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Industry News — October 2020

Oct 21, 2020, 08:00 AM by Rhythm Scene Staff

Marching Percussion Contest Announced
Encouraging players to get off the sidelines and “Get Back in the Game,” Hit Like A Girl has announced that its revamped and rescheduled Marching Percussion contest will open for entries on October 1. The HLAG Marching contest follows the highly successful international and regional drum set and beat-making contests that were held earlier this year and has been shifted to the fall to increase its prestige and participation. The contest is open to female snare drummers in the Under 18 and 18-Plus age divisions, with solo and cover videos accepted through October 19. 

HLAG 2020 Marching Percussion contest judges feature such leading artists and educators = as Sandi Rennick, Julie Davila, Raychel Taylor, and Mark Perrett, plus former Hit Like A Girl Champions AJ Kostromina and Jamese Moses. Among this year’s prizes are marching snare drums from Ludwig and Pearl along with Vic Firth, Vater, and Innovative Percussion drumsticks and Remo drumheads. Scholarships and educational material from Girls March and GridBook as well as exclusive performance opportunities will also be awarded to the champions and winners when they are named in November.

To learn more and enter, visit

Livestream with Daru Jones Now on Drum Network
Pacific Drums and Percussion (PDP) is launching a new live-stream show with Grammy Award-winning drummer Daru Jones. PDP’s “Get It Started” is the place for drummers looking to take their music career to the next level. The live stream will include a wide range of topics and offer viewers an opportunity to ask related questions to the host on each monthly broadcast. Jones and his guests will share their insights, personal experiences, and years of recording and performing expertise. The genre-bending beat maker will also answer individual questions to help drummers hone their skills behind the kit and beyond.

Two-time Grammy Award winner Daru Jones, a longtime PDP & DW Drums artist, is one of the most respected drummers of his generation. He has toured and recorded with renowned artists including Jack White, Pete Rock, Gloria Gaynor, Pee Wee Ellis, Queen Latifah, and many more. He has been a “go-to drummer” in the hip-hop scene for over a decade and is also a sought-after producer and boutique label owner, developing talent and releasing music through his RUSIC Records, imprint.

“We're hoping to help encourage the current and next generation to go within and find your voice and look for ways to be authentic,” Daru commented. “I'm very excited to chat with you all and bridge the gap to educate on groove culture with some of our legendary and seasoned guests. Please come with an open mind and positive vibes, as we can use this outlet to help us all during these times.”

To take part in the LIVE discussion, tune in to PDP’s Facebook or DW’s YouTube or Facebook channels at noon PST on the second Monday of every month. A complete schedule of all episodes and previous shows can be found on the DW Drum Network page.

For the complete, up-to-date Drum Network show listing, visit To learn more about PDP drums, visit

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