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DW's "Not Tom Sawyer" Video Contest
In honor of Rush's 40th Anniversary Tour which kicked off on May 8th in Tulsa, OK, DW invites drummers and Rush fans alike to enter the "Not Tom Sawyer" video contest. Pay tribute to legendary Rush drummer, Neil Peart by filming yourself playing drums along to your favorite Rush song and enter for a chance to win a DW Performance Series Time Machine Snare! This spectacular Performance Series snare drum is an homage to Peart's iconic, steampunk DW Time Machine drumset used on Rush's "Clockwork Angels" tour and was never sold to the public and is not available anywhere at any price!
"NOT TOM SAWYER" VIDEO CONTEST RULES:
- Don't send us a "Fly by Night" video – the audio/video quality must be usable.
- Use your "Freewill" to pick any Rush track to play EXCEPT "Tom Sawyer."
- Entries must be received by Friday, May 29th.
- Winner will be announced on Friday, June 5th at 12:00 PT.
Best submissions will be featured on the DW Facebook page! Be sure to "LIKE" our page and watch for the best "NOT Tom Sawyer" contest entries.
Be sure to share your entry on social media using #DWPRESENTS and #NOTTOMSAWYER
Good luck & get "Working Man!" (OK, even we admit that one went too far)
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.