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The Big Beat Gets Even Bigger In November

By Andy Doerschuk Published September 3, 2010

The sound of drums will rumble louder than ever across North America on Sunday, November 7 as — with the addition of four more insane drumming extravaganzas — 15 Five Star member drum shops participate in The Big Beat to set new records and raise money for worthwhile causes. Billed as the world’s largest multi-city drum set event, last year’s Big Beat drew 1,202 drummers and about 3,500 spectators in 11 cities, and raised more than $62,000 for charity.

Each location will have a variety of fun events throughout the day, including guest appearances by major-name drummers, World’s Fastest Drummer contests, and raffles and giveaways of percussion gear from the industry’s best-known manufacturers, with top Big Beat pledge-raisers in each city being awarded special prizes. There will also be a national raffle with the grand prize winner getting a Dream Theater replica tour bass drum head signed by the members of the band. But, the highlight of the day will be at 5:45 p.m. Eastern time when all of the drummers in each of the 15 cities play the same groove in unison. This feat will be achieved through a video internet connection, with the director in each city following the conductor in Seattle.

Drummers of all skill levels and experience are encouraged to get involved and contact one of these participating Five-Star stores for details:

Buffalo Drum Outlet - Depew, NY - .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Colorado Drum & Percussion - Ft. Collins, CO - .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Columbus Percussion - Columbus, OH - .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Donn Bennett Drum Studio - Bellevue, WA - .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Drum Headquarters - St. Louis, MO - .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Drum World - Tulsa, OK - .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Ellis Drum Shop - St. Paul, MN - .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Just Drums - Toronto, ON - .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Lemmon Percussion - San Jose, CA - .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Original Long Island Drum Center - Plainview, NY - .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Resurrection Drums - Hollywood, FL - .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Rhythm Traders - Portland, OR - .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Skins-n-Tins - Champaign, IL - .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Stebal Drums - Willowick, OH - .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
The Percussion Center - Houston, TX - .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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