SECRET E-DRUM ARTIST REVEAL | E/MERGE
Visit us at The UK Drum Show to be the first to know!
Behold! We've recently welcomed an international e-drum artist in our Pearl family, and we can't wait to share with you his identity. This weekend, during the UK Drum show in Manchester, for the first time ever, we will reveal his name. Join us in the Mike Dolbear Masterclass room this Saturday, 21st of September (10.30am - 11.00.am) to be the first to know. He is playing Pearl e/MERGE - our new electronic drum kit!
Do you want to hear the Pearl e/MERGE live or try it yourself? Visit one of the following events:
o UK – Sept 21st – UK Drum show in Manchester
o Italy – Oct 20th – Musika Expo in Rome
o France – Oct 27th – La Bag Show in Paris
o Germany – Nov 1st/3rd – Musicpark in Leipzig
o Spain – Nov 3rd – TamTam DrumFest in Sevilla
Pearl Project 108
WANT TO BE A PART OF SOMETHING BIG IN THE PERCUSSIVE WORLD? HERE'S YOUR CHANCE TO BE SEEN AND HEARD IN PROJECT 108. Pearl, the world's largest manufacturer of drums and percussion, is asking drummers all around the world to send in videos of themselves playing at 108 beats per minute. You could be featured along with some of our top Pearl Artists like Todd Sucherman, Nate Morton, and Jason Hartless. This is a call to ALL drummers! As long as you're playing Pearl gear, you're good. That means drumset, marching drums, hand percussion... any Pearl gear will do! This is your chance to show the world what you've got. Impress us with your finely tuned skills or show us your creativity with something we've never seen before! These 4 bars are yours to do whatever you want and we can't wait to see them! Read the FAQ or Rules below for details on how to submit your video. ELIGIBILITY Participants of all ages are welcome. US and International Residents are eligible to participate. Employees of Pearl Corporation and their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, suppliers, advertising agencies, and families, and persons living in the same household as such employees, are also welcome to participate. The Project 108 video is subject to all national, federal, state, and local laws and regulations. SUBMISSION PERIOD The PROJECT 108 submission period starts on February 7th, 2022, and will end when an appropriate amount of videos are received. We will give a one-week warning before closing the submission period. HOW TO ENTER To enter the PROJECT 108 video, complete the online registration form and upload your video using the UPLOAD button below. VIDEO SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS Pearl equipment must be the focus in the video. Video submissions must be a supported YouTube file format like MOV, MP4, AVI and you can see a full list here. To ensure we edit your video in the correct starting point, include a 4-count stick click intro. Please use the highest resolution possible to record your performance. Do not include licensed music, backing tracks, or graphics in your finished video. SELECTION OF VIDEOS All entries will be reviewed and selected by the Project 108 Team and their decisions are final on all matters relating to PROJECT 108. All participating Pearl Artists will have 8 bars of performance at 108 bpm. FULL RULES & REGULATIONS THE LEGAL STUFF By submitting the PROJECT 108 video entry form and entering the contest you agree to give Pearl Corporation permission to use your name and likeness for promotional purposes without further compensation. Entrant hereby irrevocably grants, transfers, sells, assigns, and conveys to Pearl Corporation, and each of their respective successors and assigns, all present and future right, title and interest of every kind and nature whatsoever, including, without limitation, all copyrights, and all rights incidental, subsidiary, ancillary or allied thereto (including, without limitation, all derivative rights), in and to the Submissions for exploitation throughout the universe, in perpetuity, by means of any and all media and devices whether now known or hereafter devised (including the right to publish and display Submissions for purposes of advertising, publicity and/or trade, in whole or in part). By entering, each Entrant represents and warrants that the submission is: (a) wholly original. (b) does not incorporate or include anything that would require the consent of any third party permissions. (c) does not violate any copyright, trademark, publicity right, privacy right, or any other right of any third party. (d) Submissions must comply with video requirements located on our site. Pearl Corporation reserves the right to promote and publicize, through any means available to us, the progress, development, process, news, and success of all entries, in whole or in part, to promote Pearl Corporation, the PROJECT 108 video, and future video contests. In addition, Pearl Corporation shall have the right, in their sole discretion, to edit, composite, morph, scan, duplicate, or alter the Submissions for any purpose which they deem necessary or desirable, without the need for any further compensation by them, and each Entrant irrevocably waives any and all so-called moral rights they may have in the Submission submitted by him or her. Pearl Corporation and any of its associated or affiliated companies, their directors, officers, agents, employees and customers, and appointed advertising agencies, their directors, officers, agents, and employees from all claims of every kind on account of such use. First, upload your video using the button below. Then complete the form to take part in Project 108. WHAT IS PROJECT 108? Project 108 is our way of showing the strength of the Pearl drumming global community and to feature their talents in one seamless video. HOW DO I TAKE PART? Record yourself playing 4-bars at 108 beats per minute (bpm) on your Pearl gear. DO I NEED ALL PEARL GEAR? Pearl equipment must be the focus in the video and we would prefer that non-Pearl drum/hardware/percussion logos not be visible. Project 108 is not just for drumset players, but also for percussion, marching, and orchestral instruments as well. WHAT DO I PLAY? This is your chance to show the world what you've got. Impress us with your finely tuned skills or show us your creativity with something we've never seen before! These 4 bars are yours to do whatever you want and we can't wait to see them! HOW DO I SEND MY VIDEO TO YOU? Once your video is completed, complete the registration form above and use the Upload Link to send us your video. The form must be completed to take part in Project 108. WHY 108 BPM? A lot of drummers tend to play a variable of the same two and four backbeat pattern when they first sit down behind a kit and it was the average tempo of our test group. This tempo that can be dissected many ways and still be played comfortably. */
Bringing the Artist to you.
e/MERGE Bringing the Artist to you. Get a Free One-on-One Masterclass with a Top Artist Already for 75 years, Pearl has been working on bringing the best musical experience to drummers around the world. To support you in present troubling times Pearl Europe teamed up with some of our international Top Artists to offer you something unqiue! When you buy a Pearl e/MERGE drum kit -- you will get a one-hour personal drum lesson as a gift! The drum lesson will be on-line by one of the Top Pearl artists below. Select the artist you want to take lesson from and contact Pearl Europe at [email protected] with the proof of the purchase and serial number of the module. Valid: Starting today until March 31st 2021. Exclusive selected e/MERGE dealers: Thomann – https://www.thomann.de/de/index.html Drum-Tec – https://www.drum-tec.de/ Just Music – https://www.justmusic.de/ Musik Produktiv – https://www.musik-produktiv.de/ PPC – https://www.ppcmusic.de/ Andertons – https://www.andertons.co.uk/ Gear4Music – https://www.gear4music.com/ Key Music – https://www.keymusic.com/nl/ Maatwerk in Drums – https://maatwerkindrums.nl/ Bax-Shop -- https://www.bax-shop.nl/ Musical Box – https://www.musicalbox.com/ Merula – https://www.merula.com/ Tam-Tam Percussion – https://www.tamtampercusion.com/es/ Alfasoni - https://alfasoni.com/ La Baguetterie – https://www.baguetterie.fr/ Woodbrass – https://www.woodbrass.com/ La Boîte aux Rythmes – https://www.drumshop34.com/ Dirk Brand Genre: (prog)rock, jazz, pop, metal Lesson available in language(s): English German Social media links: https://www.instagram.com/drummybrand/ https://www.facebook.com/dirk.brand.14 https://www.dirkbrand.com/ Quick introduction: As a versatile all-rounder you can see/hear Dirk Brand performing on many international Drum-Festivals and working with tons of famous international artists from all types of genres and music styles and all over the world. For instance as an official band member of famous German metal group Axxis he toured all over the world and played at famous Wacken Open Air, Bang Your Head, Masters of Rock (CZ), and many more festivals. With Belgium dance super group Milk Inc. he is playing at some of the biggest dance festivals around and collaborations with mega stars like SEAL or A-ha happened. And in China and Japan he played with Marty Friedman from Megadeath and Japanese Keyboard wizard Tatsuya Nishiwaki! In 2015 he joined German prog-rock group "Subsignal" and recorded several highly acclaimed albums. Some albums were voted No.1 at many international genre specific radio stations and music magazines, and got nominated for best Prog-Rock Album in 2015 & 2018. As an on-demand drummer he played also many musicals like "Evita", "Linie 1", „Feet of the Flames" or "Hair"… just to name a few. Dirk Brand is author of highly acclaimed drum books "1000 Faces of Drum Styles", "Future Drumming", "Chart Reading" and "Pocket Rhythms for Drums" and also a DVD "A Band Concept". For German drum magazine „Drums&Percussion" he writes a monthly column about „Electronic and Hybrid Drumming" and “Double Bass Drum Playing”. As an international clinician and product specialist he has demonstrated and performed all over the World, sharing his wide style of different drumming skills on tons of drum festivals, like: TamTam Festival (Spain), Warsaw Drum Festival (Poland), Drums&Percussion Paderborn (Germany), Bag’Show (France), India, Vietnam, Singapore, Music Russia, Music Fair Norway, Music China, Malaysia, Dresdner Drum Festival (Germany), Drummer Meeting Koblenz (Germany) and many many more. Dirk Brand is also closely working together with Pearl Drums for their electronic systems, like: e/MERGE and MIMIC Pro. For 8 years he has been a member of the Westfälische Wilhelms University in Münster and since 2009 he is the Drum Department Head of the Rock-, Jazz-, Pop-, Academy called short RPJam in Gießen close to Frankfurt. How I Can Help: I have in-depth knowledge about the e/MERGE, am product specialist already for 20+ years when it concerns e-kits, am also a very versatile drummer, therefore completely flexible and open to talk about any drum topic you wish to know more about. For the lesson I will use: e/MERGE Drum Kit several cameras, therefore being able to create different perspectives Pearl artist page for more info and details: https://pearldrum.com/eu/artist/dirk-brand/13191 Miguel Lamas Genre: Fusion, pop Lesson available in language(s): English Spanish Social media links: https://www.instagram.com/miguellamasdrums/ https://www.facebook.com/miguellamasofficial https://www.miguel-lamas.com/ Quick introduction: Miguel Lamas (Ferrol/Spain, 1993) is a Latin Grammy Award winning drummer and playing drums already from 4 years old. He has worked live and in studio with artists like Dani Martín, Melendi, Amaia Montero, Miriam Rodriguez, Abraham Mateo, Maldita Nerea, David DeMaría, Zahara, O'Funk'Illo, David Bustamante, Soraya Arnelas, Lérica, Andrés Suárez, Tomasito, Juanito Makandé, Pepe Bao, Canijo de Jerez, Lin Cortés, Nani Cortés... just to name a few. Sa far he released two solo albums and also an album with his trio together with Raynald Colom & Jorge Vera. He performed at some of the greatest drum events around the world, like: The UK Drum Show (UK), Bag’Show (France), TamTam Drumfest (Spain), Meinl Drumfest (Germany), La Rioja Drumfest (Spain), NAMM Show (USA), ZonaSoul (Argentina), Clinic Days (Peru)... and many others. Also did he share his expertise during several online lessons at OnlineLessons.tv How I Can Help: There are for sure some points that I‘d like to bring to your attention: Timing, Sound, Creativity and Precision. But I am also completely flexible and open to talk about any drum topic you wish to know more about. For the lesson I will use: e/MERGE Drum Kit several cameras, therefore being able to create different perspectives Pearl artist page for more info and details: https://pearldrum.com/eu/artist/miguel-lamas/19231 Riccardo Merlini Genre: Rock, pop, metal Lesson available in language(s): English Italian Social media links: https://www.instagram.com/riccardo.merlini/ https://riccardomerlini.com/ Quick introduction: Italian drummer, fastest hands on the planet, graduated at Conservatory, student of Mike Mangini in Boston, teacher, clinician, awarded world fastest drummer who discovered and developed the fastest hands technique reaching 400BPM with single stroke roll with drum sticks and 300BPM with bare hands. High profile and international renowned drummers from all over the world take lessons from Riccardo, like: superstar percussionist Eric Bobo (Cypress Hill), Mike Reid (drummer of Janet Jackson, Rhianna) and many others from around the world. How I Can Help: My technique is very useful and teachable to anyone from the first approach and it's very useful for every kind of expression and style on the drum set or percussions. It helps to reach more flexibility of wrist and fingers. Developing the right movements for a better control and grip functionality. My intention during this lesson would therefore be to explain you how my Super Fast Hands Technique works, at least for the first half an hour. I’ll show you many examples and give you exercises to develop and understand the benefits of this innovative method that helps you reach the fastest single strokes possible in a natural way, without tricks or shortcuts. Also I’d like to introduce to you one of my favorite tutorials: Hands&Feet Extreme Coordination… a system that I created to develop crazy independence and control of your limbs. But of course I’m also open to other requests like: just Double Pedal exercises (Doubles, Heel/Toe Technique, Singles…), Time Keeping especially at fast tempos, Chops etc… I speak English (C2 Level) and of course Italian. For the lesson I will use: e/MERGE Drum Kit iPhone 11PRO front view Mac Book Pro Action Cam HD for my feet Pearl artist page for more info and details: https://pearldrum.com/eu/artist/riccardo-merlini/14061 Cédric Hilaire Genre: Rock, pop, fusion, alternative Lesson available in language: French Social media links: https://www.instagram.com/cedric_hilaire/ https://www.facebook.com/cedric.hilaire.drum https://www.youtube.com/user/myckadow1?app=desktop https://www.d-clickonline.com/ Quick introduction: "Cédric Hilaire a commencé à faire de la batterie ainsi que ses premiers concerts à l'âge de 17 ans. Il écume les scènes européennes avec différents projets (Zetlaskars, EARL, Fouad Nohra, Kulbuto, Konami Code, Bonobo Circus, Ape’s O Clock, Tomawok...) et cumule près de 900 concerts. En parallèle, le batteur développe une passion pour la pédagogie. Il rejoint l’écurie Yamaha en tant que professeur (la Yamaha Popular Music School près de Rennes) à l’âge de 23 ans et y donne des cours particuliers et collectifs pendant plus de 10 ans. En 2014 Cédric a créé son école de batterie en ligne, D-Click Online, pour transmettre ses connaissances et sa vision de l’enseignement au plus grand nombre. Il a déjà prodigué ses conseils à plus de 300 élèves à travers le monde. En 2019 il a construit son studio, le Studio DCO, pour pouvoir acceuillir des batteurs en stage sur un ou plusieurs jours pour qu'ils puissent progresser le plus efficacement possible dans un confort optimal. Depuis ce studio il diffuse aussi des vidéos pédagogiques sur sa chaîne Youtube (25 000 abonnés) ainsi que pour sa rubrique mensuelle "Les cours de Cédric Hilaire" dans le magazine spécialisé ‘Batterie Magazine’.” How I Can Help: I am completely flexible and open to talk about any drum topic you wish to know more about… e/MERGE, it’s module, bass drum techniques, coordination, groves, and so on… Whether you are a beginner or an expert, I enjoy teaching to all levels, all styles and all ages and am a competent and very experienced drum teacher that will meet your expectations. For the lesson I will use: e/MERGE Drum Kit several cameras, therefore being able to create different perspectives Pearl artist page for more info and details: https://pearldrum.com/eu/artist/cedric-hilaire/1332196 Jason Bowld Genre: Rock, metal, urban Lesson available in language: English Social media links: https://www.instagram.com/jasonbowld/ https://www.facebook.com/jasonbowldmusic https://www.youtube.com/c/JasonBowld http://www.jasonbowld.com/ Quick introduction: “Hey there! I’m Jase the drummer for Bullet For My Valentine of which I’ve been part of for the last five years now. I’ve toured worldwide at a stadium level for a long long time now and prior to Bullet. Some bands I have played with include Pitchshifter, Killing Joke, Fightstar not to mention Axewound - a cool side project with myself and Bullet singer Matt. I’m a keen educator too, being a writer for Rhythm magazine for the last 14 years and also having played many drum clinics worldwide. I teach privately/remotely from my home studio where I also compose music for T.V. sync purposes - Is there anything I can’t do? Well yes - I’m terrrrrible at Golf and you could deffo kick my ass at Crochet’ I hope to see you in 2021 when we tour our brand new Bullet album which features some of my deadliest drumming. Peace x" How I Can Help: In your lesson with me, I can cover subjects such as: double-kick, linear drumming, fill/groove ideas, rock, funk and Drum ‘n Bass - I can also teach Nu-fusions of world styles fused with modern styles that you love that will also further your technique. For the lesson I will use: e/MERGE Drum Kit several cameras, therefore being able to create different perspectives Pearl artist page for more info and details: https://pearldrum.com/eu/artist/jason-bowld/17326 Kai Hahto Genre: Rock, metal Lesson available in language(s): English Finnish Social media links: https://www.facebook.com/kai.hahto.96 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yu-0SJCRozg Quick introduction: Kai started playing the drums at the age of 6. Since he was 13 years old, he started playing in local bands till late 80’s… and after in the 90’s he got his name cemented in especially international heavy metal drum community as being part of Rotten Sound. But Kai also played with more Blues/Rock and Dixieland/Street Jazz music styled bands. Since Kai wanted to expand his technical abilities even more, he moved to New York for one Summer in 2002. His teachers were: Freddy Gruber, Joe Morello, Jim Chapin and John Riley and gave him a completely new direction in technique and drum set control. In 2004, Kai marked a new chapter in his life by co-founding Wintersun. And in 2009, he also became part of Swallow the Sun, having him record two studio albums with them and playing hundreds of shows around the world. In between touring, he has also been very active in the studio as a drum tech/tuning guy for bands like Nightwish, Children Of Bodom, Ensiferum… just to name a few… This leads us to 2014 when he was asked by Nightwish to play on their new album “Endless Forms Most Beautiful” and join on their upcoming worldwide tour… and he has been with Nightiwsh as official band member ever since. Kai has done tons of clinics and masterclasses, and has been highly acclaimed because of his live, studio and teaching work. How I Can Help: Get up close and personal with ‘one to one’ industry professional tuition. The lesson is designed around you to your needs. I will design your lesson using the information you provide me regarding your skill level be it beginner, intermediate or advanced. The number of years you’ve been playing, your favourite styles, your age, techniques and styles you wish to develop will all be factored into your lesson alongside insightful advice on becoming a session player (live and in the studio) and a stadium level live drummer. For the lesson I will use: e/MERGE Drum Kit several cameras, therefore being able to create different perspectives Pearl artist page for more info and details: https://pearldrum.com/eu/artist/kai-hahto/13196
Proudly we welcome the following artists to the Pearl Family!
Proudly we welcome the following artists to the Pearl Family! ALEKSANDRA ŠUKLAR - https://www.instagram.com/aleksandrasuklar/ product: malletSTATION, PTM Concert Maple Double Head toms, Symphonic Aluminum snare, MCT Masters Maple Complete drums MICHI HUBERT - https://www.instagram.com/michi.hubert/ product: STS Session Studio Select series HENRY CHAUHAN - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMD1NpYXZOl0fnvAe6vOM2A product: Masterworks series TOBINES - https://www.youtube.com/user/nesarajahdrummer product: Crystal Beat series
NAMM 2020: NEW PEARL PRODUCTS COMING THIS YEAR
Drum Pedal NEW Pearl Eliminator Solo pedal For the reliable play of the working drummer. In 2020, Pearl is introducing Eliminator Solo bass drum pedals which deliver all the speed and performance of the original Eliminator, but in a single cam option. The Eliminator Solo: Black features the focused feel of the circular Linear Action (Black) Cam. Its slightly weighted feel and resistance-free footboard deliver traditional feel, power and speed with less muscle fatigue. The contrasting Eliminator Solo: Red delivers a lighter, fluid feel thanks to the Radical Progressive Action (Red) Cam. Best suited for the high-speed play, its sharp Cam angle increases rebound for a lightning fast, accurate stroke. New Pearl 930 Series Single-Braced Stands Boasting the same sturdy tubing and tier joints as their double-braced counterparts, Pearl’s new 930 Series Single Braced Hardware is an excellent choice for the gigging drummer on the move. Using the high-function and durability of the 930 Series stands, the Cymbal (C930S,) Cymbal Boom (BC930S,) and Snare (S930S,) stands are built to stand up to rigorous gigging and play with dramatically reduced weight. New Pearl 1030 Series Double-Braced Hi-Hat Stand Boasting the same sturdy tubing and tier joints as Pearl’s 930 Series stands, the new double-braced H1030 Series Hi-Hat stand is now available as a counterpart to Pearl’s new Eliminator: Solo bass drum pedals. Its smooth, traditional footboard performs with resistance-free precision, while the independent Trident tripod is positioned separate from the pedal frame to easily accommodate double bass drum pedals. New Pearl Unilock Arm & Leg Adapter The UniLock Arm & Leg Cymbal adapter (CHA70) is a multi-positional cymbal arm that creates quick, easy cymbal expansion around the drum set. The boom arm’s gearless Uni-lock tilter adjusts to practically any angle. Exceptional for working drummers who want to extend the use of existing gear in tight spaces. Percussion Ever Popular Travel Congas Redesigned Updated Pearl Travel Congas features 3.5” deep wood shells that deliver maximum portability and sound. Like traditional congas they utilize stave construction and feature real size Quinto, Conga and Tumba heads. Tuning the Remo Symmetry heads is effortless with five precision Allen tuning bolts and the included wrench. The newly redesigned Travel Congas also have a newly designed stand. New Travel Bongos Introducing the new Travel Bongos that are small enough, they fit comfortably in a backpack. Pearl Travel Bongos feature 3.5” deep wood shells that deliver maximum portability and sound. The new Travel Bongos stand features a gear tilter to put your drums at the right angle and utilizes a tension lever mounting system that securely locks your drums in place. Each stand includes a travel bag with shoulder strap, so your stands are as portable as the Travel Bongos. Accessories New Aluminum Trap Table Ideal for indoor and outdoor use, this spacious table has room for a surprising number of sticks, mallets and percussion instruments. Side walls prevent mallets from rolling off. The table is finished in gray powder coating, while the Chrome stand features black powder coated, double braced legs and a memory lock. New Tongue Drum Bag From percussion ensembles, elementary music instruction, solo performance, yoga instruction and drum circles, tongue drums are always on the go. This nylon bag is padded on the top, bottom and sides to fully protect your drum and ensure safe transportation. It also has a zippered pouch on the side for your mallets or personal items.
40TH ANNIVERSARY OF LA'BAGUTTERIE
In honor of the La Baguetterie's Anniversary we created a very special snare In honor of the La Baguetterie's 40th Anniversary we collaborated with an internationally well-known artist - Werner "Nash" Zwakhalen to create this exceptional snare drum with the one of a kind design. The snare is manufactured from a single steam-bent piece of premium-grade Maple into a strong and beautiful sounding drum. Happy birthday La Baguetterie! We wish you prosperity and success for years to come!
DIRK BRAND HAS JOINED THE PEARL FAMILY AS AN E-DRUMMER!
We are proud to announce that Dirk is now one of our main Pearl e/MERGE ambassadors. Last weekend, during the UK Drum show, we had an honor to reveal a new international e-drummer that is now playing Pearl e/MERGE electronic drum kit. We are very proud to announce that this e-drummer is Dirk Brand. "My name is Dirk Brand. I am very proud and very happy to introduce the new Pearl e/MERGE drum kit. This drum kit is totally unbelievable. Pearl and KORG did a collaboration together and they build a totally new system, new e-drumming experience." - Dirk Brand. Visit his artist page: Dirk Brand
PEARL E/MERGE IS NOW AVAILABLE IN EUROPE!
Get your sticks ready, because this long-awaited e-drum set is finally here. When the world’s leading drum company spends five long years working hand in hand with the music industry’s leading electronics company, great things are bound to happen. Please welcome e/MERGE, an all new e-drumming experience like never before. We are excited to announce the final launch of this electronic drum set, it is now available to order at your official Pearl Dealer. Acoustic-like Feel Wave Trigger Technology of the Pearl e/MERGE allows every nuance of your playing style, and even your choice of stick to infinitely color the sound produced. It is faster than anything simply trigger based. The patent pending PUREtouch Electronic Pads were constructed by Pearl and KORG engineers with six layers of material that work together to create the most natural feel of any electronic pad available. Visit one of the upcoming events to experience e/MERGE yourself: o Italy – Oct 20th – Musika Expo in Rome o France – Oct 27th – La Bag Show in Paris o Germany – Nov 1st/3rd – Musicpark in Leipzig o Spain – Nov 3rd – TamTam DrumFest in Sevilla
BEST SNARE, HARDWARE AND PERCUSSION
These Pearl products won the Slagwerkkrant Readers Award 2019 The votes have been counted and we couldn't be happier to announce that these three Pearl products won the hearts of the Slagwerkkrant magazine readers in 2019. Best Snare Drum: Pearl Modern Utility Floor Snare Best Hardware: Pearl ICON Rack System Best Percussion: Pearl Primero Guiro Cowbell Moreover, these incredible Pearl Artists from Benelux were awarded too! Best Drummer Benelux: Cesar Zuiderwijk Best Fusion/Crossover: Lucas van Merwijk Best Percussion Group: Slagerij van Kampen Best Drum Event of the Year: 2000 drummers aan zee by Cesar Zuiderwijk Thank you very much for your support and for all your votes!