PMC Wraps Up Free Drum Lessons at Vans Warped Tour ConcertsJohn Messerschmidt from Yamaha helps Town Center Music in Suwanee, Georgia, teach a basic drum lesson during the Vans Warped Tour stop in Atlanta.
The Percussion Marketing Council (PMC) and local music retailers once again provided free first-time 5-minute drum lessons at Lesson Lab Tents in conjunction with the popular 2016 Vans Warped Tour. This summer tents were set up in: Atlanta, GA (June 30); St. Petersburg, FL (July 1); West Palm Beach, FL (July 3); Wantagh, NY (July 9); Mansfield, MA (July 13); Auburn Hills, MI (July 22), and Milwaukee, WI (July26).Sergio Bellotti from 247 Drums in Winchester, Massachusetts, teaches basic drum lessons during the Vans Warped Tour stop in Mansfield.
This marks the 7th year that PMC has worked with the Vans Warped Tour to provide the self-contained educational Play Drums tents. Together with local retailers, they put drumsticks in the hands of about 100 firsttime drummers during each stop. Tents were equipped with an acoustic and/or electronic drum set, including cymbals and sticks, to provide a positive and professional learning experience for beginning players. Many drummers from the Warped Tour stopped by the tents to help generate excitement for the project.
It is estimated that more than 600 beginner drummers took part in the free 5-minute lessons. Percussion retailers, along with a PMC representative, operated the tent and provided the instructors. “These retailers are key to this program,” says Billy Cuthrell, a PMC Advisory Board Member who coordinates the Lesson Lab Tent. “Working together, we drew enthusiastic learners to the Lesson Lab tent in each city.”Teri Cote from 247 Drums in Winchester, Massachusetts, teaches a basic drum lesson during the Vans Warped Tour stop in Mansfield.
Some percussion retailers from previous years returned to participate again, even more excited and committed to the project. This year’s retailers included: 247 Drums (Winchester, MA), Cascio Music SuperStore (Milwaukee, WI), Drummers Only Drumshop (Port Saint Lucie, FL); JC’s Drum & Music Academy (Rochester, MI), Long Island Drum Center (Hicksville, NY), and Town Center Music (Atlanta, GA).
“We enjoyed participating in the event this year and would definitely be interested in participating in the future,” states first-time retail participant Rachel from Cascio Music SuperStore. “Through all the lessons we gave that day, we were able to connect with 52 brand new customers. This is a great return for our investment of time and personnel. Thanks to the PMC for helping to connect the dots.”
Members of the PMC include every significant manufacturer, distributor, publisher, and percussion-education organization in the United States. PMC member companies donated equipment for drawings held at each PMC Lab Tent location.
Dave Lombardo Plays With Misfits For Reunion Shows
After months of speculation, the ORIGINAL MISFITS announce that drummer Dave Lombardo will join them for their two Riot Fest dates (Denver, September 4th and Chicago, September 18th). The original drummer for Slayer, Lombardo will be providing his propulsive beat behind Original MISFITS members Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only, with longtime guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein. Danzig and Only will be playing together on stage for the first time since 1983.
Lombardo says of joining the band for the dates, "The Misfits created the horror punk attitude and had a massive influence on modern rock, punk and metal. It was an easy decision for me to join them for these monumental shows. I was honored to be asked, and am very excited to be playing with the band. Judging by the rehearsals alone, Misfits fans will not be disappointed- this is everything they could have hoped for and more."
Glenn Danzig says, "I first met Dave back in '88 when DANZIG did four shows with Slayer in the U.S., before the first DANZIG album was released. Dave is one of the best drummers around, and I can't wait for everyone to see him pounding MISFITS songs live for these special shows."
Jerry Only says, "Dave Lombardo is a master at what he does. With the immensity of the two shows we're planning together, the biggest decision we had was who is going to keep time and power this monster machine on drums? When Dave Lombardo's name was thrown into the ring, Glenn and I were immediately on the same page from the very start, a good sign of things to come. I think the darker side of punk we created with the MISFITS spawned the growth and evolution of punk into thrash, and sired bands like Metallica and Slayer, just as we inspired countless others in the punk revolution."
Roland to Host 24-Hour Online Music Festival “The Future. Redefined.”
Roland announces the first-of-its kind, 24-hour online music festival, “The Future. Redefined.” More than 30 new Roland musical instrument products are scheduled to debut during streaming video broadcasts from VIP events in eight major cities around the world on September 9 (#909day). Roland will introduce new synthesizers, digital pianos, electronic drums, DJ equipment, BOSS guitar-related products, accessories and a new genre of musical instrument never offered before by Roland.
Roland’s exclusive music and musical instruments festival will span six times zones and feature live performances, new product debuts, product demonstrations, and interviews with leading artists. Starting at 4:00 UTC on September 9, Roland will unleash new musical instruments in Tokyo, Berlin, Brussels, Paris, Toronto, NYC, Los Angeles and more.
Fans of Roland and BOSS around the world are encouraged to watch the unique festival online at tfr.roland.com/us on September 9. Beginning August 23, this dedicated website will also provide festival schedule information, artist lineup updates and new product previews leading up to #909day.
Victor Filonovich Appointed To Zildjian
The Avedis Zildjian Company has announced that Victor Filonovich has been appointed Category Manager for cymbals. Filonovich joins Zildjian from Latin Percussion and brings over 25+ years of experience working with artists, dealers, distributors and consumers on developing compelling drum/percussion products and successful sales programs.
Filonovich was recently the Global Director of Product Management for both Latin Percussion and Toca Percussion. He worked at LP for 24 years, managing and leading the development and implementation of numerous new products including 5 U.S. Patents. Prior to LP, Filonovich worked for Pearl Drums.
In his new role, Filonovich will have sizable responsibilities, managing the iconic brand's historic line of drum set, marching and orchestral cymbals.
Filonovich is an avid drummer, speaks fluent Russian and has relocated to Zildjian's headquarters in Norwell, Massachusetts from New Jersey.
2015 Baltic Drum Battle Winner Visits Paiste Factory in Nottwil
Marat Sayfutdinov from St. Petersburg, Russia not only won the 2015 Baltic Drum Battle but also a two days trip to Switzerland including a Factory Tour at Paiste & testing his skills at hand hammering.
Paiste said "It was a real pleasure to spend some quality time with Marat and show him, how much hand work & precision goes into each and every Paiste cymbal made in Nottwil."