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  • Industry News — June 2022

    by Rhythm Scene Staff | Jun 15, 2022

    DW LP Jazz HeritageDRUM WORKSHOP & LATIN PERCUSSION
    New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Official Drums
    Drum Workshop Inc. (DW) in conjunction with Latin Percussion (LP) are delighted to be gear support sponsors for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (Jazz Fest) 2022.

    Jazz Fest takes place over two weekends, April 29 to May 1, and May 5–8, 2022, at the Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans, Louisiana. The inaugural event had a modest audience of hundreds. Today, the event is one of the nation’s largest spectaculars with an annual attendance of over half a million.

    Over the half century, many globally renowned artists have played DW and LP instruments at the festival, with this year being no exception. Announced acts include The Who (Zak Starkey), Stevie Nicks (Drew Hester), Death Cab for Cutie (Jason McGerr), Jimmy Buffett (Roger Guth), Elvis Costello (Peter Thomas), Trombone Shorty (Joey Peebles/Weedie Braimah), Galactic (Stanton Moore/Anjelika “Jelly” Joseph), The Avett Brothers (Mike Marsh), Chris Isaak (Raphael Padilla), Antonio Sánchez, Boz Scaggs (Branlie Mejias), Erykah Badu (Frank Moka), and many others.

    “The rich heritages of DW, LP, and the Jazz Fest fit together perfectly,” said Juels Thomas (Education & Events Manager for DW Brands). “We’re proud to help support both the wealth of musical talent that the Fest showcases and the amazing krewe behind the scenes." 

    To find out more about Jazz Fest, visit nojazzfest.com. To find out more about DW and its products, visit dwdrums.com. To find out more about LP, visit lpmusic.com.

    Pearl Boston CrusadorsPEARL/ADAMS 
    Boston Crusaders Partners with Pearl/Adams
    Pearl Corporation and Adams Musical Instruments are proud to welcome the Boston Crusaders to its roster of World Class Drum Corps beginning in the 2022 tour season.

    “The Crusaders have a long tradition of design and performance excellence that continually pushes the boundary of musical and artistic achievement,” says Shawn Lafrenz, Senior Marketing Manager for Pearl Corporation. “The legendary performance, tonal projection, and durability of Pearl and Adams instruments are a perfect match for the high demands of excellence that BAC arrangers, designers, and performers expect on and off the field.” 

    “Having just celebrated its 75th Anniversary, the Pearl Corporation is a perfect match for the Boston Crusaders,” said Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director Chris Holland. “The legendary quality of Pearl/Adams instruments and their commitment to innovation will help us bring fresh, new musical sounds and ideas to life. Thanks to this partnership, our students will have access to high-quality instruments, allowing Inspire Arts & Music to expand our local programming to more students than ever before.”

    The 2022 Boston Crusaders instrumentation will feature Pearl Championship Maple Series battery, Adams Endurance Series keyboards, and Adams Percussion. Learn more at pearldrum.com/en/artist/boston-crusaders.

    PD Drew McKeonPORTER & DAVIES 
    Ed Sheeran, Olivia Rodrigo, and Wolf Alice Tours Use Porter & Davies
    Porter & Davies are delighted to welcome new additions to their family: Joel Amey of Wolf Alice, Jack Lawrence-Brown with White Lies, Ashton Irwin of 5 Seconds of Summer, and many more.

    Joel Amey, of multi-award-winning band Wolf Alice, has recently purchased three BC2s. This light, portable, and tough tactile monitor allows him to feel and experience what he plays with unparalleled response and sensitivity.

    Jack Lawrence-Brown, drummer with arena band White Lies and Ashton Irwin drummer with 5 Seconds of Summer also now use BC2s. Others include, Ben Barter (Lorde), Mikey Randon (Bruce Foxton), Drew McKeon (Michael Bolton), Børge Fjordheim (session drummer), Jeremy Hoenig (Melvin Seals), Bruce Briggz (Cirque Du Soleil), Dave Anderson (The South) and Ben Anderson (North to Nashville), who also purchased a Porter & Davies Gigster.

    Mark Pusey, long-term session drummer for Ed Sheeran, will be joining him on his world tour. The production team purchased the BC2rm for Pusey to use on the tour. It has the same features as the BC2 but has been designed in a 2U 19-inch rack-mount layout.

    Purchasers of TT6 Equipped Thrones, both round and saddle formats, include Chris Reeve, drummer for Avril Lavigne. He recently recorded her new album Love Sux and will be accompanying her on her world tour using his saddle throne. 

    Sean Moore of festival headliners Manic Street Preachers, Jim Macaulay (The Stranglers), Steve Rodford (The Zombies), and Gunner Olsen will also be using their TT6 Equipped Thrones for a busy summer of festivals and tours. 

    To find out more about Porter & Davies and to purchase their hand-assembled products, visit porteranddavies.co.uk.

    Roland 50 BookROLAND
    “Inspire the Music: 50 Years of Roland History” Book Released
    Roland is continuing to celebrate its 50th anniversary with the unveiling of the Inspire the Music: 50 Years of Roland History anniversary book. In collaboration with renowned publisher Bjooks, the 400-page, beautifully photographed hardcover book celebrates the culture, people, and technology that has shaped the brand over the past 50 years.

    Inspire the Music is a fun, engaging, and informative tour through evolution and revolution in beat making, keyboards, pianos, synthesizers, guitar and bass products, drums and percussion, music production, and more. Readers will enjoy more than 70 colorful interviews with world-renowned artists and Roland designers, discussing their relationships with the instruments and making music. The book offers deep insights into the worldwide Roland culture, and a timeline traces Roland’s history from its humble beginnings under founder Ikutaro Kakehashi to its current place as a worldwide leader in music technology.

    In addition to the people, Inspire the Music showcases the gear that inspired them. Gear fanatics and curious newcomers alike will enjoy illustrated stories about product lines, popular machines, quirky products, and more. Not only does this book open up the world of Roland to every music enthusiast, but it also explores the history of music technology and how it inspired the music itself over the past 50 years. Going beyond just products alone, this book is a visual story of the Roland brand and the world it created, with exciting new insights on every page, including a rare glimpse into the world of the innovators who helped design the gear that made Roland what it is today.

    Multiple chapters examine the evolving world in which Roland products came to be, and how their inventive and innovative approach to the art and craft of music led to machines that the world often didn’t know they needed until they had them. Inspire the Music tells the story of how Roland gear helped inspire entire musical genres, from 1980s New Wave to today’s EDM and hip-hop scenes.

    For more information about the products and people that have shaped music, visit Roland’s 50th-anniversary page at roland.com/global/roland-50th-anniversary.

  • Industry News — March 2022

    by Rhythm Scene Staff | Mar 16, 2022

    HLAG Choose Drums

    HIT LIKE A GIRL
    2022 Contest Encourages Girls and Women to “Choose Drums”
    The 11th annual edition of the Hit Like a Girl international contest for female and gender non-conforming drummers and beatmakers opened for entries on March 1. The online event aims to celebrate, elevate, and cultivate female drummers and beatmakers by showcasing thousands of participating players of all ages and levels from all around the world.

    “Over the past 10 years, as Hit Like a Girl was becoming a movement, the growth of female drummers has had a dramatic impact on the drumming community and beyond,” says HLAG Executive Director David Levine. “This year we will continue to accelerate the momentum by amplifying our message that girls can play drums and do whatever they choose.”

    For the 2022 contest, HLAG has once again partnered with Beats by Girlz, SoundGirls, the Percussive Arts Society, and other leading music education organizations. HLAG’s Ambassador program has expanded into nearly 50 countries outside of North America, including Russia, China, Australia, Ukraine, Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Latin America, Mexico, France, the UK, India, Turkey, and Japan. In addition, this year’s judges represent a generation of elite players from around the world who didn’t exist a decade ago.

    Other HLAG 2022 highlights include: 2022 spokesperson Hayley Brownell, drummer for pop music sensation Olivia Rodrigo; weekly contests presented by Hudson Music; mini contests sponsored by LP (accessory percussion), Millenium Drums (electronic percussion), and Melodics (sample flip); more than $50,000 in prizes and awards sponsored by the world’s top drum and technology manufacturers, distributors, educators, and media; and additional Hit Like a Girl programs that support girls and women, including Impact, Drum Summit, and StickTogether as well as Heroes 2: a team of exceptional young drummers and beatmakers who are online friends and role models to their peers.

    For complete rules, schedule, judges, sponsors, prizes, and other information about Hit Like a Girl 2022, visit hitlikeagirlcontest.com.

    HLAG Challenge of ChampionsPast Champions to Compete in “Challenge of Champions”
    Hit Like a Girl has announced “Challenge of Champions,” an exclusive, new, online event that will pit the ten champions of past female drumming contests against one another. Under a specific set of rules, the players will all be required to use the same basic drumset configuration with no electronics or double pedals, and they will all be expected to produce a performance video using the same backing track.

    “The ‘Challenge’ track was commissioned by Hit Like a Girl and Beats by Girlz and composed by leading finger-drummer and beatmaker Gnarly,” explains project manager Megan Spencer. “The track and the other restrictions are intended to make our ‘Challenge’ even more challenging for these 10 players, who are already recognized as being among the best drummers in the world.”

    “Challenge of Champions” drummers include De’Arcus Curry (2012), Val Sepulveda (2013), Riesha Fayson (2014), Lindsay Artkop (2015), Helen de la Rosa (2016), Helly (2017), Calsey Tory (2018), Amanda Dal (2019), Liza Chepkovskaya (2020), and Wiktoria Bialic (2021).

    Hit Like a Girl will post the participants’ videos for public viewing throughout the competition and plans to live stream the judging phase at the end of the contest in early May. Final details about “Challenge of Champions” judges, prizes, and dates are pending and will be released as they are confirmed.

    For additional information about “Challenge of Champions” and other Hit Like a Girl activities, visit hitlikeagirlcontest.com. To learn more about Beats by Girlz, visit beatsbygirlz.org

    Pearl InternshipPEARL
    Summer Internship Program
    Following a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, Pearl Corporation is pleased to announce the return of its Summer Internship Program.

    This internship program provides a wide range of opportunities for students to gain real-world insights into the marketing and distribution of percussion instruments in the United States. Intern placement is within Pearl’s Marketing and Sales departments with emphasis placed on drum set, marching percussion, concert percussion, and hand percussion product lines. A limited number of places for internships are available.

    This year's application deadline is Friday, April 1. To learn more and apply, visit pearldrum.com/about-pearl/internships.

    PMC Board of DirectorsPMC
    Board of Directors Expanded
    The Percussion Marketing Council (PMC/PlayDrums.com) announced the appointment of new members of the organization’s Board of Directors, effective February 2022.

    Joining long-time board members Stacey Montgomery-Clark from Sabian and Jennifer Paisley from Alfred Music are David Cywinski, sales manager, drums and percussion, at Hal Leonard; Antonio Ferranti, president of Proel North America/Tamburo Drums; Dendy Jarrett, executive director of Gibson Gives Foundation; and Matt Rudin, marketing manager, drums, at Yamaha Corporation of America; along with artist representative David Stanoch (drum set artist and educator) and retailer representative Shane Kinney (owner Drum Center of Portsmouth).

    Furthermore, PMC is pleased to welcome three first-time member companies: Aquarian Drumheads, Low Boy Custom Beaters, and Tamburo.

    “We are excited to have several percussion manufacturers and new board leadership sign up to help PlayDrums.com gain momentum in 2022,” said Antoinette Follett, PMC Executive Director. “This is a great opportunity to include new leadership perspectives in our Board of Directors. The all-volunteer PMC Board governs the direction and impact of our many initiatives. I am excited to have these new individuals add their voices to the collective bench strength of the board, which is intent on growing the market for drums and percussion.”

    PMC Experience DrummingTeaching Artist Funding 
    As this year’s NAMM Foundation grant award returns the Percussion Marketing Council to pre-pandemic funding levels, the PMC/PlayDrums.com invites percussive arts leaders and organizations to apply for funding to bring interactive drumming events to more communities in 2022.

    Individuals and organizations who offer drumming and percussion-related experiences are encouraged to apply to be accepted as a 2022 PlayDrums.com Experience Drumming facilitator and receive stipend funding for each educational event they lead at a local venue.

    The PMC is very interested in recruiting a diverse new set of artists/educators to energize the public about the joy and benefits of drumming. Events can be co-sponsored with various venues, such as schools, afterschool programs, libraries, and senior centers.

    While remaining cautious as public health issues continue, the early months of the year are the perfect time for interested parties to complete the Facilitator Form and become familiar with the process for co-sponsoring events in communities with the PMC. Details can be found at PlayDrums.com/request-for-proposals.

  • Product Showcase — March 2022

    by Rhythm Scene Staff | Mar 02, 2022

    Evans Tune UpEVANS
    Snare Tune-Up Kits
    Evans Drumheads has launched new Snare Tune-Up Kits. These kits give players the tools, materials, and instructions to modify, adjust, and holistically maintain the most essential piece of the drum kit: the snare drum. Snare Tune-Up Kits are available in two offerings with either UV1 or Calftone as the centerpiece of the kit.

    Both kits include an Evans branded microfiber cloth, a unique drum key, lug lube, hardware polish, Barney Beats branded ProMark Rebound 5A drumsticks, a snare side 300 drumhead, and a two-pack sampler of the new Evans EQ Pods.

    The UV1 Snare Tune-Up kit is available in 13- or 14-inch sizes with Puresound Custom Pro snare wires, ideal for rock, metal, and funk, providing sonic versatility and long-lasting durability. The Calftone Snare Tune-Up Kit is available in a 14-inch size with a Puresound Concert Series snare wires, ideal for jazz, providing a classic warm, full, and rich tone.

    To learn more, visit ddar.io/SnareKits.PR.

    Vic Firth HeadphonesVIC FIRTH
    VF Bluetooth Headphones
    The Avedis Zildjian Company, parent company of Vic Firth, has announced the release of the new VF Bluetooth Isolation Headphones, the latest extension of Vic Firth’s Isolation Headphones collection.

    The VF Bluetooth Isolation Headphones come in an elegantly textured red finish with cozy black foam cushions and a shock-absorbent padded headband. These stereo headphones deaden outside noise by 20 decibels. Insulated broad foam cushions maximize comfort for any use including live, studio, practice, and beyond. The 500mA built-in rechargeable battery allows for up to 20 hours of use. Using licensed Bluetooth 5.0 technology (lowest latency), these headphones connect wirelessly to enabled devices, and include a 3.5mm cable and 1/4-inch adapter for optional wired usage. The VF Bluetooth Isolation Headphones package also includes a 40cm USB charging cable and an instruction insert. Any drummer looking for dependable, superb hearing protection deserves the VF Bluetooth Isolation Headphones.

    "We are excited to introduce a wireless version of our immensely popular Vic Firth Stereo Isolation Headphones,” says Pamela Ricci, Zildjian’s Brand Manager for Apparel, Merchandise & Accessories. “Wireless capability has been the most requested product feature from our artists and consumers alike. Leveraging Bluetooth 5.0 technology, we have developed a product that retains the outside noise cancellation and clear, crisp sound of the SIH2, with low latency and outstanding battery life."

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