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.
Istanbul Mehmet Tony Williams Tribute Cymbals Received The 16th MIPA Award
Istanbul Mehmet Cymbals Company is happy and proud to announce that Istanbul Mehmet Tony Williams Tribute Cymbals received The 16th MIPA Award 2015 in Cymbals category at Musikmesse Frankfurt 2015.
What is MIPA Award?
Journalists of more than 100 dedicated special interest magazines from all over the world (96 magazines from 24 countries) were called upon to nominate and vote for the best musical instruments and audio equipment of 2014/2015 in the 37 categories of the prestigious Mipa/Pipa Musikmesse/Prolight + Sound International Press Award. The Mipa/Pipa Musikmesse/Prolight + Sound International Press Award has truly established itself as the “Grammy” of the Musical Instrument/Pro Audio industry.
The Tony Williams Tribute Cymbal Limited Edition Set features 22’’ Ride, 18’’ Crash and 14’’ Hi-Hats, together with deluxe leather cymbal bag, a selection of rare Tony Williams photographs and a Certificate of Authenticity.Mipa Award
Chad Smith To Be Honored For Charity Work
Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith will be honored for his work with children’s music charities, to which he has devoted increasing amounts of time in recent years.
Smith will be celebrated at the Little Kids Rock Family Jam May 16th at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California. Smith will be given the Livin’ the Dream’ Award in memory of Chef Josef Desimone. James Hetfield ofMetallica was given the award last year. (Chad is pictured at the Turnaround Arts Program in Greenfield, California).
Sabian Will Be Supporting US Retailers Direct From Their Corporate Headquarters
SABIAN has announced that effective immediately, sales and distribution of SABIAN cymbals and accessories in the USA will be handled exclusively by SABIAN Ltd.
Sabian President and CEO Andy Zildjian comments: “It allows us to take direct control of the message, relationships and brand focus in our largest market.” In 2013 Sabian implemented Lean as a corporate philosophy, and it has impacted the entire organization in many positive ways. The resulting increase in overall efficiency and effectiveness allowed for improvements in many areas, including customer service, warehousing, manufacturing processes, and the elimination of waste. Sabian CFO and COO Mike Connell adds: “This strategic move to sell direct to retailers in the US marks the start of a new era in Sabian’s history.”
Sabian Band & Orchestral instruments and accessories will continue to be sold and distributed by Pearl Corporation in the USA.
46 Finalists Announced In 2015 Hit Like A Girl Contest
Champions To Be Announced May 7 On Drumchannel.com
Hit Like A Girl is proud to announce that more than 40 of the world’s best drummers have been selected as finalists in the 2015 edition of the international drumming contest for girls and women. Contest participants included girls as young as 6 and women in their 50’s and represented nearly 50 different countries, from North and South America to Asia, Europe and Africa. The HLAG Finalists were chosen by popular vote, professional drummers and drum industry executives.
The 2015 Hit Like A Girl Contest Finalists are:
Under 18 Age Division
- AJDrmz (USA) video link
- Anna K (USA) video link
- Antonia (Germany) video link
- Avelyn C (USA) video link
- Becca Webster (USA) video link
- Daga (Poland) video link
- Daniella Dziamba (Canada) video link
- Elise (USA) video link
- FaithNDrums (USA) video link
- Isis Dunthorne (Ireland) video link
- Jennie Seaborn (Canada) video link
- Kalonica Nicx (Indonesia) video link
- Kasey Rox (USA) video link
- Madison Mesec (USA) video link
- Manu Fukuada (Japan) video link
- Maren Alfrod (USA) video link
- Milana (USA) video link
- Mira Burgers (Netherlands) video link
- Nat Drum-her (USA) video link
- Natalia (Poland) video link
- Nur Amira Syahira (Malaysia) video link
- Payton Taylor (USA) video link
- Sophie Drummer (Ireland) video link
18+ Age Division
- Aaliyah Jay (UK) video link
- Alex Monsa (Columbia) video link
- Arianna Fannning (USA) video link
- Asli Polat (Turkey) video link
- Bianca Richardson (USA) video link
- Brooke Custerson (Australia) video link
- Daiana Azar (Argentina) video link
- Dortup Drumz (Nigeria) video link
- Emily Roane (USA) video link
- Issy L. Phoenix (Germany) video link
- Jas Kayser (UK) video link
- Jessica Anderson (USA) video link
- Keylee Preston (USA) video link
- Lenka Dundrova (Czech Republic) video link
- Lindsay Artkop (USA) video link
- Lindsay Martin (USA) video link
- Marlene Grafais (Puerto Rico) video link
- Mel Wu (Australia) video link
- Muny (Venezuela) video link
- Rikki Woods (USA) video link
- TAN (USA) video link
- Vicky "Buttfairy" Reader (UK) video link
- Vivi (Hungary) video link
Following the final round of judging, the Champion and 2 runners-up in both the over and under 18 age divisions will be announced on the 2015 Hit Like A Girl Awards Show. The show will be webcast live on May 7, 2015 at 4:00 PM PDT on DrumChannel.com and will be co-hosted by Jess Bowen (The Summer Set), Mindy Abovitz (Tom Tom) and Phil Hood (DRUM!). The show will also feature appearances and performances by Didi Negron (2015 HLAG Spokesperson and Cirque du Soleil Amaluna), YouTube sensation Anika Nilles, Russian all-female drum line Loud Street Girls, 2014 HLAG Champions Riesha Fayson and Kanade Sato along with many other special guests and surprises.
Industry Sponsors Demonstrate Strong Support For Female Drumming
Sponsors of the 2015 Hit Like A Girl Contest include Mapex. DW, Zildjian, Evans, Innovative, Alfred Music, Mapex, Musician’s Institute, NFUZD, Promark, Puresound, Sabian, SKB, TRX, Yamaha DTX, Vater, Vic Firth, Audix, Gibraltar, KAT, LP, PDP, Puresound and Cympad.
Global Media Sponsors
Media sponsors include the Percussive Arts Society, Drum Channel, Hudson Music, Drum Guru, Alternative Press, DRUM!, Tom Tom, Drumhead, the Enter Music Network, Online Drummer, Music Radar/Rhythm (UK), Drums & Percussion (Germany), Wikidrummer (France) and DrumScene (Australia).
Judging Crew Has A Big Job Ahead
Joining 2015 event spokesperson Didi Negron (Cirque du Soleil) as celebrity judges are Hannah Ford-Welton (Prince), Venzella Joy (Beyoncé), Kim Thompson (Late Night with Seth Meyers> Debbie Knox-Hewson (Charli XCX), Emily Dolan-Davies (The Darkness), Kate Schellenbach (Luscious Jackson), Jess Bowen (The Summer Set), Alicia Warrington (Kate Nash), Cherisse Ofusu-Osei (Bryan Ferry), Bobbye Hall (independent), Senri Kawaguchi (independent), Kiran Ghandi (M.I.A.), Mona Tavakoli (Jason Mraz), Nia Lovelis (Hey Violet) and Alexey Poblete. The judging panel also includes Meytal Cohen, Anika Nilles and Lux Drummerette as well as 2014 HLAG Champions Riesha Fayson and Kanade Sato.
HLAG Ambassadors represent nearly two dozen countries around the world including, Canada, Chile, Argentina, The Netherlands, Japan, England, Thailand, Philippines, Slovakia, Australia, Israel, Venezuela, Peru, Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Solvakia, South Africa, Germany, Brazil, Mexico and Hungary. The Ambassadors are responsible for expanding the awareness of drumming and increasing participation in the contest by organizing promotional activities in their native languages through their local and social media contacts.
For the latest information about the Hit Like A Girl Contest, visit the Hit Like A Girl Contest site.