"Whiplash" And "Drumline2": October Is Drummers' Month
Drummers have a reason to catch some cinema this month. On October 17 Whiplash begins limited release around the country. This much-hyped release, which won awards at Sundance and other movie festivals, features JK Simmons as Fletcher, a teacher known for getting great results from his music conservatory students, but using terrifying teaching methods to do it.
The student role of Andrew is played by Miles Teller, a young drummer whose mission is to be the best jazz drummer in the world. His commitment is what makes him able to stomach Fletcher's abusive teaching. The performances are supposed to be outstanding. Writer/Director Damien Chazelle says many former conservatory students he talked to related similar tales of tough teaching. To be great in any art may require a lot of pain and weeding out, and the movie, at least partially, tells that tale.
Also, in October is the return of Drumline. Drumline 2 tells the tale of Danielle Bolton, a Brooklyn girl who defies her parents to go to school in Louisiana and revitalize a once-prominent Drumline. The first movie was marching band feast; let's hope this one is as fun. It comes out on VH1 in the US on October 27.
Get More: Drumline: A New Beat
Rare Workshops With Cuban Legend Piloto
Giraldo Piloto Barreto, master Cuban drummer and leader of the band Klimax will be touring the US this month and playing a clinic in California. The tour kicks off October 17 in Los Angeles, and makes stops in Folsom, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, and Portland. If you've never experienced Barreto, and few in the US have ever had the chance, check out the video below at about 1:30 for a taste of his work.
In addition to performances with the band there will also be a special clinic, hosted by John Santos, in San Francisco on October 20 from 6:30-8:00 at the Community Music Center at 544 Capp Street. Tickets are $15. The event is sponsored by KoSA, Sabian, DRUM!, San Francisco Community Music Center.
Check the video beginning about 1:30 for Piloto in action.
When Ghoulishness Meets Percussion: Blood Drums
What would Halloween be without candy, costumes, pranks and...percussion? Street Drum Corps’ Blood Drums & Prime Evil Percussion will perform its ghoulishly great shows at Los Angeles Haunted Hayride CA, Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare Scottsdale, AZ & Villa Park, IL, Kings Dominion Doswell, VA, Kings Island Mason, OH and Dorney Park Allentown, PA.
Blood Drums & Prime Evil Percussion has been featured at more than a dozen theme park theaters and fairs since 2010, and is seen by over 300,000 park guests per season.
Fans in attendance will have the exclusive opportunity to purchase Street Drum Corps brand new “10 Year Anniversary” CD and other official merchandise.
In addition to Street Drum Corps “Blood Drums & Prime Evil Percussion” spine-tingling live shows, guests will enjoy an in-your-face scare experience complete with haunted mazes and world-class thrill rides.
Didi Negron Named Celebrity Spokesperson For The 2015 Hit Like A Girl Drumming Contest.
Cirque Du Soleil Drummer Seeks To Inspire Female Drummers Around The World
Didi, in her Cirque du Soleil "Amaluna" garb.
The Hit Like A Girl Contest is pleased to announce that < a href="http://www.didinegron.com" alt="Didi Negron, drummer">Didi Negron, drummer/percussionist for Cirque Du Soleil’s "Amaluna,” has signed on as the competition’s celebrity spokesperson for 2015. In her new role, Didi will be a strong advocate for women’s drumming through her performances, events, and media activities. She will also contribute her expertise as a judge for the 2015 Hit Like Girl Contest— scheduled to kick-off on January 15, 2015. “I am excited to start this journey as the spokesperson for the 2015 Hit Like A Girl Drumming Contest,” says Negron. “A critical issue facing young women today is overcoming the obstacles society places on them. This is especially true in the field of contemporary drumming. The Hit Like A Girl Contest has lowered those barriers by raising the visibility of today’s female drummers and inspiring a new generation of girls to play drums. I am proud to be in a position to influence these aspiring drummers that have so much to show the world.”
“It is an honor to have such a talented, unique and hard-working drummer as our 2015 spokesperson,” says Mindy Seegal Abovitz, co-founder of the Hit Like A Girl Contest and publisher of the female drumming publication, Tom Tom magazine. “Didi is as vibrant on the drums as she is in person and is a perfect role model for future drummers.” Raised by a family of musicians that actively encouraged her interest in music making, Didi Negron began making music at a very young age. She was a winner of Musician’s Friend’s “Coverband” contest in 2010 and has performed on countless stages and places worldwide with Cirque du Soleil. Didi has dedicated herself to her life-long passion, drumming, and believes that every child should be given the opportunity to follow their dreams.
“Keep drumming, keep practicing, and work for what you love. In the end, life rewards our efforts,” Didi adds.
Zildjian Helps Launch My Pits The Pits
Guess who has come up with a great way to help a few deserving high school marching band programs? Zildjian has teamed up with Calderwood Percussion, Remo, Vic Firth, Steve Weiss Music, Lone Star Percussion, Music & Arts and Woodwind & Brasswind to launch the "My Pit's the Pits!" video contest. Music programs across the United States are being given a chance to win over $25,000 in amazing prizes from the top names in percussion equipment. Videos will be submitted for judging, but students can also share and promote their videos via social media to be considered for a "Viewer's Choice" award. Submissions will be accepted from September 8th through October 31st.
Students in high school band programs and percussion ensembles from across the country are being asked to rally their percussion pals to create a brief, entertaining video detailing who they are, why they need new percussion equipment, and what they’re going to do with it, should they win. In each video, entrants are challenged to demonstrate a need for new equipment, introduce their beloved director and band program, and give a brief performance to show off their skills. Production quality is of no major concern, but creativity of presentation will factor heavily into the judging criteria.
Prizes include new cymbals from Zildjian, custom made drums from Calderwood Percussion, mallets and drumsticks from Vic Firth, marching heads from Remo and gift certificates from Lone Star Percussion, Music & Arts, Steve Weiss Music and Woodwind & Brasswind.
Details and entry information can be found at zildjian.com/mypitsthepits.