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Industry News — December 2020

Dec 9, 2020, 08:00 AM by Rhythm Scene Staff

Sweetwater Supports Drum Workshop Music Foundation
DW Music Foundation (DWMF) has been awarded a grant by Chuck and Lisa Surack, founders of Sweetwater. DWMF, the charitable arm of DW Workshop Inc., was created to provide the gift of music to underserved communities worldwide. The non-profit donates instruments and music education resources to schools, music educators, youth programs, health & wellness organizations, the military, and other organizations that align with its mission.

Sweetwater also believes in giving back to community by helping musicians, the arts, education, children, and social services. In the past year they have supported more than 500 non-profit organizations, causes and individuals with the donation of musical instruments, audio gear, financial resources, and sponsorships.

“We are proud and excited to partner with Sweetwater, an organization who has the spirit of giving in its core values,” commented Michele Abrams, DWMF Executive Director. “Together, our missions are aligned, believing that sharing the joy of music and music making can change lives for the better. We are very grateful to Sweetwater for their gift and look forward to making meaningful impact together.” 

“We are honored to join forces with the DW Music Foundation to continue our efforts to bring the joy of music to more people,” said Sweetwater Founder & CEO Chuck Surack. “Music, with its power to heal, unite, and offer hope, is a universal language that should be shared whenever and wherever possible.”

The Sweetwater grant will be used to help DW Music Foundation continue to share life-changing music making and music education with people of all ages and backgrounds. From youth to wounded warriors, those facing health challenges and the military, the Sweetwater donation will help bring inspiration, healing, and hope.

To learn about DWMF, visit

Marching Percussion Contest Champions and Winners Announced

HLAG MPC Winners

Clockwise from upper left: Katie McCarty, Jovanna Mullin, Jasmine Bowens, Eliana Yamouni, Paige Durr, and Aly "Chopz" Mendey

Hit Like A Girl congratulates the winners of the 2020 Hit Like A Girl Marching Percussion contest. For the under-18 category, the winners were: Katie McCarty (Champion), Jovanna Mullin (2nd Place), Jasmine Bowens (3rd Place), and Destiny Boyd (Honorable Mention). For the over-18 category, the winners were Eliana Yamouni (Champion), Paige Durr (2nd Place), Aly "Chopz" Mendey (3rd Place), and Rachelle Jovane (Honorable Mention).

These outstanding drummers will receive prizes from Ludwig, Pearl, Vic Firth, Vater, Innovative Percussion, and Remo, as well as scholarships, educational material, and other special awards from Girls March and GridBook Percussion. 

The HLAG 2020 MPC judges panel featured leading artists and educators Sandi Rennick, Emmanuelle Caplette, Raychel Taylor, James Riles III, Mark Perrett, and Nicole Casino, plus former Hit Like A Girl Champion Jamese Moses. Special thanks to GridBook Percussion for developing Hit Like A Girl’s exclusive, online scoring matrix.

View the entries, winning videos, and more at

Kenny Aronoff Joins Latin Percussion Family
One of the most influential session and live drummers in the world, Kenny Aronoff has worked with a list of artists that reads like a who’s who of rock royalty: The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Sting, Elton John, Eric Clapton, John Mellencamp, Smashing Pumpkins, Johnny Cash, Stevie Wonder, Lady Gaga, and more. He has recorded on over 300-million records sold and is currently working with John Fogerty, Joe Satriani, and Supersonic Blues Machine. Modern Drummer named him the number-one pop/rock drummer and number-one studio drummer for five consecutive years, and Rolling Stone magazine named him among the top-100 greatest drummers of all time. His unique, versatile style, a combination of power and finesse, has seen him contribute to over 60 Grammy nominated or awarded recordings over the last four decades.

Aronoff started with a set of Pedrito Martinez Signature Deep Cut Mango Bongos, Conga, and Tumba to give him a bold, warm Latin voice. He’s also been exploring world sounds with the clay LP Udu Drum Utar and the hardwood LP World Beat 18-inch Tunable Bodhran with a natural goatskin head. From the LP RAW range, Aronoff picked the 6- and 8-inch Potz, Trash Snare, and the Sound Enhancers to add new variations to his drum kit. A hand-picked selection of tambourines, shakers, and accessories further expands his range of tonal options and textures.

To find out more about Latin Percussion, visit

Thierry GuerreiroPORTER & DAVIES
Brad Wilk, Mike Bordin, and Others Join Porter & Davies Family 
Porter & Davies announced that more top drummers have joined their family and are feeling the benefits of silent bone conduction.

Rage Against the Machine’s drummer Brad Wilk has purchased two BC2rm rigs with round throne tops. Mat Hector has added a Gigster to his drum set up. He has been a part of Iggy Pop’s band for the last five years as well as recently taking on drumming duties for Razorlight. Planning for the Hooters 40th Anniversary tour in 2021, David Uosikkinen has purchased a saddle throne to use with his existing P&D. He continues to work on his In the Pocket: Essential Songs of Philadelphia project.

Long time Porter & Davies artist Kenny Aronoff recently purchased a TT6 Equipped Throne to use on tour with Joe Satriani. Another TT6 is being used by Faith No More’s founding member and drummer Mike Bordin. He has performed with Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath, and Korn, to name a few.

Tom Coll Fontaines DCIrish post-punk band Fontaines D.C.’s drummer Tom Coll is now using a Porter & Davies throne and commented, “The BC2 changed the game for me in terms of monitoring. I made the switch to using in-ears recently and the BC2 really fills out the imaginary low end through the tactile monitoring. I feel like I'm much more aware of my internal clock during shows now.” The band’s explosive debut album was nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize and their second album launched July 2020 and charted at No.2 in the UK and Irish charts.

Other drummers procuring Porter and Davies rigs in the last few months include Paul Faloon (The Pat Mc Manus Band), Julian Zschäbitz (Von Wegen Lisbeth), Joakim Lövmark (Felix Sandman), session drummer Alf Erik Fylkesnes and Thies Steiner, Meg Learmonth (Mura Masa), Jordan Tanner (Tash Sultana), Thierry Guerreiro (Iris), and Jonas Hermann (Jeremias).

To find out more about Porter & Davies products, visit

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