Friday, October 4, 2013
The Percussive Arts Society (PAS) and Hit Like A Girl have announced the formation of an alliance that brings drummers, educators, manufacturers and media together as part of a powerful, new coalition and aims to generate greater recognition of the female drumming community and greater support for its development and growth.
“This cooperation between one of the oldest and most respected organizations in the drum industry and one of the newest and most progressive allows us to combine resources and achieve a common goal more easily and more effectively,” explains PAS Executive Director Jeff Hartsough. “And, while we ultimately want girls and women to become active members of PAS and participants in Hit Like A Girl activities, we realize that step one is simply getting more of them to pick up a pair of sticks or a hand drum and become drummers.”
As part of this initiative of mutual support, PAS has become an official sponsor of the 2014 Hit Like A Girl Contest and will contribute an opportunity for the 2014 HLAG Champion in the over 18 division to perform at PASIC 2014 as well as admission to the conference for the under 18 winner. In collaboration, Hit Like A Girl will provide promotional consideration for PAS in the public relations and marketing for its contest and general advocacy of female drummers and drumming.
Bands Featured This Week
Woody is blossoming into a regional/national artist with all the appeal of an international entertainer. His songs are memorable, his lyrics are relatable, and his shows are filled with energy and personality.
Born in the town of Loxahatchee, Florida native Woody has a passion for music that sparked when he was just six years old, singing in an a cappella choir at his local church. Born with a natural vocal ability, Woody grew up with a variety of musical influences including gospel and jazz, with a strong country base influenced by legends such as Garth Brooks. This singer/songwriter explores a diverse selection of musical stylings, including rock, country, acoustic, folk, and blues, accompanied by soulful vocals and an energetic stage presence. His creative guitar riffs and unique vocal arrangements echo the sounds of Bob Dylan, Dave Matthews and Gavin Degraw.
Woody and the Nutcrackers have carved a niche for themselves as one of Tampa’s leading musical acts. They consistently headline at notable venues such as Skipper’s Smokehouse. In February 2012, the Tampa Bay Times featured the band in “Tampa’s Ultimate Local Music Guide”. Shortly after, Woody and the Nutcrackers headlined the Calusa Music and Arts Festival held in historic Ybor City and performed in Curtis Hixon Park’s Friday Extra Concert Series.
Since 2012, Woody shared the stage with several national acts including platinum recording artist Sister Hazel, Brandi Carlile, Andy Grammer, Michael Tolcher, and Rebecca Loebe. Taking the stage as a solo performer or with his backing band, Woody grabs the crowds attention and pulls each listener into his world.
Woody’s stripped production and soulful lyrics can be heard on his first solo album entitled “Paris” with Attic Records released internationally in August 2012. You can listen on Itunes, Spotify, Pandora, on Facebook, and at Reverb Nation and of course at one of his sensational live shows!!
Members: Kyle MacKillop, Robin MacKillop
Bio: This project is the culmination of several years of playing with other bands and now branching out on my own time. These songs are my stories, my thoughts, and my life. Its a mix of all the influences that make me musically who I am. I have been working on the songs since 2007. Enjoy.
Members: Robert Cuccioli, Max von Essen, Ashley Amber, Brooke Sunny Moriber, Rodney Hicks, Christiane Noll, Joseph Dellger, Tony Freeman
Sounds Like: Andrew Lloyd Webber, Billy Joel, Elton John, Glee :), Michael Bublé
The Boxer Rebellion – Diamonds
D.A.D. (Drums and Disabilities) is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization, that pioneered the Legendary techniques of Drum Therapy. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his Administration, and New Jersey Department of Education Commissioner Lucille Davy helped celebrated Drum Virtuoso Pat Gesualdo launch D.A.D. as a pilot program in various New Jersey and New York City schools in 2004.
D.A.D. has been the lead story on NBC, CBS, and ABC Television News, and other major media outlets on a Global basis. Senators and Congressman throughout the United States have called upon D.A.D. to help write disability laws to protect disabled and children and their parents. The U.S. Department of State has also joined with D.A.D. to help bring peace to the Israelis and Palestinians in the West Bank region of Israel.
Sources: http://www.reverbnation.com, http://www.moderndrummer.com/, https://www.drummercafe.com/