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  • Industry News — December 2020

    by Rhythm Scene Staff | Dec 09, 2020

    Sweetwater Supports Drum Workshop Music Foundation
    DW Music Foundation (DWMF) has been awarded a grant by Chuck and Lisa Surack, founders of Sweetwater. DWMF, the charitable arm of DW Workshop Inc., was created to provide the gift of music to underserved communities worldwide. The non-profit donates instruments and music education resources to schools, music educators, youth programs, health & wellness organizations, the military, and other organizations that align with its mission.

    Sweetwater also believes in giving back to community by helping musicians, the arts, education, children, and social services. In the past year they have supported more than 500 non-profit organizations, causes and individuals with the donation of musical instruments, audio gear, financial resources, and sponsorships.

    “We are proud and excited to partner with Sweetwater, an organization who has the spirit of giving in its core values,” commented Michele Abrams, DWMF Executive Director. “Together, our missions are aligned, believing that sharing the joy of music and music making can change lives for the better. We are very grateful to Sweetwater for their gift and look forward to making meaningful impact together.” 

    “We are honored to join forces with the DW Music Foundation to continue our efforts to bring the joy of music to more people,” said Sweetwater Founder & CEO Chuck Surack. “Music, with its power to heal, unite, and offer hope, is a universal language that should be shared whenever and wherever possible.”

    The Sweetwater grant will be used to help DW Music Foundation continue to share life-changing music making and music education with people of all ages and backgrounds. From youth to wounded warriors, those facing health challenges and the military, the Sweetwater donation will help bring inspiration, healing, and hope.

    To learn about DWMF, visit

    Marching Percussion Contest Champions and Winners Announced

    HLAG MPC Winners

    Clockwise from upper left: Katie McCarty, Jovanna Mullin, Jasmine Bowens, Eliana Yamouni, Paige Durr, and Aly "Chopz" Mendey

    Hit Like A Girl congratulates the winners of the 2020 Hit Like A Girl Marching Percussion contest. For the under-18 category, the winners were: Katie McCarty (Champion), Jovanna Mullin (2nd Place), Jasmine Bowens (3rd Place), and Destiny Boyd (Honorable Mention). For the over-18 category, the winners were Eliana Yamouni (Champion), Paige Durr (2nd Place), Aly "Chopz" Mendey (3rd Place), and Rachelle Jovane (Honorable Mention).

    These outstanding drummers will receive prizes from Ludwig, Pearl, Vic Firth, Vater, Innovative Percussion, and Remo, as well as scholarships, educational material, and other special awards from Girls March and GridBook Percussion. 

    The HLAG 2020 MPC judges panel featured leading artists and educators Sandi Rennick, Emmanuelle Caplette, Raychel Taylor, James Riles III, Mark Perrett, and Nicole Casino, plus former Hit Like A Girl Champion Jamese Moses. Special thanks to GridBook Percussion for developing Hit Like A Girl’s exclusive, online scoring matrix.

    View the entries, winning videos, and more at

    Kenny Aronoff Joins Latin Percussion Family
    One of the most influential session and live drummers in the world, Kenny Aronoff has worked with a list of artists that reads like a who’s who of rock royalty: The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Sting, Elton John, Eric Clapton, John Mellencamp, Smashing Pumpkins, Johnny Cash, Stevie Wonder, Lady Gaga, and more. He has recorded on over 300-million records sold and is currently working with John Fogerty, Joe Satriani, and Supersonic Blues Machine. Modern Drummer named him the number-one pop/rock drummer and number-one studio drummer for five consecutive years, and Rolling Stone magazine named him among the top-100 greatest drummers of all time. His unique, versatile style, a combination of power and finesse, has seen him contribute to over 60 Grammy nominated or awarded recordings over the last four decades.

    Aronoff started with a set of Pedrito Martinez Signature Deep Cut Mango Bongos, Conga, and Tumba to give him a bold, warm Latin voice. He’s also been exploring world sounds with the clay LP Udu Drum Utar and the hardwood LP World Beat 18-inch Tunable Bodhran with a natural goatskin head. From the LP RAW range, Aronoff picked the 6- and 8-inch Potz, Trash Snare, and the Sound Enhancers to add new variations to his drum kit. A hand-picked selection of tambourines, shakers, and accessories further expands his range of tonal options and textures.

    To find out more about Latin Percussion, visit

    Thierry GuerreiroPORTER & DAVIES
    Brad Wilk, Mike Bordin, and Others Join Porter & Davies Family 
    Porter & Davies announced that more top drummers have joined their family and are feeling the benefits of silent bone conduction.

    Rage Against the Machine’s drummer Brad Wilk has purchased two BC2rm rigs with round throne tops. Mat Hector has added a Gigster to his drum set up. He has been a part of Iggy Pop’s band for the last five years as well as recently taking on drumming duties for Razorlight. Planning for the Hooters 40th Anniversary tour in 2021, David Uosikkinen has purchased a saddle throne to use with his existing P&D. He continues to work on his In the Pocket: Essential Songs of Philadelphia project.

    Long time Porter & Davies artist Kenny Aronoff recently purchased a TT6 Equipped Throne to use on tour with Joe Satriani. Another TT6 is being used by Faith No More’s founding member and drummer Mike Bordin. He has performed with Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath, and Korn, to name a few.

    Tom Coll Fontaines DCIrish post-punk band Fontaines D.C.’s drummer Tom Coll is now using a Porter & Davies throne and commented, “The BC2 changed the game for me in terms of monitoring. I made the switch to using in-ears recently and the BC2 really fills out the imaginary low end through the tactile monitoring. I feel like I'm much more aware of my internal clock during shows now.” The band’s explosive debut album was nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize and their second album launched July 2020 and charted at No.2 in the UK and Irish charts.

    Other drummers procuring Porter and Davies rigs in the last few months include Paul Faloon (The Pat Mc Manus Band), Julian Zschäbitz (Von Wegen Lisbeth), Joakim Lövmark (Felix Sandman), session drummer Alf Erik Fylkesnes and Thies Steiner, Meg Learmonth (Mura Masa), Jordan Tanner (Tash Sultana), Thierry Guerreiro (Iris), and Jonas Hermann (Jeremias).

    To find out more about Porter & Davies products, visit

  • Industry News — November 2020

    by Rhythm Scene Staff | Oct 27, 2020

    Gretsch Heritage LogoGRETCH 
    Gretsch Heritage Show Airs on Drum Network
    Gretsch Drums has launched a brand new, live stream show called Gretsch Heritage, bringing to life the brand’s rich history. Every other Wednesday, each episode will feature special guests who continue to play important roles in the ongoing story of Gretsch Drums today.

    The first episode of the show, hosted by Lucas Von Gretsch, a fifth-generation Gretsch family member, is called “Alone on a Steamship 1872–1895.” It looks at the early history of the brand, focusing on the company’s founder, Friedrich Gretsch. Later episodes chronicle the legendary drum company’s history and reveal the challenges and successes of his ancestors.

    The special guest in the first episode was long-time Gretsch drums endorser Mark Schulman who has toured, recorded, and performed with some of the biggest names in the history of pop music including Pink, Billy Idol, Cher, Foreigner, Velvet Revolver, Sheryl Crow, Stevie Nicks, Tina Turner, Amy Grant, and many more. Mark is a prolific session drummer, a music producer, audio engineer, and co-owner of West Triad Studios in Venice, California. Mark joined Lucas for a live discussion about his career, influences, and history with Gretsch. A further guest spot featured one of the skilled artisans at the Gretsch factory talking about their area of expertise and answering audience questions.

    The Gretsch Heritage show also offers the opportunity to win prizes in the trivia question of the day. Check out the show information on Drum Network, or for the complete, up-to-date Drum Network show listing visit To find out more about the Gretsch drums visit

    Will Calhoun Credit Tim ShahadyCalhoun Joins Gretsch Artist Family
    Best known as the drummer of the alternative rock band Living Colour, Will Calhoun’s extraordinary creative vision and drumming talents have seen him contribute to many and varied music genres including jazz, rock, hip-hop, ambient, and much more. He is also a prolific songwriter and producer, has scored several films, and has performed and recorded with a diverse array of notable artists such as B.B King, Mick Jagger, Paul Simon, Lou Reed, Carly Simon, Herb Alpert, Ronnie Wood, Wayne Shorter, Run-DMC, and Public Enemy. Calhoun has released six solo albums including his latest, celebrating the great Elvin Jones. He is also currently working on a new Living Colour record.

    Calhoun recently took delivery of his Gretsch USA Custom Kit in a Custom Grain Yellow Gloss. His preferred sizes are 16x22 and 16x20 bass drums, 8x8, 9x10, 10x12, and 11x13 toms, 14x16 and 16x18 floor toms, with 6.5x14 Bell Brass and 6x13 Chrome over Brass snares.

    Will adds, “It’s an honor and a pleasure to join the Gretsch drum family and its legacy of great drummers including Art Blakey, Roy Haynes, Max Roach, Elvin Jones, Tony Williams, Charlie Watts, Mitch Mitchell, Vinny Colaiuta, and Bronx legend and architect of hip-hop Erroll “Pumpkin” Bedward. I’m looking forward to exploring and expanding many musical frontiers in my partnership with Gretsch, starting with my Gretsch USA custom drum set!”

    For more information about the USA Custom, other Gretsch drums, and Gretsch artists, visit

    Marching Percussion Contest Judges Announced
    HLAG has announced an exceptional lineup of judges for its 2020 Marching Percussion contest. The all-star panel features leading artists and educators from a variety of marching disciplines, including DCI, WinterGuard, BOA, and HBCU drumlines, as well as an internationally renowned drumset artist with strong Drum & Bugle Corps roots.

    The 2020 HLAG MPC judges are Sandi Rennick, drumline instructor and arranger for the 7-time DCI Champion Santa Vanguard; James Riles III, founder of The Atlanta Drum Academy and featured performer in the Drumline movies; Emmanuelle Caplette, award-winning marching drummer and world-famous drummer, teacher, and clinician; Raychel Taylor, founder of Girls March and past performer with Mandarins, Phantom Regiment, and Vanguard; Mark Perrett, Gold medal winner with DCI’s Division III Teal drumline and co-founder/author of the popular and influential series of GridBook drum method books and social media; Jamese Moses, HLAG Marching Percussion Champion of 2019, HBCU marching advocate, and a featured performer with “Find Your Rhythm”; and Nicole Casino, the first female “center snare” drummer for the 19-time DCI Champion Blue Devils, Berklee College graduate, and current featured performer for the Disneyland Resort.

    Contest entry in the <18 and 18+ age divisions opened October 1, 2020. For rules, schedule, sponsors, prizes and more, visit

    U.S. Distribution Deal Announced with Swedish Drumstick maker Wincent 
    Pearl Corporation, together with Wincent Drumsticks, announced a distribution partnership to grow the availability and awareness of Wincent products in the U.S. market.

    “Wincent Drumsticks is honored and proud to join forces with Pearl Cooperation as our high-profiled MI distribution partner for the U.S. This will ensure greater service, reach, and market penetration of the Wincent portfolio. It has been a goal to partner with Pearl Corporation and now it is a reality, and we will make every effort to satisfy the U.S. market,” said Dan Nylén, Founder and CEO of Wincent Drumsticks.

    Wincent Drumsticks was established in Sweden in 1992, with the stated goal to make the highest quality drumsticks, brushes, and rods. The sticks are manufactured using a stone lathing process with a unique wax protection applied that complements the feel and durability of the sticks. Each pair of Wincent sticks is butt-end branded with the stick size, so when you look down into your stick bag the various sizes are easily identifiable.

    “Last year we had a meeting with Dan, and our entire team at Pearl was blown away with their product” said Glen Caruba, Pearl VP of Sales and Marketing. “Wincent is a legendary European brand, but the hickory they use to make their sticks comes from Bowling Green, Kentucky. We tested and scrutinized the sticks, and player after player commented about how great the sticks felt and how long they lasted. We did not go looking for this opportunity, but based on the superior quality of the product, it seemed like this is the right time for Pearl USA to get into the drumstick business,” 

    The Wincent product portfolio includes drumsticks, brushes, rods, mallets, and percussion accessories like practice pads, drum keys, stick grips, and tone gel. Pearl will begin accepting orders for Wincent products immediately and has inventory ready to ship. For more information about Pearl, visit and for more information about Wincent.

  • Industry News — October 2020

    by Rhythm Scene Staff | Oct 21, 2020

    Marching Percussion Contest Announced
    Encouraging players to get off the sidelines and “Get Back in the Game,” Hit Like A Girl has announced that its revamped and rescheduled Marching Percussion contest will open for entries on October 1. The HLAG Marching contest follows the highly successful international and regional drum set and beat-making contests that were held earlier this year and has been shifted to the fall to increase its prestige and participation. The contest is open to female snare drummers in the Under 18 and 18-Plus age divisions, with solo and cover videos accepted through October 19. 

    HLAG 2020 Marching Percussion contest judges feature such leading artists and educators = as Sandi Rennick, Julie Davila, Raychel Taylor, and Mark Perrett, plus former Hit Like A Girl Champions AJ Kostromina and Jamese Moses. Among this year’s prizes are marching snare drums from Ludwig and Pearl along with Vic Firth, Vater, and Innovative Percussion drumsticks and Remo drumheads. Scholarships and educational material from Girls March and GridBook as well as exclusive performance opportunities will also be awarded to the champions and winners when they are named in November.

    To learn more and enter, visit

    Livestream with Daru Jones Now on Drum Network
    Pacific Drums and Percussion (PDP) is launching a new live-stream show with Grammy Award-winning drummer Daru Jones. PDP’s “Get It Started” is the place for drummers looking to take their music career to the next level. The live stream will include a wide range of topics and offer viewers an opportunity to ask related questions to the host on each monthly broadcast. Jones and his guests will share their insights, personal experiences, and years of recording and performing expertise. The genre-bending beat maker will also answer individual questions to help drummers hone their skills behind the kit and beyond.

    Two-time Grammy Award winner Daru Jones, a longtime PDP & DW Drums artist, is one of the most respected drummers of his generation. He has toured and recorded with renowned artists including Jack White, Pete Rock, Gloria Gaynor, Pee Wee Ellis, Queen Latifah, and many more. He has been a “go-to drummer” in the hip-hop scene for over a decade and is also a sought-after producer and boutique label owner, developing talent and releasing music through his RUSIC Records, imprint.

    “We're hoping to help encourage the current and next generation to go within and find your voice and look for ways to be authentic,” Daru commented. “I'm very excited to chat with you all and bridge the gap to educate on groove culture with some of our legendary and seasoned guests. Please come with an open mind and positive vibes, as we can use this outlet to help us all during these times.”

    To take part in the LIVE discussion, tune in to PDP’s Facebook or DW’s YouTube or Facebook channels at noon PST on the second Monday of every month. A complete schedule of all episodes and previous shows can be found on the DW Drum Network page.

    For the complete, up-to-date Drum Network show listing, visit To learn more about PDP drums, visit

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