September 30, 2009
September 26, 2009
First Round of Competitions Begin This Week
In Over 200 Cities Around the Country!
Like all Guitar Center music programs, Drum-Off is part of Guitar Center’s ongoing mission to provide emerging artists and musicians with career-altering opportunities that encourage and support their journey in becoming professional musicians. Drum-Off inspires up-and-coming drummers to further their musical aspirations, while at the same time encouraging the local music community and providing a platform for local musicians to network and be discovered. Guitar Center’s Drum-Off ’09 will feature competitions in over 200 Guitar Center locations across the country, culminating with the Grand Finals in Los Angeles in January 2010.
The Drum-Off ‘09 champion will win an impressive package of prizes, including $25,000 cash, a Roland TD-20 kit, and a custom designed drum kit by DW, Pearl, Gretsch, Tama, or Orange Country Drums as well as a drum, stick, cymbal, and drum head endorsement deals, be featured in Modern Drummer magazine, and in a Guitar Center ad campaign, along with a VIP appearance @ NAMM 2009 and shopping sprees with Levi’s, Converse and Guitar Center. A Monster Energy Drink endorsement deal is also part of the prize package, making the total prize package worth over $45,000. In addition, Sabian, Zildjian, Remo, Pro-Mark, Vic Firth, Evans and Rhythm Tech are all proud sponsors of Drum-Off 09.
How It Works:
Local competitions begin September 24 in all 214 Guitar Center locations from nationwide. One winner from each store will be chosen to move up to district competitions (24 locations), followed by regionally hosted semi-finals (6 locations) and culminating in the final championship Drum-Off in Los Angeles in January of 2009 (exact date and venue TBD).
STORE PRELIMS: September 24, October 1, and October 8.
STORE FINALS: October 15
DISTRICT FINALS: November 5
REGIONAL FINALS: December 3
GRAND FINALS: January 2010
Following the regional finals on December 3, five finalists will head for Los Angeles in January, where they will perform in front of a live audience and a panel of celebrity judges. The will also share the stage with some of today’s most legendary drummers. Drum-Off ’08 featured performances by Papa Roach, Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden), Jason Bittner (Shadows Fall), and a special collaborative performance by former Drum-Off winner Thomas Pridgen (Mars Volta) and Thomas Lang.
For more information on Guitar Center Drum-Off ‘09,
please contact Girlie Action:
Pam Nashel Leto 212-989-2222, x111 firstname.lastname@example.org
Kabeer Malhotra 212-989-2222, x123 email@example.com