In drumming news today, the Hit Like A Girl performances for PASIC were announced this morning; the annual, free Cascio Drummerfest will see three top drummers giving clinics; and The Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps has a new partner for sticks, heads and accessories.

Hit Like A Girl Champions To Perform At PASIC 2018

Four of the world’s top female drummers will take the stage during the Hit Like A Girl showcase at the Percussive Arts Society’s International Convention (PASIC) on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018 at 9 AM in Ballroom 500 of the Indianapolis Convention Center. Scheduled to perform are 2018 contest Champion Calsey Tory and 2018 Runner-Up Roni Kaspi along with 2012 Champion De’Arcus Curry. Popular Los Angeles rock drummer and 2019 Hit Like A Girl spokesperson Mel McFail will MC the event. Curry currently tours with Hip-Hop artist T-Pain and R&B legend Keith Sweat. Mel recently completed a tour with legendary punk band L7.

Famularo, Sanchez to Headline Cascio Music Drummerfest

Cascio Music’s 18th annual Drummerfest takes place Oct. 13 at the company’s flagship store in New Berlin, Wisconsin. This free event offers live performances and clinical instruction, from some of the world’s best drummers. This year’s lineup includes: Dom Famularo; Antonio Sanchez; and Greg Landfair Jr. (Chance The Rapper).

Drummerfest offers photo and autograph opportunities with the headliners. The Milwaukee Bucks Beats Drumline will also be making an appearance. Representatives from major drum companies will also be present with their latest drum gear, giving opportunities to demo new products.

“We are again proud to present this year’s amazing group of
renowned, live and studio, band and session drummers,” says Mike Houser, Cascio Music’s CEO. “Our goal for Drummerfest has always been to inspire, entertain, and educate attendees of all ages, and this year is certainly no exception.”

Starting in 1946, Cascio has provided musical instruments and accessories to musicians of all ages, including music educators at over 100,000 schools and universities, and music professionals worldwide. Cascio Music is one of the nation’s top drum retailers, ranking in the top 20 nationally among musical instrument retailers.

D’Addario Partners With Blue Knights

D’Addario & Co. has announced a new partnership with Ascend Performing Arts, a not-for-profit educational organization based in Denver, Colorado, which operates the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps, Blue Knights Percussion Ensemble, and Blue Knights Winds (debuting 2019). The ensembles of Ascend will perform exclusively with Promark sticks and mallets, Evans drumheads, and D’Addario accessories.

“The ensembles of Ascend have always been known for being trendsetters in the activity with the ultimate goal of educating the next generation of musicians,” Kyle Thomas, D’Addario artist marketing manager said in a statement. “This ethos mirrors our own at D’Addario. We’re extremely humbled that Ascend has chosen to partner with us to continue giving amazing experiences in the marching arts to young people from around the world.”

Founded in 1958, the Blue Knights have since become one of the most respected, innovative, and successful competitive drum and bugle corps in the world. With a renewed commitment to artistic expression and challenging repertoires, the Blue Knights Drum & Bugles Corps continues to reestablish itself as a force within the activity.

“Both organizations share a commitment to excellence and realize forward thinking and innovation are key to the success of our vision,” said Ascend executive director Mark Arnold. “Our new partnership will certainly benefit young musicians for years to come.”