Published October 25, 2010
The finals of Roland's Top Drummer Contest, sponsored by DRUM!, DW, Remo and Blue Man Group, take place November 4 at the Sam Ash store in Las Vegas, Nevada.
For the past two months hundreds of drummers have competed at 27 quarterfinal and six semifinal events held around the country. The finalists including Charles Williams of Moreno Valley, California; Andrew Faletti of Lawrenceville, Georgia, JP Bouvet of Lakeville, Minnesota; Did Negron of Northampton, Pennsylvania, Robin Lopez of San Antonio, Texas, and Go-Go Ray of Kansas City, Missouri, will have a chance to show their stuff before an all-star judging cast including Thomas Lang, Johnny Rabb and other top players. Each contestant will have five minutes to perform solo, using an elaborate V-drums outfit. DRUM! will be on hand to photograph the event. You can check out videos of the finalists below.
Moreno Valley, CA
San Antonio, TX