Hal Leonard Unveils New Backwing Site
Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group is proud to announce the launch of Backwing, a new digital community for creative artists who want to expand their network with other minds alike and share ideas via Hal Leondard's new online platform. Backwing will provide users with information for aspiring and established actors, artists, authors, gurus, musicians, songwriters, producers, luminaries, and entertainers. Each article on the site offers an open forum for those who want to share ideas and respond to feedback about certain topics in real time.
Backwing consists of three main components. The first two will feature multimedia created by and for Hal Leonard authors and the publisher's industry associates.
The third component, a direct-to-consumer sales portal featuring daily deals, giveaways, contests, and a slew of weekly/monthly special offers can be found at soon-to-be-launched backwingstore.com (an entirely separate domain). Backwingstore.com is always available to those who wish to explore Hal Leonard's catalog of more than 2,000 titles, take advantage of promotions featuring new releases and backlist titles, and enter contests to win fantastic prizes.
Why two distinct websites? For the sake of every visitor's experience, according to Cerullo: "Since backwing was designed with the end user foremost in mind, we've decided against tangling content and commerce. As such, multimedia content and resources are hosted at the deliberately noncommercial domain backwing.com while consumer products and services are restricted to the backwing store."
Want Free Stuff?
Hal Leonard is giving away great prizes for devotees of the performing arts, including an Epiphone guitar for music fans; a Rodgers + Hammerstein's The Sound of Music package along with gift certificates to digitaltheatre.com for theater lovers; subscriptions to online streaming services for film and television buffs; and Met Opera on Demand Gift Subscriptions for classical music and opera enthusiasts.
Get Your Jamtec Products From The Stic Shop Online
Now you can order some sweet JamTec products from their newly deigned online store called "The Stic Shop." JamTec develops, builds and sells some of the most innovative, robust, lightweight drum accessories in the world.
New for 2016, the Stic and Tec-Lite product lines are built to last and have been road tested for years of reliable service with innovative positioning capabilities and convenience features that are un-matched by the competition and made in the U.S.A.
Also new for 2016 is the Tec-Lite brand product line of drummer accessories available as lower cost alternative to the Stic Series. Sharing many of the same features, the Tec-Lite line costs less, weighs less and is also made of high end, high quality robust components, while offering unique, functional, compact alternatives to the competition.
Curt "Kirkee B." Bisquera Joins The Vater Drumstick Family
Curt is one of Los Angeles' top recording / touring drummers and producers. Curt has recorded and/or toured with the biggest names in music including Sir Elton John, Johnny Cash, Mick Jagger, Tom Petty, Bonnie Raitt, Josh Groban, Ricky Martin, Sarah McLachlan, Hans Zimmer (Superman / Batman), The Beach Boys, Lana del Rey, John Legend, Tina Turner, Celine Dion and countless others. Curt is currently on tour in France with acclaimed French star, Michel Polnareff."I'm so stoked to be in the VATER fam and looking forward to the future with them! Let's bust some beats!" - Curt "Kirkee B." Bisquera
Benny Greb Now Endorses Vic Firth
We're stoked to announce that Benny Greb has joined the Vic Firth family! Benny Greb always lays down legendary chops and will forever be pushing the envelope of what is possible with his technical ability, musicality and inimitable style.Live to Play
Vic Firth also announced that their Live to Play community engagement campaign kicked off recently. They bring the drumming community together by celebrating all aspects of music making, including the many sacrifices and hardships that might come along with it. Already we are seeing drummers worldwide getting involved by posting their stories which express how they live to play, and what being a drummer means to them. A short-form documentary and responsive website inspire participation by highlighting relatable stories from everyday drummers, and everyone can follow the movement on Instagram under the #LiveToPlay hashtag. The campaign will grow during the year to include participation from Vic Firth’s worldwide roster of artists, as well as the company’s own employees.
Greg Odell And His Last Regiment Of Syncopated Drummers
Ever heard of syncopated drumming? Syncopated Drumming is a specific style of parade and show drumming that was popularized by youth bands in and around the Southern California area, mainly Long Beach and Orange County. During its heyday the sound was commonly known as thunder drums and was popularized by the big marching bands of the late 1960's to 1980's. As times changed, so did the music. In an effort to preserve the syncopated style of drumming, The Society for Syncopated Drumming was formed. Greg Odell founded The Last Regiment of Syncopated Drummers in Portland, Oregon in 1988. He has since tried to spread this drumming tradition to a new generation of players.
As the Last Regiment gained popularity in Portland Greg noticed the old syncopated groups in Long Beach, California were starting to fade out due to lack of educational programs teaching the Thunder Drum traditions to new musicians.This is how the Society for Syncopated Drumming came about, to preserve and promote the art of Syncopated Drumming.August Adventure
The Society has planned a trip to the mecca of syncopated drumming, Long Beach, California, for this August. There they'll teach a 4-hour clinic on August 12th, to the Woodrow Wilson Classical High School Drummer. Greg and his partners have unearthed original syncopated drum cadences from the school that date back to 1975. Later that evening, Greg says they also are supporting a performance by the alumni group, The Long Beach Drummers. This group spans several decades of drummers from different high schools and community bands. The Long Beach Drummers perform at the Long Beach Concerts in the Park series playing cadences that date back to the 1960's.Clinic Too
On Saturday and Sunday August 13 and 14 the Society has put together a two-day clinic with the O.L.P.H DowneyMiddle School Syncopated Drummers, directed by Brian Miller. Additionally the society will be supporting and bringing the OLPH drummers to the 13th Annual Long Beach Junior Concert Band Drummer Reunion. The Long Beach Junior Concert Band was established in 1952 by Marvin Marker, and is considered the nucleus of syncopated drumming in the Southern California region. The reunion happens every year at El Dorado Park (Sycamore Grove) and alumni drummers from as far back as the 1950's show up for friends, food and drums. It's not uncommon to have a group of over 50 drummers playing the old cadences all at once. Greg says, "This year we'd like to get the kids from OLPH to join in and share this legacy of drumming."Want to learn more about this amazing style? Check out the Last Regiment. THESE kids are amazing and this program is amazing maybe covering Greg and this program would be a wonderful read!