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DRUM! Magazine, Tom-Tom Mag And Major Drum Companies Conduct “Hit Like...
Posted On 02/07/2012 15:34:39
Hi: Just wanted to let you know that DRUM! Magazine, Tom-Tom Magazine and many drum companies are supporting "Hit Like A Girl" a major female drumming contest. For more info, visit the following link http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/news.php?id=93200 So, girls get your groove on.

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Enter Music Publishing's DRUM! Night Rolls To Success; Mike Portnoy Honored
Posted On 08/21/2011 07:14:14
DRUM! Night was a huge success. To learn more about it, visit the following link. http://www.nowpublic.com/culture/enter-music-publishing-s-drum-night-rolls-percussive-success

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Chad Smith Covers DRUM!; Exclusive Interview on Peppers Percussion
Posted On 08/04/2011 18:34:48
Hi: If you dig Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, check out this link for details on his current drumming with the Peppers. Here's the link. http://www.drummagazine.com/wiretap/post/exclusive-chad-smith-interview-in-august/

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Mike Portnoy’s Dream Plays Out: Wins “Drummer Of The Year” and...
Posted On 07/08/2011 14:17:25
Well, it's a new year and a very different group of drummers, who won in the 16th Annual Drummies. Read on to find out what happened: San Jose, Calif., — Mike Portnoy, considered one of the most powerful players in the world, has garnered his first “Drummer” Of The Year” award in Enter Music Publishing’s 16th Annual Drummies reader’s poll awards. Definitely a dream come true for Portnoy, he also took “Best Metal Drummer” and came in second place in the “Progressive Drummer” category. Portnoy’s Prominence, or Rather, A Landslide Portnoy succeeded in beating out some other highly regarded drummers in the “Drummer Of The Year” category. Benny Greb took second, Shadows Fall drummer Jason Bittner was third, Gavin Harrison of the prog-rock band Porcupine Tree came in at fourth, and Slipknot’s Joey Jordison took fifth place. "It's amazing," said Phil Hood, co-founder and publisher of Enter Music Publishing, “that in a year in which Portnoy left his band, Dream Theater, he was selected by so many drummers. He became more well-known for leaving his group than he would have if he had stayed.” Harrison A Hit In Prog Gavin Harrison, another highly regarded drummer also known for his association with King Crimson and other groups won “Progressive Drummer Of The Year” for the first time. Similar to Portnoy’s victories in the “Drummer Of The Year” and “Best Metal Drummer” categories, Harrison shared the category with some formidable competition with Portnoy again taking second place, Danny Carey coming in third, Portnoy’s Dream Theater replacement Mike Mangini in fourth, and Blake Richardson in fifth place. Stanton Moore Steps Up As Best Funk Drummer For A Second Straight Year Let’s face it. Stanton Moore is one of New Orleans’ most in-demand drummers, which is no easy feat on Bourbon Street. So, it should come as no surprise to anybody in the industry that he has taken “Best Funk Drummer” again. And as in the other drum categories, Moore faced stiff competition from veteran funksters and up-and-comers, strutting past David Garibaldi, Dennis McKenzie, Dennis Chambers, and Chris Coleman. “Stanton gets down and is considered a Cresent City great,” Hood said. “He definitely is a master of second-line drumming in its traditional sense and in contemporary settings.” Travis Barker Tops Mainstream Pop Barker is certainly no stranger to the Drummies. He has won numerous “Best Drummer” awards and in February 2011 was inducted into DRUM!’s hall of fame for his five wins in the “Best Punk Drummer” category. So far in 2011, his career is right on track. That’s why his victory as “Best Mainstream Pop” drummer is no surprise. Barker beat out Dominic Hayward, Daniel Adair, Rian Dawson, and Taylor Hawkins. There were plenty of other fascinating additions to the 16th Annual Drummies List. "This year many new faces got votes and finished as winners or runners-up," said Dave Constantin, managing editor of Enter Music Publishing. “Artists like newcomer Arin Ilejay of Avenged Sevenfold, who won ‘Rising Star Of The Year,’ led a field of young drummers who entered the running for the first time.” A Field Of First-Time Winners Kris Myers of Umphrey’s McGee won for the first time in the “Jam Band” category, beating out stalwarts such as Butch Trucks of the Allman Brothers and John Fishman of Phish. Additionally, Dominic Howard, drummer of the huge chart-topping band Muse, was a first-time winner in the “Alternative Rock” category, and Tony Royster Jr. won in the “Urban/Hip-Hop” category. Also in the urban category was Aaron Draper, who has played with Common, Jill Scott, LL Cool J, and others, and walked off with a convincing victory in the “Live Performer Of The Year” category. Rich Redmond of country hit maker Jason Aldean was a surprise winner in country. Benny Greb, well-known for his outstanding video from Hudson Music, was “Clinician Of The Year,” and the perpetually in-demand Josh Freese was an overwhelming choice for “Studio Drummer Of The Year.” Hand Percussion Slaps As Well A wide range of styles were represented in the hand percussion categories with Karl Perazzo of Santana taking “Percussionist Of The Year.” Umphrey’s McGee percussionist Andy Farag won the “Rising Star” award, and Jesús Diaz captured two awards for “Worldbeat” and “Percussion Clinician Of The Year.” Products, Products, Products Hundreds of drum products received votes in 12 different categories, from “Best Stick” to “Best Percussion Accessory.” Leading vote-getters included Tama’s Superstar drum set, Mapex’ Black Panther snare drum line, and Zildjian’s 22" K Constantinople Bounce Ride cymbal. Record Returns For A Second Straight Year Enter Music Publishing experienced record-breaking voting returns in the 16th Annual Drummies. According to Surveymonkey, approximately 8,500 drummers cast 100,000 votes in the 42 categories that comprise the Drummies, as compared to the 6,500 who participated last year. As previously reported, Enter Music Publishing attempted to alert drummers from a wide variety of backgrounds to participate this year through marketing and PR. The news was spread via email blasts, forum postings, and syndication through top music news sites. This pro-activity resulted in the record voting this year. Enter Music Publishing would like to congratulate all the winners in the 16th Annual Drummies and thank all the drummers, other musicians, and fans who participated. For a complete listing of all the winners, visit www.drummagazine.com/drummies. Those who are interested can find out there who won everything from “Best Drumming Web Site” to “Best Cymbal.”

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Spencer Strand Wants To Give The Drummers Some With His Latest Play...
Posted On 05/03/2011 12:08:11

If you're looking for a new, innovative way to practice, then read on:

Nashville, -- There’s no doubt that Spencer Strand knows the groove. A well-respected drummer, publisher of instructional materials and product specialist, Strand really has an understanding of how to teach and live deep pocket playing. So, it’s no surprise that his current release, The Test Of Time Volume 10 of Turn It Up & Lay It Down, demonstrates his further commitment to providing drummers with a great learning experience, which is fun and challenging.

Volume 10 features 74 compelling play-along tracks, created to give the drummer, not only the ability to improve their groove, but also to perfect their control as well. By doing their homework with Volume 10, the drummer has the ability to go beyond the basic beat and experiment with soloing and filling. Strand describes this as “spatial drumming.” This approach is best defined as when the drummer has such a strong command of the music that they can stretch their creative ideas in new, fresh ways. It has also been referred to as the” internal clock”. Playing along with these tracks allows drums to fine tune that clock and builds confidence in ones time keeping ability.

The Real Drum Deal
Additionally, Volume 10 will allow drummers to:
1. Build precision playing with ease and comfort through the four-bar phrases that start each song.
2. Increase confidence needed to drive a band with conviction.
3. Make their meter so solid that that they can (with diplomacy of course) let the other players know if they are dragging or rushing.
4. Develop a strong sense of phrasing a and note placement
5. Master physical and mental techniques for subdividing in any playing situation.

"In this series, I have really tried to give drummers a way to experience playing with great bass players and great bands to give them the most realistic situations to build chops,” Strand noted. “I had no idea how much it would take off. Turn it Up has been embraced, and endorsed by all the major drum schools and instructors. These guys have developed unique ways of using these tracks with their students that I never dreamed of. "

Volume 10 “The Test of Time” has, in fact, been strongly received by the industry. Yoron Israel, assistant chair, of the Berklee College of Music explained that “This (Volume 10) is one of my favorite play alongs for building your beat ever. I love to use these tracks with my students and and the Berklee faculty. When it comes to drumming, there is always something new to learn that’s why we all use it here.”

The Test of Time, Volume 10 and other Volumes in the Series are available for download at www.drumfun.com and PearlDrums.com

Turn it Up & Lay it Down CDs are available in fine drum shops and drum departments worldwide and is distributed by Hal Leonard publishing

About Spencer Strand And DrumFun
As discussed above, Spencer Strand is a highly respected drummer, publisher of drum instructional materials and product specialist. Over his career, he has played with a wide assortment of artists. He founded DrumFun eleven years ago with the goal of creating a new way for drummers to build their beats and grooves. He has also worked for Rhythm Tech as a sales manager for 12 years and during that time, invented The laptop snare drum, The Gemini Maracas, The Mountable Gig Tray and The Skratcher and other products. While not producing instructional materials, Strand continues to work in the industry for Rhythm Tech, Istanbul Mehmet Cymbals and Pete Englehart Percussion. Again to learn more about Strand and his commitment to the groove, please visit www.drumfun.com.

 

 

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Enter Music Publishing’s Drummies Hit Hard: 4600 Drummers Cast Votes...
Posted On 04/06/2011 15:25:27

Just wanted to keep the community up to date on this year's Drummies.

 

 

San Jose, Calif., Enter Music Publishing, publishers of hip, drum/percussion magazines, worldwide and online, is reporting very strong voting returns during the initial voting period for its 16th Annual Drummies. According to surveymonkey, approximately 4600 drummers have cast votes in the 42 categories that comprise the Drummies since March 10, 2011.

 

This strong voting return should result in a new Drummies record for participation as compared to last year since there are still three weeks of voting time. As noted in several published reports from Enter Music Publishing last year, 6500 drummers cast more than 100,000 votes in the 15th Annual Drummies.

 

“We’re really curious to see what happens in the final results, especially in the category of Best Drummer,” said Phil Hood, publisher and co-founder of Enter Music Publishing. “Since Neil Peart is no longer eligible, it will be really interesting to see who wins the category.”

 

Enter Music Publishing has attempted to alert drummers from a wide variety of backgrounds to participate this year through marketing and PR. The news has been spread via email blasts, forum postings and syndication through top music news sites.

 

“Obviously, we always try to reach as many players as possible,” noted Hood. “We have really attempted to make it clear that all drummers can vote.”

 

As previously reported by Enter Music Publishing, all votes must be cast by May 1. The complete results will be published in the August 2011 Issue of DRUM!, on sale July 1. And, they will be made public simultaneously online.

 

About Enter Music Publishing

Founded in San Jose, CA in 1992, Enter Music Publishing, Inc. is a leading publisher of hip, drum/percussion magazines, with distribution in 40 countries. DRUM! is the flagship publication of Enter Music Publishing, Inc. and continues to set the industry standard for editorial quality and innovation. Enter Music Publishing, Inc. also publishes great content on its website, drummagazine.com. Over the company’s history, Enter Music Publishing has pressed other well-respected publications, such as  How To Play Drums, and TRAPS magazine. The company’s mission is to be the best source of drumming news and info on this planet and others as they become populated.  The company’s founders, Phil Hood and Andy Doerschuk, are well-respected drum industry veterans with more than 50 years of experience in the field.

 

 

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Enter Music Publishing Presents: The 16th Annual Drummies
Posted On 03/14/2011 13:51:55


Which Artist Will Win In 2011 Drummies?

Drummies banner 2011

DRUM!'s annual Drummie voting has kicked off. Thousands of drummers will vote for the top players of the past year in more than twenty categories, from Rock and Hip-Hop drummer to Latin and Worldbeat Percussionist categories. Plus there are categories for instruments and drumming DVDs. DRUM! and Drummmagazine.com users can vote here. The complete press release about the 2011 Drummies follows.

It’s that time of year, yep, Enter Music Publishing’s Annual Drummies Awards/Poll programs is now officially open for voting. Having gained respect from the drum/music industry as the most comprehensive Award/Polling events, drummers, fans and anybody else interested can now cast their votes online until May 1 at http://www.drummagazine.com/drummies.

For Immediate, Rhythmic Release-San Jose, California. Enter Music Publishing, publishers of hip, drum percussion magazines, worldwide and online, expects very strong voting returns as was experienced last year. In 2010, approximately 6500 drummers participated in The Drummies, which comprise 40 categories, from “Best Drummer” to “Most Popular Cymbal.”

“The Drummies is one of the most interesting events that we put on each year,” said Phil Hood, publisher and co-founder of Enter Music Publishing. “And with the success that we had in terms of sheer numbers last year, we expect this year’s Drummies to be just as exciting.”

The Drummies Deal

As reported by the company last year, there are certain rules that govern the Drummies, such as:

1. You can only vote once.

2. Voting is open to anybody – you don’t have to be a subscriber to the magazine or work in the industry.

3. You don’t have to vote in all categories.

4. Drummers who have won five or more times in a single category aren’t eligible to win in that category again. But they can win another category.

In regard to that last point, eleven drummers were inducted this past February into the Drummies Hall Of Fame, after having won a single category five times. As a result, they are no longer eligible to win in that category. These include: Travis Barker (punk) Neil Peart (drummer of the year), Questlove (hip-hop), Chad Smith (funk) Josh Freese (Studio Drumset), Luis Conte (Studio Percussion) Airto (Jazz Percussion), Govanni Hidalgo (Latin Percussion), Joey Jordison (Metal), Dave Weckl (Jazz/Fusion), and Carter Beauford (Jam Band).

No More Neil – Who will take the throne?

Since Neil Peart is no longer eligible to win “Best Drummer,” it will be quite a surprise to see who fills the slot. The race for “Best Drummer” last year was quite close between Peart and Barker, with Peart prevailing by just a few votes.

“This category, over the last 15 years, has always been the most active” Hood noted. “As we progress through the voting, it will be interesting to see who takes it this year.”

As stated above, all votes must be cast by May 1. The complete results will be made available July 1 and published in the August 2011 Issue of DRUM!

About Enter Music Publishing

Founded in San Jose, CA in 1992, Enter Music Publishing, Inc. is a leading publisher of drumming information in print and online. DRUM! is the flagship publication of Enter Music Publishing, Inc. and continues to set the industry standard for editorial quality and innovation. The company’s mission is to be the best source of drumming news and info on this planet, and others as they become populated.

 

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Mickey Hart & Bill Kreutzmann Discuss Forty Years Of Collaboration In...
Posted On 03/02/2011 11:52:22

The following post discusses a first-time ever for DRUM! Magazine.

Read on to find out what's up.


DRUM! March 2011 Cover

San Jose, CA — The editors of DRUM! Magazine are a patient bunch. After all, they’ve tried for the past two decades to secure a cover story on Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, the former drummers for The Grateful Dead. But while Hart always seemed game to talk about drums and drumming, and was over the years featured in many DRUM! articles, Kreutzmann proved far more elusive about granting a dual interview.

Until today. The March 2011 issue of DRUM! Magazine has just hit newsstands around the world with the first Hart/Kreutzmann cover story ever published in an international drumming magazine.

“Believe it or not, it’s actually taken more than 20 years to get them to grant a dual interview,” says DRUM!’s founding editor Andy Doerschuk, who currently oversees the company’s Web site and other digital initiatives. “I first tried to set up a cover story with Mickey and Bill way back in 1987, while I was the editor of Drums & Drumming magazine [then published by GPI Publications]. Back then I was working with Dennis McNally [the Dead’s longtime publicist] — Jerry was still alive and the band was active.”

Featuring a mix of current and archival photos shot by San Francisco photographer Jay Blakesburg, the article reveals to readers the camaraderie that long ago developed between these drumming legends, and covers their work together from the earliest days of the Dead to the pair’s recent Rhythm Devils project.

“I was honestly amazed by the level of enthusiasm both drummers still have for the music,” says DRUM! managing editor Dave Constantin, a lifelong Grateful Dead fan, who conducted the interviews at Hart’s Sonoma county ranch. “It was like interviewing two big kids. But it really drove home what a powerful bond these two have formed over the past 40 years.”

The March 2011 issue of DRUM! is currently available on newsstands or by logging onto http://www.entermusicstore.biz. To subscribe visit, http://www.drummagazine.com/subscribe.

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DRUM! Magazine Writer/Publicist Sticks "Hip" To Leo Nocentelli
Posted On 12/17/2010 01:28:06
Los Angeles – Josh Moscov, a writer/publicist for DRUM! Magazine as well as a drummer, has released a video, dedicated to New Orleans’ King Of Funk Guitar, Leo Nocentelli. Moscov, who has played with a number of New Orleans artists, based the video on a live gig that he had the opportunity to sit in with Nocentelli in 1999. The video can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XVI5wmkvI0

“Nocentelli came on stage and immediately ignited the audience with the song, “The Hip,” Moscov said. “The Batiste Brothers are amazing and I was just taken to the outer limits of groove by Nocentelli. That’s why I have wanted to create this dedication.”

Moscov performs on percussion and the Roland HandSonic. Additionally, he skats the “Hip” guitar line while playing percussion. During his performance, he is also commenting on other activities that were going on that night.

“My very good friend, Russell Batiste, was playing drums, but had borrowed a kit from another band, “ Moscov recalls. “And, as the gig progressed, he played harder and harder and broke the hi-hat stand. I mean, I could never play that hard.”

Well, that’s rhythmically up for contention.

About Josh Moscov

Josh Moscov has been playing drums and writing about the industry for more than 20 years. Over his career, he has worked in various public relations firms, such as Burson-Marsteller and The Terpin Group. Additionally, Moscov was nominated for a Belding Award in 1999 for his writing work on behalf of the Advertising Insurance Emergency Fund.

About Leo Nocentelli

Leo Nocentelli has been writing, performing and playing guitar for more than 40 years. Born and raised in New Orleans, Nocentelli has been a pivotal pioneer of innovation and evolution of traditional New Orleans grooves and R&B Funk. His recording and performance credits go beyond this page but include Doctor John, The Meters, and countless others.





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Enter Music Publishing Survives And Thrives
Posted On 12/10/2010 14:13:52

First of all, I would like to thank DrumSoloArtist for supporting Enter Music Publishing. Next, below you will find the company's "Year-End" release, which highlights a number of achievements.

Happy holidays and reading ...


San Jose, Calif. -- Enter Music Publishing, publishers of drum and hand percussion magazines worldwide and online, had a very interesting year. Despite the economy, the company was very successful in regard to its commitment in covering the drum industry in its position as the best magazine in the industry.

Here’s what happened…

Getting Down With The Drummies

Enter Music Publishing’s Drummies, its annual awards/poll consisting of 40 categories, had record-breaking results with more than 6500 drummers casting votes. This year’s Drummies had some surprises; Aaron Spears (R&B and Studio Drummer) won two awards. Internet sensation Cobus Potgieter was Rising Star of the Year. Not unexpectedly, Neil Peart won his fourth straight Drummie in the category of “Best Drummer” while Stanton Moore won “Best Funk Drummer.” http://www.drummagazine.com/drummies/

Tapping The Web

Next, the company focused a great deal of attention on its growing website with breaking news, DrumMagazine.com published four to six stories a day, making it one of the most in-demand drumming sites. And, it just added the industry’s most definitive worldwide drum clinics and events calendar, further proof of the company’s attempt to provide rich web content for drummers of all ages and walks of life.

Playing In The Community: Richie Hayward Benefit

DRUM! hosted and sponsored “Rhythm Night,” a benefit for drummer Richie Hayward, in conjunction with Sweet Relief, an organization that helps musicians with medical bills. Five hundred drummers and fans attended this historic event, which was a mix of concert and clinics featuring Thomas Pridgen, Marco Minnemann, and David Garibaldi with the Tower of Power rhythm section. http://www.drummagazine.com/features/post/stars-shine/

“The Hayward benefit was very important to put on due to his contributions to the drum industry,” noted Phil Hood, publisher and co-founder of Enter Music Publishing. “David Garibaldi and the other drummers who participated were just awesome in conveying the significance of Hayward to the drumming arts. That’s why we will continue to sponsor drumming events like this every August.”

What’s The Hit In 2011?

Next year, Enter Music Publishing will celebrate its 20th anniversary. Hood noted that the company has already planned to conduct promotions and special events in conjunction with its anniversary. One of those is the launch of The Drummies Hall Of Fame. Eleven drummers who have won five or more Drummies will be inducted in January 2011. In addition, the company will be unveiling new digital products throughout the year.

Stay tuned and grooving with the DRUM! crew.

About Enter Music Publishing

Founded in 1991 in San Jose, California, Enter Music Publishing publishes the most well-respected publications in the industry. Those include DRUM!, its flagship publication, which has set a new standard for editorial. Over its history, Enter Music Publishing has pressed magazines, such as Traps, DRUM! Interactive and How To Play Drums, and the annual DRUM! Wishbook. Publisher and co-founder Phil Hood and editor-in chief and co-founder Andy Doershuk have a combined fifty years of experience in the industry.

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Enter Music Publishing Survives And Thrives
Posted On 12/09/2010 07:12:01

San Jose, Calif., -- Enter Music Publishing, publishers of hip, drum/percussion magazines worldwide and online, had a very interesting year. Despite the economy, the company was very successful in regard to its commitment in covering the drum industry in its position as the best magazine in the industry.

Here’s what happened…

Getting Down With The Drummies

Enter Music Publishing’s Drummies, its annual awards/poll consisting of 40 categories, had record-breaking results with more than 6500 drummers casting votes. This year’s Drummies had some surprises; Aaron Spears (R&B and Studio Drummer) won two awards. Internet sensation Cobus Potgieter was Rising Star of the Year. Not unexpectedly, Neil Peart won his fourth straight Drummie in the category of “Best Drummer” while Stanton Moore won “Best Funk Drummer.” http://www.drummagazine.com/drummies/

Tapping The Web

Next, the company focused a great deal of attention on its growing website with breaking news stories. Drum Magazine dot com published four to six stories a day.

And, it just added the industry’s most definitive worldwide drum clinics and events calendar, further proof of the company’s attempt to provide rich web content for drummers of all ages and walks of life.

Playing In The Community: Richie Hayward Benefit

DRUM! hosted and sponsored “Rhythm Night,” a benefit for drummer Richie Hayward, in conjunction with Sweet Relief, an organization that helps musicians with medical bills. Five hundred drummers and fans attended this historic event, which was a mix of concert and clinics featuring Thomas Pridgen, Marco Minnemann, and David Garibaldi with the Tower of Power rhythm section. http://www.drummagazine.com/features/post/stars-shine

“The Hayward benefit was very important to put on due to his contributions to the drum industry,” noted Phil Hood, publisher and co-founder of Enter Music Publishing. “David Garibaldi and the other drummers who participated were just awesome in conveying the significance of Hayward to the drumming arts. That’s why we will continue to sponsor drumming events like this every August.”

What’s The Hit In 2011?

Next year, Enter Music Publishing will celebrate its 20th anniversary. Hood noted that the company has already planned to conduct promotions and special events in conjunction with its anniversary. One of those is the launch of The Drummies Hall Of Fame. Eleven drummers who have won five or more Drummies will be inducted in January 2011. In addition, the company will be unveiling new digital products throughout the year.

Stay tuned and grooving with the DRUM! crew.

About Enter Music Publishing

Founded in 1992 in San Jose, California, Enter Music Publishing publishes the most hip and well-respected drum publications in the industry. Those include DRUM!, its flagship publication, which has set a new standard for editorial. Over its history, Enter Music Publishing has pressed magazines, such as Traps, DRUM! Interactive and How To Play Drums. Publisher and co-founder Phil Hood and editor-in chief and co-founder Andy Doershuk have a combined fifty years of experience in the industry.


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Hammerax Is A Hit; New Endorsers
Posted On 10/23/2010 15:19:03

Clearwater, Florida, -- Hammerax, famed for making out-of-the-ordinary bronze instruments with innovative sustain and musical effects, has attracted a diverse new group of endorsers. Artists who have joined the Hammerax family include drumming legends Terry Bozzio and Omar Hakim, and current Robert Plant skinsman Marco Giovino.

Bozzio Brings A New Beat With Hammerax

Terry Bozzio (pictured with company President John Stannard) is a drummer’s drummer, a legendary player from his early days with Frank Zappa to stints with his own band ‘80s hitmakers Missing Persons, and a career supporting high-profile stars like guitarist Jeff Beck. He’s currently playing Hammerax Hybrid bronze hanging sculptural percussion instruments. Because he is well known for artistic innovations, and his ability to make full use of one of the world’s largest drum sets, Bozzio’s endorsement adds special artistic credibility for Hammerax. “This is an important step to be working with Terry with our Hybrid offerings,” says Hammerax President John Stannard. “We know he will be instrumental to Hammerax.”

Hakim Sticks To Hybrid Hammerax

Drummer Omar Hakim is among the world’s most elite drummers, a top call recording and touring star who has played with everyone from Madonna to Weather Report. Under his agreement with Hammerax, Hakim will play the company’s Hybrid Bronze hanging percussion instruments. As a result, Hakim has already integrated Hammerax Hybrids, such as Boomywang, Culebra, Glass, Meanie (pictured) and others into his drum set up.

Giovino Jams With Hammerax – Robert Plant

Marco Giovino is currently touring with Robert Plant, and receiving rave reviews for his performances. He has an exclusive arrangement with Hammerax to endorse its entire product line.

“We were blown away by how Giovino has used our products on the current Plant tour,” noted John Stannard. “We were particularly surprised about how great our Liquicy products sounded with Plant. “We believe that all of our new endorsers will really help build our brand based on their success in the industry.”

Hammerax’s announcements are made just in time for International Drum Month. November and December are traditionally the most important months of the year for musical instrument sales.

About Hammerax

Hammerax has an interesting history based on the life of founder John Stannard. Stannard grew up building instruments, constructing a banjo at age six and then building guitars with his father, a piano rebuilder and tuner by trade. In 1979 Stannard formed Om percussion, the company that would go on to invent the energy chime, the double row chime tree and the laminated temple block. In 1985 J W Stannard company was formed to make wind chimes tuned to ancient scales. In 1993 Stannard began hammering bronze, later studying traditional techniques on the island of Bali. In 2006, a lifetime of listening followed by a long and focused research period paid off. The small studio of metal smiths headed by Stannard unveiled a new line of hand hammered stick-playable hybrid instruments These hybrids combine instrument classes to form surprising results.

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Enter Music Publishing Presses "Rock Royalty" Issue
Posted On 10/13/2010 15:50:14

Bonham Mini-book

Featuring Tommy Lee And John Bonham; Looking Back And Drumming Forward

Enter Music Publishing, publishers of DRUM!, has published a very special "Rock Royalty" Issue. Featuring kings of the throne, Mötely Crüe's Tommy Lee and Led Zeppelin's John Bonham, DRUM! explores the impact of these percussion heroes in the present and the past.

And to celebrate the rock royalty issue Enter Music Publishing is offering free downloads of an out-of-print mini-book, Like Father, Like Son, featuring John and Jason Bonham. In a journalistic feat of magic, DRUM!'s editors culled John Bonham quotes from a series of interviews conducted by famed rock journalist Chris Welch, posed the same questions to Jason Bonham 20 years later, and combined their responses into a dual interview that is impossible to replicate, and full of surprises.

To get this slice of drumming history, all you have to do is register on the site.

http://www.drummagazine.com/drummers/download_bonham

However, the benefits of free membership go far beyond the free minibook. Drummagazine.com members also enjoy a free subscription to the LEFT RIGHT LEFT drumming newsletter, get access to the ongoing dialogue on the DRUM! Forum For Fanatics, can post comments on articles and lessons, and sell used gear on our free classifieds. And that’s just the beginning. The DRUM! staff is busy planning future benefits for members that no drummer should miss.

Drum Magazine - Tommy Lee

Tommy Lee Today And Yesterday

Without a doubt, Tommy Lee is one of the most well-respected rock drummers and has been featured on DRUM!’s cover three times. In the October issue, Lee talks about his desire over the years to be a front man and features cool transcriptions of Lee drum ditties, such as “Fight Song” from the new Methods Of Mayhem album.

As lesson transcriber Brad Schlueter explains, “Tommy Lee is much more than a great metal drummer … He has more showmanship and chops than any drummer in his genre needs.”

Why Bonham Still Rules

There is a reason John Bonham's influence has now spanned several generations of rock bashers. Drumming historian Wayne Blanchard explores Bonham's technique and influence, drawing on interviews from his contemporaries such as Bill Ward of Black Sabbath. "Bonham’s grooves were always in the sweet spot, and he filled the emptiness between the fours of the snare drum with triplets and polyrhythms," says Ward.

"It’s really interesting to look at the drummers from past and present articles," said Andy Doerschuk, Editorial Director of Enter Music Publishing. "It just proves their contributions to drumming are well founded, without a doubt."

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Enter Music Publishing Hosts Historic Hit Man Benefit For Ritchie Hayward
Posted On 06/26/2010 21:44:56

Lots of cool thing are happening at Enter Music  Publishing. In addition to the upcoming "Drummies Awards" news, the company is sponsoring a benefit for Ritch  Hayward in conjunction  with the San Jose Jazz Festival. Read on for more info...


San Jose, Calif. – Enter Music Publishing, publishers of hip/drum percussion magazines worldwide, will host a “Hit Man Mania” Drumming Event. Taking place on August 13th, DRUM! Magazine will rhyme and roll what may be the biggest drumming event to roll in Northern California.

On that day, drummers will descend on the San Jose Repertory Theatre in the heart of Silicon Valley to witness three of the world’s most exciting drummers — extreme drumming sensation Marco Minnemann, Tower Of Power funk master David Garibaldi, and former Mars Volta wunderkind Thomas Pridgen — for an evening of mind-blowing drum clinics and performances. As a bonus, all attendees will receive free tickets to the George Clinton concert that follows the DRUM! Magazine Rhythm Night.

The DRUM! Magazine Rhythm Night will help kick off the 21st Annual AT&T San Jose Jazz Festival, one of the largest open-air jazz festivals in the world. SJJF closes off the entire downtown area, erects multiple outdoor stages, and draws up to 100,000 music lovers who converge from Friday afternoon to Sunday evening to enjoy jazz, blues, salsa, Latin, R&B, electronica, and many other forms of contemporary music.

All revenue generated from DRUM! Magazine Rhythm Night will be donated to Richie Hayward, founding drummer for seminal American roots-rock band Little Feat. In 2009, Hayward announced that he had contracted severe liver disease. Since then he has battled the condition without the benefit of health insurance. In addition to revenue generated by ticket sales, a wide range of drum and percussion companies have contributed percussion gear for a raffle to be drawn at the event, with proceeds also donated to Hayward’s fund.


Tickets for DRUM! Magazine Rhythm Night are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, and are available at drummagazine.com/rhythmnight. Cosponsors for DRUM! Magazine Rhythm Night include Audix, DW, Evans, Hardcase, Remo, Sabian, Shure, Vic Firth, Yamaha, and Zildjian.

About Enter Music Publishing
Founded in 1992 in San Jose, Calif., Enter Music Publishing is a publisher of hip, drum/percussion magazines worldwide. Its flagship publication, DRUM!! Magazine is considered the leading magazine on the industry.

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Enter Music Publishing Hits A Record During Drummies Voting 2010
Posted On 06/06/2010 13:29:07
 

DRUM! Magazine saw record-breaking vote totals in the just-concluded balloting for their annual drumming awards, the Drummies. According to www.surveymonkey.com, approximately 6500 drummers posted 120,000 votes in the 40 categories that comprise the Drummies.

The Drummies, now in its fifteenth year, is the most comprehensive and diverse poll programs in the drum business. The 6500 drummers, who did participate, voted in categories, ranging from “Best Drummer,” to “Best Drumming Accessory.”

“There really is not a voting forum in the drum industry that rivals the diversity of categories that highlight The Drummies,” said DRUM! Publisher Phil Hood. “It will be quite exciting to announce the winners in late June for our August issue.

What Will Happen?

Marveling on the rhythmic and melodic dexterity of legendary jazz pianist, George Shearing, Beat Icon, Jack Kerouac once asked “What Will Happen?” Ironically, he could have been summarizing the essence of the 15th Annual Drummies.

Will Neil Peart win his fourth straight “Drummer Of The Year,” award?
Will Sheila E return and be nominated “Best Percussionist?
Who will be the new rising stars?
Which company wins Product of the Year?

Stay tuned in and groovin' as DRUM! will announce the winner of the 15th Annual Drummies in late June. The August issue officially hits newsstands July 12. To see the past drummers of the year winners visit www.drummagazine.com/drummies.

About Enter Music Publishing

Enter Music Publishing, Inc. is the publisher of hip pop percussion magazine DRUM! and related products worldwide. The company was founded in 1991, in San Jose, California. Enter Music Publishing, Inc. 95 South Market St. #430, San Jose, CA 95113.

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DRUM! Magazine Demos Diversity For NAMM 2010
Posted On 01/12/2010 11:04:34

DRUM! Demos Diversity For NAMM 2010: Dave Lombardo’s Loud, But New Approach; Gavin Harrison’s Tips Of The Trade; Stanton Moore Meets Bonham

 

San Jose, Calif.,  -- Enter Music Publishing, publishers of hip/drum percussion magazines worldwide, has published, maybe, its most diverse, insightful issue to date. And how apropos that Issue 168 is being displayed at NAMM (National Association of Music Merchandisers trade show) 2010.

 

Featuring Dave Lombardo of Slayer on the cover, DRUM! investigates his new approach to playing louder and harder. The magazine also examines the always interesting Gavin Harrison—drummer for Porcupine Tree-- and his suggestions to boosting one’s career. DRUM! also includes drum parts from Stanton Moore’s, who's creating tunes with a nod to John Bonham.

 

“DRUM! has always been committed to writing about the most established drummers and younger players, who have innovating now,” said Phil Hood, publisher and one of the founders of Enter Music Publishing. “I think that this issue is one of our best examples of that editorial strategy.”

 

Dave Lombardo made a name in the metal scene for his aggressive, loud style, but he has learned some new tricks to accomplish this. For instance, after reading an article on jazz legend, Art Blakey, he is now drumming with an approach he calls “crescendos.” This can be heard on Slayer’s new album, World Painted Blood, in which he builds the intensity of the drums by hitting the ride cymbal harder versus switching to the crash ride.  He attains this by hitting the ride with the body of the stick and at a certain point when the part changes, he will switch to create a swelling effect. As he said during the interview: This new style allows him to build a specific beat until he can’t do so anymore.

 

Additionally, Lombardo established himself in the metal scene by being one of the pioneers of double bass playing. Humble and honest when discussing his playing, he believes that he was not true to the style until 2006 when he implemented “proper” blast beats. In his case, this refers to playing unisons – right hand on snare, left hand on a cymbal while playing sixteenths with his feet. But he’s quick to note that his main goal is to have the agility to play fast. He has gone beyond the concept of isolating his parts to satisfy his own ego. As he says, “There’s no, Oh, dude,’ I gotta out-do myself.”

 

For a sneak preview of the Dave Lomardo story, check out: http://www.drummagazine.com/features/post/dave-lombardo-cover-story-sneak-preview/

 

It takes a mix of confidence and humility for an established drummer like Gavin Harrison to provide tips to other drummers to improve their careers. Harrison, however, may be the perfect drummer to discuss breakthrough playing and mental strategies. Starting his career at age six playing jazz, Harrison carved a niche for himself in the industry when he replaced Bill Bruford in a two drummer format with King Crimson, known as the “double trio” configuration.

 

 

Armed with this knowledge and much more, writer Harrison provides the reader with 10 specific career tips to succeed. From #1, which is, luck is everything. Make your own luck” Harrison outlines his tips with the same dexterity as his drumming. And, in this economy, any drummer could benefit from his 10 insights to making it.

 

Point #3 is especially poignant, which is “Treat Every Gig Like An Audition. In this section, Harrison emphasizes that a potential gig can be found virtually everywhere and when you may least expect it. As he says so succinctly, “play it (the gig) like your career depends on it.” While some of his tips may seem obvious, they are relevant to established and younger players.

 

One of his tips, “Remember Kids, Drums Are A Musical Instrument,” is exemplified by the current drumming of Stanton Moore. In his “Practice Pad” column, Moore discusses one of his projects, The Garage A Trois.” While Moore stays true to his high-energy improv, he also finds ways to be creative and pay homage to one of his main influencers, John Bonham. As he explains in the column, Moore is successful on his favorite tune, “Electric Door Machine, by using his powerful abilities and respecting the legacy that Bonham created. He accomplishes this by trying new things like recording the track through a sax microphone. As he writes, “That would be a problem if you’re trying to make a pop record. But, for our brand of music, whatever we’re doing is fine. Moore’s transcription of “Electric Door Bell Machine, is a great example of thoughtful, drum voicing that fits with the rest of the group.

 

About Enter Music Publishing

Founded in San Jose, CA in 1992, Enter Music Publishing, Inc. is a leading publisher of hip, drum/percussion magazines, with distribution in 40 countries. DRUM! is the flagship publication of Enter Music Publishing, Inc. and continues to set the industry standard for editorial quality and innovation. Additional information about the company can be found at: drummagazine.com.

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Neil Peart Powerhouse Percussion; 3rd Drummies Victory
Posted On 07/10/2009 16:47:16

Well, Neil Peart, once again, reveals how his drumming is embraced by drummers and musicians of all walks of life by winning "Drummie Of The Year" for a third straight time.


July 10, 2009


FOR IMMEDIATE, RHYTHMIC RELEASE


Neil Peart's Powerhouse Percussion Results In Third Consecutive Victory as Drummer Of The Year In Enter Music Publishing's Drummies Awards. Featured In DRUM! Magazine's August, 2009 Issue On Newsstands Now.


SAN JOSE, Calif., -- Neil Peart's lucky number may just be three. He can definitely play in three; he has been part of a highly successful trio, Rush; and, he has now garnered his third consecutive victory as “Drummer Of The Year” in this year's Drummies.


Additionally, he won “Best Progressive Drummer. Enter Music Publishing, publishers of hip, drum magazines worldwide, conducts The Drummies every year with voting open to anyone from February to May. This year 5,310 votes were cast in 41 drum/percussion categories ranging from “Best Drummer” to “Best Drum Advertisement”.


While Peart has successfully demonstrated his popularity in the last three Drummies, his margin of victory was less than in the last two years, according to Phil Hood, publisher and co-founder of DRUM! Magazine. Runner-up Travis Barker gave Peart a serious run and had been the most frequent winner (three victories) prior to Peart's popularity. Thus, Barker remains a very influential, popular drummer as well.


About the Voting

Peart's Popularity – A Rush of Publicity Online and Off

Peart's success, in part, results from his innovative, progressive approach to drumming which is a hit with drummers in all demographics. Yes, he has proven his strong popularity in DRUM!, which is evident from the recent cover story in DRUM!, that was based on emails sent in from the Peart fan population.


According to publisher Phil Hood, "Peart's success probably stems from the resurgence of Rush's popularity over the same time period that he has won the Drummies. There's no doubt that Rush's hyper drive back into mainstream success has propelled Peart to these victories,” he notes.


Additional Drummie Data and Surprises


As with all contests, this year's Drummies resulted in some intriguing data and surprise victories, such as:


  1. The category receiving the largest number of votes was Drummer Of The Year (4,902)


  1. The category receiving the least number of votes was Percussion Group.


  1. Mainstream Pop Drummer: It's the first win for Bob Bryar of My Chemical Romance

  2. Rising Star: Thomas Pridgen. He got his gig in the Mars Volta after they saw him playing on gospelchops.com.


  1. Rising Star Percussion: Jocelyn Alvarez was mentored by Tito Puente

  2. Percussionist of the Year: Sheila E. It's her first win in many years.

  3. Drum Workshop's Collector X Series Shell Drums were the top drumming product of the year.

  4. Jazz/Fusion: Steve Smith, who has spent more time in the jazz world than the rock world of late, wins. He's famed for his instructional DVDs covering the history of drumming in popular music.



In contrast to recent years, Enter Music Publishing decided to list in this announcement just the winners related to playing and performance. All winners and runners-up in the 41 categories can be viewed in print in the August Issue of DRUM! Magazine and online at http://www.drummagazine.com/features/post/drummies2009/. The list of winners is also included in DRUM!'s August 2009 issue, featuring Mike Portnoy on the cover. It's on sale as of July 10, 2009.

Abridged Drummies Winner List


Winners: Drummer Categories

Drummer Of The Year: Neil Peart

Rising Star: Thomas Pridgen

Progressive Rock Drummer: Neil Peart

Metal Drummer: Lars Ulrich

Jam Band Drummer: Carter Beauford

Funk Drummer: Chad Smith

Mainstream Pop Drummer: Bob Bryar

Alternative Rock Drummer: Chad Smith

Punk Drummer: Travis Barker

R&B/Blues Drummer: John Blackwell

Jazz/Fusion Drummer: Steve Smith

Country Drummer: Jim Riley

Drum Clinician: Todd Sucherman

Studio Drummer: Josh Freese

Live Performer: Mike Portnoy

Percussionists

Percussionist Of The Year: Sheila E.

Rising Star: Jocelyn Alvarez

Latin Percussionist: Giovanni Hidalgo

Jazz/Fusion Percussionist: Airto Moreira


Of course, Enter Music Publishing would like to congratulate all the winners and runners-up in this year's Drummies 2009 and thank all the drummers and fans who cast votes. Additionally, the company appreciates all of the drum/music industry web sites, which assisted in promoting the Drummmies voting and all other activities related to it.


About Enter Music Publishing

Founded in San Jose, CA in 1992, Enter Music Publishing, Inc. is a leading publisher of hip, drum/percussion magazines, with distribution in 40 countries. DRUM! is the flagship publication of Enter Music Publishing, Inc. and continues to set the industry standard for editorial quality and innovation. Additional information about the company can be found at: drummagazine.com.



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DRUM! Magazine Invites Neil Peart Fans To Sit In For June Issue
Posted On 02/09/2009 18:42:16

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DRUM! Magazine Invites Neil Peart Fans To Sit In For June IssueNeil Peart Issue Based On Fan Interviews Emailed To Neil@Drumlink.com

February 9, 2009, San Jose, Calif., -- Enter Music Publishing, publishers of hip percussion mags worldwide, will feature Neil Peart on the cover of DRUM! Magazine in June. However, instead of having one of its staff writers interview Neil, the company is inviting Neil Peart fans to conduct the interviews via email. In fact, the company has set up a special email address, neilpeart@drumlink.com so the Neil Peart population can have their say. (The readers can also go online at http://www.drummagazine.com/features/post/just-ask-neil-yourself/ or access a question page on DRUM!’s Youtube site, www.youtube.com.

Those fans who want to participate simply email their questions and, if chosen by editor, Andy Doerschuk, will have their names and pictures included in the story. "We've done this once before and it was a great succes," said Phil Hood, publisher of Enter Music Publishing. "With Neil’s fans it will be even better. We're very curious to see what the results will be of our email story campaign. "

After receiving all of the interview questions, which are due by March 15, Doerschuk will then weave them into an integrated interview. "Neil Peart seemed like a great pick for this kind of story," Doerschuk said. "After all, he has won DRUM! Magazine's "drummie" of the year for two straight years. Our fan base, regardless of age, obviously respects him and that did play into our decision to try this with him.

DRUM! Magazine expects a great response from Peart fans to this opportunity. The company just hopes that its Drumlink.com server will not explode due to the amount of incoming email.

About Enter Music Publishing

Founded in San Jose, CA in 1992, Enter Music Publishing, Inc. is a leading publisher of hip, drum/percussion magazines, with distribution in 40 countries. DRUM! is the flagship publication of Enter Music Publishing, Inc. and continues to set the industry standard for editorial quality and innovation. Additional information about the company can be found at: drummagazine.com.

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Dame Glennie Now Endorsing Hammerax Hybrid Cybmals
Posted On 11/07/2008 13:18:19

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Dame Evelyn Glennie Now Endorsing Hammerax Hybrid Instruments;  Hammerax Will “Roster And Roll” More Endorsers For Its Line Of Sculptural/Hybrid Glass And Boomywang Cymbals


Clearwater, Florida – Hammerax, famed for making cymbal-like instruments with sustain and musical effects that go well beyond the sonic possibilities of ordinary cymbals, has made Dame Glennie an official endorser. The first artist to sustain a full-time career as a touring solo percussionist, Glennie performs on the company's Boomywhang hybrids, which produce deep, fluttering sounds with cymbal-like highs. She also is playing Hammerax glass hybrids, instruments that can be crashed, raked or rolled with one hand. This approach to playing produces an intense wobble with eerie high-pitched tones.

Her collaborations have included performances with artists such  as Nana Vasconcelos, Bobby Mcferrin, Bela Fleck, Bjork and countless other artists. She will be inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame on November 7 at the PASIC convention in Austin, Texas.
   
Of her colorful Hammerax hybrids, Glennie says, “Life begins with sound and ends with sound. The sense of curiosity that percussionists have seems to be forever magnified and there's no question that Hammerax has made it a commitment to stretch our imagination and curiosity beyond words. The range of products is fantastic with so many possibilities for their use in countless different musical contexts. I have no limits as to how I use these products - they are simply a great addition to my already expansive range of instruments."

"Glennie is the perfect endorser for our products due to her playing style," said John Stannard, founder of Hammerax. "Many of the Hammerax hybrids have found a home with classical percussionsist like her, but they also function as a new source of effects for drum set players. All our pieces are stick playable and very tough."

Hammerax also noted that it will add more endorsers for its innovative line of cymbal products in the near future.

About Hammerax
Hammerax has an interesting history based on the life of founder John Stannard. Stannard grew up building instruments, constructing a banjo at age 6 and then building guitars with his father, a piano rebuilder and tuner by trade. In 1979 Stannard formed Om percussion, the company that would go on to invent the energy chime, the double row chime tree and the laminated temple block. In 1985 J W Stannard company was formed to make wind chimes tuned to ancient scales. In 1993 Stannard began hammering bronze, later studying traditional techniques on the island of Bali. In 2006, a lifetime of listening followed by a long and focused research period paid off. The small studio of metal smiths headed by Stannard unveiled a new line of hand hammered stick-playable hybrid instruments These hybrids combine instrument classes to form surprising results.

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Neil Peart Wins "Drummie" Of The Year Second Time
Posted On 07/16/2008 12:46:21



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Neil Peart's Progressive Percussion Proves Itself Again; Nominated “Drummer Of The Year” For A Second Time in DRUM! Magazine's Drummies 2008; Selected “Best Live Performer” As Well

San Jose, Calif – He's done it again: Neil Peart has been selected “Drummer Of The Year” in DRUM! Magazine's Drummies 2008, a prestigious reader survey contest comprised of 42 categories, conducted by Enter Music Publishing, publishers of hip/drum percussion magazines worldwide. More than 5000 drummers nominated Peart; the runners-up were Stanton Moore, Mike Portnoy and Jimmy Sullivan.

Additionally, Peart won “Best Live Performer.”

“Peart has definitely shown his influence on drummers of all ages and walks of life,” said Phil Hood, publisher of Enter Music Publishing. “At the same time, the runners-up demonstrate the diversity of taste that our readers have. All of the winners have clearly   proven their commitment to the drumming arts.”

Stanton Moore: Struts Up As A Runner-Up
Stanton Moore is a good example of a drummer, as Hood aptly notates, who is so obsessed with forwarding traditional New Orleans drumming. He could be considered a new stuttin' player carrying the meter messages  of drummers, such as Zig Modeliste, Russell Batiste and Johnny Vidacovich. He was the cover of DRUM! in January of this year. Moore, additionally, has been active in the resurrection of the Crescent City. Maybe that's why it's so poetic that he recieved a runner-up.

The winners of this year's Drummies will be published in DRUM!'s August issue and
announced publicly on over 500 web sites and media outlets beginning July 1 in a comprehensive campaign. The August Issue of DRUM! Magazine hits newsstands officially on July 14.

The winners and runners-up are listed in order below. Enter Music Publishing would like to, once again, congratulate all of them.

DRUM SET CATEGORIES
Best Drummer of the Year–WINNER: Neil Peart. Runners-Up: Stanton Moore, Mike Portnoy, Jimmy Sullivan
Best Rising Star–WINNER: Thomas Pridgen. Runners-Up: Cody Hanson, Matt Smith, Spencer Smith
Best Progessive–WINNER: Mike Portnoy. Runners-Up: Neil Peart, Gavin Harrison, Danny Carey
Best Metal–WINNER: Chris Adler. Runners-Up: Jason Bittner, Joey Jordison, Brann Dailor
Best Jam Band–WINNER: Carter Beauford. Runners-Up: Stanton Moore, Matt Abts, Jim Donovan
Best Jazz–WINNER: Steve Smith. Runners-Up: Peter Erskine, Billy Hart, Billy Kilson
Best Funk–WINNER: Chad Smith. Runners-Up: Stanton Moore, Zoro, Aaron Spears
Best Urban–WINNER: ?uestlove. Runners-Up: Aaron Spears, Trevor Lawrence Jr., Teddy Campbell
Best Mainstream Pop–WINNER: Taylor Hawkins. Runners-Up: Neil Peart, Chad Smith, Travis Barker
Best Alternative–WINNER: Sam Loeffler. Runners-Up: Brooks Wackerman , Atom Willard,  Travis Barker
Best Punk–WINNER: Travis Barker. Runners-Up: TrÈ Cool, Brooks Wackerman, Bill Stevenson
Best R&B/Blues–WINNER: Zoro. Runners-Up: Stanton Moore, Aaron Spears, Teddy Campbell
Best Country–WINNER: Jim Riley. Runners-Up: Paul Leim, Eddie Bayers, Ben Sesar
Best Drum Clinician–WINNER: Thomas Lang. Runners-Up: JoJo Mayer, Stanton Moore, Mike Mangini
Best Studio–WINNER: Vinnie Colaiuta. Runners-Up: Steve Gadd, Josh Freese, Rodney Holmes
Best Live Performer–WINNER: Neil Peart. Runners-Up: Stanton Moore, Jimmy Sullivan, Mike Portnoy

INDUSTRY AND PRODUCT CATEGORIES
Best Drum Kit–WINNER: DW Collector's Twisted Exotics.
Runners-Up: Pearl Masters MCX, Tama Starclassic Perfomer Bubinga/Birch, Ludwig Legacy
Best Snare Drum–WINNER: Black Panther Thick Flame Maple. Runners-Up: Tama 13" Warlord Limited Edition, Pro-Mark 50th Anniversary, Yamaha 14" x 5.5" Kabuto
Best Custom Drum Maker–WINNER: SJC. Runners-Up: Pork Pie, Craviotto, Orange County Drums & Percussion
Best Cymbal –WINNER: Zildjian Armand Series. Runners-Up: Sabian 20" HHX Evolution O-Zone Crash, Paiste Twenty Series, Zildjian 22" K Medium Dark Ride
Best Drumhead–WINNER: Evans EC1. Runners-Up: Remo Powerstroke X Snare, Remo Vintage A, Aquarian Super-2
Best Sticks–WINNER: Vic Firth Danny Carey Nylon Tip Signature. Runners-Up: Vater Limited Edition 2007 Stewart Copeland Standard, Zildjian Backbeat Series, Pro-Mark Chris Adler model
Best Hardware–WINNER: DW 8000 Series Pedals. Runners-Up: Tama Iron Cobra Rolling Glide Pedals with Cobra Coil Speed Spring, Pearl 900 Series, Tama Stage Master
Best Percussion–WINNER: LP John Dolmayan Mini-Timbale. Runners-Up: Pearl Travel Conga, LP More Cowbell Ridge Rider Bell Pack, Remo Key-Tuned Djembe
Best Accessory–WINNER: Zildjian Travis Barker Artist Series Bags. Runners-Up: Vater Safe 'N Sound Earplugs, SKB Roto-X cases, Aquarian Super-Thin Kickpads
Best Electronic Percussion–WINNER: Roland HD-1 V-Drums Lite. Runners-Up: Yamaha DTXpress IV, Roland PM-01 Personal Monitor, Alesis DM5 Pro

PERCUSSIONIST CATEGORIES
Best Percussionist of the Year–WINNER: Luis Conte. Runners-Up: Giovanni Hidalgo, Fausto Cuevas, Taku Hirano
Best Rising Star–WINNER: Cesar Espinoza. Runners-Up: Carlos Maldonado, A.B. Bermudez, Eric Velez
Best Latin–WINNER–Richie Flores. Runners-Up: A.B. Bermudez, Giovanni Hidalgo, Poncho Sanchez
Best Jazz/Fusion–WINNER: Sammy Figueroa. Runners-Up: Richie Flores, A.B. Bermudez, Cyro Baptista
Best Percussion Clinician–WINNER: Jesus Diaz. Runners-Up: Giovanni Hidalgo, Alex AcuÒa, Valerie Naranjo
Best Rock/Pop–WINNER: Luis Conte. Runners-Up: Fausto Cuevas, Raul Rekow, Jim Donovan
Best Worldbeat–WINNER: Valerie Naranjo. Runners-Up: Zakir Hussain, Taku Hirano, Cyro Baptista
Best Percussion Ensemble–WINNER: Hip Pickles. Runners-Up: Blue Man Group, San Jose Taiko, Concord Blue Devils
Best Drum Circle Facilitator–WINNER: Jim Donovan. Runners-Up: Valerie Naranjo, John Scalici, Chet Doboe
Best Studio–WINNER: Luis Conte. Runners-Up: Lenny Castro, Emil Richards, Robert Vilera
Best Live Performer–WINNER: Marc QuiÒones. Runners-Up: Alex AcuÒa, Hip Pickles, Jim Donovan

MEDIA CATEGORIES
Best DVD–WINNER: Secret Weapons for the Modern Drummer by Jojo Mayer. Runners-Up: In Constant Motion by Mike Portnoy, Ultimate Realistic Rock by Carmine Appice, Billy Cobham Live At 60 by Billy Cobham
Best Book–WINNER: On The Beaten Path: The Drummer’s Guide to Musical Styles and the Legends Who Defined Them by Rich Lackowski. Runners-Up: Drumming Out of the Shadows by Jason Bittner, Hands, Grooves and Fills by Pat Petrillo, Jimi Hendrix: Smash Hits Play-Along
Best Drumming Album–WINNER: Hellyeah by Hellyeah. Runners-Up: Obzen by Meshuggah, Avenged Sevenfold by Avenged Sevenfold, Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace by Foo Fighters
Best Hand Percussion Album–WINNER: The Magician by Sammy Figueroa. Runners-Up: Global Drum Project by Mickey Hart, Akir Hussain, Sikiru Adepoju, and Giovanni Hidalgo, Raise Your Hand by Poncho Sanchez, Marimbula by Luis Conte
Best Web Site–WINNER: drummerworld.com. Runners-Up: pearldrum.com, drumsmith.com, drumbum.com
Best Print Advertisement–WINNER: Pearl “Chad Smith Grammy Magnet.” Runners-Up: DW “My Name Is,” Pro-Mark “Say It With Your Music,” Tama “Blue Man Group”


About Enter Music Publishing
Founded in San Jose, CA in 1992, Enter Music Publishing, Inc. is a leading publisher of drum/percussion magazines, with distribution in 40 countries. DRUM! is the flagship publication of Enter Music Publishing, Inc. and continues to set the industry standard for editorial quality and innovation. In addition to DRUM! and DRUM! Digital, the company publishes Traps and HOW TO PLAY DRUMS. Additional information about the company can be found at: drummagazine.com.

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Traps Magazine Cues Up Lenny White's Return To Forever
Posted On 05/16/2008 16:25:03

Enter Music Publishing continues to prove its commitment to publishing the most creative, compelling drum/percussion mags. Their current issue of Traps Magazine features Lenny White and his reunion with seminal fusion group, Return To Forever. This issue of Traps Magazine, with an editorial mission to cover "The Art Of Drumming" maybe the most definitive history of jazz and fusion to be publishing. All done in 90 pages.

The press release on this issue of Traps Magazine follows.

Traps Magazine Cues Up Lenny White's Return To Forever; Historic Hit Man Drum Battles; Progressive Percussionists Of The 70's; Moments with Miles Davis Discography And Much More

San Jose, Calif., -- Enter Music Publishing, publishers of hip, drum/percussion magazines worldwide, today released its Summer Issue of Traps Magazine. Committed to covering “The Art of Drumming”, this issue of Traps extensively explores the history of jazz-fusion drumming through the pioneering players of these highly related genres in 90 pages.

Traps editor, Andy Doerschuk, in his "Entrance" Editor Column, best summarizes this compelling issue of Traps. As he notes: “Our cover stories continue to be the most expert and in-depth drumming coverage you can find, while other stories (covering jazz and fusion) remain focused on pertinent information for the discerning drummer, who wants to learn about the legends, their sound, techniques and gear.”

Lenny White: Reunited With Return To Forever, By Any Means Necessary
Lenny White, without a doubt, is one of the most well respected drummers of jazz and fusion. His incendiary contributions with Return To Forever ignited the fusion era, fusing rock rhythms with jazz harmonies. The passion and zeal with which he attacked the drums in his early days has never dimmed. When Return to Forever decided recently to reunite, White he met up with the other members of the band to rehearse for their upcoming summer tour, even though he was suffering from a broken shoulder and hadn't actively drummed for nearly four months. As he says in the cover story, “I couldn't play for 30 seconds on a pad it (the pain) was so bad.” Yet his band mates – keyboardist Chick Corea, bassist Stanley Clarke and guitarist Al Di Meola didn't notice any difference is his ability to pull of the precision playing necessary to hold down the throne. Bill Milkowski takes the reader on a journey through White's impressive career, particularly his contributions to Miles Davis' seminal fusion recording, Bitches Brew, which also included drumming legends Jack DeJohnette and Billy Cobham.

Is the winner Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich, Louie Bellson or Elvin Jones?

While drum battles are rare today, they were a popular publicity gimmick in the 50's and 60's, challenging g the drummers and tantalizing audiences who had the opportunity to witness some of the greatest jazz drummers in history. Writer, Bruce Klauber, takes the reader on a historic tour of these exciting drumming moments. One of the highlights of this story is the ongoing series of drum battles between Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich. The battles between these drummers were not meant to be boxing matches for the two rivals had tremendous respect for each other: As Krupa commented, “Anyone that goes up against Buddy in these (battle) situations is going to get blown away." A discography of rare battles is included.

Brian Blade In A Q & A
During this intriguing article, Blade is asked about how and why Joni Mitchell is one of his heroes. In his response, Blade explains how two of her recordings, Hejira and Mingus, have been influential to his ability to write well-crafted songs, “particularly the harmonic aspects of Hejira," which continues to impact his writing style.

Six Progressive Percussionists – Miles Camp, Weather Report Syndicate Or Both
These six percussionists – Moreira, Alias, Mtume, Un Romao, Acuna and Badrena – were active participants in the fusion revolution. Generally speaking, they all had “Latin-tinged styles and did stints with Miles, Weather Report, or both. Traps explores the impact of each of these artists and how they're contributions stand up three decades later.

125 Years Strong – Gretsch Drums

The Gretsch drum company has been building drums in pretty much the same way for 125 years. Played by legends from Tony Williams to Phil Collins, Gretsch remains one of the world's leading brands. TRAPS photo star Robert Downs and writer Jared Cobb take readers on a photo-essay tour of the Gretsch factory. One thing is quite clear from this story; Gretsch drums will outlive any drummer, based on the fine crafting of these special sounding drums.

Epilogue: A Definitive Miles Davis Discography

As previously discussed, many of the drummers written about in this issue of Traps played at some time in their career with Miles Davis. In a thoughtful introduction to this discography, which is part 2 of an overview of the drummers who worked with Miles, Phil Hood, publisher of Traps, writes, “There is no way to quickly characterize Miles or his music, for he was always in transition." This discography takes readers through all the musicians who played on his important recordings from 1961-75

Traps Issue Six is now available on newsstands, in music equipment stores and at Borders, Barnes & Noble and other chains in North America and selected foreign outlets.

About Enter Music Publishing

Founded in San Jose, CA in 1992, Enter Music Publishing, Inc. is a leading publisher of drum/percussion magazines, with distribution in 40 countries. DRUM! is the flagship publication of Enter Music Publishing, Inc. and continues to set the industry standard for editorial quality and innovation. In addition to DRUM! And DRUM! Digital, the company publishes TRAPS and HOW TO PLAY DRUMS. Additional information about the company can be found at: drummagazine.com.

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DRUM! Interactive New Orleans With Stanton
Posted On 03/05/2008 09:49:29
DRUM! Interactive Struts New Orleans with Stanton Moore; Checks Out Famous Mitch Mitchell Licks And Profiles Of Four Cowboy Drummers, Who Kick Up The Best Country Grooves.

Enter Music Publishing, publishers of diverse, hip drum/percussion magazine worldwide, has made available its January 2008 Issue of DRUM! In its interactive edition at www.drumdigital.com. The January Issue features the second-line strut of New Orleans drummer, Stanton Moore, hot licks of Mitch Mitchell and four emerging Cowboy drummers, Myron Howell of Jake Owen's band; Tommy Bales of Flynnville Train, Steve Sinatra of Halfway to Hazard, and Jared Pope of Whiskey Falls.

Stanton Moore could be, as the old adage goes, the hardest-working drummer in the industry these days. As DRUM! Interactive thoroughly investigates, Moore has a rare ability to make virtually any kind of groove "strut." He has a strong command of the traditional New Orleans style and can acclimate it to any style, from the steady grooves that propel Galactic to his solo albums where he swings poetic. As he says succintly, "Music is a conversation. It just is."

Moving the meter back in time in "Hot Licks," Mitch Mitchell, like Moore, has that rare ability to fuse virtually any kind of drum style and make it swing. Perhaps the first drummer to play jazz style in a rock context, DRUM! Interactive focuses on some of his trademark tracks with Hendrix, such as "Voodoo Chile" and "Fire". Writer, Brad Schlueter, notes that Mitchell's contributions were essential to the drum vocabulary. Indeed.

"This issue of DRUM! Interactive may be our most diverse to date," said Phil Hood, publisher of Enter Music Publishing. "While we always try to provide editorial for drummers of all styles, I think we've really accomplished that in this issue. Of course, there's one factor that unites all of these drummers: they have a true command of their respective style."

Additional features in this issue include: "Experiment In Extemporization," which describes how an impromptu jazz session led by studio star Luis Conte became his latest greatest. And several others that are really hip, such as "Cowboys Without Hats". Check out The "Features" section of DRUM! Interactive for additional drumming edge editorial.

Other sections of this issue of DRUM! Interactive include SoundLab, which reviews DW's Accent CS Custom Elite Drums. The review is highly positive considering the high quality of these drums for a mid-priced kit, according to Schlueter. Meinl's Roped Tuned Djembes and Dream Cymbals are reviewed as well. (Pages 122-126).

The issue ends as strongly as it opens with Practice Pad, highlighted by great lessons and tips, focusing on the innovative use of the paraddidle. Read on for more classic instruction.

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