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Mapex On Hand To Help Break Records For Charity

United States
7 November 2007 — Recently, Mapex co-sponsored two events organized to break world records and raise money for very worthy causes. The annual Woodstick event in Seattle was hosted by Destination Mapex Dealer, Donn Bennett Drum Studio. This was the fifth edition of Woodstick and the first attempt at breaking last year’s record for most drummers playing simultaneously (533).

Woodstick 2007 raises money for Hearing Regeneration as a world-wide effort, and a local non-profit organization to help the homeless, and also funds local school music programs.

On hand representing Mapex was former B.B. King drummer Tony Coleman. “This is a great opportunity for us to give something back to the people that have helped us over the years,” said Coleman. “I’m proud to be here with Mapex.”

Tony tore it up on his solo, performed on a Saturn Series drum set and showed everybody that his chops are second to no one in attendance.

While attendance topped 400 and the participants were enthusiastic, Woodstick 2007 fell short of breaking the record.

“We’re not giving up,” said Donn Bennett of Donn Bennett Drum Studio, “We have too much work to do for hearing regeneration and we’ll take another shot at the record next year. Besides, we now have some competition in Texas.”

The competition that Bennett speaks of is the inaugural Texas Big Beat Event. Taking place in Houston and hosted by Mapex Destination Dealer, Percussion Center, Texas Big Beat was also attempting to break the record established by Woodstick and raise money for Cherish Our Children International.

Over four hundred drummers gathered at the Humble Civic Arena to express their passion for drumming while raising money for Cherish Our Children International. Over $36,000 was raised to support the “No More Victims” program in providing educational programs for at-risk children who have grown up around violence and can now learn how to create a positive and productive future for themselves.

Mapex artist, Liberty DeVitto was in attendance and performed for the crowd and spent time talking to drummers. DeVitto said of the event, “I especially love talking to the kids. They have so much enthusiasm for playing. They have dozens of questions and a real thirst to improve they’re playing ability.”

Donna Fisher of Percussion Center in Houston organized the Texas Big Beat event and is thrilled with the results. “We could never have never done this without the advice of Donn Bennett. He shared so much with us from things he’s learned with Woodstick. I can’t wait until next year so we can take another shot at that record,” said Fisher. “It’s great to see so many drummers coming together to do what they love and help the community at the same time.”

Mapex donated new Pro M drum sets to both events. The kits were awarded to the top individual fundraisers.

“We’ve been a proud part of Woodstick for years and we’re thrilled to be a sponsor at Texas Big Beat, said Jeff Ivester, Mapex Marketing Director. “These are the type of events that can bring a local drumming community together and do some real good for local charities. If any other Mapex dealer wants to organize an event to compete for the record, Mapex will be there to help in the cause. I wouldn’t mind seeing a three or four more of these events across the country every year.”
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