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.
Pearl Launches MyFirstDrumSet.Com To Spread The Message
Nashville, TN – In an effort to take the love of drumming to a new audience, Pearl has created www.myfirstdrumset.com, an interractive and informative web platform for parents and future drummers. Focusing specifically on the experience of buying your first drum set, the website features a comprehensive buyer’s guide for first-time players, informative assembly and playing guides, and testimonials from top drummers and MI professionals about the value of studying drums and percussion.
“The site is designed to be all about the drumming experience, and inspiring people to pursue it,” states Pearl’s Director of Marketing, Steve Armstrong. “Every player has a story about getting their first drum set, and what it did for them personally and professionally. We want to take those stories forward, and help create new ones in the lives of a new generation of drummers.”
A selection of articles on the benefits of drumming, pursuing music-based education, and tips for care and continuing interest will also be available as a parent’s resource on the site. Through myfirstdrumset.com, Pearl hopes to garner more “First Drum Set” stories from new players that use the site as a resource. The site is set to launch in October, 2014.
Drumerica Announces 2014 Contest Winners
Videos to be posted at http://www.Drumerica.us.
Drumerica congratulates the winners of the 2014 Drumerica National Competition For Young Drummers… 1st Place: David Cola, 2nd Place: Jarod Deshong, 3rd Place: Juleius Sanders. Please visit http://www.drumerica.us to view the winning videos as well as all the other entries from the top young drummers in America.
Contest organizers want to thank all the great young Drumericans who took the time to participate in this year’s contest. The judges reported that, in many cases, the scoring was very close. The finalists’ videos and all other contest entries can be viewed on the http://www.drumerica.us website. The 2014 Drumerica Champions will be announced the week of September 1st.
1st, 2nd and 3rd place “Drumericans” will receive nearly $25,000 in prizes from top companies such as Musician’s Friend, School Of Rock, Crush Drum, TRX Cymbals, Evans, Promark, Modern Drummer, KAT Percussion and Desert Rock Sound Studios along with Hudson Music, Drum Guru, Cympad, KickPort, Gator, CRX, Drumlite, Alternative Press, Direct Sound, Jam Hub, Bass Plate, Drum Fun and the Percussive Arts Society.
The finalists and winners are selected by judging panels made up of world-famous drummers and drum educators, including Gorden Campbell, Tommy Igoe, Arin Ilejay, Cobus Potgieter, Johnny Rabb, Steve Smith, Bryan Hitt, Hannah “Ford” Welton, Jake Garland, John DeChristopher, Demian Arriaga, Dylan Taylor, Nia Lovelis and Antoine Fadavi plus the editors of Modern Drummer magazine.
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Frankie Dunlop Passes Away At Age 85
Legendary drummer Frankie Dunlop, who cut some of the greatest recordings with Thelonious Monk and Charles Mingus, passed away this week at the age of 85 after battling a prolonged illness of many years.
Dunlop was renowned for his work during more than half a century on the jazz bandstand working with artists including Mingus and Monk, as well as Duke Ellington, Sonny Rollins, and Lionel Hampton, and many other great artists from jazz’s bop era. He is survived by his sister Helen and his brother, jazz pianist Boyd Lee Dunlop. Frankie was a great drummer, known for his loopy shuffle, once described as "falling down the stairs." He was well regarded by his peers--the first time Gene Krupa heard Frankie he called the Slingerland company and demanded they give Frankie a kit.
Here's a Frankie Dunlop-inspired playlist, tunes he either recorded or was well known for live.