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2011 Finals Wrap Up!
The Candyman had an awesome turnout of drummers and drum fans to cheer them on for their second annual Drum Battle. It was cold outside, but the sticks were hot and so were the Frito Pies from Baja Tacos!
This highly charged, mind-blowing, sport of the arts celebrated its second anniversary kicking off the November International Drum Month Celebration at The Candyman.
The Drum Battle competitors stepped into battle in one of three brackets, youth, amateur and professional at the Saturday, November 5th public event at The Candyman. The event was received by an enthusiastic audience who cheered wildly for all the contestants.
Also appearing were Jessica Preston and Sean Pilgrim who were on-hand to broadcast the event live through Project 101.5 and live stream via Santafe.com and supported the two-man Candyman host team of Milton Villarrubia, III and Mikey Baker.
The Drum Battle youth winners were chosen by a show-stopping tie between 9 year old Oliver Ricklin and 14 year old JuanCarlos Armijo. “The age difference was too great to be able to declare a clear winner,” remarked Mark Clark, one of three judges for the event. “The only way to be fair was to award both of these young men the top spot for this category.” Seth Garcia placed second while Ben Trujillo placed third.
The battle of the amateurs resulted in a 14-year old Jason Oehlschlager taking home the first place prize followed by Oliver Greer in second and Evan McAllister taking home the third spot.
The event closed with a thunder during the Pro battle. Geraldo Garcia wowed the audience earning the crowd favorite while Andrew Primm earned the championship from the judges. Mikey Chavez came in a very close second with just two points behind Primm. David Waldrop took home the third place prize.
“What a difficult task to have to declare winners from this monstrous talent.” Todd Lovato, editor of Santafe.com wrote in his follow-up article, “I feel bad for the judges, who had the difficult task of judging so much monstrous talent. The final odd-time-signature showdown between Mikey Chavez and Andy Primm was an exercise in aural pyrotechnics and technical prowess. Santa Fe has an amazingly skilled drum community. Congratulations to all of talented participants!”
SantaFe.com and Project 101.5 sponsored the Crowd Favorite Contest Winners. Votes were collected by ballet during the contest and winners were announced by Jessica and Sean. Winners in the youth bracket were Seth Garcia and Oliver Ricklin. Amateur bracket winners were Evan McAllister and Jason Oehlschlager. The pro bracket crowd faves were Geraldo Garcia and David Waldrop.
“The percussive talent in this town is incredible,” remarked Milton Villarrubia, III and drum department manager for The Candyman. “We’re just trying to show Santa Fe and the world how much we have!”
Over $900 in prizes were provided by Zildjian, Drum Workshop, Aquarian, and The Candyman Strings and Things.
“This year’s event was wall to wall excitement! It was the type of event I envisioned almost 3 years ago” said Cindy Cook, co-owner of The Candyman. “I’m thrilled to see how successful it has grown in just two years and to have such astute judges like Mark Clark, Peter Williams and last year’s Pro Winner, Dave Wayne, along with the many talented drummers that showed up to battle it out. What an amazing event put together by an amazing staff like Mikey Baker, Milton Villarrubia, III and Peter Williams to help organize it and take it to such a high level. The involvement of Santafe.com and Hutton Broadcasting to help bring it to the public in such an interactive way was more than my husband (Rand Cook) and I could have hoped for. We’re already looking forward to next year!”
A photo gallery of the event can be viewed on the Candyman Strings and Things Facebook Fan Page at www.facebook.com/TheCandymanStringsandThings. For a replay of the video performances see The Candyman You Tube channel at www.youtube.com/TheCandymanChannel.
The month-long celebration also includes killer sales on all drums and percussion for the entire month of November and a free drum clinic day on Saturday, November 26th packed with free musical drum knowledge from top local professionals including the renowned Mark Clark, Peter Ahmal, Doug Franz and Milton Villarrubia. During clinician day there will be an amazing raffle for products from Vic Firth Drum Sticks and Aquarium Drum Heads, so those that attended drum battle are encouraged to bring their raffle ticket to the clinics to win tons of free drum stuff, including a DW5000 double bass drum pedal (retail value at $633.99!). Raffle tickets can also be purchased at The Candyman at $5.00 each for a chance to win these prizes.
For more information call The Candyman at 983-5906, see the website at www.candymanstringsandthings.com or stop by the store at 851 St. Michael’s Drive.
Youth Bracket (from left to right):
Oliver Ricklin - 1st Place (tie)
Seth Garcia - 2nd Place
Ben Trujillo - 3rd Place
JuanCarlos Armijo 1st Place (tie)
Amateur Bracket (from left to right):
Jason Oehlschlager - 1st Place
Evan McAllister - 3rd Place
Oliver Greer - 2nd Place
Pro Bracket (left to right):
Frederick Jones, Andrew Primm (1st Place), Thomas Cavalier, David Waldrop (3rd Place), Mikey Chavez (2nd Place), Daniel Jaramillo, Mario Garcia, Geraldo Garcia, Butterfly Garcia, Braden Anderson.
The 2011 Winner
Archived Contests and Winners
What an amazing turnout we had for our first annual Drum Battle!
12 Contestants Competed in the Amateur Bracket
8 Contestants Competed in the Pro Bracket
Videos of each performance can be seen on TheCandymanChannel.
Photos can be seen on our Facebook Community Page.
And Here Are The Winners!
1st Place Amateur 2nd Place Amateur 3rd Place Amateur
Gilbert Garcia Alfredo Carmona Chris Gillum
1st Place Pro 2nd Place Pro 3rd Place Pro
Dave Wayne Britt Alexander John-Hans Melcher
From left to right: Christian Perea, Michael Smith, Quincy Lopez, Scott Beguin, John-Hans Melcher, Paul Van Altena, Britt Alexander.
From left to right:
Top Row: Evan McCallister, Ken Brito, JuanCarlos Armijo, Gabe Moya, Gilbert Garcia, Butterfly Garcia, Rami Malin
Middle: Dennis Garcia
Bottom Row: Chris Gillum and Alfredo Carmona
Here is a listing of past contest winners.
The Giant Stuffed Stocking Drawing
We received almost 250 entries for the giant stocking worth $450 filled with musical instruments and accessories:
Ukulele - Tuner - Metronome - Melodica Harmonicas - Recorder - Guitar Strap - Strings Drum Sticks - Guitar Pick Necklace - Thunder Whistle - Tin Whistle - Kazoo - Jaw Harp - Shakers
A giant contratulations to our winner, Frank Murray.
We will have drawings for great stuff throughout the year, so if you didn't win this time, there will always be a next time.
40th Anniversary / Grand Re-opening
Raffle Drawing Winners
Stephen Thalhofer – Martin 00X1 Java Mahogany Acoustic Guitar
Ray Matthew – Fender Stratocaster
Gabe Vijil – Microcube Amplifier
Erica Rivera – Yamaha Mixer
Belle Ponder – Roland Headphones
Luis Rivera – Roland Headphones
Robbie – Taylor Guitar Sweatshirt
Leo Varos Jr. - Taylor Guitar Sweatshirt
Ben Trujillo – Taylor Guitar T-Shirt
Paul Armijo – Taylor Guitar T-Shirt
Dean Dovey – Taylor Guitar T-Shirt
Curt Rousse – Taylor Guitar T-Shirt
Clara Lucero – Taylor Guitar T-Shirt
Heidi Schneider – Taylor Guitar T-Shirt
Jared Castellano – Line 6 T-Shirt
Melody Hett – Roland Ball Cap
Leo Varos – Roland Ball Cap
Lily Vargas – Roland Ball Cap
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