NAMM Announces Fourth Annual Worlds Fastest Drummer Competition

By Newsferatu, Writer
Sunday, January 8, 2006 @ 9:53 AM

Fast Hands. Fast Feet.

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NAMM has announced its fourth annual quest to find the World's Fastest Drummer. This highly charged interactive event will be featured at the 2006 NAMM Winter Session in Anaheim, California. The contest consists of two categories, Battle of the Hands and Battle of the Feet, and the preliminary heats will be held each day at Booth #4799 in NAMM’S Exhibit HALL ‘C’ starting at 11:00am Thursday, January 19th and continuing until 4.00pm Saturday, January 21st. The top ten Fastest Hands and top ten Fastest Feet will compete in a Finals Battle’of both categories held on NAMM'S main outside stage at 1:00pm Sunday, January 22nd. Included in this year’s event will be technical demonstrations, insight sessions and appearances by WFD Champions Mike Mangini, Johnny Rabb, Jotan Afanador, Art Verdi, Tim Waterson, Seth Davis, and Sam LeCompte.

“To see these guys go at it, full throttle, smooth as silk with their hands and feet moving over 19 - 20 times per second for an entire minute is simply an amazing work of technical proficiency,” says Boo McAfee, co-founder of WFD Extreme Sport Drumming.

The contest is sponsored by THE MUSIC EDGE.COM, NAMM’s new teen promotional initiative and is open to everyone attending the NAMM Winter Session.

"The World's Fastest Drummer Organization, along with NAMM International recently launched a Fastest Drummer retail participation program called The Music Edge Fastest Drummer Program, and now the contests are taking place at stores all over the World, like Johnson Music Center in Hutchinson, Kansas, George's Drum Shop in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and Sam Ash stores nationwide. Additionally the contests can be found at international locations such as St. John's Music in Canada, Key-WI Music in Germany, Allan's Music in Australia, Tom Lee Music in Hong Kong, Paul Bothner Music in South Africa and Tomsun Trading in the United Arab Emirates. NAMM retailers world-wide now have the opportunity to fully participate in this extremely exciting international event. The store’s winner can advance to compete for over $12,000 in Grand Prizes!” added Craig Alan, co-founder of WFD Extreme Sport Drumming.

Grand Prizes for the 2005 Winter Session contest include: two Pearl Drum-Sets, a year supply of Pro Mark drumsticks (with Winner’s name), two sets of Meinl cymbals, Axis LongBoard ‘A’ Double Pedal and 50 Remo drum heads. All contestants for both Battle Of The Hands and Battle Of The Feet competitions will be scored on playing single strokes (no bounces, presses or buzz) for ONE MINUTE and recorded by the Drumometer. Contestants should sign in at NAMM International Fastest Drummer Contest stage area located at booth # 4799 Exhibit Hall ‘C’ starting the morning of Thursday, January 19th.

Contestants should sign in at NAMM International Fastest Drummer Contest stage area located at booth # 4799 Exhibit Hall ‘C’ starting the morning of Thursday, Jan. 19th. For more information email Info@WorldsFastestDrummer.com.

KNAC's Junkman and Diana DeVille will be attending the NAMM convention and will be providing reports and pictures.

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