Award-Winning Acclaimed Artist, Charlie Harrington, has accepted an invitation to judge Guitar Center's 2012 Drum Off Competition. Charlie, an active touring and session drummer, is in high demand not only as a performer but as an educator as well. He has shared the stage with jazz legends such as Woody Herman, Freddie Green, Kirk Whalum, Larry Coryell, Kurt Elling, John Scofield, Barbra Streisand, Dave Brubeck, Richie Cole, Tony Bennett, Ira Sullivan, Carly Simon, Ari Brown, Junko Onishi, and Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson.
Guitar Center's Drum-Off is the world's largest drum competition with the goal of finding the top undiscovered drummer. The competition is broken down into 3 store preliminary competitions; 1 store final (store prelims and store finals take place in 230 Guitar Center stores); 25 quarter finals; 5 semi-finals and 1 grand final. All stages of the competition take place at a Guitar Center store with the exception of the grand finals. Grand finals will take place in Los Angeles at the Club Nokia.
The top 2 contestants from each of the 3 store prelims (those with the highest and second highest score) will advance to the store finals. So that means there will be 6 competitors at each of the 230 store finals. There will be only 1 winner at the store finals. (230 store winners total.) This store winner will go on to compete at 1 of 25 quarter finals. (25 quarter finals winners total.) From there the 25 quarter finalists will compete at 1 of 5 semi-finals. (5 semi-final winners total). The semi-finalists will then go on to compete at the grand finals.
The competition is open to qualified amateurs and is judged by a panel of prominent independent judges with significant experience in performing drum percussion, teaching drum percussion, drumming/percussion skills and/or substantial knowledge of and/or experience in the music industry.
Guitar Center's Drum-Off Competition can be found here.