Drumerica Adds Musician’s Friend, School Of Rock and PAS As Sponsors;
Announces Celebrity Judges Roster, featuring Smith, Igoe, Aronoff,
Campbell, Luzier, Ilejay, Ford-Welton, Potgieter And Many More.
Drumerica is proud to announce that leading online music retailer Musician’s Friend, the world-renowned music education program School Of Rock and the Percussive Arts Society (PAS), the world’s largest organization of drummers and percussionists, have joined with twenty other top drum, accessory and media companies to sponsor the online video contest for young drummers.
Drumerica also released the names of its star-studded roster of judges, which features several of the world’s most famous and influential drummers as well as many of the most talented young players on the contemporary scene. The Drumerica panel also includes the editors of Modern Drummer magazine and leading industry representatives plus exceptional teen drummers and YouTube sensations.
Kenny Aronoff (studio legend)
Demian Arriaga (Victoria Justice)
Tino Arteaga (Of Mice & Men)
Gorden Campbell (George Duke)
Big Mike Clemons (Israel Houghton and New Breed)
John DeChristopher (industry artist consultant)
Antoine Fadavi (KAT product specialist)
Jake Garland (Memphis May Fire)
Bryan Hitt (REO Speedwagon)
Tommy Igoe (Tommy Igoe Big Band)
Arin Ilejay (Avenged Sevenfold)
Daru Jones (Jack White)
Nia Lovelis (Cherri Bomb)
Ray Luzier (Korn)
Cobus Potgieter (Ventura Lights)
Johnny Rabb (Collective Soul)
Kent Slucher (Luke Bryan)
Steve Smith (Vital Information)
Dylan Taylor (Cute Is What We Aim For)
Hannah “Ford” Welton (Prince)
Taking place over the upcoming summer break (July and August, 2014) and open to 13-18 year-old boys and girls who are current residents of the U.S.A., Drumerica winners will receive nearly $25,000 in prizes and will be selected by judging panels made up of world-famous drummers, leading drum educators and top drum industry professionals.
The Drumerica national contest for young drummers officially opens for entries on July 1, 2014 and closes on August 1, 2014. All entries must include a video performance of an official track. A preliminary group of 25 finalists will be announced on August 9 and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be announced on August 16.