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Charlie Harrington Named Invitational Judge For Drum Off Competition

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Charlie Harrington 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
Woody Herman
Woody Herman
1913 - 1987
band/orchestra
, Freddie Green
Freddie Green
Freddie Green
1911 - 1987
guitar, acoustic
, Kirk Whalum
Kirk Whalum
Kirk Whalum
b.1958
saxophone
, Larry Coryell
Larry Coryell
Larry Coryell
b.1943
guitar
, Kurt Elling
Kurt Elling
Kurt Elling
b.1967
vocalist
, John Scofield
John Scofield
John Scofield
b.1951
guitar
, Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
b.1942
vocalist
, Dave Brubeck
Dave Brubeck
Dave Brubeck
1920 - 2012
piano
, Richie Cole
Richie Cole
Richie Cole
b.1948
sax, alto
, Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett
b.1926
vocalist
, Ira Sullivan
Ira Sullivan
Ira Sullivan
b.1931
reeds
, Carly Simon, Ari Brown
Ari Brown
Ari Brown
b.1944
sax, tenor
, Junko Onishi
Junko Onishi
Junko Onishi
b.1967
piano
, and Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson
Eddie
Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson
1917 - 1988
sax, alto
.

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.


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