Drumming-contest-by-video hopes to uncover new talent
For the last 15 years Tyler Fry of Kincardine, Ontario, has been energetically teaching his gospel of mid-section creativity to all corners of the earth, and now he’s spearheading an innovative new contest that he hopes will bring the world’s creativity back to him.
Fry has launched an all-online drumming competition – with a twist. Contestants must submit their performances by video, and he – naturally – uses a YouTube video to explain the concept. The competition comprises three events: “Tenor Choice,” that calls for new “tricks” performed on a pipe band tenor drum; “Open,” for anyone with drumsticks and a drum or drums of any type, including those not made specifically for pipe bands; and “Junior Tenor Division,” for tenor-drummers younger than 15.
Each contestant must video their tricks and post the maximum three- or two-minute clips to YouTube. The number of views that the video receives will be taken into account by the judges. Fry cautions that participants “should not attempt anything that may be harmful to yourself, or others, or that may cause damage.”
Prizes include a selection of Fry’s merchandise, cash vouchers and cash ranging from $200 to $100. According to Fry, the contest will be judged by him and “an international team . . . from every corner of the world – not just consisting of pipe band bass, snare and tenor drummers but other professional percussionists as well. I will also be bringing a few ‘pipe band fanatics’ on board for their vote.”
The official launch of the video competition is November 15, 2010, and winners will be decided in January 2011.