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GUITAR CENTER CROWNS JAMIL BYROM
2005 DRUM OFF CHAMPION
– Dallas Drummer Makes a Splash
at the World’s Largest Drumming Competition –
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA – Showcasing his chops
in front of more than 2,000 screaming fans and some of today’s
most prominent drummers, Dallas’ Jamil Byrom was crowned the nation’s
best undiscovered drummer at Guitar Center’s 2005 Drum Off Grand
Finals. In addition to the Drum Off battle between six of the nation’s
top amateur drummers, Guitar Center (Nasdaq: GTRC) brought on board
The Bronx, mega-drummer Travis Barker (Blink 182/The Transplants), Adrian
Young (No Doubt), and punk legends Bad Religion to create one of the
drum community’s most high-profile events, according to Jack Sonni,
vice president of marketing communication for Guitar Center.
“Guitar Center presents opportunities for the national
community of musicians to become recognized for their talent as individual
artists,” said Sonni. “Thanks to the strategic relationships
we’ve forged with our partners, the 2005 Drum Off Grand Finals
was far and away one of Guitar Center’s largest, most successful
events. All of the finalists are incredibly talented, and Drum Off allows
them to do their thing in front of the top musicians in the industry.”
Representing Dallas, Texas, 27-year-old Byrom started
playing drums in church at the age of 13. Known for his smooth yet relaxed
style, Byrom loves to play everything from funk to gospel to smooth
jazz. Aside from connecting with the crowd, Jamil stood apart from the
other five contestants with an improvised set of traditional jazz chops,
seamless rolls and unique groove playing.
“I started to compete in Guitar Center’s Drum
Off competitions when I was 15, and it feels incredible to win,”
said Byrom. “It was amazing to share the stage with the other
five contestants, not to mention Travis Barker and Adrian Young. With
this recognition, Guitar Center has provided me with the opportunity
to connect with bands and develop my career, which I hope leads to creating
an instructional video.”
Byrom was selected from more than 3,000 undiscovered drummers
nationwide who participated in the four-tiered competition that began
in August 2005. According to the 15 judges, which included Taylor Hawkins
(Foo Fighters), John Dolmayan (System of a Down), Dean Butterworth (Good
Charlotte), Atom Willard (Angels & Airwaves), Peter Erskine (Weather
Report/Steely Dan), and Stephan Perkins (Jane’s Addiction), Byrom
excelled in the categories of originality, technique, style, stage presence
and overall performance.
In addition to a 2006 Scion xB and the coveted title as
the nation’s top amateur drummer, Byrom took home a DW Collector
series five-piece maple kit, a Gretsch Custom kit with Gibraltar rack
system, a Zildjian Custom box set and cymbal bag, and endorsement deals
from both Evans and SABIAN, among other prizes.
To receive more information or schedule an interview
with a Drum Off contestant or Guitar Center spokesperson, please contact
Neilson/Clyne, Inc. at 615-662-1616.
Photo File: Sonni_Byrom_Young.JPG
Photo Caption: Shown backstage after the Drum Off 2005 finals held at
The Wiltern LG in Los Angeles, CA, left to right are Jack Sonni, vice
president of marketing communication for Guitar Center, 2005 Drum Off
Champion Jamil Byrom, and Adrian Young of No Doubt.
Photo File: Byrom.JPG
Photo Caption: Dallas drummer Jamil Byrom performs his winning set at
Guitar Centers’ Drum Off 2005 drum competition to take home top
honors as the nation’s best undiscovered drummer.
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percussion instruments, keyboards and pro-audio and recording equipment.
We presently operate 161 Guitar Center stores, with 126 stores in 50
major markets and 35 stores in secondary markets across the U.S. In
addition, the Music & Arts division operates 81 stores specializing
in band instruments for sale and rental, serving thousands of teachers,
band directors, college professors and students. Guitar Center is also
the largest direct response retailer of musical instruments in the U.S.
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