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  • Conn-Selmer, Drum Workshop, PDP

    by Rhythm Scene Staff | Jun 08, 2020

    Conn-Selmer and BD Performing Arts Join Forces to Advance Excellence in Marching Arts
    Conn-Selmer, Inc. and BD Performing Arts (BDPA) have announced that The Blue Devils, RCC Indoor, and all other BDPA programs will be performing exclusively on marching instruments manufactured and distributed by Conn-Selmer, Inc. This partnership between two organizations in the marching arts will include products, education, and events.

    Conn-Selmer, Inc. is a subsidiary of Steinway Musical Instruments, Inc. “We are extremely excited about The Blue Devils playing on our brands of King, Ludwig, Musser, and Bach marching instruments,” said Michael Kamphuis, Managing Director of Education at Conn-Selmer, Inc. “The Blue Devils’ commitment to innovative excellence in both the performing arts and music education makes this a great opportunity for both organizations. We look forward to developing new products with BDPA and their experienced staff in support of marching arts programs globally,” 

    For more information on BD Performing Arts, visit and The Blue Devils For more information on Conn-Selmer, visit

    Tommy Lee Plays DW
    Drum Workshop, Inc. (DW) welcomed back Tommy Lee to the DW Family. Tommy began his relationship with the company as a late-1980s pedal endorser and later as one of the first mainstream hard rock players to play DW Drums. He toured with his first DW kit during the Dr. Feelgoodera and was featured in DW’s American Dream video series in the early ’90s.

    DW’s Founder Don Lombardi recounts Tommy’s visit to his workshop to have his pedals tuned. While waiting, he sat at a set of drums DW Vice President and Drum Designer John Good was developing. “He started playing and wouldn’t stop; he was amazed at how the drums sounded,” explains Lombardi. “A light went on in my head that Tommy Lee represented a generation of drummers who hadn’t experienced handcrafted drums.” A short time later, Tommy bought a kit and a year later he became an official DW Drum endorser.

    Tommy Lee is one of the most entertaining drummers in rock. His famous gravity defying drum solos, including the famous roller coaster, literally turned the drum solo on its head. Lee’s drumming helped define and power the pulsating heartbeat of Mötley Crüe, and his hard-living, rockstar persona and high-profile social life propelled him to become a pop culture, household name.

    To find out more about DW, its artists, and products, visit

    Tony ThaxtonPDP
    20th Anniversary Drum Kit Hits the Road
    Tony Thaxton, drummer with Indie Rock mainstay Motion City Soundtrack, took his new PDP 20th Anniversary kit with matching snare on the band’s January 2020 reunion tour.

    After a three-year break, Thaxton returned to the drum throne for their “So Long, Farewell Tour,” crisscrossing the globe one last time. Officially joining the band in 2001, he enjoyed an 11-year run that included six studio records released on Epitaph and Columbia. Thaxton was also an early supporter of the PDP brand, appearing in advertisements alongside The Rev and Brooks Wackerman. Talking about the kit he said, “I was beyond flattered to be the first artist to have the PDP 20th Anniversary kit…they’re gorgeous. The matte/shiny combo on the finish looks so great with the brushed bronze hardware…and of course, they sound incredible, but that’s no surprise!”

    The All-European Maple PDP 20th Anniversary kit features a boutique-inspired, two-tone matte black lacquer paint job with gloss black center stripe. The set is outfitted with special antique bronze hardware and a host of player-friendly features including STM (Suspension Tom Mounts) True-Pitch Tuning, dual-mini turret lugs, LTD badges/logo head, and more. A matching snare is also available that includes 10-ply European maple shell, MAG throw-off, True-Pitch Tuning, 2.3mm flanged steel counter hoops, and Remo heads.

    To find out more about PDP and the limited edition 20th Anniversary Kit and Snare (available only during 2020), visit

  • Gretsch Drums, Daniel Glass, Percussion Marketing Council, Roland

    by Rhythm Scene Staff | May 06, 2020

    DanielGlassShufflesDaniel Glass: Free Online Shuffle Course
    Even though shuffles are found in every style of contemporary music, for many drummers the shuffle remains a decidedly weak aspect of their playing. Because many are financially stressed during this period of pandemic and lockdown, this course being offered at no cost for a limited time. Visit to register for free or to get more information on this course.

    Gretsch Drums:
    New Endorsers 
    Gretsch Drums has announced that Jarrod Alexander of My Chemical Romance, Brad Webb with Jamie Cullum, and Stephen Bidwell of Black Pumas have all become endorsers.

    Jarrod Alexander returned to the drums for My Chemical Romance’s long-awaited reunion concert at the Shrine Expo Hall in Los Angles in December of 2019. His unique style of playing the drums is born of his eclectic musical tastes and the influences of a wide range of drummers. Jarrod plays with an instinctive mix of power and technical elegance to produce a sound that is richly complex and super loud.

    Jarrod Alexander
    Jarrod Alexander. Photo by

    Best known as Jamie Cullum’s drummer, Brad Webb has also played with Amy Winehouse, Paolo Nutini, Tim Minchin, and for his own projects. He is a versatile drummer with a unique touch and dynamics when playing his Broadkaster kit, which he describes as “the perfect mix of modern and classic drum sounds.”

    Brad Webb
    Brad Webb. Photo by David Phillips

    Stephen Bidwell is a beats man best known for playing Afrobeat, Go-Go, Dixieland jazz, and western swing. He has played with the bands Calm Blue Sea and Hard Proof, and he is currently drumming for the Black Pumas. Their self-titled 2019 debut album and their electrifying live shows earned the band a 2020 Grammy nomination for Best New Artist.

    Stephen Bidwell
    Stephen Bidwell. Photo by By Naz Stone

    “We are delighted to welcome Jarrod, Brad, and Stephen to the Gretsch Drums Family,” said Andrew Shreve, Gretsch Brand and Artist Relations Manager. “Each produce that great Gretsch sound in completely different ways. It is a privilege to create drums that stirs such enthusiasm.”

    To find out more about Gretsch Drums and the artists that use them, visit

    PMC-CommemProductsPercussion Marketing Council: International Drum Month Giveaways
    Drawing even further attention to the PMC’s 25th anniversary and International Drum Month, a special selection of commemorative-edition snare drums, cymbals, hand drums, electronic pads, and educational instruction book collections have been donated by select PMC members. Each product has a special 25th-anniversary commemorative badge, indicating the significance of the one-of-kind product offering.

    “We are extremely proud of the very special collection of percussion products that we assembled for consumers in celebration of the Percussion Marketing Council’s 25th anniversary and its flagship International Drum Month campaign,” said PMC Co-Executive Director Karl Dustman. “This consumer drawing is unprecedented in the PMC and the industry. We are most grateful to our contributing members that provide these one-of-a-kind instruments and related percussion products.”

    The PMC contributing members include Alfred Music, Dixon Drums, Dream Cymbals & Gongs, Drum Workshop, Gretsch Drums, GonBops Percussion, Hal Leonard, Kat Electronic Percussion, Paiste Cymbals & Gongs, Remo, Sabian Cymbals, Sakae Drums, Superdrum, Tycoon Percussion, WFL III Drum Co., and Yamaha.

    Consumers can enter the International Drum Month contest through the website. Monthly winners will be randomly chosen beginning in May and continuing through all of the 2020 25th-anniversary celebration year. These 25th-anniversary commemorative products make a great addition to any percussionist’s instrument collection.

    As the percussion industry’s official nonprofit trade association, over the past 25 years the PMC and its members have contributed to the growth and diversification of the percussion industry through a series of educational programs, awareness campaigns, and free online promotions that have consistently grown in scope, participation, and impact. Membership to the Percussion Marketing Council continues to be open to all percussion instrument manufacturers, distributors, publishers, trade organizations, and educational alliances.

    For additional program information, visit or follow via Facebook or Instagram to stay up to date on programs news, announcements, and promotions.

    Free Zenbeats App
    With increased time for creativity, exploring a new app is a great way to spark musical ideas. Right now, Roland is offering the full version of Zenbeats on iOS or Android for free.

    Included in the Free Zenbeats iOS and Android Unlock V1 are all bundled instruments, effects, and features, unlocked SampleVerse + 500MB content pack, unlocked track effects and mixing options, up to 2,000 Loops and Presets, AUv3 support (iOS only), and Stem Exporting.

    To get the Roland Zenbeats unlock, install Roland Zenbeats on any compatible iOS or Android device, sign in or create a Roland account, choose the Store icon from the home screen or main menu, choose the Unlocks tab and add the free Android or iOS Unlock V1, and select the Cart tab to check out and download it to your device.

  • Black Swamp Percussion, D'Addario, Drum Expo Mexico, Hit Like A Girl, Latin Percussion, Percussion Marketing Council

    by Rhythm Scene Staff | Apr 15, 2020

    Black Swamp 2020 Ensemble ShowcaseBLACK SWAMP PERCUSSION
    2020 Percussion Ensemble Showcase
    Black Swamp Percussion announces the launch of their 2020 Percussion Ensemble Showcase! The BSP Showcase is an annual solo and ensemble video competition, judged by a rotating panel of Black Swamp artists and educators. Judges evaluate video submissions and award first and second placements in three separate categories: Small Ensemble, Large Ensemble, and Solo. Prizes include a selection of Black Swamp products and video features in Black Swamp marketing efforts.

    The Solo division is open to college individuals with an entry deadline of April 30, 2020. Ensemble divisions are open to high school ensembles with an entry deadline of May 16, 2020. Full entry details can be found at

    Face Shields Using Film from G2 Drumheads
    Even before D’Addario was forced to close its D’Addario string and Evans drumhead factories in New York, the company began devising a way to use its engineering and manufacturing expertise to help alleviate the dire shortage of protective gear for New York and the nation’s healthcare workers.

    Led by Chief Innovation Officer Jim D’Addario, the engineering team determined that they could fabricate protective face shields using the clear film from Evans G2 drumheads. Working around the clock, the team had its first prototype three days later. Since the company already produces physical therapy products through its FDA approved Dynatomy brand, they were able to work quickly on manufacturing and distribution solutions. The plan is to mass-produce the Dynatomy Face Shield in the Evans Farmingdale, N.Y. USA drumhead facility, utilizing American-made materials.

    “We called this Project Excelsior after the New York State motto, which means ‘Ever Upward,’ because it captured the extraordinary determination and can-do spirit of our small team of engineers and product designers,” said CEO John D’Addario III. “It also typifies our music company’s current credo during the COVID-19 crisis: #wewillplayon.”

    The goal is to be in production by April 27 or earlier and to ramp up as quickly as possible to a capacity of 100,000 face shields per week. In many ways, the Dynatomy Face Shield is transforming D’Addario from a music accessories company into a medical necessities company.

    According to Chief Innovation Officer Jim D’Addario, “It’s our intention to manufacture these shields as long as they’re needed in New York or anywhere around the globe. We’ve watched the incredible efforts of our healthcare and essential services workers all across the world with great admiration. While we cannot match the immeasurable efforts of these selfless heroes, we feel an immense responsibility to do our part in overcoming the COVID-19 crisis.”

    1,000 “DC Free” Memberships
    Now more than ever it’s time for drummers to keep playing. To help the global drumming community stay active and engaged during the COVID-19 outbreak, Drum Channel is giving away 1,000 “DC Free” memberships. These memberships include 30 days of unlimited access to all the content in the Drum Channel vault: Lessons, Courses, Secrets from the Pros, the new DC Academy, and more.

    “Drum Channel has always, and will always, be there for our drumming community,” explains Drum Channel founder Don Lombardi. “During these especially challenging times, we want drummers to have access to educational content that will inspire and motivate them to keep playing, whether they are beginners, amateurs, or pros.”

    DC Free memberships include 30 days of unlimited access to hundreds of hours of high-quality video content, including nearly 1,000 Lessons, Play-Alongs, and “Secrets from the Pros,” as well as the newly-released, 16-week “DC Academy” course. New members can also view exclusive shows, concerts, and panel discussions featuring such drumming legends as Chad Smith, Stewart Copeland, Sheila E., Gregg Bissonette, Terry Bozzio, Mick Fleetwood, Charlie Watts, Thomas Lang, Eric Moore, Virgil Donati, Chad Wackerman, Luke Holland, and many more.

    With DC Free, players of all ages and abilities can choose from Drum Channel’s extensive collection of educational and entertainment content designed to help them become better drummers—and keep playing. To learn more, visit

    DXMX Returns to Mexico City on April 18
    The sponsors and organizers of Drum Expo Mexico will present “DXMX 2020” at Bajo Circuito in the La Condessa area of Mexico City on Saturday, April 18, 2020. The educational event will feature clinics, masterclasses, and performances by some of today’s top Mexican and American drummers and percussionists, including Chuz Estrada (Jesse & Joy) and Ricardo “Oso” Cortez (Ha*Ash). In addition, traditional Mexican music specialist Ness de la O and DIM drum faculty member Raul Vargas will present exclusive masterclasses. Other performers, artists, and sponsors are pending and will be announced as they are confirmed.

    VIP, General and Student tickets for DXMX 2020 are now on sale. For more information, visit on Drum Xpo Ciudad de México on Facebook and @DXCDMX on Instagram.

    Mindy Abovitz MonkHIT LIKE A GIRL
    Mindy Abovitz Monk Rejoins the Hit Like A Girl Management Team
    Hit Like A Girl, Inc. is proud to announce that contest co-founder, publisher of Tom Tommagazine, and champion of female drummers Mindy Abovitz Monk has rejoined the Hit Like A Girl management. In 2018, Abovitz Monk was recognized by the Grammys as a Change Agent, and she is a recipient of the She Rocks Award. Working together with HLAG Executive Director David Levine, Mindy will assume the role of Director and be the voice of girls and women in the contest. Through her company, Tom Tom, she will help expand awareness and support of the rapidly growing drumming community and advocate for female drummers everywhere through the Hit Like A Girl contest, Drum Summit, and other related projects for girls and women of all ages, interests and abilities.

    “We women and girls are incredibly powerful right now,” says Mindy. “The growth, recognition, and celebration of the female drumming community over the past decade is just the beginning. Together, Tom Tom and Hit Like A Girl are on a mission to realize the full potential of this powerful movement.” 

    We Are Rhythm Podcast
    Latin Percussion’s (LP) We Are Rhythm Podcast is an exciting new way to listen to and learn more about the world of percussion with some of the most distinguished and respected musicians in the business interviewed across 30 episodes. The We Are Rhythm Podcast is free at and great to listen to while working, exercising, and during other homebound activities. Created to inform and inspire, the expansive podcast library is available now and is constantly being updated with new content.

    Each episode, hosted by the multi-talented percussionists Joey De Leon on the West Coast and Jhair Sala on the East Coast, takes an in-depth look at the essence of Latin music culture and the stories behind it. The innovative series connects musicians everywhere with some of the most talented percussionists, drummers, multi-instrumentalists, bandleaders, and producers around today. The podcast library is a wealth of information, insights, and interesting stories, offering a deeper understanding of the world of percussion and more.

    The podcast program, which just uploaded its 30th episode, contains hours of valuable dialogue between working, in-demand players. Highlights include Santana’s Karl Perazzo, American Idol’s Kevin Ricard, the legendary John "Dandy" Rodriguez, Nashville session player Rich Redmond, and the iconic Sheila E, just to name a few.

    The podcasts are also available on iTunes as well as such podcast platforms as Spotify, Google Play, and Stitcher. To find out more, go to or visit LP’s social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or YouTube.

    International Drum Month 2020 Features Online Video Lessons with Celebrity Drummers
    Percussion Marketing Council (PMC) will celebrate International Drum Month 2020 with an entirely new consumer promotion focused on national awareness and percussion education. Beginning in May, randomly selected winners will be chosen each month through December to receive a private “Lesson with a Master” with an internationally recognized drummer. 

    Through the International Drum Month (IDM) “Lesson with a Master” entry portal at, individuals can register to win a one-hour video-conference lesson with one of four acclaimed drummers and celebrity artists: Rich Redmond, drummer for Jason Aldean; Rick Latham, international drum educator, instruction-book author, player, and teacher; David Stanoch, international educator and online video teacher; and Gorden Campbell, international celebrity artist. This special promotion is open to anyone 10 years of age and older, who has been playing drums for a minimum of one year.

    “The PMC wanted to create a connection for all drummers during this special 25th anniversary year by establishing an educational opportunity for drummers to learn from and experience a one-hour private online lesson with some of the industry’s most respected players,” said Stacey Montgomery-Clark, PMC spokesman. “We are extremely lucky to have these phenomenal artists step forward to participate in this very special IDM ‘Lesson with a Master’ campaign.” Each artist has created a short introductory video clip promoting the PMC’s “Lesson with a Master” campaign to engage participants and entice entries via social media channels throughout International Drum Month.

    Membership to the Percussion Marketing Council is open to all percussion instrument manufacturers, distributors, publishers, trade organizations, and educational alliances. For more information on any of the nonprofit organization’s market development initiatives, visit

    PMC Sticks TogetherGet Your Sticks Together Promotion
    Kicking off the 25th Anniversary year of 2020 for the Percussion Marketing Council, the drum industry’s trade association is launching a new monthly free drum lesson consumer giveaway to bring new drum-lesson students to music retailers offering drum lessons. Beginning in 2020, each month a randomly selected student will receive 12 free drum lessons at his or her chosen local drum shop or music store, paid for by the PMC through the “Get Your Sticks Together” promotion.

    Monthly lesson winners will receive 12 Free Drum Lesson Coupons. They will present a weekly drum lesson coupon, which is redeemable for a 30-minute lesson, at their local music retailer as payment for their lesson. The retailer will then submit the coupon with an invoice for the lesson to the PMC for immediate reimbursement at the 30-minute lesson rate of $30.00. The total free lesson value for the student-winner is $360 for the 12 consecutive weekly free drum lessons. The giveaway is open to all U.S. residents age 10 years old and older.

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