DRUM! Creativity Contest: Winner
Congratulations to Radek Doležal, our Creativity Contest winner! This contest, brought to you by UE, Evans, Dream Cymbals and Gongs, Vater percussion, and DRUM! Magazine, encouraged drummers to send in videos of themselves playing NASCENT's "And Bleakness Comes Through The Trees Without Sound." After being hand picked as one of the best performances received by our lessons guru Libor Hadrava, Doležal was at the public's mercy to advance to the next stage of the competition. He ended up receiving nearly 2,000 votes, awarding him 1st place in the contest.
He will be receiving the 1st Place Prize Package, which includes:
- UE Custom In-Ears Monitors by Ultimate Ears (UE11) [YES!]
- NASCENT Methods for Detection, Analysis, and Isolation (Digital download)
- VATER drumsticks (12 pairs)
- DRUM! Magazine bonus package
Even those who wanted their favorite video to win got super creative finding new people and friends to vote for their chosen one in our almost-too-close-to-call DRUM! Creativity Contest.
Congratulations to everybody who participated in any way.
WILL FERRELL & CHAD SMITH’S RED HOT BENEFIT COMEDY
LOS ANGELES - Comedy icon Will Ferrell and rock superstar Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers are throwing a party. A quinceanera party to be exact. The Red Hot Benefit Comedy + Music Show & Quinceanera hosted by Ferrell with his Funny Or Die team and musically curated by Smith will be a star-studded extravaganza held at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 29th at the historic Shrine Auditorium in downtown Los Angeles. The show will include performances from the Red Hot Chili Peppers plus other musical acts and comedy from the hottest comedians. Citi ThankYou cardmembers will have a limited pre-sale beginning at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 8 with the general on-sale coming Friday March 11th at 10 a.m. Event information is available on http://www.funnyordie.com/redhotbenefit.
“I have only one great regret in life and it’s that I never actually celebrated my quinceanera,” said Ferrell. “I’d like to think it was just a simple oversight by my mother, but there has been a void inside me for many years. Growing up on the mean streets of Irvine, California, I have vivid memories of all my friends celebrating their quinceanera. Well, on April 29th at the Shrine Auditorium, with Red Hot Chili Peppers and a bunch of other really talented comedians and musicians by my side, we are going to right that wrong, and everyone is invited.”
Ferrell and Smith, who bare a striking resemblance to each other, first collaborated during a Reddit challenge that culminated in the infamous Drum Off (below) on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon in May of 2014. The stunt raised nearly half a million dollars for their respective charities along the way.
For Ferrell the big beneficiary of the event is Cancer for College, the charity started by his USC fraternity brother Craig Pollard over 20 years ago. The charity has granted over $2 million while helping more than 1,000 cancer survivors realize their dream of a college education. For Smith it’s the Silverlake Conservatory of Music, a non profit organization founded by Chad’s Red Hot Chili Peppers bandmate and bass player Flea, who strive to address the decrease in arts education in schools while providing cultural enrichment to the community by offering private music lessons at a reasonable cost and granting scholarships to children in need, providing free lessons and instruments.
Week 3 Winners In The Hit Like A Girl Global Drumming Contest
The Week 3 Winners in the Hit Like A Girl Global Drumming Contest are in and we've got three representatives from the US and one from Ireland. Contestants can enter until March 13, 2016.
Oakland native Jazmyne Evans started playing drums in church at the ripe old age of 5. She attended Berklee College of Music and is a well-known local musician, playing in her church band and performing at gigs around the city.
Brittany Harrell has been drumming for 19 years and touring with the band Veara for 11. She says she plays to "be the best drummer I can be. No gender boundaries. You got to see me to believe it."
Leah Bluestein only recently became comfortable playing her drums in front of other people. Now she's graduating from high school early to attend Berklee College of Music on a scholarship.
14-year-old Payton Taylor is part of the Breast Cancer Can Stick It foundation, an organization that allows her to use her drumming skills to raise money and awareness to help stop breast cancer. She also plays in a Dallas-based all-girl band called Sweet Chaos.
How The Judging Works
Each week until March 9 guest judges will pick two Under 18 and two 18+ winners to move on to the final round of judging. Additional wild cards may be chosen by sponsors and judges. Then from March 14-23 fans will have the chance to vote for their favorites. In the end a minimum of 20 finalists will be chosen in both age groups. The celebrity judges, which include Prince's 3rdEyeGirl drummer Hannah Welton, jazz ace Kim Thompson, UK great Emily Dolan-Davies, Emmanuelle Caplette, the Summer Set's Jess Bowen, Cuban star Yissy Garcia, Grammy-winner Terri Lyne Carrington, YouTube star Anika Nilles, Venzella Joy (also Beyonce), Kate Nash's Alicia Warrington, Cherisse Osei of the Bryan Ferry band, and guest male judges Steve Smith of Journey fame and Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, will announce winners on April 14, 2016 in a live webcast event.
Plenty Of Time To Enter
Entries in the contest are accepted up until March 13th. All you have to do is upload a video and bio and you're in. Younger girls are required to submit parental consent forms (available at the site).
About Hit Like A Girl
Now in its fifth year the Hit Like A Girl was started by DRUM!, Tom Tom and TRX with the aim of highlighting and promoting female drummers. Girls and women of all ages and skill levels, and from more than 50 countries, have entered the contest over the past four years. It is sponsored by an elite group of musical instrument companies including Evans, Pro-Mark, Avedis Zildjian, Mapex, Sabian, Vater, Innovative, NFUZD, Sonor, Drum Channel, and more. Media sponsors on three continents include Music Radar, DRUM!, Alfred, Alternative Press, Rhythm, Percussive Arts Society, Enter music Network, Drumscene (Australia), Drum Guru, Hudson Music, Not So Modern Drummer, Drummers Resource, Drummer Café, Performance Drumming, Online Drummer, The Black Page, Digital Drummer, Wikidrummers, Swinghouse Studios, and Sick Drummer Magazine.
"Crash With Rich" Drummer's Weekend
"Crash With Rich" is drummer and educator Rich Redmond's inaugural drummer's weekend. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for drum educators, drum students, and ALL DRUMMERS, period. Rich has recorded/toured/performed with artists including Jason Aldean, Ludacris, Kelly Clarkson, Bryan Adams, Bob Seger, Joe Perry, Jewel, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Thompson Square, Eric Church, Deana Carter, Chris Stapleton, Montgomery Gentry, Alabama, John Anderson, Trace Adkins, Keith Urban, Travis Tritt, Emily West and many others.
Where: Los Angeles, CA
When: April 8-10, 2016
What: A three-day immersive, educational event happening in the heart of Hollywood! 24 hours total of hands-on training with the greatest drummers on the planet! A wise investment in your drumming future and a one of a kind experience you will never forget!
This event will feature teachers including Kenny Aronoff, Nate Morton, Frank Briggs, Matt Starr, Tiny Biuso, Ed Roscetti, Mike Bennett, Stewart Jean, Jeff Bowders, Fred Dinkins, Albe Bonacci, Tim Mcintyre, Jimmy Elcock, Blair Sinta, Jimmy Paxson, and Curt Bisquera. There will be three catered lunches, and two sit-down dinners with these artists (an opportunity to meet your heroes and pick their brains). There will also be a closing ceremony concert at the Lucky Strike bowling alley in Hollywood, CA, where students will get to perform in front of a paying audience.
Sponsors include: Musician's Institute, Guitar Center, Modern Drummer Magazine, Lucky Strike, School of Rock, DW, Sabian, Remo, Daddario, Planet Waves, Promark, Roland, Gator, LP, Hal Leonard, Grover, RhythmTech, Drumtacs, Audio Technica, Auralex, Big Fat Snare Drum, Rim Riser, Booty Shaker, The Drum Wallet, Red Six Drum Wear, Drummers Guide to Gear, Hansenfutz, Prologix, Woodshed Stage Art, Red Monkey, Great Leather, Adam Argullin Mallets, Drumdial, Tunebot, Turn It Up and Lay It Down, Ddrum Triggers, Qwikstix, Cympad, Cymbolt, Samson, QSC, Headhunter Mallets, Earfilters, The Black Widow Drum Web, Groove Juice, Pitch Slap Percussion, Direct Sound Extreme Isolation Headphones, The Box Kit, Crash N’Flash, and more!Cost: $1,499 for an ALL ACCESS pass to "Crash With Rich" Drummer's Weekend, catered meals, and dining with Rockstars nightly.
How to Register: Sign up at www.richredmond.com by March 25, 2016.
Iron Maiden Kicks Off "The Book Of Souls" Tour
Ed Force One has lift off! After announcing the comeback of Iron Maiden's Nicko McBrain to the Sonor artist family in January 2016, the band has now kicked-off their "The Book Of Souls" world tour in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA (Feb. 24). The tour includes dates in North and South America, as well as Europe until the beginning of August.
The base of the kit is a SQ² custom series drum, made of German Beech (Medium construction), a shell construction that Nicko has favored ever since his early days with SONOR. But also the drum sizes are as "traditional Nicko" as it gets.Nicko's Kit:
- 6"x8" Rack Tom
- 8"x8" Rack Tom
- 10"x10" Rack Tom
- 12"x12" Rack Tom
- 13"x13" Rack Tom
- 14"x14" Rack Tom
- 15"x15" Rack Tom
- 16"x16" Rack Tom
- 18"x18" Floor Tom
- 24"x18" Bass Drum
- 14"x5" Snare Drum (Birch shell, made out of a special sandwich construction)
As in previous years, the design of the kit follows stage design, and the current record's theme. The designers in Maiden's camp came up with a special The Book Of Souls artwork that features the band's icon "Eddie" in different outfits, going around the shell. Only the bass drum and snare drum feature a slightly different design - the bass drum comes with Mayan symbols, the snare drum has the "The Book Of Souls" album name written on it. But that's not enough. The entire kit is assembled with 24-karat gold plated hardware, as well as all hardware stands, a one-off and custom made for the band only.
In a letter to the Sonor production staff Nicko said, "Amazing, wonderful, imaginative and most of all a B-E-A-utiful drum set. I can not express how proud I am for you all. This drum set sounds as good as it looks and it looks a million dollars. The workmanship and love that has gone into the production of these tubs is without a doubt the Sonor legacy. I'm am proud and honored to be back with the family that I should never have left but am humbled to be back."