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The BIG Beat

THE FIVE-STAR ‘BIG BEAT’ ROCKS NORTH AMERICA AGAIN AND RAISES MORE THAN $60,000 FOR CHARITY!

The sound of drums rumbled across North America on November 1st as 11 Five-Star drum shops held the second annual Big Beat. A total of 1202 drummers participated, along with nearly 3500 spectators at the 11 locations. More than 4600 pounds of food was collected and $62,500 was raised for charity, which was $17,000 more than last year! The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation will get nearly $39,000 to purchase musical instruments for deserving children in Big Beat cities and the remaining $23,500 will go to children’s organizations and food pantries in various Big Beat areas.

Each location had a variety of fun events throughout the day, from demonstrations by Taiko drummers, to drum corps groups to percussion ensembles and some had guest appearances by major-name drummers like Jimmy Chamberlin, Ray Luzier, Herman Matthews, Jason McGerr, Russ Miller and Derek Roddy, among others. And one lucky drummer in Toronto won a bass drum head autographed by iconic drummer Neil Peart just for this occasion. But, the highlight of the day was when all 1202 drummers in the 11 cities played the same groove at the same time, a feat that was achieved through a video internet connection, with the director in each city following the conductor in Seattle.

Big_Beat_09_TulsaThe 11 participating Five-Star shops were:

Buffalo Drum Outlet - Buffalo, NY

Columbus Percussion - Columbus, OH

Donn Bennett Drum Studio - Seattle, WA

Drum Headquarters - St. Louis, MO

Drum World - Tulsa, OK

Just Drums - Toronto, ON

Lemmon Percussion - San Jose, CA

The Percussion Center - Houston, TX

Resurrection Drums - Hollywood, FL

Skins-n-Tins - Champaign, IL

Stebal Drums - Cleveland, OH

 

Additionally, the generosity of these 24 top percussion vendors enabled each location to give away $16,000 worth of drum gear to participants:

Dream

Drum Fun

Drum Workshop

Evans

Extreme Headphones

Gretsch

Istanbul Agop

LP

Mapex

Paiste

Pearl

Pro-Mark

Regal Tip

Remo

Rhythm Tech

Rogers

Sabian

Sonor

Tama

Toca

Universal Percussion

Wuhan

Yamaha

Zildjian


Comments from the participating store owners capture this unique event. Here are just a few examples:

Mat Donaldson from Drum World in Tulsa stated, “This is the perfect win-win: drumming for a greater good and having a blast doing it!”

Donn Bennet from Donn Bennett Drum Studio in Seattle exclaimed, “Overwhelmingly great! It was a love fest!”

Liz Hawkins from Skins-n-Tins in Champaign, IL summed it up by saying: “The vibe was all positive and the feeling you get from doing this is awesome!”

“We are encouraged by the fact that we collected so much more money than last year and the fact that all participating Big Beat stores are committed to growing this event”, commented Rob Birenbaum, manager of the Five-Star Drum Shops group.


The Five-Star Drum Shops group is a non-profit organization of independently-owned specialty percussion stores in North America that are dedicated to advancing the art and science of drumming. For more information, visit www.fivestardrumshops.com


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