Neil Peart's Progressive Percussion Still Pertinent; Nominated "Drummer Of The Year" In DRUM!'s "Drummies 2007"; Reels In Four More Awards In Various Categories

October 01, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Entertainment News
San Jose, Calif., — Neil Peart, who turned 55 on September 12, received some pretty cool belated birthday presents from Enter Music Publishing, publishers of hip/percussion magazines worldwide, such as DRUM! And Traps Magazine. During this year's “Drummies” Peart was nominated “Drummer Of The Year” by 4000 drummers, who participated in the readership survey conducted by DRUM! for the Drummies. The runners-up were: Danny Carey, Vinnie Colaiuta, Thomas Lang.
Additionally Peart won four more “Drummies” for "Progressive Rock Drummer," "Live Performer," "DVD: Anatomy Of A Drum Solo"; and, "Drumming Album: Snakes & Arrows by Rush..

The awards are announced in the "Drummies" story in the November Issue of DRUM! Magazine, scheduled to hit newstands on October 7, 2007.

While Peart has received numerous awards for his drumming over his career, this marks the first time that he has won DRUM!'s prestigious Drummer Of The Year. "Neil Peart was on our June cover because we suspected this would be a big album for Rush," said Phil Hood, publisher of Enter Music Publishing. Even though our audience skews younger than Rush's fan base, he's a huge influence on all drummers, so it's not surprising he finally won this award from DRUM!'s readers" continued Hood.

The following is a summary of the drummers, who won in other categories. In addition to being in the November Issue of DRUM!, all of the winners are listed online as well at:

Drumming Rising Star: Jason Bittner
Runners Up: Brann Dailor, Andrew Hurley, Benny Greb

Progressive Rock Drummer: Neil Peart
Runners Up: Mike Portnoy, Danny Carey, Gavin Harrison

Metal Drummer: Jason Bittner
Runners Up: Chris Adler, Joey Jordison, Tomas Haake

Jam Band Drummer: Carter Beauford
Runners Up: Matt Abts, Stanton Moore, Rodney Holmes

Funk Drummer: Chad Smith
Runners Up: David Garibaldi, Dennis Chambers, Zoro

Mainstream Rock/Pop Drummer: Chad Smith
Runners Up: Carter Beauford, Travis Barker, Daniel Adair

Alternative Rock Drummer: Travis Barker
Runners Up: Danny Carey, Matt Cameron, Taylor Hawkins

Punk Drummer: Travis Barker
Runners Up: Tre Cool, Andrew Hurley, Josh Freese

R&B/Blues Drummer: Zoro
Runners Up: Steve Jordan, Aaron Spears, John Blackwell

Jazz/Fusion Drummer: Dave Weckl
Runners Up: Morgan _gren, Steve Smith, Billy Cobham

Country Drummer: Paul Leim
Runners Up: Eddie Bayers, Chuck Tilly, Kenny Aronoff

Drum Clinician: Dom Famularo
Runners Up: Thomas Lang, Virgil Donati, Mike Mangini

Studio Drummer: Vinnie Colaiuta
Runners Up: Josh Freese, Kenny Aronoff, Steve Jordan

Live Performer: Neil Peart
Runners Up: Danny Carey, Mike Portnoy, Joey Jordison


Percussionist Of The Year: Luis Conte
Runners Up: Marc QuiÒones, Zakir Hussain, Alex AcuÒa

Percussion Rising Star: Taku Hirano
Runners Up: John Mahon, Gumbi Ortiz, Reid DeFever

Latin Percussionist: Giovanni Hidalgo
Runners Up: Luis Conte, Alex AcuÒa, Richie Flores

Jazz/Fusion Percussionist: Airto Moreira
Runners Up: Luis Conte, Ralph McDonald, Raul Rekow

Rock/Pop Percussionist: Luis Conte
Runners Up: John Mahon, Fausto Cuevas, Taku Hirano

World Beat Percussionist: Zakir Hussain
Runners Up: Arthur Hull, Glen Velez, Karsh Kale

Percussion Ensemble: Blue Man Group
Runners Up: Hip Pickles, Global Percussion Trio, Drumbassadors

Drum Circle Facilitator: Kalani
Runners Up: Arthur Hull, Christine Stevens, Zorina Wolf

Percussion Clinician: Luis Conte
Runners Up: Jesus Diaz, Richie “Gajate” Garcia, Giovanni Hidalgo

Studio Percussionist: Alex AcuÒa
Runners Up: Luis Conte, Sammy Figueroa, Lenny Castro

Enter Music Publishing would like to congratulate all of the winners of this year's DRUM! 2007 Drummies Awards.

About Enter Music Publishing
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