Victoria Drum Fest 2012Article by Sean Mitchell // June 05 2012
Victoria Drum Fest 2012 was one for the books. What a lineup! Dom Famularo, Scott Pellegrom, Ronn Dunnett, Jordan Hanson, Murray Creed and myself enjoyed five blissful hours at the Marriott hotel in beautiful downtown Victoria, British Columbia. If you have never been to Vancouver Island, better book your ticket for Victoria Drumfest 2013!
I must first say a huge thank you to the volunteers and festival goers. You all made this event so great! I personally want to thank my band, The Mitchells, for being part of my performance, and, of course, the one and only Murray Creed who puts the whole thing together. We are truly blessed in the city of Victoria to have such a humble and giving person in our drumming community. There should be more educators like Murray in the world.
Victoria Drum Fest Drum Solo Contest finalists ... here we go!
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you all to Alex Selph. Alex was this year's VDF Solo Contest winner. Alex (who lives in Atlanta, Georgia) posted his solo video on the VDF Facebook page. Although the contest was not limited to Victoria, no one thought drummers from outside Vic would post. In fact there were a few postings from the good old US of A, and folks, they were all very good!
It was clear Alex was a finalist, but we weren’t sure that he would actually make the trip from Atlanta to Victoria. There was no money in the VDF budget to bring him here. Murray called Alex and told him that he had been chosen as a finalist, on the off chance he might be able to swing it. Without hesitation Alex said he would be here and that he was bringing his wife!
The point to my story, folks, is the pure passion Alex brought to this year's VDF. His dedication to his craft led him on a journey across the country (on his own dime I might add) to enter a drum solo contest in a city where he knew no one. Alex ended up taking first place in his category. I have deep respect and admiration for Alex. He saw an opportunity and chose his passion for playing over everything else, put his money where his mouth is and came out on top.
My hat is off to you, my friend. Ladies and gentleman ... Alex Selph.
I had the misfortune of following Alex Selph. Talk about a hard act to follow!! I had to bring my new bass to the Fest. I have always wanted to drum on my bass. And again, my awesome band. Thank you! It was a great opportunity to play some of our original tunes for a hometown crowd!
Festival creator Murray Creed brought in local hand drummer Jordan Hanson for an awesome drum jam. Check this out!
Victoria’s Fastest Drummer title went to Groove Studios teacher/Current Swell drummer Chris Petersen once again with an impressive 800 strokes per minute.
Drum maker extraordinaire Ronn Dunnett gave an incredible presentation on many hot topics in the drumming industry. Here is a taste of what he brought to the table this year. If you haven't visited Ronn's site, you should do so very soon ... like now: http://www.dunnett.com/. Ron is an amazing drummer and is about the smartest guy on the planet, I'd say.
Scott Pellegrom is an industry leader in his style and skillset. Scott is an amazing player and truly gifted human being. And he even does a raspberry on his drums! (You know, where you buzz your lips and blow on a belly! Are we getting it?)
Join us next year for the 2013 VDF! The Black Page will be updating our readers and you can also check the official Victoria Drum Fest site for details. Until then, enjoy this year's grand finale!
About the Author
Sean has 15 years experience behind the kit, studying under greats like Mitch Dorge and participating in master classes with Dom Famularo and Zoro. It was these life-changing exchanges that prompted the Canadian-born drummer to create a global drumming community, The Black Page, that was easily accessible to drummers of all backgrounds and levels of expertise. In addition to his work with BP, Sean is one-half of the world soul group The Mitchells.
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