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  • Industry News — August 2021

    by Rhythm Scene Staff | Aug 25, 2021

    Centennial Celebration
    The Eastman School of Music, of the University of Rochester, officially began its Centennial Celebration July 1, 2021. Their 100 years of history and 18-month-long celebration will include more than 50 new compositions, world premieres, and centennial fanfares written specifically for Eastman’s ensembles, Eastman’s illustrious faculty, and more.

    The incredible “Who’s Who” list of composers who have received centennial commissions includes some of the most prominent names in contemporary American music, and two Pulitzer Prize winners. Several composers are current Eastman faculty members. 

    These premieres and commissions include over 40 performances that will be premiered by many Eastman ensembles including the Wind Ensemble, Eastman Philharmonia Orchestra, Musica Nova, Trombone Choir, Chorale, Saxophone Project, Jazz Ensemble, New Jazz Ensemble, Double-Reed Choir, Percussion Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Treble Chorus, Wind Orchestra, New Horizon Band, numerous ensembles in the Eastman Community Music School, and more. 

    In addition, Eastman alumni composers created 14 fanfares especially for Eastman Centennial and various ensembles.

    In addition to Eastman’s student ensembles, several commissions are for faculty members performing in Eastman’s Faculty Artist Series performances throughout the year. These commissions and performances, along with many acclaimed guest artists and residencies, will be formally announced at a future date.

    The three-semester-long Eastman Centennial celebration will begin in Fall 2021 and continue throughout 2022. Highlights include acclaimed guest artists performing alongside Eastman’s ensembles, national academic and music conferences, alumni events throughout the country, a documentary being produced in partnership with WXXI, and more. Pillar events include: “Opening of the Doors,” a community-driven celebration scheduled for March 3–6, 2022, “100 concerts to celebrate 100 years,” and a Meliora Weekend celebration in Fall 2022.

    For up-to-date information on the Eastman Centennial, including feature stories, future events, videos, testimonials, ways to engage, and more, visit Eastman’s Centennial website at

    2021 Emerging Talents Hit like a Girl Award Winners Announced
    To help encourage more diversity in the music industry and to promote emerging young talents, Zultan Cymbals has teamed up with the minds behind the international Hit Like a Girl competition aiming to promote young female drummers and support them in their creative and professional development.

    Zultan has selected four incredibly talented female drummers from the competition as winners of the Zultan 2021 Emerging Talent Award. Two are from the 13–17 age group, and two are from the under-13 group. The four winners of the Zultan Emerging Talents Award will each receive a set of Zultan Impulz cymbals along with ongoing marketing on the Zultan Cymbals and Hit Like a Girl social media channels. With Hit Like a Girl and Zultan both throwing their weight behind the Emerging Talents winners, the outreach will generate increased exposure for the drummers.

    Zultan Cymbals Hit Like a Girl

    More information about the winners can be found at

  • Industry News — July 2021

    by Rhythm Scene Staff | Jul 21, 2021

    Proel Dave BlackProel North America 
    Dave Black Named Advisor for Tamburo Drums
    Proel North America has announced the appointment of Dave Black to the position of Artist and Market Development Advisor for Tamburo Drums, the Italian-made line of acoustic drums. In his new role, Dave will support the North American launch and market development of Tamburo Drums as both an artist and in his role as Market Development Advisor (artist relations, product development, and educational consultant). 

    Of Tamburo Drums, Dave Black says, “Like the fine Italian luthiers of the 17th and 18th centuries, the tradition has continued into the 21st century with the exquisite craftsmanship of Tamburo Drums. Made in Italy, these are among the finest and best-sounding drums I’ve ever played and heard. I’m proud to play a part in the launch of Tamburo Drums in North America.”

    According to Antonio Ferranti, President of Proel North America, “Tamburo Drums, highly respected throughout Europe and internationally for over 35 years, is finally coming to the United States and Canada, and requires a market advisor and industry liaison who has the respect of the drum community’s top artists, performers, educators, students, and retailers. Dave Black, among the drum industry’s best-selling authors and educators, is uniquely qualified to help introduce Tamburo to North America.”

    A prolific composer and arranger, more than 60 of Dave Black’s compositions and arrangements have been published by Alfred Music, Barnhouse, CPP/Belwin, TRN, Highland/Etling, and Warner Bros. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and commissions, including 26 consecutive ASCAP Popular Composer Awards, two Grammy participation/nomination certificates (one for his contribution as album-track composer on Louie Bellson's Grammy-nominated album Airmail Special), the 2012 Percussive Arts Society President's Industry Award, a Modern Drummer Readers Poll award (educational book), two Drum! magazine Drummie! awards (educational books), and a certified Gold Record award for the sale of more than 500,000 copies of Alfred's Drum Method, Book 1. Black served on the PAS Board of Directors for six years, was a member of the PAS Sustaining Members Advisory Council, and was host of PASIC ’91 in Anaheim, California. He is the former Vice President and Editor-in-Chief (School and Pop Publications) for Alfred Music, where he worked for 35 years.

    For more information, email:

    Dave Black photo by Rob Shanahan.

    Behind the Sleeves
    The Avedis Zildjian Company, parent company of Vic Firth, is pleased to announce the launch of a new video content series titled “Vic Firth: Stories Behind the Sleeves.” This six-part series of virtual masterclass experiences aims to give drummers unprecedented access to some of the greatest drummers and educators in the world.

    Vic Firth Behind The Sleeves

    “Stories Behind the Sleeves” will be aired as six, one-hour episodes, each broadcast monthly starting May 26, 2021. Each episode will feature a different Vic Firth artist who will talk in depth about the design of their Vic Firth sticks of choice, what “must-haves” they keep in their stick bag, and an engaging masterclass instruction on some of the principles of their playing. Programs will also feature full band performances using various sticks and implements, as well as a question-and-answer session using viewer-submitted questions. 

    “This last year we’ve all deeply missed live music,” says Vic Firth Global Brand Manager Mike Weber, “and as drummers we’ve especially missed live drum masterclasses and clinics. There’s a special energy in getting to be up close and interacting with incredible artists, asking questions, watching them perform, and learning invaluable lessons from masters of the craft. Our whole goal with this new series was to do our best to recreate that masterclass experience, and be able to share it with people all over the world. We could not be more proud to have this exciting lineup of Vic Firth artists share their talent and wisdom with the drumming community!” 

  • Industry News — June 2021

    by Rhythm Scene Staff | Jun 23, 2021

    100% of Trees Used for ProMark Drumsticks Replanted
    Play. Plant. Preserve. ProMark’s landmark reforestation program has officially replanted 100% of the trees used to make its drumsticks within eight years of launching the initiative.

    ProMark conducted research in 2011 that showed the industry used 1,500 trees a day to produce drumsticks. So, in 2013, ProMark began partnering with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture to replant all those trees. Today, ProMark is planting approximately 85,000 trees each year, totaling 600,000 trees in Tennessee soil to date.

    Having achieved net-neutral consumption as a brand, ProMark is doubling down on its commitment, setting an even more ambitious goal: planting one million trees by 2024, ultimately leading to a net-neutral industry in 2043.

    "We need wood for what we do: wood drums, wood sticks. It does have an impact on the environment," says Glenn Kotche. "When I learned that ProMark is doing an entire reforestation process, I was really happy to hear that. And I love that they are thinking one step ahead."

    Buying ProMark contributes to this important cycle of replanting and replenishing, and the brand is calling on all drummers and percussionists to help. To join this global effort, visit to learn how you can get involved. 

    DAddario CrossmenCrossmen Productions Joins Artist Roster
    D'Addario is proud to announce a new exclusive partnership with Crossmen Productions. Beginning in 2021, the ensembles of Crossmen Productions, including the Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps, will perform exclusively on Evans Drumheads. Through this new partnership, D'Addario and Crossmen will work together to increase access to the marching activity and provide music-education opportunities for young people.

    "This is more than a partnership with Evans; we look forward to elevating music and performance education together for our students and our communities," says Crossmen Productions CEO Natalie Steele.

    The coronavirus pandemic hit the marching activity hard, as many ensembles were forced into hiatus to protect their members’ safety. "This partnership represents a bright light in what has been a dark year for the marching arts. We're elated to partner with Natalie and Crossmen Productions to bring this incredible activity back to life and grow the marching community," remarked Kyle Thomas, Head of Education at D'Addario.

    Jerry Andreas KHSKHS AMERICA
    Jerry Andreas Named Director of Sales and Marketing
    Jerry Andreas has joined KHS America as the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Education division. Jerry is a veteran of the industry, having spent his last 15 years as Sr. Vice President of SKB Corporation, where he led all sales and marketing activities for the Music ProAV Division. Prior to joining SKB, Jerry spent over 18 years at Yamaha Corporation of America, where he started as the Drum Product Manager for Marching and Concert Percussion and rose to the Director of Marketing for the Pro Audio and Combo Division.

    In his new role, Andreas will oversee all sales and marketing activities for KHS America’s Educational Division, including Jupiter, XO and Azumi Winds, Mapex and Majestic Concert and Marching Percussion, Sonor Orff, and the recent addition of Nuvo Instruments.

    For more information, visit

    Majestic Snare Competition SponsorMAJESTIC PERCUSSION
    Selected as Presenting Sponsor for the Modern Snare Drum Competition
    Majestic Percussion was proud to be chosen as the presenting sponsor of the 2021 Modern Snare Drum Competition. Hosted by the Cleveland Institute of Music, this competition was open to ages 26 and under and was held virtually with results announced on June 4.

    The inaugural event was held in 2008 with a focus on presenting a wide array of snare drum repertoire to the percussion community. The annual competition has seen a rich history of great performances by many notable up-and-coming percussionists. Additionally, some of the world’s most renowned percussion composers (including Majestic artists She-e Wu, Glenn Kotche, and Casey Cangelosi) have commissioned works specifically for the Modern Snare Drum Competition.

    “The Majestic team is extremely honored for the opportunity to take part in such a fantastic event” said Majestic USA Brand Manager Nic Milliner. “The Modern Snare Drum Competition truly embodies the sense of community that exists in the percussion world and provides a unique performance and learning experience for all who compete.”

    As part of the prize packages for winning participants, Majestic providedsome of the most coveted snare drums from its Prophonic Series line. The first-place winner in Division 1 received a limited-edition 60th Anniversary 14 x 12-inch Cherry Prophonic Orchestral Field Drum, while the first-place winner in Division 2 received a 14 x 5-inch Prophonic Walnut snare drum.

    For more information on Majestic Percussion, visit

    Karl Dustman Stepping Down
    After nearly two decades at the helm, Executive Director Karl Dustman has stepped down from his leadership position. Under Dustman’s direction, the PMC launched many market development initiatives, including Roots of Rhythm, Drum Set in the Classroom, Percussion in the Schools & Libraries, Drums Across America, and March to Your Own Drum. The annual International Drum Month campaign has consistently grown to larger audience participation and wider support of percussion retailers.

    An active full-time professional percussionist and founder of his own marketing communications firm and creator of his orchestral “Professional Percussion Products” showroom, both based in Cleveland, Ohio, Karl will now focus his time and attention on his businesses, professional concert performances, and forthcoming book, My Life in Percussion: Five Decades in the Music Products Industry.

    "Karl Dustman is a consummate professional who brought his years of expertise in the music products industry to support the vision and mission of the PMC,” says David Jewell, PMC executive committee member. “Karl’s leadership was critical to the success of the PMC over the last 19 years. His dedication to our members and always thinking about how to grow the percussion industry was never out of focus for Karl. It was a pleasure to get to know him over the years, and I feel privileged to have worked alongside him. As Karl says, ‘bing, bang, boom, and off we go’."

    Cady ZildjianZILDJIAN
    Cady Zildjian Selected as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors
    The Avedis Zildjian Company announced that Cady Zildjian has been elevated to Vice Chair of the Board of Directors.

    Cady, daughter of Debbie Zildjian and granddaughter of Armand Zildjian, is the oldest of the 15th generation of Zildjian shareholders. Since joining the Board of Directors in 2018, Cady has been playing an integral role in guiding the company’s strategic plans for growth. After serving on the Board for the past three years, Cady was elevated to Vice Chair in early 2021.

    After graduating from Colgate University in 2002, Cady worked as Senior Account Manager at SmartPak, a fast-growing supplier of supplements and accessories for animals. Cady’s involvement with Zildjian began in 2007, when she joined the company as Manager of Z gear, the Zildjian line of apparel and accessories. In 2012, Cady left Zildjian to earn an MBA from Babson College’s Olin Graduate School of Business, while beginning a family.

    In addition to her new responsibilities as Vice Chair, Cady was also appointed Co-Chair for Zildjian’s new Diversity and Inclusion Council as well as the Company’s 400th Anniversary celebration in 2023.

    “As the oldest family business in the U.S., we appreciate the importance of carefully planned succession,” says Craigie Zildjian, Executive Chair of Zildjian. “We are pleased to see Cady assume a stronger leadership role in the family business at this time.”

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