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GUITAR CENTER ANNOUNCES DRUM-OFF 2008 CHAMPION
— Jerome Flood II crowned America’s top undiscovered drummer
in the world’s largest
drum competition. —
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, January 13, 2009 —
On Saturday, January 10th, in front of a star-studded capacity crowd
at the historic Music Box at the Henry Fonda Theater in Los Angeles,
one aspiring drummer’s dreams came true, as Guitar Center crowned
Jerome Flood II the winner of Guitar Center’s 20th Annual Guitar
Center Drum-Off championships. Sharing the stage with such drumming
greats and artists such as Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden), Jason Bittner
(Shadows Fall), Thomas Pridgen (The Mars Volta), Thomas Lang and Papa
Roach, the winner was chosen by a panel of today’s most iconic
and influential drummers, including Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Kenny
Aronoff, The Rev (Avenged Sevenfold), Danny Carey (Tool), Trevor Lawrence
Jr. (Snoop Dogg), Drew Hester (Foo Fighters/Joe Walsh), Atom Willard
(Angels & Airwaves), Alan White (Yes) and Frank Zummo (Street Drum
The evening’s competition was the culmination of
months of local and regional competitions held at each of Guitar Center’s
214 stores across the country – competitions that resulted in
selecting the top six undiscovered drummers in the nation from nearly
5,000 competitors. As Guitar Center’s Drum-Off champion, Jerome
Flood II takes home $25,000 cash, plus another $20,000 in gear, including
a Roland TD-20 kit, a custom designed drum kit by DW, Pearl, Gretsch,
Tama or Orange County Drum & Percussion, as well as drum, stick,
cymbal and drum head endorsement deals. He will also be featured in
Modern Drummer magazine, a Guitar Center ad campaign and make a VIP
appearance at NAMM 2009. He will be given additional clothing and gear
from Levi’s, Converse and Guitar Center.
Originally from Rochester, New York, and now hailing from
Atlanta, Georgia, 22-year-old Jerome Flood II received his first drum
kit when he was just two years old. This is the fifth year Flood entered
Guitar Center’s Drum-Off, and the win, he says, “came at
the perfect time. The world is going to know about me thanks to this,”
he said, exhausted but ecstatic. “I’ve still got a long
way to go career-wise, but I’m ready, and I’m really thankful
to Guitar Center for this opportunity, because it’s really changed
my life.” Flood already has an audition scheduled for Monday with
a nationally known band.
The evening, which was hosted by Stephen Perkins (Jane’s
Addiction), also featured an awards ceremony honoring the legendary
drumming icon Mitch Mitchell (Jimi Hendrix Experience) along with living
legends Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden) and Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge,
Ted Nugent, Rod Stewart) who were inducted into Guitar Center’s
“Drum-Legends” Hall of Fame. Started three years ago, “Drum
Legends” was created to acknowledge the contributions of many
of today’s most legendary and iconic drummers. Guitar Center has
dedicated a special section in their flagship San Francisco location
to “Drum Legends,” featuring past inductees including Steve
Smith, David Garibaldi, Alan White, Greg Errico and others.
For 20 years, Guitar Center’s annual Drum-Off has
been recognized by the music community as one of the most important
platforms for unsigned talent and a springboard to stardom for many
seriously talented young drummers. Prior Guitar Center Drum-Off champs
who have gone on to become successful pro drummers include Cora “CC”
Dunham (Prince; Drum-Off ‘02 Champ), Eric Moore (Bobby Brown,
Sly and The Family Stone, Suicidal Tendencies; Drum-Off ‘03 Champ),
Tony Royster Jr. (Jay Z; Drum-Off ‘95 Champ) and Thomas Pridgen
(The Mars Volta), who became Guitar Center’s Drum-Off champion
in 1993 when he was just 9 years old.
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.
Guitar Center’s Drum-Off is made possible by the
support of its great partners including Monster Energy, Levi’s,
Converse, DW Drums, Pearl, Gretsch, Orange County Drum & Percussion,
Tama, Pro-Mark, Vic Firth, Remo, Evans, Rhythm Tech, Roland, Zildjian,
Sabian and Modern Drummer Magazine.
Check out footage of the Drum-Off winner here: http://gc.guitarcenter.com/drum-off-2008/news/drum-off-2008-champion.cfm
For more information, please visit www.guitarcenter.com.
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About Guitar Center
Guitar Center is the leading United States retailer of guitars, amplifiers,
percussion instruments, keyboards and pro-audio and recording equipment.
Our retail store subsidiary presently operates more than 200 Guitar
Center stores across the U.S. 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. 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.
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