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  • Industry News — December 2021

    by Rhythm Scene Staff | Dec 08, 2021

    DAddario Charter OakD’ADDARIO
    Foundation Awards $487,500 in Grants
    The D’Addario Foundation announced the award of $487,500 in monetary and product grants to 170 music-education programs across 104 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada for 2021.

    With a 13% increase from 2020, The D’Addario Foundation set an ambitious goal to keep music for social change thriving through the difficulties of the past year. A majority of the grantees have reported that they’re back to in-person music-making. Although these programs effectively reached students in a virtual format, the vital communal element has been restored and students can once again experience and reap the benefits of making music in-person alongside their peers and mentors.

    This year, a big focus for the D’Addario Foundation was to highlight the diverse ways their partner programs provide music education to their students. This includes organizations breaking down barriers for historically under-represented BIPOC students in classical music, including Sphinx Performance Academy, Cleveland Institute of Music, Buffalo String Works, Atlanta Music Project, HARPS Foundation, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s Nouveau Program; schools incorporating immersive music education into their curriculum, including Academy of Arts and Knowledge, WHIN Music Community Charter School, Kaufman Music Center's Special Music School, The Chicago High School for the Arts, and Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music; percussion-focused and drumline programming, including BandWith Chicago, Boys and Girls Club of St. Lucie County's Infinity Clubhouse Drumline, Brooklyn Steppers, and MissionSAFE's Steel Pan Band; and mentorship-focused programming, including My Voice Music, Quest Center for Art & Development, and Zumix, Inc.

    “A grant like this means that kids who may never have thought about music before get a chance to take part in something meaningful,” says Tom Gariepy of the Boys & Girls Club of St. Lucie County. “The days when kids get weekly music lessons in their schools — especially at-risk kids in underserved neighborhoods — seem to be long gone. We’re trying to take up the slack, and your grant will help us do it."

    The D’Addario Foundation conducts two grant cycles per year where non-profit organizations may apply for support after first submitting an initial letter of inquiry. Prospective non-profits must clearly illustrate critical elements for success including intensity and need, leadership strength, sustainability, and community commitment.

    100% of donations to the D’Addario Foundation go directly to supporting and expanding their initiatives including their grant-making, college scholarship fund, Girls in Music initiative, and more. To make a contribution, visit

    Florida A&M University Marching Band Chooses Pearl
    Pearl Corporation announced a partnership with the Florida A&M University Marching Band, the Marching "100."

    “The FAMU Marching Band program has a proud legacy of musical excellence and precision marching that has made it one of the most recognizable bands in the country. Combining FAMU’s tradition of excellence with Pearl Marching Drums and Hardware is the perfect fit. We are proud to support FAMU for many years to come,” says Shawn Lafrenz, Senior Marketing Manager for Pearl Corporation.

    "We are absolutely thrilled to be a part of the Pearl team and playing on Championship Maple drums known for consistency, durability and reliability. The drums look fantastic and have amazing tone and projection," says Tovah Lovely, Assistant Director of Percussion.

    For more information, visit

    NAMM Foundation Grant Expands Experience Drumming! Program, the online hub connecting drummers and the percussion community with members of the Percussion Marketing Council (PMC), announced the expansion of the new Experience Drumming! education program to community-based learning events.  This year’s NAMM Foundation grant award returns the PMC to pre-pandemic funding levels, a vote of confidence for the organization’s vision for the future.  PMC/ will be able to engage many more percussive arts leaders and expand access and geographic reach for its percussion education events.

    For more than 25 years, the Percussion Marketing Council has been dedicated to stimulating interest in and engagement with percussion instruments. During the pandemic, as in-person activities were curtailed, the PMC developed the Fun with Drums library of videos to keep individuals and families interested in various aspects of rhythm and drumming. While remaining cautious as public health issues continue, the Percussion Marketing Council has plans to strengthen and sustain the market development and experiential education programs.

    “We are excited to take our community-based learning events even farther than before,” said Stacey Montgomery-Clark, PMC Board Member. “We had the opportunity to assess our existing programs this year and determined there is demand for drumming experiential education events beyond the classroom. We’re looking forward to a great year ahead, thanks to the steadfast generosity of the NAMM Foundation.”

    The NAMM Foundation named the Percussion Marketing Council one of 28 music-making entities delivering vital programs that provide access to music-making opportunities.  This year’s support will help the organization reinvigorate and expand percussion educational experiences in schools, libraries, and community settings.

    The connecting and learning portal at will invite new percussive arts leaders to bring in-person experiential and interactive drumming events to more communities. A call for new drum program leaders will expand the roster of communities involved in all initiatives.

    Find more information on the PMC programs and how you can participate at

    Dave JewellSearch Opened to Expand PMC Executive Board
    The Percussion Marketing Council (PMC) announces the expansion of the organization’s Board of Directors, as long-term PMC board member David Jewell transitions to an advisory role upon his retirement from his position as Partnerships and Alliances Manager at Yamaha Corporation of America.

    Founded in 1995, the Percussion Marketing Council, through, connects the activities of our members, drummers, and percussion community. As a nonprofit trade organization, the PMC is governed by an all-volunteer executive and advisory board. Board positions represent various facets of the organization, including industry relations, membership, community outreach, and music education. PMC is a consistent recipient of NAMM Foundation funding for various educational programs and other music-making campaigns and initiatives.

    “It has been an honor to serve on the Executive Board of the PMC for over 10 years,” says Jewell. “I have worked with some incredible people on the PMC, and I consider all of them not just work colleagues but friends. Together we have created programs that have helped seed the percussion/drumming community to give access, joy, and that spark needed for someone to enjoy creating music through a percussion instrument.”

    The PMC’s goals are to promote drumming as a positive experience for all individuals regardless of age, gender, musical background, economic means, education, or geographic location; to expand both the percussion market and demand for percussion instruments through the increased visibility of all forms of percussion; and to unify the percussion products industry to create a stronger voice in the music industry and a forum for greater communication among all companies and members.

    “This is a unique opportunity to include new leadership perspectives in our Board of Directors,” said Antoinette Follett, PMC Executive Director. “The all-volunteer PMC Board governs the direction of our many initiatives and their impact on the drum community. I am excited to invite enthusiastic individuals — including manufacturers, professional drummers, music retailers, and percussion advocates — to step up and apply to add their voices to the collective bench strength of the board, which is intent on growing the drumming community.”

    The full application and instructions are posted on the PMC’s website at Diverse and up-and-coming leaders within the music products industry are encouraged to apply. The deadline for proposal submission is noon on Wednesday, December 15, 2021.

    Members of the Percussion Marketing Council include Alfred Publishing, CB Drums, Clevelander Drum Co., Dancing Drum, Dixon Drums, Dream Cymbals & Gongs, Drum Channel, Drum Workshop, Drumming About You, Ethnomusic, Gibraltar Hardware, Gon Bops, Gretsch Drums, Hal Leonard Corp., HaMaR Percussion, Hudson Music, KAT Electronic Drums, Modern Drummer magazine, Paiste, Percussion Plus, Prologix Percussion, PDP, Sabian, Sakae Drums, Super Drum, Tycoon Percussion, Vater, WFLIII Drums, and Yamaha. Industry Alliances include,,, and

  • Industry News — November 2021

    by Rhythm Scene Staff | Nov 19, 2021

    Drumming Legends Share their Passion in New Movie
    Count Me In, is a new movie that celebrates the deep passion of drumming, uncovering the joy and exhilaration of a life dedicated to driving the beat.

    The film takes viewers on a journey with some of the greatest, most respected players and personalities from the world of drumming. It explores their beginnings, influences, and inspirations though conversation, concert footage, and original content and concludes with a drum off. Count Me In beautifully communicates the energy, art and skill of the drummers who have shaped some of the most iconic music of the 20th and 21st centuries.

    The men and women featured in Count Me In come from a diverse range of backgrounds, including legendary players Roger Taylor, Stewart Copeland, Taylor Hawkins, Nick Mason, Chad Smith, and Cindy Blackman Santana, who are joined by rising stars Emily Dolan Davies, Jess Bowen, and Ben Thatcher. Included in the film are tributes to the vision, creativity, and impact of such drumming pioneers as Ringo Starr, Charlie Watts, Keith Moon, John Bonham, and Ginger Baker.

    Directed by Mark Lo, whose filmography includes The Railway Man and Belle, this movie shares the love and passion that takes drummers from banging on pots and pans as kids to playing on the world’s biggest stages. 

    Drummers and non-drummers alike will enjoy the simple love of music that lies at the very core of Count Me In, now available on Netflix.

    Matt GarstkaDRUM WORKSHOP
    Matt Garstka Joins DW Family 
    Drum Workshop, Inc. (DW) announced the addition of Matt Garstka to the DW roster.

    Matt has recorded and toured with Animals as Leaders for over ten years. The band is currently putting the finishing touches on their fifth album. Matt is a passionate educator and has traveled the world putting on clinics and has a website dedicated to providing an affordable education for advanced students.

    To find out more about Matt and other DW artists, visit

    New Drummers Welcomed 
    Porter & Davies welcomed a host of new drummers to its artist family. They join a group of discerning musicians who have discovered the bone-conducting benefits of the company’s tactile monitors.

    Francis RuizBuckcherry’s Francis Ruiz recently purchased a BC2. Talking about it he said, “Finally, I get the feel I want and need to play inspired, every show and every venue without having to compromise with a sub!” Other artists investing in Porter & Davies gear include Drew Michael, studio and tour drummer for Sam Fender, a 2020 nominee for Best New Artist at the Brit Awards, and Michael Rennie, drummer for fast growing alt artist YungBlud who has over ten million monthly listeners on Spotify.

    Snarky Puppy band members and Grammy award winners Jason “JT” Thomas and Jamison Rosshave both invested in a Porter & Davies kit to use on tour and in the studio. Jamison, who is currently playing with Boz Skaggs, commented, “This throne clears up a lot of mix issues as a drummer. The BC2 along with in-ears; a match made in Heaven.” Grammy nominee Joe Gelini is using a TT6 Equipped round throne top when playing with his band Cha Wa, and Jerry Pentecost, drummer with the Grammy-award winning band Old Crow Medicine Show, observes, “It’s hard to imagine life without the BC2! It’s a must have for all drummers!”

    Chris Marquart, touring drummer with multi-platinum country superstar Cole Swindell, recently acquired a BC2rm; Ross Craib, the drummer accompanying acclaimed singer songwriter Dodie, bought a BC2; and Andy Burrows, part of the Razorlight line-up and 2021 band reunion, purchased a BC2. Jake Sommers, who plays with one of country’s top earning artists, Luke Combs, found that, “Once I began playing with the BC2rm I could tell an immediate difference in my playing. I could feel the low end, plus the addition of adding the toms is an added bonus.”

    Turkish drummers Mehmet Demirdelen and Berkan Tilavel, of Duman and Adamlar respectively, joined the Porter & Davies artist family alongside Canadian drum teacher Nathan McLaren, Australia’s Kieran Lama of indie rock band Spacey Jane, and Jost Nickel with German rapper and pop artist Jan Delay. While in America, Josh Gabriel (Terry Bradshaw), Norm Whitehurst (Jennifer Batten Band), Jay Nazz (Reckless Kelly), and Gonzo Sandoval (Armored Saint) are using Porter & Davies monitors.

    To learn more about Porter & Davies, visit

  • Industry News — October 2021

    by Rhythm Scene Staff | Oct 27, 2021

    “Musicians Making A Difference” Scholarship Recipients Announced

    In May, Pearl Corporation announced the opening of a new college scholarship, annually awarding two $5,000 scholarships to high school musicians who have demonstrated the ability to impact positive change in their community. After careful review from a diverse panel of Pearl/Adams staff and artists, Pearl is proud to award this year’s scholarships to Emmanuel Wade and Isabel Michaelides.

    Emmanuel WadeSince age 14, Emmanuel Wade (Clarksville, Tenn.) has dedicated many years to the non-profit organization I Am Invisible Bullying and Suicide. As an active musician, songwriter, and rapper, Emmanuel wrote a song titled “I’m Invisible,” which is used by the organization and the community to spread encouragement and positivity to at-risk youth. To date, I Am Invisible has reached over 3,500 students ages 8–17 in middle Tennessee. In 2021, Emmanuel was awarded the City of Clarksville Mayor’s Certificate of Recognition, as well as Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Clarksville Alumnae Chapter’s Academic Excellence Award. Emmanuel looks forward to attending Alabama A&M University, where he plans to continue his work helping those affected by bullying and suicide.

    Isabel MichaelidesIsabel Michaelides (Valencia, Cal.) has spent much of the past year volunteering at Oakmont of Valencia Senior Center, where every Sunday she could be found performing an arrangement of ’50s/’60s music for senior citizens. Oakmont specializes in seniors with Alzheimer’s and Dementia, a personal impact to Isabel, as both her grandparents suffer from memory loss. Having been accepted into the University of California Irvine’s Biomedical Engineering program this fall, Isabel looks forward to participating in further research related to Alzheimer’s and Dementia, while volunteering in the local community and providing support to individuals and their families who are affected by these diseases.

    To learn more and apply for next year’s scholarship, visit: pearl/internships-scholarships.

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