With the start of the National Competition For Young Drummers less than thirty days away, Drumerica has announced the launch of the www.drumerica.us website. The site features complete information on the contest sponsors, judges, prizes, and rules as well as a page with links to free downloads of Drumerica’s official rock, pop, metal, jazz, funk, and Latin play-along tracks. The MP3s, which have been provided by Groove Essentials (HudsonMusic.com) and the “Progressive Metal” collection from DrumFun.com, give drummers high-quality, professional backing tracks for their video entries and allow them to become more familiar with these popular and important drumming styles while also creating a more level playing field for all participants.
Drumerica’s entry period runs from July 1 to August 1, 2014. The contest is open to thirteen- to eighteen-year-olds who are current residents of the US and is sponsored by Musician’s Friend, School of Rock, Crush Drum, TRX Cymbals, D’Addario, Modern Drummer, KAT Percussion, and Desert Rock Sound Studios, along with a dozen other top drum, accessory, and media companies.
First, second, and third place “Drumericans” will receive nearly $25,000 in prizes and will be selected by judging panels made up of world-famous drummers and drum educators, including Kenny Aronoff, Gorden Campbell, Tommy Igoe, Arin Ilejay, Ray Luzier, Cobus Potgieter, Johnny Rabb, Kent Slucher, Steve Smith, and Hannah Ford Welton, plus the editors of Modern Drummer magazine and more.
For more information and a complete list of rules and prizes, visit www.drumerica.us.