Brooklyn Walking Tour: Traveling Through Gretsch History Today
September 02, 2014
On July 30, 2014 I had a unique opportunity to take a step back into Gretsch Company history. As a matter of fact, I actually took several hundred steps, as I walked the streets of the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn where the company got its start. Along the way I visited several sites that mark the evolution of the company from its... Read More
Gretsch Takes Part In CoverBand 2010 Contest
July 23, 2009
Get The Great Sound Of Gretsch Drums . . . And A Trip To California!
Attention Gretsch drummers (and those who’d like to be): I want to let you know about a great new online contest that Gretsch is proud to be a part of. It’s called CoverBand 2010, and it offers you the opportunity to have your performance viewed by thousands of music fans around the world. Those fans, in turn, will cast their votes, and the top five vote-getters will become the contest finalists. A panel of celebrity judges will select the winners in seven performance spots. Besides naming the best drummer, the judges will also select the best bassist, vocalist, two guitarists, and two percussionists. These winners will become the members of CoverBand 2010.
And when I say “winners,” I mean BIG winners. Each CoverBand member (as well as seven runners-up) will receive a prize package of top-quality professional gear from some of the biggest names in musical-instrument manufacturing. Along with Gretsch drums, those names include Audio-Technica microphones, Genz Benz amplifiers, Gibraltar hardware, Hercules stands, Latin Percussion, Ovation guitars, Sabian cymbals, Schecter guitars, Takamine guitars, and Toca Percussion.
But it gets better. The seven winners will also receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2010 NAMM show in Anaheim, California…to perform in front of the entire music industry. Karl Perazzo, the great percussionist with Santana, will serve as music director for the band. The winners will also have an appearance on a Musician’s Friend catalog cover in 2010.
Here’s how the contest works: Individual musicians and vocalists, not bands, will compete for the seven spots in CoverBand 2010. All you need to do is upload your video to coverband2010.com between July 15 and September 15. The public will vote between September 16 and October 15. The celebrity judges will pick the winners from among the five finalists in each musical category—and those talented folks will become CoverBand!
The contest has started, so don’t waste any time. Upload your best performance for a shot at becoming a member of CoverBand 2010. It’s your chance to become a star!
Official CoverBand2010 Prize Package.
DRUM SET Winner: Gretsch Catalina Ash 5-Piece Black Shell Pack ($999); Sabian HHX Performance 4-Piece Cymbal Set ($1,636); Gibraltar Stealth Vertical Mounting Package w/Tom Mount & Snare Basket ($360); Gibraltar 9608NRG drum throne ($92.99). ($3,088 total!) Runner Up: Gretsch Catalina Club Rock kit. ($1445.00 total!)
VOCALS Winner: Audio-Technica ATW-3141a wireless microphone system ($799); Audio-Technica 2020USB Studio Condenser Mic w/USB Digital Out ($249); Toca 13” Black Mamba Djembe with Bag ($409); LP Aspire Conga Set ($499); Hercules MS501B mic stand ($64.95). ($2,021 total!)
Runner Up: Audio-Technica ATW-3141a wireless microphone system ($799); Hercules MS501B mic stand ($64.95). ($864 total!)
ELECTRIC GUITAR Winner: Genz Benz Black Pearl 30 2x12 Amp ($1,499); Schecter Hellraiser Solo-6 Electric Guitar ($1,069); Hercules GS601B iStand guitar stand ($49.95). ($2,573 total!)
Runner Up: Schecter Hellraiser Solo-6 Electric Guitar ($1,069 total!)
HAND PERCUSSION Winner 1: LP 45th Anniversary Oak Bongos ($459); LP 45th Anniversary 11" Ash Quinto ($839) and 45th Anniversary 11 3/4" Ash Conga ($859); LP 45th Anniversary Cabasa ($54); LP 45th Anniversary Mambo Cowbell ($55). ($2,266 total!)
Winner 2: Toca Sheila E. Signature Wood Congas set (three drums, $2,190); Toca Sheila E. Signature timbales set (two drums, $610). ($2,800 total!)
Runner Up 1: LP Karl Perazzo Timbales ($669); LP 45th Anniversary Oak Bongos ($459). ($1,128 total!)
Runner Up 2: Toca Elite Pro Conga set ($699); Toca Synergy Freestyle 14” djembe ($279). ($978 total!)
Gretsch Marquee Series
New from Gretsch® Drums, the Marquee series delivers explosive,
open tones, professional features and rock solid performance at
an accessible price. Marquee shells combine 7-ply North American
maple with a slight softer maple species that are cut with
classic Gretsch 30-degree bearing edges and fit with 2.3mm
triple flanged hoops.