Hit Like A Girl Wraps Up Its International Drumming Contest With Star Studded Awards Show
Live webcast to air May 7, 2015 at 4:00 PM PDT on DrumChannel.com
(Guests and performers at the Hit Like A Girl Show on Drumchannel.com include [left to right] The Summer Set's Jess Bowen, Motown percussion legend Bobbye Hall, Beyonce drummer and former contestant Venzella Joy, and Alicia Warrington.)
Two 2015 Champions will be crowned and many of today’s top professional drummers will appear on the 4th Annual Hit Like A Girl Contest awards show scheduled to air live Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 4:00 PM Pacific time on DrumChannel.com. The show is hosted by Jess Bowen, Mindy Abovitz (Tom Tom magazine ) and Phil Hood (DRUM! magazine) and sponsored by Drum Channel, DW, Evans, Mapex and Zildjian along with many of drumming’s leading manufacturing and media companies (visit http://www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/contest/sponsors for a complete list).
In addition to highlights of videos submitted by 46 of the world’s top amateur female drummers, the show features appearances and performances by Didi Negron, Jess Bowen, Anika Nilles, Val Sepulveda, Bobbye Hall and Loud Street Girls as well as 2014 Champions Riesha Fayson and Kanade Sato. The show also includes the World-Premiere of the “Hit Like A Girl” video produced by Red Bull Media and Hit Like A Girl along with several special surprise guests. HLAG 2015 sponsors, judges and ambassadors are showcased during the 1½ hour event, too.
To view the 2015 Hit Like A Girl Contest Awards Show, log on to: Drum Channel
Thomas Lang Announces Big Drum Bonanza 2015
Drummer/Producer Thomas Lang, has announced the Big Drum Bonanza 2015 July 1st – 5th at the Palm Garden Hotel in Thousand Oaks, California. Drummers of all ages, levels and styles are invited to join Thomas Lang and his other special guest instructors including world-renowned drummers Chad Wackerman (Frank Zappa/James Taylor); Matt Garstka (Animals as Leaders); Gregg Bissonette, (Ringo Starr’s Allstar Band/David Lee Roth); Rich Redmond (Jason Aldean) and Gergo Borlai (Tribal Tech) among others for this exciting, 5-day music camp and educational experience.
Lang and his special guest teachers will lead daily schedules of intensive, hands-on drumming, master classes, Q&A sessions, performances, private lessons and much more in an exclusive setting that allows students to have maximum access to these acclaimed artists. Selling out in its first two years, the Big Drum Bonanza is fast-becoming the world’s premier multi-day drumming event.
Presented by MUSO Entertainment, the BDB 2015 boasts not only an incredibly diverse lineup of world-class drummers but features the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enjoy a VIP tour of the Drum Workshop factory as well as participate in camp activities including a live, talk show-style webcast held in the Drum Channel studios.
"This is our fourth Big Drum Bonanza and we are incredibly excited about this year’s line up,” says Lang. “We have some of the best and most innovative drummers in the world at this year’s event and we are proud to offer students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play with and learn from some of the most acclaimed and talented drummers of our generation.”
Previous Big Drum Bonanza instructors have included: Virgil Donati, Chris Coleman, Derek Roddy, Aquiles Priester, Jeff Hamilton, Kenny Aronoff, Stanton Moore, George Kollias and Dave Elitch among others.
Big Drum Bonanza 2015 sponsors include: Guitar Center, Drum Workshop, Drumchannel.com, Meinl, Audix, Ahead Armor, Vic Firth, Aerodrums, Remo and Hansenfutz.
Istanbul Mehmet Tony Williams Tribute Cymbals Received The 16th MIPA Award
Istanbul Mehmet Cymbals Company is happy and proud to announce that Istanbul Mehmet Tony Williams Tribute Cymbals received The 16th MIPA Award 2015 in Cymbals category at Musikmesse Frankfurt 2015.
What is MIPA Award?
Journalists of more than 100 dedicated special interest magazines from all over the world (96 magazines from 24 countries) were called upon to nominate and vote for the best musical instruments and audio equipment of 2014/2015 in the 37 categories of the prestigious Mipa/Pipa Musikmesse/Prolight + Sound International Press Award. The Mipa/Pipa Musikmesse/Prolight + Sound International Press Award has truly established itself as the “Grammy” of the Musical Instrument/Pro Audio industry.
The Tony Williams Tribute Cymbal Limited Edition Set features 22’’ Ride, 18’’ Crash and 14’’ Hi-Hats, together with deluxe leather cymbal bag, a selection of rare Tony Williams photographs and a Certificate of Authenticity.Mipa Award
Chad Smith To Be Honored For Charity Work
Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith will be honored for his work with children’s music charities, to which he has devoted increasing amounts of time in recent years.
Smith will be celebrated at the Little Kids Rock Family Jam May 16th at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California. Smith will be given the Livin’ the Dream’ Award in memory of Chef Josef Desimone. James Hetfield ofMetallica was given the award last year. (Chad is pictured at the Turnaround Arts Program in Greenfield, California).
Sabian Will Be Supporting US Retailers Direct From Their Corporate Headquarters
SABIAN has announced that effective immediately, sales and distribution of SABIAN cymbals and accessories in the USA will be handled exclusively by SABIAN Ltd.
Sabian President and CEO Andy Zildjian comments: “It allows us to take direct control of the message, relationships and brand focus in our largest market.” In 2013 Sabian implemented Lean as a corporate philosophy, and it has impacted the entire organization in many positive ways. The resulting increase in overall efficiency and effectiveness allowed for improvements in many areas, including customer service, warehousing, manufacturing processes, and the elimination of waste. Sabian CFO and COO Mike Connell adds: “This strategic move to sell direct to retailers in the US marks the start of a new era in Sabian’s history.”
Sabian Band & Orchestral instruments and accessories will continue to be sold and distributed by Pearl Corporation in the USA.