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The BIG Beat

DRUM VENDORS COME UP HUGE AGAIN FOR ‘THE BIG BEAT’ AND FIVE-STAR SNARES A NEIL PEART AUTOGRAPHED HEAD FOR NATIONAL GIVEAWAY!

Twenty-four of the top percussion vendors in the industry have donated merchandise totalling more than $180,000 in retail value for the Five-Star Big Beat that will occur in 11 cities in North America on Sunday, November 1, 2009. Each participating store will be giving away about $16,000 worth of drum gear to participants in this exciting charity event that will benefit the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation and in some cities, the addition of a local charity as well. Plus, one lucky winner in one of the 11 cities will get a bass drum head with the Rush “Snakes & Arrows” artwork, autographed especially for this occasion by iconic drummer Neil Peart!

The Big Beat will bring together the largest gathering of drummers ever assembled across North America to celebrate the joy of drumming and raise money for worthwhile causes. Not only will each location try to break the individual city record for the most drummers playing the same beat at one time, but the participants will also try to shatter the record the Big Beat set last year for drummers playing the same beat in multiple cities at the same time! This marks the second year that the Five-Star Drum Shops group has organized this event, with the hope of expanding each year, until drummers across the globe are locked in on one worldwide groove.

The Big Beat - Neil Peart signed drumheadDrummers of all skill levels and experience are encouraged to get involved and contact one of these participating Five-Star members for details:

Percussion vendors that so generously contributed are:

Dream Cymbals

Drum Fun

Drum Workshop

Extreme Headphones

Evans Drumheads

Gretsch Drums

Istanbul Agop Cymbals

Latin Percussion

Mapex Drums

Paiste Cymbals

Pearl Drums

Pro-Mark Drumsticks

Regal Tip Drumsticks

Remo Drumheads

Rhythm Tech

Rogers Drums

Sabian Cymbals

Sonor Drums

Tama Drums

Toca Percussion

Universal Percussion

Wuhan Cymbals

Yamaha Drums

Zildjian Cymbals

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.