013 Hit Like A Girl winner Valeria Sepulveda (recently on the road with Diamante).
In the Under 18 category there were four winners in all with a tie for the second runner-up position. And, the winners are:
- Second runner-up: Natalie De Pergola (US), Elise (US)
- First runner-up: Becca Webster (US)
- Winner: Kalonica Nicx (Indonesia)
In the 18+ category the winners are as follows.
- Second runner-up: Brooke Custerson (Australia)
- First runner-up: Daiana Azar (Argentina)
- Winner: Lindsay Artkop (United States)
Be sure to check out their performances and see what you think of this year's performances. Complete information on the prizes for the winners can be found here.
Hit Like A Girl Wraps Up Its International Drumming Contest With Star Studded Awards Show
Live webcast to air May 7, 2015 at 4:00 PM PDT on DrumChannel.com
(Guests and performers at the Hit Like A Girl Show on Drumchannel.com include [left to right] The Summer Set's Jess Bowen, Motown percussion legend Bobbye Hall, Beyonce drummer and former contestant Venzella Joy, and Alicia Warrington.)
Two 2015 Champions will be crowned and many of today’s top professional drummers will appear on the 4th Annual Hit Like A Girl Contest awards show scheduled to air live Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 4:00 PM Pacific time on DrumChannel.com. The show is hosted by Jess Bowen, Mindy Abovitz (Tom Tom magazine ) and Phil Hood (DRUM! magazine) and sponsored by Drum Channel, DW, Evans, Mapex and Zildjian along with many of drumming’s leading manufacturing and media companies (visit http://www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/contest/sponsors for a complete list).
In addition to highlights of videos submitted by 46 of the world’s top amateur female drummers, the show features appearances and performances by Didi Negron, Jess Bowen, Anika Nilles, Val Sepulveda, Bobbye Hall and Loud Street Girls as well as 2014 Champions Riesha Fayson and Kanade Sato. The show also includes the World-Premiere of the “Hit Like A Girl” video produced by Red Bull Media and Hit Like A Girl along with several special surprise guests. HLAG 2015 sponsors, judges and ambassadors are showcased during the 1½ hour event, too.
To view the 2015 Hit Like A Girl Contest Awards Show, log on to: Drum Channel
Thomas Lang Announces Big Drum Bonanza 2015
Drummer/Producer Thomas Lang, has announced the Big Drum Bonanza 2015 July 1st – 5th at the Palm Garden Hotel in Thousand Oaks, California. Drummers of all ages, levels and styles are invited to join Thomas Lang and his other special guest instructors including world-renowned drummers Chad Wackerman (Frank Zappa/James Taylor); Matt Garstka (Animals as Leaders); Gregg Bissonette, (Ringo Starr’s Allstar Band/David Lee Roth); Rich Redmond (Jason Aldean) and Gergo Borlai (Tribal Tech) among others for this exciting, 5-day music camp and educational experience.
Lang and his special guest teachers will lead daily schedules of intensive, hands-on drumming, master classes, Q&A sessions, performances, private lessons and much more in an exclusive setting that allows students to have maximum access to these acclaimed artists. Selling out in its first two years, the Big Drum Bonanza is fast-becoming the world’s premier multi-day drumming event.
Presented by MUSO Entertainment, the BDB 2015 boasts not only an incredibly diverse lineup of world-class drummers but features the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enjoy a VIP tour of the Drum Workshop factory as well as participate in camp activities including a live, talk show-style webcast held in the Drum Channel studios.
"This is our fourth Big Drum Bonanza and we are incredibly excited about this year’s line up,” says Lang. “We have some of the best and most innovative drummers in the world at this year’s event and we are proud to offer students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play with and learn from some of the most acclaimed and talented drummers of our generation.”
Previous Big Drum Bonanza instructors have included: Virgil Donati, Chris Coleman, Derek Roddy, Aquiles Priester, Jeff Hamilton, Kenny Aronoff, Stanton Moore, George Kollias and Dave Elitch among others.
Big Drum Bonanza 2015 sponsors include: Guitar Center, Drum Workshop, Drumchannel.com, Meinl, Audix, Ahead Armor, Vic Firth, Aerodrums, Remo and Hansenfutz.