Portnoy Repeats As Drummer Of The Year

Mike Portnoy Wins “Best Drummer” & “Best Progressive Drummer”

Mike Portnoy

Mike Portnoy proves for a second-straight year that his prog drumming keeps him at the top of the percussion heap. Portnoy won “Best Drummer and “Best Progressive Drummer with more than 9,000 drummers voting in DRUM! Magazine's 17th Annual Reader Poll, a new record for voting as compared to the 7,900, who participated last year.

Unlike last year when Portnoy’s victory was very decisive, the race was very close with Portnoy barely beating out runners-up, Neil Peart, Mike Mangini, Chris Adler and Chad Smith.

In part, Portnoy’s victory may be a result of how busy he was this year. As noted in the July 2012 Issue of DRUM!, Portnoy founded two bands (Flying Colors and Adrenaline Mob), and was on the bus with numerous acts. “Portnoy has demonstrated his popularity and dedication to the drumming arts,” said Phil Hood, publisher and co-founder of Enter Music Publishing. “With his second victory, he has proven that his drumming is recognized by drummers, regardless of age or demographic.”

The same factors regarding Portnoy reflect his taking “Best Progressive Drummer”. He beat out last year’s winner, Gavin Harrison, and other runner-ups, Mike Mangini, Darren King and Virgil Donati. Other winners included Sheila E, Stanton Moore, Chris Dave, and more. Read the complete article here.

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