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Vic Firth Club Newsletter, Issue #26
The latest news & events from the
world's largest manufacturer of drumsticks and mallets


Contents Of This Issue's Newsletter

1. Product Showcase: New Vic Firth Drum Mutes, Akira Jimbo Signature Sticks

2. Artist Features: Interview/Giveaway with Jarrod Montague of Taproot, Media Vault Video from Akira Jimbo

3. Education in Action: New Lessons from Ndugu Chancler and Dom Famumlaro, Groove Essential #10: Half-time Rock Feel, Artist / Educator Clinic Calendar

1. Product Showcase: New Vic Firth Drum Mutes, Akira Jimbo Signature Sticks

* New Vic Firth Drum Mutes! Made of non-slip pure rubber for real action, these mutes make quiet practicing an option on the drum set. Available in prepacks or individually in the following sizes:


8, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, hi-hat and cymbal (crash / ride)

Prepack 1: 10, 12, 14, 14

Prepack 2: 12, 13, 14, 16

Check out the new drum mutes here:


* Akira Jimbo Signature Sticks

Akira has been a leading figure in the Japanese music scene for more than 15 years. He is best known for his work with the band Casiopea, where he became recognized for his unique playing style and intricate techniques. His stick has a tear drop tip with a tapered butt for better cymbal definition.

Go here to check out Akira's signature drumsticks:


2. Artist Features: Interview/Giveaway with Jarrod Montague of Taproot, Media Vault Video from Akira Jimbo

* Interview/Sweepstakes Drawing with Jarrod Montague from Taproot

Marco Soccoli, Vic Firth's Director of Artist Relations, caught up with Jarrod to talk about Taproot's new release, Welcome.

While you're checking out Jarrod's feature, don't forget to register to win 2 tickets to see Taproot on 2003 tour with Disturbed, 2 backstage passes to meet Jarrod after the show, a pair of Jarrod's autographed Vic Firth sticks and a copy of Taproot's new CD!

Check out the interview and register for the prize giveaway here!


* New Video in the Media Vault!

In a special arrangement with the folks at Warner Bros Publications, we're excited to bring you video clips from their extensive catalog of Vic Firth artists! The first 2 clips in this series feature excerpts from Akira Jimbo's critically acclaimed instructional video, Evolution.

Click here to view the newest clips in the Vic Firth Media Vault!


3. Education in Action: New Lessons from Ndugu Chancler and Dom Famumlaro, Groove Essential #10: Half-time Rock Feel, Artist / Educator Clinic Calendar

* 2 New Cyber Lessons from Ndugu Chancler and Dom Famularo!

In this all-new series of video cyber lessons, renowned drummer and percussionist Ndugu Chancler discusses a wide variety of topics. Ndugu's first lesson, included in Vic Firth's MEDIA VAULT touches on the subject of sound and time development on the drumset.

Ndugu Chancler is known as a world-class producer, composer, clinician and teacher. A three-time Grammy nominee, he has to his credit an extensive list of performances, recordings, original compositions and productions. As a studio musician, he has performed and recorded with Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, George Duke, The Crusaders, Frank Sinatra, Weather Report, Lionel Richie, Kenny Rogers, and Thelonious Monk.

Check out Ndugu's cyber lesson in the media vault:


Regular visitors to the Vic Firth website have had resounding praises for Dom Famularo's extensive series of cyber lessons, but they obviously want more! Well, we've finally managed to tie Dom to his drum throne long enough to give us seven new lessons!

In the 13th lesson of this popular series, Dom gives some insight into what the future of the cyber lessons holds - plus, he plays some great stuff on his drumset to get our mouths watering!

Dom Famularo has been traveling the globe preaching the gospel of drumming for over 30 years. An intense performer, Dom is one of the most respected solo drum artists in the world, with a career built upon his unique skills as a drummer and motivational speaker. He has presented masterclasses and clinics around the globe in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Israel, England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Germany, Portugal, Belgium, Italy, Austria, Holland, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Turkey, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico, Canada and the United States.

Dom's cyber lesson series can be found here:


* Groove Essential #10: Half-time Rock Grooves

Half-time grooves are great for creating a "slower feel" within a tune while maintaining a consistent tempo. In this Groove Essential feature, Tommy explains how moving back and forth between a standard "2 and 4" groove and a half-time groove can add interesting rhythmic variety in your playing style.

Check out Tommy Igoe's lesson on the half-time groove here:


Or, go here to see the entire Groove Essentials feature:


* Vic Firth Artist / Educator Clinic Calendar

Check out the Vic Firth calendar to keep up to date with the latest clinics by our artists and educators. With over 90 current listings featuring artists such as Terry Bozzio, Anton Fig, Akira Jimbo, Chad Wackerman, Zoro, Thom Hannum and Jeff Queen, you're sure to find a great event coming to your area soon!

Go to http://www.vicfirth.com/news/news.html for more information!

All of us here at Vic Firth are excited to bring this email newsletter to you twice monthly to better keep you informed of the hottest new products, the best in the web's percussion entertainment and educational content, and to give you the opportunity to register for our monthly prize giveaways. If you have friends or students who could benefit from joining the VF Email Club, please forward this to them, or tell them to sign up at: http://www.vicfirth.com/emailclub.html

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