JIM CHAMBERS MUSIC BOX PRESENTS: SAM ASH DRUM BASH V. 5.0. SATURDAY, APRIL 26TH 5:00-8:00 P.M.
CELEBRITY JUDGES INCLUDE FOX 13’S JENNIFER EPSTEIN, KAMELOT DRUMMER CASEY GRILLO AND ANBERLIN DRUMMER NATE YOUNG
Following up on the highly successful Drum Bash V. 4.0, held in October of 2013, local music educator and owner of Jim Chamber’s Music Box, Jim Chambers, will once again team with Sam Ash Music to present Drum Bash V.5.0 on Saturday, April 26th from 5:00-8:00 P.M. at the Sam Ash Music Store located at 1333 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL 33618. The event is free and open to the public. Over $2,500.00 in prizes awarded to the drum students that participate in the event. Sponsors of the event include: Pearl Drums, Vic Firth, Zildjian Cymbals and Sam Ash Music.
For this 5th installment of Drum Bash, there will be three celebrity judges to select the best and brightest young stars. The judges include: Popular TV traffic/entertainment and news anchor Jennifer Epstein; she joined the FOX 13 team and the “Good Day Tampa Bay” staff in March of 2006. Jennifer is passionate about music and also involved with the Make a Wish Foundation. Casey Grillo is an admired, respected and versatile drummer. He is most often associated with Kamelot, an original and prestigious acts within the genre of Metal. Now based in Tampa, Grillo is also a highly respected producer and music teacher. Drummer Nate Young is a Tampa native and an original member of rock band Anberlin, who have had several singles on the Billboard 200 chart, including 2008's "New Surrender," which peaked at #13 and led to a performance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Anberlin will be appearing all Summer on the Van's Warped tour 2014. Young is endorsed by Ludwig, Vic Firth and Meinl Cymblas.
Jim Chambers has been involved in all facets of the music business for over 20 years. His career started in 1991 in Atlanta at the indie label Sky Records, where he worked with Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls (co-owner of Sky/Daemon) and a roster of bands that included Flat Duo Jets, and Swans. In 1992 Sony/BMG recruited Chambers as a product development executive for its alternative roster (Tool, Dave Mathews,TLC, Usher). In 1996, Chambers relocated to New York City where he was National Director of Sales for Hybrid Records (Guster, Mike Errico, Art Garfunkel). After a seven year stint at Hybrid/Sire, Chambers was appointed V.P of Sales for Octone Records, where he was a key player in the development of Maroon 5 garnering him two Grammy® Awards. Leaving Octone, Chambers briefly consulted for VH1 working within the consumer marketing department before being hired as General Manager of Warcon Records. During this time Chambers discovered the band Care Bears on Fire, which he co-managed for two years. In 2009 Chambers was appointed Global director A&R Department for Redeye distribution, where he signed Loudon Wainwright III leading to Chambers' third Grammy® win.
Chambers re-located to Tampa in 2009 and began teaching drums. In 2010, Jim Chambers’ Percussion Party held its first Drum Bash as a recital to showcase 20 of Chambers’ most talented students. The event offers the students an opportunity to perform in front of a live audience as well as to record their performances for YouTube® and other outlets. Attendance at the event continues to grow exponentially as word spreads about this fun, family-friendly event. This year’s Drum Bash will present 20 students.
In September of 2013, Chambers opened Jim Chambers’ Music Box. In addition to drums/percussion, Music Box now offers instruction in guitar, bass guitar, piano, voice and band formation. All the instructors are certified and focus on learning, practice and fun! The teaching facility is in a bright, art deco-decorated home located near the Northdale Neighborhood near Carrollwood, Lutz and Gaither High Schools.
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