Drum Vendors Go Big Beat Crazy

By Rob Birenbaum Published August 20, 2009

Five Star Snares A Neil Peart Autographed Head For National Giveaway

Twenty-four of the top percussion vendors in the industry have donated merchandise totalling more than $180,000 in retail value for the Five-Star Big Beat that will occur in 11 cities in North America on Sunday, November 1, 2009. Each participating store will be giving away about $16,000 worth of drum gear to participants in this exciting charity event that will benefit the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation and in some cities, the addition of a local charity as well. Plus, one lucky winner in one of the 11 cities will get a bass drum head with the Rush “Snakes & Arrows” artwork, autographed especially for this occasion by iconic drummer Neil Peart!

The Big Beat will bring together the largest gathering of drummers ever assembled across North America to celebrate the joy of drumming and raise money for worthwhile causes. Not only will each location try to break the individual city record for the most drummers playing the same beat at one time, but the participants will also try to shatter the record the Big Beat set last year for drummers playing the same beat in multiple cities at the same time! This marks the second year that the Five-Star Drum Shops group has organized this event, with the hope of expanding each year, until drummers across the globe are locked in on one worldwide groove.

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

Percussion vendors that so generously contributed are:

  • Dream Cymbals
  • Drum Fun
  • Drum Workshop
  • Extreme Headphones
  • Evans Drumheads
  • Gretsch Drums
  • Istanbul Agop Cymbals
  • Latin Percussion
  • Mapex Drums
  • Paiste Cymbals
  • Pearl Drums
  • Pro-Mark Drumsticks
  • Regal Tip Drumsticks
  • Remo Drumheads
  • Rhythm Tech
  • Rogers Drums
  • Sabian Cymbals
  • Sonor Drums
  • Tama Drums
  • Toca Percussion
  • Universal Percussion
  • Wuhan Cymbals
  • Yamaha Drums
  • Zildjian Cymbals

The Five-Star Drum Shops group is a non-profit organization of independently-owned specialty percussion stores in North America that are dedicated to advancing the art and science of drumming. For more information, visit http://www.fivestardrumshops.com.