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  • Whatís the judging process?
  • What do I need to do to enter?
  • Whatís the format on the day of the finals?
  • Do you have an over 16ís age group?
  • What format do I send my entry in?
  • If I get into the finals, can I use my own cymbals?
  • What does the winner get?
  • Can I send in a video of me playing with my band?
  • What are the judges looking for in the finals?
  • Can I send in a video of me playing along to a backing track?
  • Can you give me some feedback on my entry?
  • Can I send in an video of me using my electronic kit?
  • Who is on the judging panel in the finals?
  • Do I have to have my kit set up for my entry as I will in the finals?
  • Can you tell me why I didnít make it into the final 40 or the final 10?
  • Do I have to read music if I get into the finals?
  • Can I get my video tape back?
  • Can I play the same solo in the finals as I did on the tape I sent in?
  • How do I find out if Iíve got into the final 40 or the final 10?
  • Should my face be clearly visible in my entry
  • How are the finalists marked?
  • Are you going to do video clips of the 10 finalists this year?
  • What are the rules?
  • I sent you an email asking if my tape arrived but you never replied.
  • If I get into the finals, can I take my mobile phone back stage with me?
  • Iím 16 years old, can I still enter?
  • What is the closing date for the competition?
  • How many people can I take to the finals with me?
  • Who sponsors the event?
  • Where do I get the entry form from?
  • Where is the finals held?
  • How do I get there?
  • I posted my entry on the 1st of November, will my entry be accepted?
  • Can I send my entry by courier?
  • I havenít got an email address, what should I do?
  • How do I buy tickets for the finals?
  • How much does it cost to enter the competition?
  • Iíve got into the final 40! What now?
  • What time do the finals start and finish?
  • Whatís the ticket price to the finals?
  • What is the seating arrangements in the venue for the finals?
  • Can my family video my performance in the finals?
  • Can I change the kit setup in the finals




    Q: Whatís the judging process?
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    A: We normally get 400+ entries. We look at them all and whittle them down to 40. We then sent those 40 tapes around to five or six professional drummers and teachers to mark their favourite 10. All responses are collated and the final 10 are chosen. Those 10 finalists battle it out at the finals.
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    Q: What do I need to do to enter?
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    A: Firstly make sure youíre eligible, if you are, do a two minute video or DVD of you playing. Next download the entry form, read the rules and send your entry in to us.
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    Q: Whatís the format on the day of the finals?
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    A: Each finalist has to play a two minute solo, they then have to play a song with a bass and guitar player which will have been provided about three weeks before the finals. Finally they have to play a piece of music with the guitar players which they are only introduced to on the day.
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    Q: Do you have an over 16ís age group?
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    A: It takes about five months of planning to do the under 16 competition alone. Time simply doesnít allow for another age group.
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    Q: What format do I send my entry in?
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    A: You can send in your entry on VHS tape, Mini DV tape or DVD. Note: Be absolutely sure that your DVD can be played on any standard R+ / R- DVD player. We had a number of entries last year on DVD which didn't work in our DVD player. If your entry doesn't play in our player, it is a void entry. We cannot return any Tapes or DVD's sent to us.


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    Q: If I get into the finals, can I use my own cymbals?
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    A: No. You can only use the cymbals we supply. Two crashes, one ride one set of hi-hats. You can only use your own pedals (single or double) your own sticks and your own throne.
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    Q: What does the winner get?
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    A: A trophy and the prestigious title. All finalists normally get a (very valuable) goodie bag. Winners have been known to be approached by drum and cymbal companies with endorsment deals.
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    Q: Can I send in a video of me playing with my band?
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    A: No. We will only accept a 2 minute video of you playing solo.
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    Q: What are the judges looking for in the finals?
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    A: The judges will be marking on such things as timing, technique, using your ears, feel, playing for the music and your general attitude.
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    Q: Can I send in a video of me playing along to a backing track?
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    A: You can have backing music if you want but if the track does not allow for a substantial solo (>50%) or if itís so loud we canít hear you playing, youíre placing yourself at a disadvantage.
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    Q: Can you give me some feedback on my entry?
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    A: We get over 400 tapes in. ItÔŅĹs impossible to offer feedback on individual entries ÔŅĹ sorry!
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    Q: Can I send in an video of me using my electronic kit?
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    A: We need to be absolutely sure you meet the standard to make it to the final's in January as that's the time we first meet you and see you play for real. To reduce any chance of "creative entries" i.e. miming to a pre recorded piece, we cannot accept any entries sent in using a electronic kit. For the avoidance of doubt, ALL entries must be made on an accoustic kit only.
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    Q: Who is on the judging panel in the finals?
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    A: Thatís a secret. However, past judges have included Vic Firth, Derek McKenzie, Geoff Dugmore, Ralph Salmins, Sola, Jason Bowld and Lloyd Ryan.
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    Q: Do I have to have my kit set up for my entry as I will in the finals?
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    A: No. Have your kit set up as you like for your entry. But make sure we can clearly see you.
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    Q: Can you tell me why I didnít make it into the final 40 or the final 10?
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    A: Yes, because you were not as good as those who got into the final 40 or final 10.
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    Q: Do I have to read music if I get into the finals?
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    A: Not at all. You will not receive any written music as part of this competition.
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    Q: Can I get my video tape back?
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    A: Sorry, we cannot return any video tapes or DVD's.
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    Q: Can I play the same solo in the finals as I did on the tape I sent in?
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    A: Yes.
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    Q: How do I find out if Iíve got into the final 40 or the final 10?
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    A: Keep an eye on this website. The final 10 will be notified by email and telephone.
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    Q: Should my face be clearly visible in my entry
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    A: TOTALLY!! We need to be absolutely sure it's you. If we can't, the entry is disqualified.
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    Q: How are the finalists marked?
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    A: Each finalist is marked out of 10 on 6 separate competencies. The finalist with the most points is the winner.
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    Q: Are you going to do video clips of the 10 finalists this year?
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    A: Possibly.
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    Q: What are the rules?
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    A: They are with your application form which you can download by clicking in the "Print Entry Form" link in the menu.
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    Q: I sent you an email asking if my tape arrived but you never replied.
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    A: If you want to make sure your tape arrived please include a stamped addressed postcard with your entry. Your entry is sent to a PO Box so recorded mail will not work.
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    Q: If I get into the finals, can I take my mobile phone back stage with me?
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    A: Yes, but if you do you will be disqualified from the competition!
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    Q: Iím 16 years old, can I still enter?
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    A: If you will be 16 or under on the 4th February 2012, yes.
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    Q: What is the closing date for the competition?
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    A: All entries must reach us by November 1st 2007.
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    Q: How many people can I take to the finals with me?
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    A: As many as you like. The more the merrier! We're having ticketed seating this year so you'll have to get in fast for the good seats when tickets go on sale.
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    Q: Who sponsors the event?
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    A: TBC
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    Q: Where do I get the entry form from?
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    A: Click on the "Print Entry Form" link in the menu
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    Q: Where is the finals held?
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    A: TBC
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    Q: How do I get there?
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    A: TBC
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    Q: I posted my entry on the 1st of November, will my entry be accepted?
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    A: If we do not receive your entry by close of business on November 1st it will not be accepted. Give yourself plenty of time. In 2004 there was a postal strike in the week before the closing date which caused a right old panic! We cannot change the closing date as we are on very tight schedules to meet magazine publication dates for news stories and advertisements.
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    Q: Can I send my entry by courier?
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    A: No, as all entries are sent to a PO Box.
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    Q: I havenít got an email address, what should I do?
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    A: Either get one or supply the email address of someone who will be able to forward messages to you as they come in. All communication with the finalists is by email so itís important you can be contacted using this medium.
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    Q: How do I buy tickets for the finals?
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    A: TBC
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    Q: How much does it cost to enter the competition?
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    A: There is no entry fee to enter the competition.
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    Q: Iíve got into the final 40! What now?
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    A: Keep an eye on this website where the final 10 will be announced. If you reach the final 40 it is a VERY good idea to prepare a 200 word bio about yourself in Word format with a good quality head and shoulder photo. If you reach the final 12 you will need to supply these items almost immediately.
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    Q: What time do the finals start and finish?
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    A: Doors normally open at 1pm and the show normally ends at 6pm.
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    Q: Whatís the ticket price to the finals?
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    A: TBC
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    Q: What is the seating arrangements in the venue for the finals?
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    A: Each ticket will have a seat number. We will announce when tickets become available so get in there fast for the good seats!
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    Q: Can my family video my performance in the finals?
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    A: As long as they don't obstruct other peoples view - sure!
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    Q: Can I change the kit setup in the finals
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    A: The running order of the finals are planned down to the minute and there is simply no time to change the standard five piece set-up for each individual. You will of course be able to adjust heights to suit you, (and there will be a tech to help you with this) but you must use the five piece kit as it's supplied on the day
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