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27th Annual Guitar Center Drum Off

Aug 14 2015

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YT3Qgdh-uSQ Guitar Center’s 27th annual Drum-Off search for the next great drummer has begun! Free and open to drummers across the country, entrants will compete for a chance to win a grand-prize package valued at over $45,000 that includes cash, gear, endorsement deals, studio time, and a GC Buyer’s Guide feature. There are 251 Guitar Center stores hosting competitions this year. ...

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Gretsch Drums Appoints Mike Nieland Product Manager Andrew Shreve to Artists Relations

Mike Nieland

Aug 03 2015

Gretsch Drums has appointed Andrew Shreve to Artist Relations and Mike Nieland to Product Manager. Previously, Nieland served as District Sales Manager for KMC in the Southern California region where he was responsible for doubling sales revenue, establishing a solidified presence for all KMC brands, regional product training and working closely with the local drumming community to develop Gretsch product. Shreve previously served as Marketing and Artist Relations Manager for ...

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PMC Announces Board Appointment of Sarah Hagan, of Zildjian

Sarah Hagan

Jul 30 2015

The Percussion Marketing Council (PMC) Executive Committee is pleased to announce the appointment of Sarah Hagan to its Advisory Board. A drummer and former teacher, Hagan joined Zildjian as a marketing and events coordinator and was promoted to artist relations manager for the east coast before becoming director of artist relations–worldwide in 2014. Hagan has been an active member of music industry for more than 10 years and has ...

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MV 10 Drumstick

mv10 drumstick

Jul 23 2015

Brent Fitz of Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators talks about his recent change to Vater Drumsticks and the process he went through, comparing many different models and brands before finding his perfect stick model...the Vater MV10. Brent also talks about his career and about working with Slash. The performance footage was taken at sound check during his New Hampshire summer tour stop. Special thanks to Slash, his ...

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25th Chicago Drum Show Attendance Breaks 2,000

Steve Smith and Daniel Glass

Jul 06 2015

The 25th Annual Chicago Drum Show (15th-17th, 2015) was expanded to three days to squeeze in everything that producer Rob Cook planned for the show. “This year’s show had more of everything,” says Cook. “We had seven headliner clinics, six Master Classes, 2 Cafe presentations, 4 conference room presentations, 2 Round Table presentations, plus several special displays.”  The clinician roster included Will Calhoun, Dave Mattacks, Paul Wertico, Todd Sucherman, ...

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Different Drummer: One Man’s Music and Its Impact on ADD, Anxiety, and Autism

different drummer

May 26 2015

Play drums wants to highlight this book written by percussionist and researcher Jeff Strong. Different Drummer chronicles his path as he navigates ancient drumming practices, conducts clinical research, and develops the music that establishes him as a pioneer in the world of auditory brain stimulation over three decades. Jeff lives with ADHD and uses it as his motivation on his journey. Jeff meticulously documents the development of his therapy and ...

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6 Ways to Make the Most out of Your Practice Time

May 19 2015

Plan it out It’s best to sit down with a general plan in mind so you don’t end up wasting any time. The longer you sit there trying to think of what you should practice, the more likely it is that you’ll get up and walk away. Break it down into segments and try your best to stick to the schedule. Some parts you’ll breeze through ...

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5 Ways to Keep Your Kids Interested in Drumming

May 14 2015

Are you a drummer and want your children to follow in your footsteps, but find it slightly difficult to keep their attention? Perhaps your child begged you for a drum set, but now it sits there gathering dust. We're here to help. The following are 5 ways to keep your kids interested in drumming 1. What Age to Start? It's important to start at the proper age, which is different ...

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10 Drum Promotions to Celebrate International Drum Month

May 12 2015

Reprinted from the March/April 2015 issue of MUSIC INC. International Drum Month is celebrated annually in May. To help you prepare for this month-long celebration of percussion, Music Inc. has gathered 10 great promotional ideas from some of the country’s top drum retailers. “The best promo we have ever had is our ‘Free Lessons For life’ program. Customers would buy a kit and get a free 30-minute group ...

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3 Necessary Things Every Drummer Forgets to Do

May 12 2015

Learn the Basics You need to start somewhere, and rushing through the beginner lessons isn’t going to help anyone. Some may learn faster than others, but that doesn’t matter to the individual. You learn at your own speed, but the important part is that you learn. Don’t skip the basics, it will only hurt you in the end.  Don’t Force a Style Likewise, don’t try ...

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