Guitar Center Inc. announced the launch of its 2005 Drum Off competition. Now in its 17th year, Drum Off brings more than 3,000 drummers together to compete for thousands of dollars in prizes and bragging rights as one of the world's finest, according to Jack Sonni, V.P. of marketing communication for Guitar Center.
"Drum Off, our longest running talent promotion, provides a platform for drummers around the country to achieve national recognition," said Sonni. "These drummers have the opportunity to share the stage with legendary, groundbreaking artists like Travis Barker, Chad Smith and Adrian Young. This event gets our customers one step closer to living out their career dreams."
Scheduled from August to January, the Guitar Center Drum Off 2005 provides drummers with the opportunity to showcase their talent. If last year's event was any indication, the competition will again be steep, with winners selected on skill, style, originality, technique, overall performance, and stage presence. Following in-store competitions, winners advance to store finals, district finals, regional finals, and finally the grand finals scheduled to take place in January at the legendary Wiltern LG Theatre in Los Angeles.
This year's Drum Off grand finalist will receive a ton of stellar prizes, including a 2006 Scion xB, a DW Collector series five-piece maple kit, a Gretsch Custom kit with Gibraltar rack system, a Zildjian Custom box set and cymbal bag, and endorsement deals from both Evans and SABIAN. Sponsors of this year's competition include Toyota Scion, SABIAN, REMO, DW Drums, Gretsch, Evans, Zildjian, Tama, Pro-Mark, Kaman, Gibraltar, XM Satellite Radio and the Guitar Center Credit Card. Modern Drummer will serve as an official media partner for Drum Off.
"Each year Guitar Center has successfully increased participation in its Drum Off competition and every year Modern Drummer seeks to bring more drummers to the drumming community it helped create almost 30 years ago," said Kevin Kearns, V.P. Modern Drummer Publications, Inc. "We're pleased and proud to share this vision with Guitar Center in order to further build and foster this community of drummers."
Royce Shorter, Jr. from Seattle captured the Guitar Center Drum Off 2004 title. Selected from more than 3,000 drummers from across the country, Shorter used a classic, jazz-based style to bring home the Drum Off crown. Following his victory, Shorter has gone on to record an album with his band; similarly, Drum Off 2003 Champion, Eric Moore II, has launched his music career and recently toured with Sly and the Family Stone.
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