By Andy Doerschuk Published August 3, 2010
It almost feels as if a line was drawn in the sand. In quick succession, two industry giants — Guitar Center and Roland — issued press releases touting remarkably similar competitions to find the best drummer in the U.S. Both take place almost simultaneously.
In Guitar Center’s case, the company trumpeted the start of its 22nd annual Drum-Off competition. Hopeful drummers can immediately sign up to compete at any of the 214 Guitar Center stores across the country. Winners at store, district, regional, and national finals will all receive valuable prizes culminating in a $43,000 grand prize package that includes $25,000 in cash, a custom drum set, endorsements, media coverage, and gift cards. Local competitions will be held from September 23–October 14, regional semi-finals (hosted at five GC locations) will take place on December 2, and the entire shebang will culminate at the finals in Los Angeles in January 2011. For more information, go here.
Meanwhile, Roland has launched its very first National V-Drums Contest by asking tomorrow’s drum stars to submit a digital audition by August 31 to qualify for one of 28 preliminary competitions to be held at local music retailers. Winners will move onto regional competitions, and finally be winnowed down to the National Finals on November 4, which will be hosted by Sam Ash Music in Las Vegas. The Grand Prize winner will walk away with a cherry V-Pro Series V-Drums kit, PM-30 personal monitor amplifier, DW hardware, and Remo custom shell wraps. For more information, go here.
However, it all begs the question: Will the two “best drummers” square off against each other to determine the ultimate champion? Only time will tell.