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Roland V-Drums 2011 Winner, JP BouvetTop U.S. Player Earns Big Prizes and a Spot at the V-Drums World Championship

Roland U.S. held the second V-Drums® Contest National Championship at Sam Ash Music in Las Vegas, Nevada, on August 25, 2011. Co-sponsored by DRUM! magazine, Drum Workshop, REMO, and Vic Firth, the event was the culmination of nearly four months of intense drumming competitions throughout the country. JP Bouvet, from Lakeville, Minnesota, was the evening’s big winner, earning the title of U.S. V-Drums Champion for 2011 and a seat at the V-Drums World Championship in January.

The annual V-Drums Contest gives drummers a unique opportunity to explore the flexibility and creative options of electronic percussion while battling for Roland percussion products and other prizes. Through a six-week online entry process that began in May, over 200 drummers were chosen to compete in preliminary events before live audiences. At those competitions, judges chose over 30 contestants to advance to the regional round, where eight drummers were selected to move on to the U.S. challenge.

In addition to JP Bouvet, the finalists included Pat Adams from Missouri; Marvan Alexander from Texas; Josh Davidson from Florida; Clifford Jackson Jr. from Tennessee; D’Anna Kennedy from Ohio; Brannon Nelson from South Carolina; and Charles Williams from California.

Before a standing-room-only crowd of more than 400 at Sam Ash Las Vegas, each of these talented players gave an original drum performance using the TD-20SX V-Pro® Series V-Drums and the OCTAPAD® SPD-30 Percussion Pad. JP Bouvet’s winning performance featured a spirited blend of orchestral, contemporary fusion, and Latin styles using a wide variety sounds, loops, and textures. Runner-up Pat Adams displayed a command of several musical styles with a dynamic, thoughtfully constructed drum solo.

For his victory, JP will receive a huge bounty of prizes: a TD-20SX V-Drums kit; a set of REMO custom shell wraps; a PM-30 Personal Monitor System; a complete set of DW hardware; dozens of personalized signature sticks from Vic Firth; and a year’s subscription to DRUM! magazine. JP will also represent the U.S. at the first-ever V-Drums World Championship, which will be held during the 2012 Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, California.

In addition to the exciting competition, the audience was treated to impressive performances from veteran drummer Chad Wackerman (Frank Zappa, Allan Holdsworth, James Taylor), Tony Royster Jr. and his jazz/fusion band, and the unique group Recycled Percussion.

“This year’s Roland V-Drums Contest was the best ever, and the playing level of the contestants and use of V-Drums technology was excellent!” said Roland Percussion Product Manager Tim Root, who also served as the evening’s emcee. “I feel the V-Drums National Championship sets the standard for future drum competitions. The V-Drums World Championship in 2012 is going to be crazy! Go USA!”

For more information about the Roland V-Drums Contest, visit www.rolandus.com/go/v-drums_contest/.