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J. D'Addario (Evans Drumheads): News From The Front

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New Performing Artists

D'Addario is proud to announce the addition of the following endorsees to its Performing Artist Roster. Welcome to the family one and all!

Frank Salvaggio (bass) and Kevin Jardine (guitar) of the band Slaves On Dope. Slaves are the first act signed to the newly formed Divine Recordings label run by the Queen of Heavy Rock, Sharon Osbourne. The band is currently on the road in support of their debut release, "Inches From The Mainline." They spent the summer dazzling crowds from the Ozzfest's second stage. Frank provides the band's bottom-end thunder with D'Addario Prism Stainless Steel Round Wounds. Kevin dishes out the high end with custom gauged XL Nickel Round Wounds. The boys are also fans of Planet Waves straps and string winders. They never leave home without them!

Brad Delson (guitar) and Dave Farrell (bass) of Warner Bros. recording act Linkin Park. Blending aggressive hard rock with hip-hop vocals and electronic flourishes has proved to be a winning combination for this California band. Their hit "One Step Closer" can be heard on radio stations across the nation. The band is currently on tour with P.O.D. and Hed (D'Addario Performing Artists). Brad uses EXL110 and EXL110-7s. Dave's strings of choice are Prism PSS60s and PSS60-5s (for that added low end!)

Also on the road are new endorsees, Ryan Schuck (guitar), Amir Derakh (guitar), and Paige Haley (bass) of the band Orgy. The band's second release, "Vapor Transmission," is a masterpiece of electronic metal. Ryan uses custom gauged XLs on his seven-string, Amir uses EJ22s, and Paige rumbles with EXL170-5s. The band is also digging their new Planet Waves cables and straps. For an awesome live show, catch them when they come to your town!

D'Addario is proud to welcome singer/songwriter David Gray to its Performing Artist roster. David is the first artist signed to ATO Records, an independent label formed by Dave Matthews. Gray's latest recording, "White Ladder," has received rave reviews from critics and fans alike and features the single "Babylon." David uses D'Addario EJ16s and EXL115s.

Awards & Accolades

D'Addario Performing Artists Creed have been honored with a number of nominations from the upcoming VH1 Awards, Billboard Awards, Radio Music Awards, and World Music Awards. Creed will perform at the VH1 Awards Nov.30th in Los Angeles and at the Billboard Awards on Dec.5th in Las Vegas. Creed was also VH1's artist of the month for October.

Vandoren Performing Artist Jimmy Heath, the legendary tenor sax player called "a very hip dude to be with, funny and clean and very intelligent...one of the thoroughbreds" by Miles Davis, was presented with the 2000 New York State Governor's Arts Award on November 20. In his storied career, Heath's talents have been requested by countless jazz greats, and he has composed over 100 songs, several of which are now jazz standards.

D'Addario consultant Norman Pickering received an award from the Acoustical Catgut Society for his extraordinary achievements in acoustical research. The creator of the Pickering Phono Cartridge, Norman is well-known as one of the country's most accomplished engineers and is also a respected, Juilliard-trained cellist. He has been a close advisor to D'Addario for over two decades.


Bass Day 2000

Presented by the Bass Collective in association with Bass Player Magazine, this annual event featured performances and master classes by world-renowned bassists, as well as exhibits from top equipment manufacturers. It was held Sunday, October 15th at the Manhattan Center in N.Y. D'Addario proudly sponsored Performing Artists Oteil Burbridge and Carlos D'L Puerto at Bass Day 2000. Evans endorsee Dennis Chambers manned the drum stool for all the performances at Bass Day 2000.

November was recognized as International Drum Month. Below is a short list of some of the month's percussive highlights:

KoSA Music Festival

The fifth edition of the KoSA International Percussion Workshop was held in Vermont's Green Mountains. KoSA artistic director and Evans Performing Artist Aldo Mazza welcomed 2000 drum enthusiasts to nightly concerts featuring the renowned KoSA faculty. Over 120 full-week participants came from all over the U.S. & Canada, some traveling from as far as Italy, Switzerland, Chile, Spain, Costa Rica, and Israel to attend a truly unique "total percussion adventure."

The adventure began each day with intensive, hands-on classes given by some of the most elite drummers and percussionists in the world. Participants had the opportunity to play with the rhythm section in residence, partake in drum circles and nightly jam sessions, perform in concerts, and participate in master classes.

This year's faculty included the following Evans artists: Horacio Hernandez, Frank Bellucci, Johnny Rabb, and Giovanni Hidalgo.

Montreal Drumfest

This year's Montreal Drumfest was once again a huge success. The festival featured inspiring clinics from several Evans Performing Artists including Zoro, Alex Acuna, Ron Thaler, and Johnny Rabb. Masterclasses were also held by Will Kennedy and Bob Gatzen.


This year's Percussive Arts Society event was held in downtown Dallas. It was cold outside, but all the drumming kept the place burning up inside. This four-day event featured many of the world's top drummers and percussionists, including Evans endorsees Giovanni Hidalgo, Horacio Hernandez, Ed Soph, Alex Acuna, Ignacio Berroa, Marco Minnemann, Zoro, and Ben Miller. Two lucky attendees won private lessons with none-other than Mr. Will Kennedy.

New Releases

Renowned classical guitar virtuoso David Leisner performs the complete solo guitar works of Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos on a new recording released on Azica Records. The album features the world-premiere recording of the 12 Etudes in their 1928-manuscript version. David uses D'Addario EJ46LP classical strings.

The Offspring are back with more high-energy rock on their latest Columbia release "Conspiracy Of One." Lenny Kravitz has just released a Greatest Hits package featuring 15 tracks and one new song called "Again."

Paul Simon has released a critically acclaimed new album entitled "You're the One." Paul will be touring the U.S. throughout the winter and spring of 2001.

Bassist Sam Rivers and his band Limp Bizkit have released a new album, "Chocolate Starfish And The Hot Dog Flavored Water." Sam provides the groove with Slowound SW2000 bass sets.

Vandoren artist Steve Slagle recently released two recordings. "New New York" on Omni-Tone records and "52nd Street Themes" on Blue Note.

Shock rocker Marilyn Manson is back with "Holy Wood" featuring D'Addario endorsee John 5 on guitar.

Innova Records recently released a CD of David Macbride's music. The disc includes Vandoren artist Susan Fancher and Mark Engebretson's recording of MacBride's saxophone duo "A Round."

Vandoren artist Dan Higgins can be heard as a featured sax soloist on the upcoming film soundtracks for "The Emperer's New Groove", "The Grinch","102 Dalmatians" and "What Women Want." Dan's contemporary jazz CD "City Side" is also soon to be released.

In The Studio

Evans endorsee Peter Erskine is currently in a London recording studio cutting tracks for the long-awaited Kate Bush album.

Evans endorsee Danny Carey is currently in pre-production for the latest from his band Tool.

Look for a new solo release from bassist Mark Egan in early 2001. Mark has been using Planet Waves cables while recording and is thrilled with the results.

Look for a new release on January 16th, 2001 from Vandoren artist T.K. Blue on the ARKADIA JAZZ label. He will be performing live December 12th- 17th at Sweet Basil in New York City. T.K. Blue will be leading a quintet featuring Stefon Harris on vibes, James Weidman on piano, Victor Lewis on drums and Lonnie Plaxico on bass.

Static-X, featuring Evans endorsee Ken Jay, are currently arranging tunes for their next Warner Brother's release.

Vandoren artist Norbert Stachel, lead sax/flute player for the mighty Tower of Power, is currently in the studio working on the group's next Sony Records release.

Performing Artists On Tour

* Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals with Juan Nelson on bass and Dean Butterworth on drums.

* Trace Adkins

* Galatic

* Del McCoury Band

* Days of the New

* Fred Eaglesmith

* Limp Bizkit featuring Sam Rivers

* The Offspring

* Orgy

* Kittie

* Steve Earle

* Linkin Park

* Slaves On Dope

* Savage Garden featuring Evans endorsee Karl Lewis

* Evans endorsee Gerry Brown

* Steve Earle & The Dukes

* John Hammond

* Pat McGee Band

* Corey Harris

* Loudon Wainwright III


Victor Wooten's Yin Yang tour, featuring Joseph Wooten, Regi Wooten, and J.D. Blair on drums, is on the road. For dates and info check out www.victorwooten.com.

Vandoren artists the Amherst Saxophone Quartet continues its stay as artists-in-residence at SUNY Buffalo with a gala 23rd concert season. This year's season includes innovative programs such as American gospel and jazz-inspired sax quartet music, a French romantic tribute to Marcel Mule, a concert of music by local Buffalo composers, and a collaboration with Buffalo Contemporary Dance Company.

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