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Regina Drum Festival 2012

Article by Sean Mitchell // August 14 2012
Regina Drum Festival 2012

Jayson, let’s talk about the lineup this year. Who can festival goers expect to see? 

For the 2012 festival, we have really stepped it up! Our line up this year is: Myself, Mike Michalkow (Drumming System author), Gorden Campbell (Earth Wind and Fire, George Duke), the Stickman Drum Experience rising star showcase, Ronn Dunnett (Dunnett Classic Drums), Scott Pellegrom (Clinician Extraordinaire), Paul Leim (Shania Twain, Kenny Chesney, one of the most recorded drummers in history), and Gregg Bissonette (David Lee Roth, Santana, Ringo Starr, Spinal Tap). We are very fortunate to have this lineup for our second year. 

This is your second year for RDF. What lessons did you take from last year’s festival and any changes that you are implementing this year? 

Last year went very well for our first year, but this year we have made a few changes. We have moved to a larger venue, the Regina Performing Arts Centre. This venue can facilitate our needs for a few years to come. I have also vowed to be more organized and get more volunteers on board for year two. We are also expanding our tradeshow, adding an event program, and having a showcase of local talent. I am looking at every year building and progressing in slow and steady steps—even though this year went a little ahead of anticipation. 

For those who are not in the know, how did you come up with the idea for RDF and manage to land such a huge lineup in your inaugural year? 

I started bringing in artists for one-off clinics in 2006 and was lucky to have Chris Sutherland, Billy Ward, Kenny Aronoff, Dom Famularo and others involved. Dom was here in 2010 and I was telling him that I wanted to get a festival going here and he said, “Do it!” So in 2011 I held the first annual Regina Drum Festival and was lucky enough to have Ronn Dunnett, Chris McHugh and Shawn Pelton. We also had our kickoff night full of the great local talent we have in this city. 

For year two, I was hoping to add one more artist to the roster and bring Ronn back, as he is a Regina boy. I had been in touch with a lot of players—some of which couldn’t do this year with their busy schedules—but they will be here in years to come. I had confirmed Chris Coleman first, but since then, he had a gig come up in Europe and had to cancel. He felt bad about having to make that call, but will be here at some point for sure. 

I confirmed Gorden Campbell to take his place, Scott Pellegrom and Gregg Bissonette. That was to be the lineup for this year until Sean Browne at Yamaha called and said he wanted to have Paul Leim and Mike Michalkow on the lineup as well. I can’t tell you how excited we are for this lineup of very diverse artists. This is a huge event for Western Canada. 

Any master classes we can take in? How do we get signed up? 

Scott Pellegrom is doing a master class on Saturday, September 15, from 11am to 12pm. People can sign up by emailing reginadrumfestival@gmail.com for details. Space is limited for this, so the earlier you sign up the better chance you have of being in the class. 

Being that you are a Black Page writer, perhaps you can let our readers know how they can win a chance to perform at Regina Drum Fest? 

I will always keep a local element to this festival, and this year, I think we have come up with a great concept. We are awarding two people the chance to perform in the Stickman Drum Experience Rising Star spots on Saturday, September 15, at noon. This will be done by video submission (of you playing) on The Black Page Woodshed. You can mark the video RDF 2012 Stickman. We have an independent panel of top players that will judge the videos and two lucky drummers will get to perform. Videos must be in by August 31 at midnight CST. If anyone has questions, they can email me at reginadrumfestival@gmail.com

For anyone who is interested in the tradeshow, what do they need to know and who do they contact about space? 

Our tradeshow is a very fun and interactive part of the festival. The booths will be approximately 8x8 and will be in the main lobby of the venue. For pricing and questions, they can email, again   Also if anyone is interested in advertising in our program, send an email for rates and info as well. 

Regina seems like a good place to host a drum event with its geographic location in North America. From day one you have had huge names at your events what do you see for future RDFs ? Is there a possibility this could eventually be a destination event that draws in the thousands? 

My main goal will always be to motivate players through a world class education experience. I would love to see this event grow to the point of drawing people from all over Canada and have our tourism industry see the benefits of a drum festival. This will never be done at the expense of the education experience that people will take away, and a focus on local talent. I know some people might find it hard to believe, but I think that our central location in Saskatchewan could be one of the keys to the success of this event. 

Where can we get tickets? 

Tickets are only $50 for a full weekend pass, and this includes all events with the exception of the master class with Scott Pellegrom. Tickets are available online at http://www.ticketedge.ca/index.php?page=EventDetail&id=1802. Locally, tickets can be purchased at the Regina Performing Arts Centre, St John’s Music Regina and Long and McQuade Music Regina. 

Are you accepting volunteers? 

We have a small but mighty volunteer team, but we could use a few more for this year. They can also email reginadrumfestival@gmail.com

For those of us outside of Regina, are there any package deals at any local hotels? 

I am working on finding a host hotel for the event with room rates, food specials, etc. Once I confirm this information, it will be posted on our Facebook page and at http://www.jaysonbrinkworth.com/2012-regina-drum-festival/

 

To embed your video submission to The Black Page Woodshed for the 2012 Regina Drum Festival's Stickman Drum Experience Rising Star contest go to our Woodshed wall by following this link: http://www.theblackpage.net/the-woodshed

  • Upload your video to Youtube or similar site. 
  • Copy and paste the embed code to the Video module in your Woodshed posts.
  • Good luck!

 




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Sean Mitchell

Sean Mitchell has been an active participant in the drumming industry for over 20 years. He has studied under Crash Test Dummies drummer Mitch Dorge and Drumming's Global Ambassador Dom Famularo. Sean is also a songwriter and regularly performs with his wife (and singer) Jill Mitchell. Sean proudly endorses Aquarian Drumheads.



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