The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, Mapex, Paiste and Drummer Magazine, are proud to announce the launch of the 2012 drum scholarships programme. These sought after awards are for study on the Institute’s world-renowned one year Higher Diploma drum course. There will be one fully-funded place for the winner (worth over £5,000) plus a partially funded place for the runner-up (worth over £2,500).

The Higher Diploma is a specialist one-year full-time course, developed by the Institute to train and develop students of guitar, bass, drums and vocals for a career in the music industry. It was the first full-time course of its kind ever developed in the UK and achieving a place on the course continues to be an aspirational goal for young musicians. The Institute, widely recognised as one of Europe’s leading schools of modern music, counts on an unrivalled teaching and visiting faculty, many of whom regularly work and tour with some of the music industry’s greatest artists. This faculty includes such names as Thomas Lang, Chuck Sabo and Dom Famularo.

Previous Institute students can be found throughout today’s music industry, working with high profile artists such as Radiohead, Eric Clapton, The Noisettes, Kylie Minogue, and Babyshambles. Previous drum scholarship winners have gone on to great success, for example Nathan Williams is currently playing with new RCA signing Bluey Robinson and touring with Mclean.

Closing date for entries is 24th February 2012 and there is always a great demand. The scholarships are open to anyone from the UK or internationally and the application form is available to download from

This is a fantastic opportunity to win a free place on one of the most prestigious drum courses in Europe and the winner of the scholarship will also have the support of Mapex/Paiste ( and the opportunity to write a regular column in one of the UK’s biggest drum magazines, Drummer (

For more information on scholarships and courses at the Institute, contact us directly:
-    0207 328 0222
-    [email protected]
From November 9 -12, Downtown Indianapolis, Indiana was home to over 5,100 percussionists and industry leaders from around the world as the 2011 Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Percussive Arts Society (PAS). Showing the true international aspect of PASIC, attendees traveled from 30 different countries to experience over 130 events in four days of clinics, concerts, master classes, performances and meetings from leading leaders, educators and artists in the field of percussion. This year’s convention covered all aspects of the music world from academic research, drumset, orchestra, marching, world, jazz, and interactive drumming for attendees of varying abilities.

The International Drum and Percussion Expo continued placing itself as the world’s premier industry expo dedicated solely to percussion-related products with exhibitors ranging from manufacturers to publishers to the top retail stores in the nation. PASIC 2011 included many new product announcements during the convention by some of the largest names in the industry. With 114 exhibitors, in line with 2010 exhibitor registrants, PASIC 2011 witnessed substantial growth in overall square footage used by the exhibitors.

Highlights from PASIC included special sessions in celebration of Percussive Arts Society’s 50th Anniversary. Wednesday evening’s concert featured new and important percussion chamber works from the past 50 years. PASIC attendees filled Hilbert Circle Theatre, home of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Thursday for the world premiere performance of the Percussive Arts Society-commissioned Percussion Concerto No. 2 for Percussion Section, Timpani and Orchestra by Joseph Schwantner. Friday and Saturday included the return of the Marimba Orchestra and the Mass Steel Drum Band, each performing to packed rooms.

In a moving evening celebration Jimmy Cobb, Dick Schory and Tom Siwe were inducted into the impressive PAS Hall of Fame, which recognizes the contributions of the most highly regarded professional leaders in percussion performance, education, research, scholarship, administration, composition and industry. Other highlights of PASIC included over 80 high school and collegiate ensembles and soloists participating in the annual PAS Marching Percussion Festival; the raucous Closing Drum Circle Saturday evening; and many impromptu gatherings of percussionists throughout downtown Indianapolis.

“PASIC 2011 was the perfect close to a year of celebrating our first 50 years as the leading percussion organization in the world. Our conventions truly reflect our values and mission of advancing percussion performance, education and awareness. Throughout PASIC, there was a terrific sense of camaraderie among performers, teachers and students. Whether watching the brilliant young artists perform in the solo competition, or learning from master artists and performers from the hottest bands to the great orchestras, PASIC presents the highest level and leading edge in percussion performance and education.” stated Michael Kenyon, Executive Director of Percussive Arts Society.

PASIC 2012 will be held in Austin, Texas from October 31 through November 3, 2012 at the Austin Convention Center and PASIC returns to Indianapolis in 2013. Artist applications from PASIC 2012 are being accepted online at through December 15, 2011 and exhibitor packets will be made available in February 2012.

The wait is over! Legendary US metal outfit RIOT have released their hugely anticipated fourteenth album 'Immortal Soul' in North America via SPV/Steamhammer. The reviews have been exceptional. Additionaly, 'Immortal Soul' was most added at CMJ's Loud Rock Radio chart and debuted on the Loud Rock chart at #10 in its first week.
The album is available for purchase HERE.

The band has created a promo video, featuring a song from the album: "Wings Are for Angels":

In support of the new release, RIOT has lined up three exclusive North American shows for January 2012. The shows are listed below.
1/18: New York, NY @ BB Kings
1/19: West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
1/20: Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall

Riot features drummer Bobby Jarzombek, a long time friend and supporter.
altProtection Racket is proud to welcome nine more endorsees to their drum case family.

Covering a whole diverse rang of music genres, the new endorsees include bands from the Heavy Metal, Rock, Soul, Hip Hop and Electro scenes.

Newest endorsee is Charlie Benante, the double kick demon from Anthrax. He is joined by Stuart Wilkinson currently playing with Lissie, Mat Hector who works with Thomas Dolby and Josh Morgan of the Subways. Other new endorsees include Blake Davies from Turbowolf, Jamie Nicholls, the new member of My Passion and Samson Jatto known for his work with Maverick Saber. Then there is Simon Tellier busy with Tynchy Stryder and independent drummer Dave Elitch who has recently been playing with Mars Volta and at the London Drum Show.

The new endorsees join their roster of world-class drummers including Ian Paice (Deep Purple), Nick Mason (Pink Floyd), Ronnie Vannucci (The Killers) and many more.
Protection Racket’s road tested drum cases are uncompromising in their ability to safeguard your precious kit, yet are lightweight and easy to transport. To find out more about the Protection range of maximum protection and their endorsees visit

The BluRay/DVD release of RUSH TIME MACHINE 2011: Live In Cleveland was #1 on the Billboard music video chart its first week out.  The DVD is an evening with Rush performing their classic hits and features the legendary Moving Pictures album live in its entirety. Released in 1981, Moving Pictures was their most successful album to date, certified 4x Platinum and features some of Rush’s most well known songs and perennial radio favorites, including “Tom Sawyer,” “Limelight” and the Grammy®-nominated instrumental “YYZ.”
Captured in April at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans arena during the renowned trio’s extensive Time Machine world tour, TIME MACHINE 2011: Live In Cleveland marks the band’s first live concert filmed in the United States. The choice to record in Cleveland was a deliberate nod of gratitude to the first city to support Rush on its airwaves, as former WMMS DJ Donna Halper is widely credited for helping break the band in 1974 by spinning “Working Man.” The reinterpreted live version of “Working Man” was the encore closer on the Time Machine tour and is included on this DVD.

In addition to the 26-song concert set, Rush’s notorious concept tour videos will be included: The first short film, entitled “The ‘Real’ History of Rush Episode No. 2 ‘Don’t Be Rash,’” and the opening the second set video, The ‘Real’ History of Rush Episode No. 17 ‘...and Rock and Roll is My Name.’” The bonus material features outtakes from the short films, an alternate film version video for “Tom Sawyer”, and two rare pieces of Rush live footage from the vault: “Need Some Love” from Laura Second Secondary School with original drummer John Rutsey, and “Anthem” from Passaic New Jersey.
In related news, Anthem/Roadrunner simultaneously released a 2 CD live album entitled Time Machine 2011: Live In Cleveland as well as Moving Pictures: Live 2011 on vinyl and digital formats also on November 8th.
Rush has sold more than 40 million records worldwide and garnered untold legions of devoted and admiring fans. According to the RIAA, Rush’s sales statistics place them third after The Beatles and The Rolling Stones for the most consecutive Gold or Platinum studio albums by a rock band.
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