Are you a drummer between the age of 14–22? Think you have what it takes to compete with other drummers like you from around the world? Here’s your chance to put your money where your mouth is by entering the 2010 drum set competition sponsored by the Percussive Arts Society.
Following an initial round of judging by respected drummers from a variety of styles, 12 finalists will be invited to compete at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) this November in Indianapolis. Following the final round of competition, six winners will be selected and each will receive a $1,000 cash prize (which can cover a whole lot of sticks). The purpose of the competition is to encourage and support young musical drum set artists, with emphasis on the performer’s ability to support and guide a small ensemble. Drummers will be split into two age categories: 14–17 and 18–22.
For the first round of competition, drum set artists are encouraged to send the Percussive Arts Society a six minute DVD video audition showcasing their skills in one of the following style categories: R&B/funk/gospel, jazz, or Brazilian/Afro-Cuban/African. The first round of competition will be judged by some of the largest names in the drumming community. Ndugu Chancler, David Garibaldi, and Tommy Igoe will judge the R&B/funk/gospel category; Terri Lyne Carrington, Peter Erskine, Jeff Hamilton, and Ed Soph will judge the jazz category; and Gregg Bissonette, Jimmy Branly, Walfredo Reyes Jr., and Bobby Sanabria will judge the Brazilian/Afro-Cuban/African category. All participants that register and send a DVD video will receive written comments from a judge.
From the initial round of competition, 12 individuals (two winners from each age group for each style category) will be selected to compete in the second round of competition at PASIC on Thursday, November 11, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Finalists will be required to perform with a live ensemble and will be judged by a panel of accomplished drum set artists on their ability to support and guide the group. The final round will be open for all PASIC attendees to watch the performances and hear educational feedback from the panel of judges. You can find full competition information, including registration information and DVD video format instructions, here. The deadline to apply is May 15, 2010, so get crackin’.