Guitar Center Hosting Drum-Off ’08

guitarcenterlogo.jpgSign-ups for the preliminary rounds of the Drum-Off competition begin August 1, followed by local competitions starting September 23rd in all 214 Guitar Center locations from nationwide.

 

 

 

 

 

Drummers Unite! 

Guitar Center is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the world’s largest drum competition – Drum-Off ‘08!  Like all Guitar Center music programs, Drum-Off is designed to provide developing artists with support-based opportunities that vastly improve the potential for their success as 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.

Sign-ups for the preliminary rounds of the Drum-Off competition begin August 1, followed by local competitions starting September 23rd 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

Following the regional finals on December 6, finalists will be headed for Los Angeles in January, where they will perform before a panel of celebrity judges  (past judges include, Stewart Copeland (The Police), Travis Barker , ?uestlove (The Roots), Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction), Josh Freese (NIN), Kenny Aronoff, Joey Castillio (Queens of the Stoneage) Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath), Steve Smith (Journey) and Alan White (Yes) in the final Guitar Center Drum-Off competition to see who will become Drum-Off ‘08 Champion. 

 

How It Works:
Sign-ups for the preliminary rounds of the Drum-Off competition begin August 1, and run on a “first-come, first-serve” basis, with a maximum of 30 registrants per store. Contestants must sign up with a Guitar Center drum department associate at their local store — no phone or Internet sign-ups are available.
 
Local competitions start September 23rd 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).

COMPETITION DATES:
STORE PRELIMS: September 23rd, September 30th, and October 7th.
STORE FINALS: October 14th
DISTRICT FINALS: November 4th
REGIONAL FINALS: December 2nd
GRAND FINALS: January 2009
 
Following the regional finals on December 6, finalists will be headed for Los Angeles in January, where they will perform before a panel of celebrity judges  (past judges include, Stewart Copeland (The Police), Travis Barker , ?uestlove (The Roots), Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction), Josh Freese (NIN), Kenny Aronoff, Joey Castillio (Queens of the Stoneage) Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath), Steve Smith (Journey) and Alan White (Yes) in the final Guitar Center Drum-Off competition to see who will become Drum-Off ‘08 CHAMPION.
 
For more information on Guitar Center Drum-Off  ‘08,
please contact Girlie Action:

Pam Nashel Leto             212-989-2222, x111         pam@girlie.com
Kabeer Malhotra             212-989-2222, x123         kabeer@girlie.com
Sarah Avrin                    212-989-2222, x118         sarah@girlie.com                        
           
About Guitar Center
Guitar Center is the world’s largest retailer of guitars, amplifiers, percussion instruments, keyboards and pro-audio and recording equipment. Our retail store subsidiary presently operates 214 Guitar Center stores across the U.S. We are also the largest direct response retailer of musical instruments in the United States through our wholly owned subsidiary, Musician’s Friend, Inc., and its catalog and Web site, www.musiciansfriend.com <http://www.musiciansfriend.com/> . In addition, our Music & Arts division operates more than 100 stores specializing in band instruments for sale and rental, serving teachers, band directors, college professors and students. More information on Guitar Center can be found by visiting the Company’s Web site at www.guitarcenter.com <http://www.guitarcenter.com/> .
 
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