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Roland V-Drum Contest Participants

Six drummers competed for national title at Sam Ash, Las Vegas.

Roland recently held the first-ever V-Drums® Contest National Finals at Sam Ash Music in Las Vegas, Nevada. Co-sponsored by DRUM! magazine, REMO, Drum Workshop, and Blue Man Group, the V-Drums Contest gave drummers the chance to harness the power of electronic percussion by competing at the local, regional, and national levels for professional percussion gear and other prizes.

On November 4, 2010, six talented drummers from around the country performed an original drum performance exclusively on the TD-20SX V-Pro® Series V-Drums and the OCTAPAD® SPD-30 Percussion Pad. The winner of the evening was Go-Go Ray from Kansas City, Missouri, who gave a fun and innovative performance that showcased a wide variety of electronic and acoustic sounds with a skillful,creative funk-inspired drumming technique. He will go home with his own TD-20SX V-Drums set and PM-30 Personal Monitor System, DW 9000-Series Hardware, REMO custom shell wraps, and a year's subscription to DRUM! magazine.

The runner-up was Robin Lopez of San Antonio, TX, whose heavy rock and metal influence could be felt through his aggressive rhythms and captivating showmanship. The other talented competitors included Dennis Dove from Oregon, Andrew Faletti from Georgia, JP Bouvet from Minnesota, and Didi Negron from Pennsylvania.

The contestants all performed in front of a standing room only audience of 400 at Sam Ash Music in Las Vegas, who recently remodeled their performance stage leading up to the event. The audience was not only wowed by the performances of the contestants, but by the stellar percussion performances of Blue Man Group, Johnny Rabb, and Thomas Lang.

The six all-star judges included songwriter and producer Pat Caddick, drummer and Roland Senior Product Specialist Steve Fisher, percussionist and educator Richie Gajate-Garcia, internationally-renowned drummer Thomas Lang, and GRAMMY®-nominated composer, producer, and songwriter Peter Wolf.

“The first ever Roland National V-Drums Contest was a huge success overall, and the energy of the contestants and the audience was absolutely electric at the National Finals at Sam Ash Music in Las Vegas,” said Roland Percussion Product Manager Tim Root. “All of the contestants not only have superb drumming chops, but their performances really brought out what makes Roland V-Drums such a great creative tool for drummers.”

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