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So it’s time again to sign up and get yourselves ready for the 27th Annual Guitar Center Drum-Off. Guitar Center has always done such a great job with this event and has helped so many undiscovered drummers get their start on the big stage. How many of our readers will be signing up for the event? Also, let us know if you’ve performed at any level at previous Guitar Center Drum-Off’s. There are a lot of drummers out there that have reservations or anxiety about performing at that level against other drummers so if you have experience talk about what it was like and it might put someone else’s mind at ease and help them to get signed up and put themselves out there. Here’s more about the event from Guitar Center’s Drum-Off website
There are 251 Guitar Center stores hosting competitions this year. View participating stores. Sign-ups for Drum-Off start August 1st and run until each of the 30 contestant spots per store are filled. There are 10 spots per preliminary round, with 3 preliminary rounds total. You must be 16 years or older and a lawful, permanent resident of any of the 48 contiguous United States to compete in this year’s competition.
Go to a participating Guitar Center store to sign up for one of the three preliminary competitions. There will be no phone or Internet sign-ups available. You can only compete in one preliminary competition.
Each contestant will perform on a five-piece drum kit complete with hardware, cymbals, cowbell, a tambourine and a blast block. The only personal pieces of gear you may use are drumsticks, bass pedal, drum throne and snare drum. Leave your toms and cymbals at home. You are allowed to reconfigure your kit, but you cannot add anything to the set-up.
You will have the option of incorporating the Roland BT-1trigger and SPD-30 octapad into your performance. You may bring a USB flash drive with only mapped out patches saved to it–no background or phase loops. Phrase loop recording and background loops are not allowed. If you attempt to use anything other than patch mode, you will be disqualified.
A random drawing determining the order in which contestants compete will be held 30 minutes prior to the start of the competition. If you are not present at the random drawing, you will be disqualified. Do not be late. Confirm all details with your local Guitar Center representative.
Each contestant will have five minutes to set up and three minutes to perform. If you advance to the semifinals and grand finals competition, you’ll have five minutes to perform.