Dawud “D-Mile” Aasiya-Bey of Lake Elsinore,CA defeated Jonathan Burks of Little Rock, Arkansas, Shariq Tucker from the Bronx, Hilario Bell from Miami and Josiah Maddox of Chicago to be crowned the champion of Guitar Center’s 2013 Drum Off.
The battle began in September of 2013 when over 5,000 drummers competed at the store level across the nation. The five finalists met this past Sunday, January 18th, 2014 at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, CA.
On the way to the finals, Dawud had to play four times: in the prelims, store finals, quarter finals and semi finals. Below is his semi-final winning solo. Check it out.
And….Here is his winning solo from Sunday.
In addition to writing for BANG! The Drum School's "The Drumming Blog," Mark has written for Modern Drummer magazine. You can read more about him on his drumming website,www.markfeldman.org
"The Sybil EP," from Mark's new band, LEVEL5, is coming soon, and features Oz Noy on guitar, Will Lee on bass and Adam Klipple on keys.