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Modern Drummer is the world’s most widely read drum magazine, is dedicated entirely to the art of drumming and caters to the needs of amateur, semi-pro, and professional drummers.

Guitar Center Music Foundation Relief 4 Musicians Online Fundraiser to Feature Russ Kunkel

As part of its ongoing effort to provide needed funding relief to musicians and music programs suffering loss of resources as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Guitar Center Music Foundation has announced that legendary session/touring drummer Russ Kunkel…

Modern Drummer
Jul 9, 2020

Guitar Center Spotlights Nation’s Best Drummers in Drum-Off Competition

Guitar Center’s Drum-Off launches its twenty-eighth annual search for the top undiscovered drummer. Developed to inspire and support drummers in the pursuit of their musical aspirations, the program provides drummers with an incentive to work on their craft, connect with…

Modern Drummer
Aug 17, 2016

News: Vic Firth Inducted Into Guitar Center RockWalk

The Guitar Center RockWalk recently welcomed Everett “Vic” Firth, world famous timpanist for the Boston Symphony Orchestra and founder of the Vic Firth Company, to its ranks of music pioneers and performing legends. Awarded posthumously at the 27th annual Guitar…

Modern Drummer
Feb 29, 2016

Little Kids Rock Will Honor Joan Jett At Annual Star-Studded Benefit

Alice Cooper, Tommy James, Billie Joe Armstrong, Darlene Love and other special guests will join Jett at the sixth annual ‘Little Kids Rock Benefit’ presented by Guitar Center and hosted by Hammerstein Ballroom at The Manhattan Center to raise funds…

Modern Drummer
Oct 17, 2014

Guitar Center Given Top Honors At 2014 Content Marketing Awards

L-R: Joe Pulizzi, founder, Content Marketing Institute; Dustin Hinz, VP of Brand Experience & Entertainment Marketing, Guitar Center; Lee Diskin, manager of video production, Guitar Center; Matt Petersen, CEO, McMurry/TMG. Guitar Center is proud to announce that it was presented…

Modern Drummer
Sep 15, 2014

Guitar Center’s 26th Annual Drum-Off Searches for the Nation’s Best Drummers

Guitar Center recently launched its 26th annual search for the next great drummer. Developed to inspire and support on-the-rise musicians, the Drum-Off has proven to be a launching pad for a flourishing professional career as a drummer. Past Drum-Off winners…

Modern Drummer
Aug 14, 2014

Guitar Center Celebrates New Times Square Store With The Roots Live In Concert

Guitar Center has announced the grand opening of the retailer’s brand new store location in world-renowned Times Square. The new store is located at 218 W. 44th St. and opens its doors at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 7, 2014.  This opening coincides…

Modern Drummer
Jul 30, 2014

Guitar Center Sessions Season 8 Debuts May 4th Exclusively On DirectTV

New episodes of the award-winning music television series Guitar Center Sessions presented by JBL will begin airing Sunday, May 4, 2014. Now in its 8th season, Guitar Center Sessions has been tuned into more than 15 million times since December,…

Modern Drummer
Apr 23, 2014

VIDEO - Korn’s Ray Luzier and Special Guests Play “Sluggo’s Revenge??? at Guitar Center’s 2014 Drum-Off Finals

Watch Korn drummer Ray Luzier’s exclusive performance of “Sluggo’s Revenge” from Guitar Center’s 2014 Drum-Off Finals, held this past January 18. Ray’s band featured Jeff Kollman on guitar, Billy Sheehan on bass, and DJ/producer Sluggo. Other performers on the night…

Modern Drummer
Feb 26, 2014

VIDEO - Dawud Aasiya-Bey Wins Guitar Center’s Twenty-Fifth Annual Drum-Off

  Starting last August, more than 5,000 drummers from across the country signed up to compete in Guitar Center’s twenty-fifth annual Drum-Off. On Saturday, January 18, five finalists battled it out for the title of Drum-Off champion and a prize…

Modern Drummer
Feb 20, 2014

VIDEO - Steve Ferrone and Questlove Play “Pick Up the Pieces??? at Guitar Center’s 2014 Drum-Off Finals

  Check out this video of longtime Tom Petty drummer Steve Ferrone and the Roots’ Questlove playing “Pick Up the Pieces,” from Guitar Center’s 2014 Drum-Off Finals, which were held this past January 18. The song was the biggest hit…

Modern Drummer
Feb 20, 2014

Guitar Center's Drum-Off Celebrates 25 Years With An All-Star Line-Up

Chad Smith, Steve Ferrone, Chris Dave, Ray Luzier and more perform live as the top 5 undiscovered drummers in the country compete for the title of Guitar Center’s Drum-Off Champion  Tickets for the January 18 finals are available now. Starting…

Modern Drummer
Dec 20, 2013

Guitar Center Launches Its 25th Annual Drum-Off Competition

  The nationwide competition in search of the next great undiscovered drummer offers the chance to a win career-launching prize package  Guitar Center’s Drum-Off launches its 25th annual search for the next great undiscovered drummer. Developed to spotlight the drumming community, Guitar Center’s…

Modern Drummer
Aug 1, 2013

Gerald Heyward at Guitar Center’s 2012 Drum-Off Grand Finals

  Watch Gerald Heyward’s performance at the 2012 Guitar Center Drum-Off Grand Finals, which were held at Club Nokia in Los Angeles on January 19, 2013. And check out this recent post featuring Gerald talking about one of his favorite…

Modern Drummer
Apr 30, 2013

Guitar Center to Launch Its First Musician's Expo

Guitar Center to Showcase the Latest Music Products Shown at the NAMM Trade Show in January, Offering the Public Unprecedented Access to Preview Products Before They Hit Guitar Center Stores Later This Year Guitar Center Musician's Expo Opens to the…

Modern Drummer
Mar 18, 2013