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GregWells 4-year-old-mikey4-year old Mikey with his new drumkit

In addition to having multiple GRAMMY-Award® nominations— and sales of more than 80 million records— to his credit, Los Angeles-based producer/songwriter/musician Greg Wells is also responsible for creating the drum tracks on many of those recordings. Greg began playing the drums when he was 3 years old and he fondly and vividly recalls his early experiences as well as how drumming became such an important part of his life. Recently, to help foster that sense of excitement and enthusiasm in the next generation of musicians, Greg has quietly initiated a program to support today’s young drummers by giving away complete drumsets to deserving players.

“The reason behind the program is simply remembering my enormous excitement at seeing drums as a very young child and my equally enormous disappointment at the fact that we couldn't afford to buy them,” Greg says. “Now, as a successful record producer and a drummer who has played on dozens of hit records, I feel an overwhelming need to give back.”

Greg, whose 2 teenage sons are also talented drummers, intends to give away at least four drumsets a year and perhaps more as support from companies like Drum Workshop (PDP), TRX Cymbals (CRX), the GRAMMY® Museum and others in the music and entertainment industries increases.

4-year old Mikey, the first aspiring drummer to benefit from the program and the recipient of a brand-new PDP drumset with CRX cymbals, was selected from several talented young drummers whose parents posted videos on YouTube in response to Gregs’ message on Twitter last spring.

Mikey’s request video can be viewed at  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lcb4JNspkd0. The video of him playing on his newly acquired drumkit is posted at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uq7LZP7X78.

“Kids and adults can apply for one of these drumsets by making a short video of themselves drumming on anything and posting it to YouTube,” adds Greg. “Then they can just send the YouTube link to me through my Twitter account, @greg_wells. The goal is simple: to give as many kids as possible an opportunity to stop dreaming and start drumming.”

Greg Wells is a multiple GRAMMY-nominated producer, songwriter and musician based in Los Angeles who has collaborated with artists ranging from Celine Dion, Adele, Aerosmith, Elton John and The Count Basie Orchestra to Pink, Katy Perry, All-American Rejects, Michelle Branch and Victoria Justice. CD's featuring Greg's music have sold more than 80 million units worldwide.

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