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  • Industry News — September 2020

    by Rhythm Scene Staff | Sep 16, 2020

    MALLETECH Jim Bailey
    Jim Bailey Announced as Director of Sales and Marketing
    Malletech is proud to announce the hiring of Jim Bailey as Director of Sales and Marketing, reporting directly to Founder and Chief Executive Officer Leigh Howard Stevens. Blending over 20 years of experience as both a music educator and member of the musical products industry, Jim recently served as Educator Relations Manager for D’Addario and Company. In that role, Jim pioneered and implemented the company’s first multifaceted educator loyalty program, developed content for six diverse brands, managed strategic partnerships, and assisted in planning and execution of digital, social, and in-person experiences. These innovative programs connected Jim and the D’Addario brands to thousands of players and educators worldwide.

    Prior to his work at D’Addario, Jim established himself as an accomplished band director and instructor for the seven-time world champion Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps. As a performer, he has played under the direction of Dr. Stephen Pratt (Indiana University), Raymond Leppard (Indianapolis, Symphony Orchestral), as a member of the Cavaliers 1995 World Championship ensemble, and holds a PASIC international soloist title from 1996.

    “I am beyond excited to put my skills and experiences to work for a company that continues to be the world’s visionary for keyboard percussionists everywhere,” Bailey said.

    In his new role, Jim will be responsible for planning and overseeing all sales and marketing efforts company-wide. His involvement will mean a sharper strategic focus and a refreshed approach to artists and influencer collaborations.

    Leigh Howard Stevens commented, “With the addition of Jim Bailey and the experience he brings, Malletech is well-positioned to expand our business and increase our market presence. I’m really excited to see what the future holds.”

    NATIVE INSTRUMENTS Native Instruments
    New CEO and President
    Native Instruments Co-Founder & CEO Daniel Haver and Chief Innovation Officer and President Mate Galic announce they are handing over NI to a new generation of leaders, appointed from within the company. Constantin Koehncke, currently Global Marketing Director and heading up the company’s Los Angeles office, will become NI’s new Chief Executive Officer. Robert Linke, currently Director of Sound Products, will take on the position of Chief Product Officer and President. Making up the new Management Board, both will step into their new leadership roles as of October 1, 2020, marking a new chapter in NI’s history. Daniel Haver and Mate Galic will remain at Native Instruments, actively supporting the company and its new leadership as Chairman and Deputy Chairman via a newly-formed Supervisory Board.

    This announcement comes at a time of strength for the company, with a string of highly successful releases from NI’s KOMPLETE Instruments and Effects division, and a financial year on course to be the best in the company’s 24-year history. Haver says, “Mate and I believe now is the right time to hand over the company to a new generation of leaders. Native Instruments today is in a very strong place, and it’s on this foundation that Constantin and Robert will bring fresh energy, continuing to deliver exceptional products. Their many years of leadership in Marketing and Products and countless successful contributions made them the perfect choice to lead Native Instruments into the future. It’s been a privilege for us to lead Native Instruments for over 20 years, and we’re immensely proud of what we have achieved as a company, as well as personally. Native Instruments will always be home to Mate and I, and we’re excited to support Constantin and Robert in writing the next successful chapter.”

    Formed in Berlin in 1996, Native Instruments pioneered real-time sound synthesis on standard computers with its first ever product, Generator (later known as REAKTOR). Daniel Haver joined Stephan Schmitt as a co-founder in 1997, and has led the company as CEO since. Mate Galic joined Native Instruments in 1999 and developed a symbiotic relationship with Daniel Haver. Since 2009, they have led the company together and their friendship, complementary skill sets, and relentless pursuit of innovation have kept the business at the cutting edge of digital music creation and performance.

    Over his 10 years with Native Instruments, Constantin Koehncke played a crucial role in positioning the company at the cutting edge of music creation. With a track record of building and managing high-performing teams—including NI’s Americas Marketing division in the company’s largest market—he’s created a multitude of high-profile campaigns and partnerships, leaning on his deep relationships with the global artist community and the wider music industry. Prior to NI, he worked as a publicist and journalist, and was an active DJ in London and Berlin.

    Robert Linke joined NI in 2006 and is currently Director of Sound Products, encompassing the company's virtual instruments, audio effects, and sound libraries as well as the flagship KOMPLETE bundles. He has proven to be a vital contributor in shaping Native Instruments’ outstanding product quality and variety in his 14 years at the company. Prior to NI, he worked for Mercedes Benz South Africa and was an active electronic music producer and DJ.

    Koehncke says: “The accomplishments of Daniel and Mate in taking NI to this point are extraordinary. They grew the company from a small group of passionate technologists in Berlin into one of most relevant brands in music technology, still driven by the same passion and vision that created it. It’s an incredible honor to take on the challenge to transition Native Instruments into the future. Robert and I are especially thrilled to work with and learn from our passionate, talented and collaborative team, and to partner with all of them to take the company forward."

    In addition, Tobias Baumbach, currently Vice President of Engineering, officially becomes Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and joins the new leadership team. Baumbach has served as interim CTO since January 2020, having made major contributions for over a decade as a developer and senior manager in the company’s engineering department. Lars Kröger and Tom Kurth remain key pillars of the organization, having served over 15 years at NI, most recently in their roles as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Legal Officer.

    Contest Winners Announced
    The OU Percussion Press is proud to announce winners of the OUPP Percussion Ensemble Composition Contest.

    The First Prize composition is “Cyclus” by Austin Theriot. Austin is a composer, vocalist, and pianist from Austin, Texas. His music has been performed nationally and internationally by ensembles such as Houston Grand Opera’s community outreach division (HGOco), KC VITAs Chamber Choir, and the Atlantic Music Festival Contemporary Ensemble.

    The Runner-Up composition is “Emerging Victoriously” by Chris Prather. Composer and percussionist Prather graduated with his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Central Oklahoma and his Master of Music degree from Oklahoma City University. One of Prather’s goals as a composer is to shed light on social justice issues with his music. He is currently in the process of expanding No Justice, No Peace, an opera that shows a family’s struggle with police brutality, into a full-length opera along with Megan Prather and Kenneth R. Woods. The winning pieces will be available for purchase later this year. 

    PDP PDP Abe Laboriel JR
    Abe Laboriel Jr. Plays Concept Classic Series Drums
    The first-call studio and touring drummer Abe Laboriel Jr. recently visited Drum Channel Studios. While recording he discovered the retro-inspired PDP Concept Classic Series kit featuring plied European Maple counter hoops. The powerhouse drummer was also enamored by the sonic attributes of the 14- x 26-inch bass drum that accompanied the setup.

    PDP Concept Maple Classic bridges the gap between modern build techniques and vintage aesthetics. The 100% European Maple drum shells with matching counterhoops deliver a round, focused sound with minimal overtones, ideal for any studio environment. The three-piece kit is available with a variety of kick drum sizes. Bop configurations are offered with a 14- x 18-inch kick. The kits are finished in a range of understated satin lacquer finishes. Standard features include True-Pitch tuning, vintage-style low-profile die-cast Claw Hooks, Dual Turret Lugs, and Remo heads.

    Laboriel Jr. is known for playing oversized drums and cymbals, while harnessing the subtle nuance of their dynamic range. Commenting on the sound of the drums in his home studio in Los Angeles he said, “These PDP wood hoop drums are consistently killer! These drums are super versatile and great to record!”

    Laboriel Jr. grew up around some of the biggest names in music, with a father who is amongst the most influential bass players of our time. He made his live debut with Paul McCartney in 2001 and has played on every tour since. A highly sought-after session drummer, he has worked with Eric Clapton, Sting, Sheryl Crow, Lady Gaga, Seal, Chris Isaak, and many others.

    To find out more about PDP and the Concept Maple Classic kit and snare, visit

    PMC Virtually Connecting with New Drummers
    While the entire music products industry has faced changes associated with the global coronavirus pandemic, the Percussion Marketing Council doesn’t view these challenges as obstacles. Celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2020, Percussion Marketing Council’s leaders and members combined efforts, synergy, and creativity to not miss a beat when it comes to growing the market with newly created players and drummers.

    Making a direct impact with drummers through promotional opportunities and keeping the PMC’s educational programs moving forward was essential. This spring, the “Get Your Sticks Together” promotion, providing monthly winners with 12 free half-hour drum lessons at a music retailer’s teaching studio, was quickly expanded to include online drum lessons if the music store was closed because of Coronavirus mandates.

    As the COVID-19 pandemic escalated nationwide, the PMC kicked off a new International Drum Month promotion in May, offering drummers a chance to win an online “Lesson with a Master” with internationally recognized celebrity drummers Gorden Campbell, Rick Latham, Rich Redmond, and David Stanoch. In light of the many COVID-19 restrictions across the country, this year’s reimagined International Drum Month virtual drum lessons worked perfectly with social distancing guidelines.

    Both online lesson promotions have been tremendously successful with an unprecedented number of new drummers visiting the website for contest entry, featured drumming news, webinars with professional drummers, and connections to PMC member websites.

    “This year, we’ve seen a significant increase in junior-size drum set sales as a result of the stay-at-home circumstances,” commented PMC’s special counsel representative Brad Smith. “Parents recognize the value of their kids playing drums and view it as a positive educational experience. These self-starting drummers will be a tremendous new crop of young players and students for private lessons as we evolve back to normal instructional lessons.”

    As for the PMC’s in-school educational presentations (Drum Set in the Classroom) and hands-on drumming presentations (Percussion in the Schools/Libraries), the obstacle faced were how to sanitize and disinfect drumsticks that are shared by hundreds of students in an all-school assembly. The PMC received a huge product donation from a member allowing the PMC to create 30–40 individual “Personal Percussion Packs” for each in-school workshop or drumming class. The PPP consists of a pair of drumsticks, an 8-inch tunable practice pad, and instructional CD/book packet which the participating student drummer uses and can keep permanently, as a gift from the PMC. As soon as schools reopen, the previously delayed in-school presentations will be rescheduled, offering schools these PMC Personal Percussion Packs as a connection and hosting incentive.

    PMC Co-Executive Director Karl Dustman explained, “Our leadership team and membership stepped up to the COVID-19 challenges, seizing every opportunity available to continue new player-drummer market development growth for retailers. Now more than ever the PMC is working with its membership and all percussion retailers to make certain we come together to support drummers of all ages. We cannot lose sight of the potential to create new customers as a result of increased time and interest in trying new things like drumming. Once the Coronavirus is under control, we’re optimistic that drums and drumming will see significant increases in interest, product demand, and more new drum lesson students in the retailer’s teaching studios.”

    Lessons with a Master Winners Announced
    The Percussion Marketing Council kicked off a new International Drum Month promotion in May offering drummers a chance to win an online “Lesson with a Master” with internationally recognized celebrity drummers Gorden Campbell, Rick Latham, Rich Redmond, and David Stanoch. In light of the many Covid-19 restrictions across the country this spring, this year’s reimagined International Drum Month promotion worked perfectly with the new social distancing guidelines.

    “We wanted to create an educational opportunity for drummers to learn from and experience a private online lesson with some of the industry’s most respected players. People are becoming more familiar with online teaching technology used for live lessons. Even with a simple video chat, the audio quality is good enough, and you can hear what someone is playing on an instrument. It’s not too different to a face-to-face lesson,” PMC Co-Executive Director David Jewell explains.

    The giveaway attracted close to 500 entries from player of all levels, genders, and ages from across the county via, the PMC’s official website. Each randomly selected winner had a private one-hour video-conference lesson with one of the four artists. Winners include: Marcus Cain, Bolivar, MO; Johnny Shankel, Rancho Cucamonga, CA; Jack Johnson, Eau Claire, WI; Nathan Bales, Springport, IN; Daniel Jimenez, Milbank, SD; John Helm, Gardena, CA; and Stephanie Krichena, Oklahoma City, OK.

    “We were extremely fortunate to have these teaching artists step forward to help us draw attention to the 25th anniversary of the Percussion Marketing Council and participate in this very special 2020 International Drum Month campaign,” states Jennifer Paisley, PMC Co-Executive Director.

  • Industry News August 2020 R!S

    by Rhythm Scene Staff | Aug 19, 2020

    Peart Growth RingsDRUM WORKSHOP
    Short Film Narrated by Neil Peart
    In 2015, when Drum Workshop Inc. (DW) began working with Edge Factor to create the Masters of Resonance documentary, Neil Peart was rehearsing for Rush’s final R40 tour in the on-site Drum Channel studio. A chance introduction between the film’s writer/producer (and fellow Canadian) Jeremy Bout and Peart resulted in the short film Growth Rings. Written and narrated by the revered drummer and wordsmith, it chronicles the importance of music in marking key life moments and historic milestones.

    Since its quiet release in June 2020, this vivid and thoughtful reflection on the importance of music has struck a chord with many people and is fast becoming a viral internet sensation. Its prescient and measured tones resonate in a world that is full of uncertainty and challenges, and as Peart reminds everyone, music is “the weather of its time” embodying “the moods and movements that gave it context,” just like the growth rings of a tree. Peart reminds us that “communal music has the power to bring people together, to inspire and reinforce their shared beliefs.”

    Global Vice President of Marketing Scott Donnell comments, “This project was a labor of love. It’s an inspiring message that means so much to so many in these turbulent times. Neil was truly the Word Whisperer.”

    Peart, known for his meticulous and intricate drum work, was also Rush’s primary lyricist and conceptual brainchild, adept at weaving his philosophic thoughts into many of the band’s catalog of critically acclaimed songs. The perceptive words of this short film will, like many of his song lyrics, become “milestones and eras of our lives” and “resonate with us during these times.”

    Peart passed away in January 2020, after a lengthy battle with cancer, sending shockwaves through the music world and drumming community. Considered one of the best rock drummers in history, his legacy continues to echo through people’s lives because as he concludes in the film, “When you find that singular focus, the thing you were created to do, your art will take root.”

    To watch the video, visit

    Meredith Music Joins GIA Family
    GIA Publications, Inc. announced that Meredith Music Publications is joining the growing GIA family. Founded by Garwood Whaley in 1979, Meredith Music Publications has grown into a storied catalog of percussion pedagogical materials and music education and performance reference books. Today, Meredith Music Publications represents more than 500 authors through its publications, including Frank Battisti, Shelley Jagow, David Kish, Gary Stith, Michael Colgrass, and Ed Lisk. Whaley will continue to lead Meredith Music at GIA. Previously distributed by Hal Leonard Corporation, Meredith Music Publications’ distribution was taken over by GIA Publications July 1, 2020. 

    Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps Welcomed to Marching Roster
    Pearl Corporation and Adams Musical Instruments is proud to announce a new partnership with Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps, Inc. for the exclusive use of Adams Marching Brass and Pearl/Adams Percussion instruments.

    Shawn Lafrenz, Sr. Marketing Manager for Pearl Corporation added that, “We are excited to partner with Genesis DBC. The driving force of the corps' ‘Education Through Performance’ philosophy is a perfect fit for the Pearl/Adams team of world-class artists and the championship design quality of our products. We look forward to the exciting results on and off the field with this new chapter for both organizations.”

    From Austin Texas, Genesis recently celebrated its 10th anniversary season and is considered one of the up-and-coming organizations in DCI World Class competition. Genesis is a two-time DCI Bronze Medalist in the Open Class and an eight-time World Class Semifinalist. The organization’s mission is “to provide life enriching experiences and lessons to our youth through the medium of the marching arts.” Genesis has consistently achieved artistic and performance excellence and is recognized as an exceptional and excellence-driven group.

    For more info about Pearl/Adams products, visit For more info on Genesis DBC, visit

    10 Years of Innovation Celebrated
    Porter & Davies is celebrating its 10th Anniversary. Over the course of the last decade the company behind the BC2, BC2rm, BC Gigster, BC-X, TT6 Equipped Thrones, and KT Platforms silent tactile monitoring systems has changed the way musicians around the world hear and play music.

    In 2009, drummer Dil Davies was struggling to hear and feel the bass drum when Oysterband toured. After a show, he and sound engineer Tim Porter were talking and decided they needed to do something about it. Several months later Porter presented Davies with a prototype BC2, and every drummer he showed it to wanted it.  The system then developed rapidly with the creation of the patented seat design containing the transducer. In 2010 the two met Kevin Morris, drummer with Dr. Feelgood and the then UK DW Drum distributor. He helped Porter and Davies set up the brand, and over the next ten years they turned an idea born of necessity into a global sensation.

    The company’s first product to market was the BC2, initially called the “BumChum.” This portable, easy-to-use unit changed the way drummers connected to their kit. For the first time they could accurately feel and hear what they played through bone conduction. This was quickly followed by the BC Gigster, featuring the same performance with reduced features and a more affordable price. In 2012, following requests from the drumming community, the rack mountable BC2rm was introduced. In 2015 the KT Platform arrived, which meant percussionists, bass players, guitarists, keyboard players, and DJs could stand and feel their own instrument or choose a mix from the monitor board.

    Two years later the TT6 Equipped Throne joined the Porter & Davies product range followed soon after by the BC-X, a super mini version of the BC2 and BC Gigster.

    These systems are used at home, in the studio, and on tour by top musicians around the world including drummers Omar Hakim, John Tempesta, Gavin Harrison, Kenny Aronoff, John JR Robinson, Matt Sorum, Zak Starkey, and Steve White.

    It has been an exciting ten years for Porter & Davies, overcoming the challenges of starting a brand from scratch, evolving it to meet customer needs, and developing it to become the global leader in the silent tactile monitoring market. The men behind this musical revolution have now also begun T&D Design Labs to focus on applying bone-conduction technology to non-musical applications in fields such as medical therapy, helping people with hearing impairments, home cinema, and gaming.

    To find out more about Porter & Davies, visit

  • Industry News — July 2020

    by Rhythm Scene Staff | Jul 15, 2020

    AT Drum Miking Full KitAUDIO-TECHNICA
    “Drum Mic Basics” Tutorial Videos
    As performers adjust to an upcoming summer without much live music on the horizon, musicians are finding creative ways to create content at home. To help in those goals, Audio-Technica has been offering a series of resources for people recording in isolation. The company’s online YouTube series “Drum Mic Basics” features 10 videos covering all aspects of recording a drum kit. The videos are short and engaging, easy to follow, and filled with useful information.

    “Basic Drum Miking: The Kick Drum” lays out strategies for picking a proper bass drum mic and outlines techniques for mic placement inside the drum. In separate videos, the components of a drum kit are each given individual attention, including toms, snare, ride cymbal, and hi-hat, with mic placement and proper mic selection explored in detail for each of these instruments. “The Room,” “The Full Kit,” and “The Overheads” are also spotlighted in their own videos, demonstrating the techniques to get the proper overall ambience to make the drums sound unified and balanced.

    View the playlist at

    Second Annual College Scholarship Fund Recipients
    The D’Addario Foundation recently announced the second round of recipients of their College Scholarships. Ten students from Foundation grantee programs—nine of them being the first generation in their family to attend college—will be supported for four years with a scholarship that helps cover the cost of college expenses. This brings the total number to 20 students benefiting from this initiative. 

    The recipients of the College Scholarships are a diverse group of students who have participated in robust instrument programs across the U.S. including UpBeat NYC, OrchKids, Merit School of Music, New City Kids, Harmony Project Phoenix, Phoenix Conservatory of Music, and Laby Harmony Project of Ventura County. Recipients have been a part of their local music programs for most of their childhood, attending multiple days per week and benefiting from leadership development as peer mentors to younger students. 

    For over 30 years, the D’Addario Foundation has been dedicated to partnering with community programs that are using music education as a vehicle for positive social change. Offering this scholarship fund to students in Foundation-supported programs nurtures their continued success and encourages higher education to break cycles of poverty. 

    Scholarship recipient Keith Fleming from Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s OrchKids program remarks, “The community that I live in is a very dangerous and violent place. There are a lot of young people that get into lots of trouble because they don't have an outlet to attend that helps them escape from the violence. Music and Orchkids has been that outlet for me since 2008. I am very excited for the scholarship because it gives me a chance to attend the University of Miami. This school and destination has been a dream place for me because of the diversity in cultures. This scholarship is helping me get the chance to experience and enlighten myself. It will definitely help me grow as a person and musician.” 

    The D’Addario Foundation College Scholarship Fund is made possible by a generous donation from the Rita & Herbert Z. Gold Charitable Trust. To learn more and make a donation to this fund, visit

    YouTube Playlist Party and Fitness Friday
    Drum Workshop Inc. (DW)’s Drum Network has two brand-new live streams: Playlist Party and Fitness Friday. Playlist Party has some of the world’s most famous drummers diving into their record collections, sharing their playlists and the music that inspires them. Fitness Friday is a great way to find out more about healthy lifestyle ideas and tips by drummers for drummers.

    DW Playlist PartyThe Playlist Party is live at 10:00 a.m. (PST) every Tuesday and Thursday, with guests taking an in-depth look at their music collections and song playlists while sharing stories of how they discovered the music and the drummers who influenced them. Every guest has a different take: breaking down the drum parts, talking about the drum sounds and mix, discussing how the drum part was played, examining the composition and creativity of the playing, or simply enjoying the sounds. While the drummers talk about their music selections, listeners are invited to join the party and ask questions in the live chat. A complete schedule of all episodes can be seen at Viewers can catch up with previous episodes including Curt Bisquera, Rich Redmond, Daru Jones, and Brendan Buckley or see upcoming episodes including Andrew Marshall (Billie Eilish), Jason Bittner (Overkill/Shadows Fall), and Trevor Lawrence Jr. (Leann Rimes/50 Cent). This is the ideal way to discover new tracks, drummers, drum parts, and so much more.

    DW Fitness FridayLive every Friday at 9:00 a.m. (PST), Fitness Friday has some of the world’s top drummers sharing their fitness and healthy lifestyle tips. Each week they will share their best workouts, nutritious recipes, and thoughts on how to improve mental well-being. Each guest has routines that work best for them, from warm-up stretches and resistance-band workouts to breathing techniques, meditation, and yoga. A complete schedule of all episodes can be seen at Drum Network, where viewers can catch up with previous episodes featuring Dave Elitch (Mars Volta, Miley Cyrus), Dani Markham (Childish Gambino), and Wellness and Spiritual Advocate Chrissy Palmieri and Jason Bittner. Upcoming episodes include Thomas Lang and Brendan Buckley.

    Juels Thomas, DW Education and Events Manager, commented, “Since we’re obviously not able to go out and hang with other drummers in person right now, we wanted to offer some different ways to connect with DW artists by checking out what they’re into while they’re stuck at home. What music are they listening to that helps get them through the long days? What are they doing to keep healthy and motivated during the lockdown? Everyone brings something totally unique to every episode. Discovering new styles of music or drummers you may not have heard of yet and learning ways to keep body and mind fit for gigs makes us all more well-rounded players.”

    Drum Network is the source of all Drum Workshop live streaming shows and online programming. It is a hub for drummers everywhere, a resource with a library full of Drum Workshop, Drum Channel, and Modern Drummer live events and YouTube videos. To find out more, visit

    DS Summit 2HIT LIKE A GIRL
    First-Ever Drum Summit
    Thirty of today’s leading female percussionists from the United States, India, France, Germany, Japan, Brazil, Cuba, Canada, Israel, Egypt, Iran, Spain, and West Africa recently came together online to discuss Hit Like A Girl’s new World Percussion project, “Drum Summit.” Hosted by Drum Summit Artist/Advisor Carrie Staller, participants introduced themselves to each other and heard from HLAG and Drum Summit Executive Director David Levine.

    In his comments, Levine talked about the origins of the program, progress on the website, and how the support of the influential percussionists on the call will help accelerate the growth of female drumming around the world. He ended by encouraging the drummers to connect with others and promote their activities; pointing out the mission of the group is to “restore the ancient traditions of female drumming and, through drumming, release the power of women in the modern age.”

    To learn more, visit and

    HLAG 2020 FinalHLAG Announces 2020 Winners
    In addition to the previously announced winners of the weekly, regional, and popular contests, here is the list of Champions and Winners in the 2020 Hit Like A Girl International Contest for female drummers and beatmakers. Learn more at 

    Drum Set Under 13: Champion: Kayla Zahra Fahira Permaa; 2nd Place: Tang Yu Chiao; 3rd Place: Milana; Popular: Evelyn Moreno

    Drum Set 13–17: Champion: Yufengyi Li; 2nd Place: Zoe Larios; 3rd Place: Jordan Radnoti; Popular: Alyssa Tomassi

    Drum Set 18–39: Champion: Lisa Chepkovskaya; 2nd Place: Drummer Subin; 2nd Place: Erica McElveen; 3rd Place: Mihaela Naydenova; Popular: Mihaela Naydenova

    Drum Set 40+: Champion: Sheila Klotz; 2nd Place: Michelle Pickering; 3rd Place: Karen Newell; Popular: Jennifer Towns

    Beatmaking Under 18: Champion: Kallee Bernish-Good; 2nd Place: Naisa S. Santana Rivera; 3rd Place: Abbie Schneider; Popular: Kallee Bernish-Good

    Beatmaking 18+: Champion: Chmba; 2nd Place: Adee; 3rd Place: Juanita Pelaez; Popular: Juanita Pelaez

    Regional: China Under 8: YinXuan Lin; China 8–12: Celina Huang; China 13–17: Yufengyi Li; China 18+: Rita Li; Japan Under 18: Yuuka AOKI; Japan 18+: Mika Watanabe; France Under 18: Marie Francois; France 18+: Clara Oulieu; Mexico Under 18: Zoe Larios; Mexico 18+: Angie Salinas; SEA Under 18: Kayla Zahra Fahira Permaa; SEA 18+: Shani Samtani; India Under 18: Rinay; India 18+: Sonikblasts

    Special Awards: Berklee “Aspire”: Stacy Norris; Musician’s Institute: Saralyn Chernishuk; Musician’s Institute: Reilly Thompson; School of Rock: Savannah Tweedt; Joe Hibbs/The Sessions: Romarna Campbell; Special Recognition: Georgia Challinor; Special Recognition: Amelia

    Academic Alliance Sweepstakes Winner
    Congratulations to Eden Prairie High School of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, for winning the Academic Alliance Quantum Mark II Sweepstakes. Over 600 Academic Alliance member schools participated in the sweepstakes that ran from June 2019 to May 2020. As the winner, Eden Prairie High School, an Academic Alliance member since 2019, will be the recipient of five snares, three tenors, and five bass drums to be sized, configured, and finished to their requests.

    KHS America looks forward to seeing what their percussion section accomplishes with the new Mapex Drums. Mapex/Majestic Marching Brand Manager Nic Milliner states, “I’m very happy for Eden Prairie High School on the sweepstakes win. I hope that these young musicians enjoy these drums for years to come, and thank you for being a proud member of our Academic Alliance.”

    The Eden Prairie High School Eagle Band has a rich history of tradition and innovation spanning more than 50 years. Their drumline is a 5-time Minnesota Percussion Association State Champion and has multiple appearances in WGI Scholastic World Class Finals to their credit.

    The Academic Alliance is designed to facilitate and strengthen important symbiotic relationships within the music education community and is open to all K–12 public and private school band programs in the United States. KHS America is proud to offer access to benefits intended to enhance the student experience, promote program growth, and bring attention to the great work being done by music educators.

    To learn more or to enroll in the KHS America Academic Alliance, visit

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