NYC’s own, Shariq Tucker Wins Guitar Center’s 26th Drum Off

On January 17th, 2015, the five finalists in Guitar Center’s Drum Off gathered in Los Angeles for a final show down.

Shariq Tucker, 22, brought home the trophy this year.

I was at the semi-finals in the new Times Square Guitar Center store, where Shariq competed against four others winners in the Northeastern division of the competition. Frankly, after hearing all five on that November evening, it was clear that Shariq was the winner. His groove, flow, integration of the Octapad into his performance, showmanship, creativity and confidence were all unquestionably superior to his competitors.

Having competed in the 2013 competition for the first time, I can tell you that playing a drum solo for three to five minutes in front of a crowd is really difficult and quite stressful. The preparation is intense and the thought behind each section of the solo is significant.

Congrats to Shariq; it is quite an achievement.

Check out his solo below.

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