That’s right, thumpers. Time to whip your sticks in shape and woodshed the shit out of your best solo: Guitar Center’s annual Drum-Off is back! Here are the sign-up details straight from the press release:
Sign-ups for the preliminary rounds of the Drum-Off competition begin August 1, and run on a “first-come, first-serve” basis, with a maximum of 30 registrants per store. Contestants must sign up with a Guitar Center drum department associate at their local store—no phone or Internet sign-ups are available.
Local competitions start September 23 in all 214 Guitar Center locations from nationwide. One winner from each store will be chosen to move up to district competitions (24 locations), followed by regionally hosted semi-finals (6 locations) and culminating in the final championship Drum-Off in Los Angeles in January of 2009 (exact date and venue TBD).
STORE PRELIMS: September 23, September 30, and October 7
STORE FINALS: October 14
DISTRICT FINALS: November 4
REGIONAL FINALS: December 2
GRAND FINALS: January 2009