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Justin Winters - Blue Man Group Boston

Blue Man Group Boston hosted their 4th annual Drum-Off competition at the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival where Justin Winters, 21 from Springfield, MA was crowned the winner. Justin wowed the rain-soaked crowd during his 3-minute solo performance and won over $6,000 in prizes including a new DW drum kit, Sabian cymbals, Vic Firth sticks and accessories, plus tickets and prizes from Blue Man Group.

“Justin did a great job. He was able to move the crowd and had huge personality and that makes a difference,” said Charles Haynes, guest judge and pop/R&B/jazz drummer who has performed with Kanye West, Lady Gaga and Ed Sheeran. “At the end of the day, we are here to move the crowd, to make them dance. And every drummer did that. It was a very hard decision.”

Drummers were assessed on their musicality, creativity and technical ability. Justin beat out four other competitors: Euan Leslie, 18, from Dumfries, Scotland, Tyler Pedersen, 23, from Marblehead, MA, Darryl Reberio Jr., 23, from New Britain, CT. and Nick Villamizar, 22, from Miami, FL.

“It’s literally the most unbelievable experience ever,” said Justin Winters. “I’m at a loss for words right now. I really appreciate the love and support from my family and the crowd. It just feels amazing. This is definitely a milestone in my life.”

The competitors were narrowed down from 45 applicants. The top five finalists had two rehearsals to learn new music so the winner could then perform with Blue Man Group during the finals at Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival.

“The whole spirit of this event is about drumming and community. Every single participant today rose to the occasion and delivered truly inspiring performances,” said Jonathan Screnci, Resident General Manager of Blue Man Group Boston. “What always strikes me about this event is how collegial and supportive the contestants are with each other. They are cheering each other on and forging friendships that carry beyond this competition.”

For more information about Blue Man Group, please visit BLUEMAN.com or call 1.800.BLUEMAN. Fans can keep up with Blue Man Group through Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or the hashtag #DareToLive and #BlueManDrumOff


Blue Man Productions is a global entertainment company best known for the award-winning Blue Man Group show, performed in over 20 countries and seen by more than 35 million people worldwide since 1991. A dynamic combination of art, music, comedy and technology, the show’s euphoric celebration of human connection has universal appeal for a broad range of age groups and cultural backgrounds. The show is continually refreshed with new music, fresh stories, custom instruments and state-of-the-art technology. Blue Man Group has permanent theatrical productions in New York, Las Vegas, Boston, Chicago, Orlando, Berlin and a World Tour.

This creative collective has become part of the pop culture zeitgeist. Blue Man Group has served as the face of branding campaigns for Intel and TIM/Brasil and appeared countless times on hit shows like “The Tonight Show,” “Arrested Development,” “Ellen,” “Schlag den Raab” (Germany), “WOWOW” (Japan), and “Caldeirão do Huck” (Brasil).

Beyond the stage show, they are Grammy-nominated recording artists, known for their contributions to various film and TV scores and multiple Blue Man Group albums, including their most recent, THREE. Their “Megastar World Tour” rock concert parody played arenas across the globe. The group’s recently published first-ever book, Blue Man World, is a visually stunning anthropological exploration of the curious bald and blue character.

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