My good friend Gary Grace, who originally lived in our town, was one of two finalist at the montreal drum fest last week. Still waiting to find out who won.
The 2009 regional finalists are:
Eastern Regional Finalist: Francois Laliberté – Montreal, QC
Western Regional Finalist: Gary Grace – Port Coquitlam, BC
The National Finals will be held on October 24, 2009 at 11:00am on the Montreal Drum Fest stage.
Since May 1st, 2009, Roland Canada has been hosting the Roland V-Drums Contest, a national drum solo competition that gives drummers from across Canada the chance to compete for an autographed, top-of-the-line, Roland TD-20KX V-Drums V-Pro Series kit.
RICHMOND, BC, Oct. 14 /CNW/ - The 1st Roland V-Drums Contest has come to a close, and the two regional finalists will battle it out for the title of Canada's V-Drums Contest National Grand Champion on the Montreal Drum Fest stage. Representing the East is Francois Laliberté from Montreal, QC, who will face off with Western Regional Finalist Gary Grace from Port Coquitlam, BC.
After trying both the guitar and piano, at the age of eight Francois picked up his first pair of drumsticks. Since then, he has studied with many internationally known percussionists including Aldo Mazza and Dom Famularo, and is currently studying under Mario Roy at Cegep St-Laurent in Montreal. Francois has been recognized in both regional and international competitions; in 2008 he received honourable mention at the Modern Drummer's Undiscovered Drummer Contest. Francois dreams of using his music as a tool for peace, and of bringing his music all over the world.
Gary Grace was born into a family of drummers, following in the footsteps of both his father and older brother. Growing up, Gary was interested in many different genres and musical styles. Gary went on to study at the Crane School of Music in New York and has studied under many other drumming greats including Joe Morello and Jim Chapin. He has shared the stage with many great Canadian musicians and currently performs with the Canadian classic rock band "Prism." When not performing, Gary passes on his talent and knowledge to his students.
For the past few months, Roland Canada has been hosting the Roland V-Drums Contest, a national drum solo competition that gives drummers from across Canada the chance to compete for an autographed, top-of-the-line, Roland V-Drums TD-20KX V-Pro Series kit and the opportunity to perform at the prestigious Montreal Drum Fest this fall. The finals will be held on October 24, 2009 at 11:00am on the Montreal Drum Fest stage.
Thank you to everyone who auditioned for the 2009 Roland V-Drums Contest - check back to see who will be crowned the Roland V-Drums Contest National Grand Champion!