The inaugural event was held in 2008 with a focus on presenting a wide array of snare drum repertoire to the percussion community. The annual competition has seen a rich history of great performances by many notable up-and-coming percussionists. Additionally, some of the world’s most renowned percussion composers (including Majestic artists She-e Wu, Glenn Kotche, and Casey Cangelosi) have commissioned works specifically for the Modern Snare Drum Competition.
Contest director Marc Damoulakis, who is both a faculty member at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Cleveland Orchestra principal percussionist is excited to see the event return after cancellation of the 2020 installment. “I am so thrilled that The Modern Snare Drum Competition is happening amidst these challenging times and circumstances this year,” states Damoulakis. “We are so grateful to have Majestic supporting and participating in the competition!”
“The Majestic team is extremely honored for the opportunity to take part in such a fantastic event” said Majestic USA Brand Manager Nic Milliner. “The Modern Snare Drum Competition truly embodies the sense of community that exists in the percussion world and provides a unique performance and learning experience for all who compete.”
As part of the prize packages for winning participants, Majestic is providing some of the most coveted snare drums from its Prohonic Series line. The first-place winner in Division 1 will receive a limited edition 60th Anniversary 14“ x 12“ Cherry Prophonic Orchestral Field Drum, while the first-place winner in Division 2 will receive a 14“ x 5“ Prophonic Walnut snare drum.