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  • Industry News — May 2021

    by Rhythm Scene Staff | May 19, 2021

    Daddario Face Masks

    D’ADDARIO
    40,000 Face Shields Donated to Long Island Organizations 
    On Friday, Feb. 26, Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi and Presiding Officer Robert Calarco met with D’Addario CEO John D’Addario III to accept a portion of the donated face shields on behalf of Suffolk County’s 18 legislative districts. 

    “The Suffolk County Legislature has been heavily involved with securing and distributing PPE to constituents in need. We are grateful to D’Addario for this generous donation and to Legislator Tom Cilmi for helping to arrange it,” said Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer Rob Calarco. “It has been truly incredible to see how companies like D’Addario have used their resources to help with the tremendous lift that is fighting this pandemic. D’Addario’s pivot from producing drumheads to engineering face shields is an extraordinary example of ingenuity and goodwill in the face of dire challenges. This collaborative spirit is a hallmark of Long Island’s exceptional business community.” 

    A year ago, D’Addario was directed to close its Farmingdale factories by the State of New York. A small group of D’Addario product development and manufacturing engineers, led by Chief Innovation Officer Jim D’Addario, met to find a way to make medical face shields from materials normally used to make Evans drumheads. 

    By working with Mylar film, D’Addario’s drumhead manufacturing equipment, and the coordination with nearby suppliers for a few essential materials, the D’Addario team had working prototypes within several days, gaining permission from the state of New York to reopen the Evans drumhead factory. Production began within weeks, and to date, two million face shields have been shipped to medical professionals, small business owners, and consumers across North America.

    “I am incredibly proud of the way our family of employees stepped up to manufacture PPE when it was needed,” says D’Addario CEO John D’Addario III. “On a more personal note, being able to donate our face shields across Long Island is a particular source of pride, given that this is our home, and we’re helping to protect our neighbors and their families.”

    Gretsch Dealer AwardsGRETSCH
    2021 Dealer Awards
    Gretsch Drums Dealer Awards once again recognize the outstanding commitment of the company’s dealers in a year of unprecedented hardship and disruption. The company is proud to announce this year’s winners as follows: Gretsch USA Top Sales award goes to Drum Center of Portsmouth, Gretsch USA Outstanding Growth award is presented to the Memphis Drum Shop, and Gretsch Brand Champion this year is Steve Maxwell Vintage & Custom Drums.

    Bo Mathews, National Independent Sales Manager, Drum Workshop, Inc. commented, “I would like to congratulate and thank our 2020 Gretsch award winners for their continued pursuit of excellence within the drumming community. The awards for Top Sales, Brand Champion, and Outstanding Growth are not goals set by us for the individual dealers who achieve them; they are a way for us, as a manufacturer, to show recognition of their passion for the product, the dedication to their communities, and the knowledge that they continue to share. Even during the most trying of times, these three dealers represent all that is right in this industry. From me and the rest of the Gretsch crew, congratulations on a great 2020!”

    Guitar Center Music FoundationGUITAR CENTER
    Music Foundation Raises $500,000 to Assist Music Programs in Need
    The Guitar Center Music Foundation (GCMF), a non-profit organization focused on granting instruments and equipment to music education and music therapy programs, is proud to have received more than $500,000 via a series of Guitar Center’s in-store and online fundraising initiatives known as the “Round Up Your Change” program with all funds used to help keep music education programs alive. During these fundraising drives, Guitar Center customers were given the option of donating to the Guitar Center Music Foundation by rounding up their purchase to the nearest dollar, giving customers an easy way to support music education during the challenging times of the current pandemic crisis. 

    Between July 5 – Aug. 1 and Sept. 7 – Dec. 31, 2020, the “Round Up Your Change” programs were highly successful, with 52% of Guitar Center customers opting to donate, with a total of 829,320 transactions at an average donation of 61 cents. With these donations, 28 music programs across the country were able to receive grants so far with more planned for 2021. Among the music programs that benefited from the “Round Up” donations include Upperman High School in Baxter, TN; Newton County Middle School in Decatur, MS; Jordan High School in Los Angeles, CA; Norfolk Middle School in Norfolk, NE; and others. 

    David Helfant, Chairman of the Board of the Guitar Center Music Foundation, said, “I am delighted that the ‘Round Up’ program has been so well received by the customers of Guitar Center. Despite the financial and personal challenges in this country due to the pandemic, people are still reaching into their pockets to help support music education and music therapy. It is a real testament to the kindness and compassionate of the public for music, music education and our foundation.”

    The next Guitar Center “Round Up Your Change” initiative began on Feb. 28 and ran through March 27 in-store and online via Guitar Center’s ecommerce channels. Music programs in need that would like to be considered for a grant from the Guitar Center Music Foundation should visit guitarcenterfoundation.org/grants/grants-info.

    Pearl KATSUMI YANAGISAWAPEARL
    75th Anniversary Celebration
    Following World War II, Japan was in a national period of reconstruction. It was during this time a new company was born. On April 2, 1946, Katsumi Yanagisawa founded Pearl in a small backyard workshop in Sumida-Ku Tokyo. Today the company is headquartered 50 kilometers away in Chiba, Japan. The first products produced by Pearl were music stands made for the local Japanese market. As his reputation for quality craftmanship grew, Katsumi was urged to begin building drums. By 1953, the company made drum sets, marching and concert drums, timpani, cymbals, and Latin percussion instruments.

    From such humble beginnings, this fledgling company would progress to become a leader in musical instrument manufacturing, holding scores of patents the world over. The gearless tilter, the drum rack, and the interchangeable cam system are just a few of the innovations from Pearl. Drum set series like Masters, Session, and the fully customizable Masterworks Series have all become legendary. Pearl's hardware staples like the Eliminator and Demon Drive pedals, plus its concert and marching series drums, have become the standards by which all others are measured. Add a few of the many dynamic electronic innovations like Mimic Pro and eMerge and it has been a very busy 75 years. 

    In 1961 Pearl built a 15,000 square foot factory in Chiba, Japan, to handle the increasing demand for its products that exemplified superior Japanese manufacturing. In the beginning, this factory produced drums for over 30 OEM brands to be distributed by others throughout the world. These kits carried various brand names, and many drummers started their careers playing Pearl and never knew it.

    For 20 years, Pearl would continue to build drums for other companies. In 1966, Pearl introduced the "President Series," the first professional drum set to carry the Pearl logo. From that point forward, the name Pearl would become synonymous with fine drums. In celebration of Pearl's history of quality and craftsmanship, the President Series makes a triumphant return in a Limited Edition, 75th Anniversary drum set. “The President Series Phenolic drums feature the tonal articulation and feel of the original with a modern classic retool” states Terry West, President of Pearl Corporation USA.

    For generations, Pearl master artisans have developed unique proprietary manufacturing techniques that separate the company from others. With strict Japanese manufacturing precision and accuracy, every process has been perfected to produce the finest instruments possible. 

    In 1973, Pearl expanded its manufacturing capabilities with a 93,000 square foot state-of-the-art manufacturing facility located within the export zone of Taichung, Taiwan. In 1980, this factory would be responsible for introducing the legendary Export Series drum set to the world.

    "After 75 years, our commitment remains the same, to build instruments that have lasting value and prestige. Today, our challenge is to continue to work just like a new start-up company and to possesses the same spirit and drive that began 75 years ago with Katsumi Yanagisawa," said Max Iishi, President and CEO, Pearl Musical Instruments.

    Pearl Max IishiMax Iishi Announced as New President and CEO
    The Board of Directors of the Pearl Musical Instrument Company have announced Max Iishi as the company’s new President and Chief Executive Officer to succeed Masakatsu Yanagisawa, who has been appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors.

    Originally from Kyoto, Japan, Max graduated from Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo with a degree in economics. He joined Pearl in 1995 and was promoted to International Sales and Marketing Manager in 1999. He spent 10 years in the Netherlands and was named President of Pearl Europe in 2006. In 2012, Max returned to Pearl headquarters in Japan in the position of Vice President of Sales and Marketing. In 2018, Max was promoted to Executive Vice President in charge of group management. Max has lived in Japan, Singapore, Germany, England, the U.S., and the Netherlands and in a professional capacity has conducted business around the world. This experience ingrained in him a global diversity which is the basis of his management style.

    Effective immediately, Max will assume the day-to-day management and leadership of Pearl worldwide, while working in tandem with the Board of Directors, group companies, and key stakeholders. As Chairman, Masakatsu will continue to be involved in management strategy and supporting company initiatives. 

    Nic CollinsPORTER & DAVIES
    Nic Collins Joins the Family
    Porter & Davies are delighted to welcome Nic Collins, son of Genesis’ Phil Collins, to their family. He uses a BC2 with his band Better Strangers and a TT6 Equipped Throne on tour with Phil Collins and on the forthcoming 2021 Genesis tour.

    Nic has been touring with his dad since he was 16 years old. Now 19 and rehearsing for The Last Domino Genesis tour, he is the same age as Phil when he originally joined the band. Growing up surrounded by his father’s music, it is no surprise he gets what the drumming needs to sound like, while bringing a whole new energy to the band’s sound.

    With his own band, Better Strangers, he plays a blend of heavy rock with contemporary layers and melodies. He credits the band with his growth as player and the development of his own musical identity. Better Strangers are due to release their debut EP in 2021.

    Talking about using P&D Nic said, “The Porter & Davies drum throne helps me feel so much more inspired behind the kit and quite literally feel every beat. It’s also so simple and straightforward to use that it makes every drummer’s life much easier.”

    To find out more about the BC2, TT6 Equipped Throne, and all of Porter & Davies other products, visit porteranddavies.co.uk.

    VIC FIRTH
    Drumchain
    The Avedis Zildjian Company, parent company of Vic Firth, is pleased to announce the launch of the Vic Firth Drumchain, an exciting new initiative to help bring musicians together in times where being able to connect is more important than ever before.

    Vic Firth is committed to helping build these connections, whether it’s through drumsticks and mallets, or through opportunities to make music together. Musicians can celebrate these connections with the start of the Vic Firth Drumchain, bringing together artists from across the world, across instruments, and across musical genres. They have the opportunity to collaborate with Vic Firth Family artists Dave Weckl, Anders Astrand, Ji Hye Jung, Juan “Carlito” Mendoza, Se-Mi Hwang, Nelli Bubujanca, Nate Skinner, Roger Carter, and Devon Taylor in an artfully crafted composition by Vic Firth Signature Artist Ian Grom.

    “People want to feel connected, and that was really our whole goal with this project, creating connection across the entire percussion community,” says Mike Weber, Global Brand Manager for Vic Firth. “We really wanted to do something special to show how powerful music can be in bringing people together. Our family of Vic Firth artists really brought the vision of the Drumchain to life by sharing their talent across a wide range of backgrounds, instruments, and musical styles as well as the creative tools they use. Now we’re excited to turn it over to the passionate drummers and percussionists of the world, to join in the Drumchain and continue building connections with each other. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!” 

    To see the Drumchain, find play along resources, and submit performances, visit vicfirth.zildjian.com/stayconnected.

  • Industry News — April 2021

    by Rhythm Scene Staff | Apr 21, 2021

    CONN SELMER
    Marching Arts Educators Community
    The “Marching Arts Educators” is a new educator-centric community created through a partnership between Conn Selmer Inc. and the Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps. The purpose is to facilitate access to valuable educational information and discussion centered on the pageantry arts. The community will provide a place for directors to share ideas and learn best practices from a host of top-tier educators and clinicians across the country.

    The Facebook page, “Marching Arts Educators,” launched March 4, 2021, offers opportunities for music educators to engage with a host of clinicians and educators who are some of the best in their respective specialties: brass, woodwinds, battery percussion, front ensemble, color guard, and electronic sound design, as well as highly regarded marching band directors across the country.

    On the second Wednesday of each month, the Marching Arts Educators Webinar will take place from 8–9 p.m. EST, focusing on a topic of relevance to marching arts educators everywhere.

    Drum Day LA LogoDRUM WORKSHOP
    2021 Product Tours on YouTube
    A global audience of thousands tuned into Drum Day LA, a free livestream event held on February 5, 2021 to showcase the new products launched by Drum Workshop, Gretsch Drums, PDP, and Latin Percussion. Now available on the brands’ respective YouTube channels, drummers and percussionists can check out the very latest products at their leisure.

    Drum Workshop fans can see J.R. Robinson tour the new products in the DW booth including footage of Thomas Lang demonstrating the Purple Core Collectors series and the DW Manufacturing pedals with colored footboards. DW’s “wood whisperer,” John Good, accompanied by session great Russ Kunkel, also takes viewers on a behind the scenes tour of the California factory including a visit to the Candyland showroom and the permanent display of Neil Peart’s R40 kit.

    Eric Hernandez is the host for the PDP drums booth tour, which features the limited edition Twisted Ivory PDP kit, new Concept select snares, and the upgraded PDP hardware ably demonstrated by Tony Royster Jr.

    Gretsch fans are treated to a tour of the new gear by Gary Novak with Keith Carlock and Gergo Borlai demonstrating their respective new signature snare drums.

    Novak also shares his enthusiasm for Latin Percussion’s new products with exclusive performances by Stanton Moore using the Tambo-Stick he helped design and the versatile Tambo-Rings. Additional performances include Diego Alvarez & Friends using the new Wood Tapas and Camillo Molina & Marcos Torres playing the Barrill de Bombas.

    Drum Day LA was a unique celebration of drummers and percussionists worldwide and an excellent way to share with the drumming world, during a pandemic, the exciting lineup of the company’s new gear for 2021. All the product and factory tours plus the performances will be available permanently on the brands’ YouTube channels.

    DW TimelineProject Timeline
    DW Music Foundation (DWMF) is delighted to announce Project Timeline, a new initiative with the objective of highlighting the importance of the African American musical lineage and the influence it has had on a wide range of music genres.

    Project Timeline is a music-centric advisory board made up of manufacturing industry veterans and celebrated drummers and percussionists. It aims to deliver a program of working with schools in underserved communities to spark musical interest and engage young people of all ethnic backgrounds, ages, and abilities by donating resources including instruments and qualified, passionate educators.

    Special Ambassadors for Project Timeline include award-winning percussionists Kevin Ricard, Mona Tavakoli, Taku Hirano (Fleetwood Mac), and drummer Trevor Lawrence Jr. (Dr. Dre, Herbie Hancock, LeAnn Rimes). 

    Each year, during Black History Month, Drum Workshop will design and build an exclusive, limited edition run of 10 snare drums. These special drums will retail at $1,000 each with 100% of sale proceeds going to Project Timeline. For 2021 the all maple 6x14, 10-ply Collector’s Series drums are finished in Ivory Ebony Exotic with Piano Black lacquer bands and chrome hardware with special Project Timeline batter head.

    DWMF invites you to join them, as the foundation reaches out to underprivileged, disadvantaged, and deprived schools to kindle music engagement, illuminate the potential, and embolden growth with each beat of the drum.

    To learn more about DWMF, Project Timeline, and to purchase the limited-edition snare drums, visit dwmf.org

    Drum SellersDRUMSELLERS.COM
    An Online Marketplace for Drummers
    Many aspects of drumming, like so much of life, have moved online over the past few years. Unfortunately, due to this trend, serious drummers wanting to buy, sell, or trade drums, or just learn about the latest gear and how to take care of it, have fewer options when seeking a professional level of instruments, knowledge, and resources, online or off.

    In order to revive the traditions and values of the classic drum shop in an online experience, George Lawrence launched DrumSellers.com, a marketplace and community where drummers, drum retailers, and drum manufacturers can promote and sell their new, used, and vintage gear. While DrumSeller’s online listings feature product images, videos, and descriptions that are seen by a global audience, the website also offers educational content about tuning, head selection, maintenance, and many other topics.

    Lawrence is a successful touring and recording drummer, former drum shop owner, teacher, drum builder, and publisher of the Not So Modern Drummer magazine. According to Lawrence, DrumSellers is intended to be a modern, online version of the independent drum shop that supported the growth of drummers and drumming for the past 75 years. “The main ingredient of a successful drum shop was never just the drums,” explains Lawrence. “It was the people who worked there and provided the passion, education, experience, and expertise. It was about being a place to hang out with other drummers, as well. Today those qualities are too often missing.”

    DrumSellers offers concierge-style, service for one low sales commission. When a buyer or seller contacts DrumSellers customer service for help or info, there will always be a knowledgeable drummer to respond. In addition, there is no fee for trades or to join the site to take advantage of its popular features like the community forum and the email update of the latest listings.

    For more information, visit drumsellers.com.

    HLAG Educational AwardsHIT LIKE A GIRL
    Sponsors Contribute Lessons and Educational Awards. 
    In recent years, Hit Like A Girl's mission has expanded from encouraging girls and women to become drummers to helping girls and women become better drummers. As part of this commitment to supporting and facilitating the growth of the female drumming community, prizes for this year’s contest feature a number of scholarships for lessons, workshops, and camps as well as exclusive opportunities to study with some of the top drum instructors in the world.

    Educational prizes for Hit Like A Girl 2021 include: A lesson with Ableton Certified Specialist Danielle Thwaites, four private classes from a DrumHouse instructor or a pass to a virtual clinic by an international drum artist, lessons with studio legend Russ Miller from Gruv-X, lessons with Broadway drummer, author, and teacher Joe Bergamini from Hudson Music, access to online courses for beatmaking and finger drumming from Melodics, Summer Shot Scholarships from Musician’s Institute, one-year tuition and a feature on the My Drum Lessons website, a one-semester band and lesson package from School of Rock, a one-hour private lesson from international drum ambassador Dom Famularo, and an hour of legal advice from entertainment lawyer Paul Quin from The Sessions.

    Berklee College instructor Sergio Bellotti and Cirque du Soleil Amaluna drummer Emilie Cleuver have agreed to provide online lessons as special awards, while four one-hour, online lessons with world-renowned drummer/educator Emmanuelle Caplette are being provided on behalf of Hit Like A Girl’s “Stick Together” project. The ongoing program features stick control exercise videos by drummers from around the world on the Hit Like a Girl Instagram page plus a selection of Rewards from Sheet Music Plus, Tom Tom, and Hudson Music on the HLAG website.

    Finally, the “Hit Like A Girl Power Pack X” (presented by Hal Leonard) features free downloads of educational content and is available to all contestants. This year’s participating Power Pack sponsors include Hal Leonard, PAS, Hudson Music, Drum Channel, Drumeo, School of Rock, Tom Tom, Digital Drummer, SoundGirls, and more.

    To learn more about HLAG-X rules, sponsors, judges, prizes and more, visit hitlikeagirlcontest.com.

    YAMAHA
    Eastman School of Music Honored
    Yamaha Corporation of America has named the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester as a 2021 honoree in its inaugural Institution of Excellence program, acknowledging the school’s extraordinary commitment to innovation in the study of music. Only 10 outstanding schools nationwide earned the prestigious designation this year.

    Yamaha is committed to working with Eastman in substantive ways for the long-term growth and benefit of its music students and faculty. The Institution of Excellence program is tailored to respond to each honoree’s unique mission and the designation unlocks benefits for the institution, its faculty and its students.

    “We chose the Eastman School of Music for its outstanding work in elevating the quality and relevance of leadership throughout the field of music education,” said Dan Rodowicz, senior director, Institutional Sales, Yamaha. “From foundational programs like the Institute for Music Leadership to providing opportunities such as the Eastman Leadership Conference and Academy, Eastman is extraordinary for fostering collaboration among up-and-coming leaders. Working with partners like Yamaha, Eastman has built a unique ecosystem designed to equip leaders for practical, impactful careers. This is all part of a program that demonstrates our commitment to finding, celebrating and collaborating with institutions who share our vision for music’s crucial role in society.”

    “We are grateful to Yamaha Corporation of America for recognizing Eastman as an Institution of Excellence,” says Jamal Rossi, Joan and Martin Messinger Dean at the Eastman School of Music. “Yamaha has been a wonderful partner and supporter of our academic and musical goals for many years. It is an honor to be recognized for the positive impact our school and alumni are making in the world.”

    Yamaha and Eastman have enjoyed a longstanding relationship. The Yamaha Graduate Fellows program at the Eastman Leadership Conference, established in 2017 and run by Eastman’s Institute for Music Leadership, recognizes Eastman’s role as a trailblazer in music leadership and development, and provides current and future music school leaders the opportunity to learn and discuss policies, programs, and strategies in a collaborative, professional, and musically rich environment. Yamaha graduate fellows receive full tuition scholarships, made possible through the generous support of Yamaha Corporation of America.

    This year’s 10 schools were selected by Yamaha following a rigorous, nationwide nomination and review process. Honorees are chosen for their dedication to providing unique and challenging experiences to their music students through diversity of thought and curriculum, exposure to a wider variety of voices and opportunities, and an emphasis on preparing students for the modern world of music. Each year, new Institutions will be selected for recognition and added to the roster.

    For more information about Yamaha Institutional Solutions, visit yamahaisg.com.

  • Industry News — December 2020

    by Rhythm Scene Staff | Dec 09, 2020

    DRUM WORKSHOP
    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 dwmf.org.

    HIT LIKE A GIRL
    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 hitlikeagirlcontest.com.

    LP Kenny A Kit ShotLATIN PERCUSSION
    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 lpmusic.com.

    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 porteranddavies.co.uk.

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