Erik Hargrove Flying in for Texas BigBeat 2011!

Erik Hargrove is joining us on stage at Texas BigBeat 2011 as one of our celebrity drummers!

Erik joined with The Late Great “James Brown” where he toured all over the world from 1998 until 2005.

Erik has also done various gigs around the world with – Sister Hazel, Ken Block’s Solo Performances, Thomas McClary ( Founder of “The Commodores”, Guitar Player and Writer of the Hit Song“Brick House” and others.) Bootsy Collins in his “Tribute to James Brown” where he toured Europe and Japan in 2008 and 2009.

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We are so looking forward to meeting Erik and playing along with him at the Texas BigBeat!


Gold and Silver Sponsors Donating Prizes

Special thanks to the following vendors for sponsoring the 2011 Big Beat events! We will be posting our list of prizes soon. Every drummer who raises at least $200 for either The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation or Cherish Our Children International will have their name entered into the Drumming Up Dreams drawing and have a chance to win a great prize!

Gold Sponsors:

Dream Cymbals






Universal Percussion

Vic Firth

The Grombal


Silver Sponsors:



Largest Multi-City Drumming Event

Here’s the list of the 2011 Big Beat events taking place all across the country on Sunday, November 6th.  For those of you in cities other than Houston, please contact the organizing drum store in your area regarding registration.

Those of you in the Houston area, registrer at

Colorado Drum & Percussion – Ft. Collins, CO –
Columbus Percussion – Columbus, OH –
Donn Bennett Drum Studio – Bellevue, WA –
Drum Center of Lexington – Lexington, KY –
Drum Circuit – San Luis Obispo, CA – (New)
Drum World – Tulsa, OK –
Ellis Drum Shop – St. Paul, MN –
Jeff Ryder’s Drum Shop – Austin, TX –
Jeff Ryder’s Drum Shop – San Antonio, TX –
Original Long Island Drum Center – Plainview, NY –
Resurrection Drums – Hollywood, FL –
Rhythm Traders – Portland, OR –
Skins-n-Tins – Champaign, IL –
Stebal Drums – Willowick, OH –
The Percussion Center – Houston, TX –

Texas BigBeat 2011 – Sunday, November 6th

On Sunday, November 6th the roar of drums will rumble through 15 cities across the United States!  And we’re not only drumming for fun, we’re drumming up dollars for two great charities that provide new opportunities for children in Houston area schools.

Drummers register at!

Texas BigBeat 2011

Every year we debate on when to start having our Texas BigBeat meetings and when to start accepting registrations. Is it too early?  Do we wait until after summer?

And then yesterday someone called to register!  So we are taking that as a “sign” that it’s time to get our volunteer team in place and get the ball rolling for Texas BigBeat 2011!

We are so pleased and excited this year to have 20 Drum Captains (and we’re still accepting additional Drum Captains) who will register 10 drummers (including themselves) for Texas BigBeat 2011!

To sign up to be a Drum Captain, email Donna at

Oh yeah, this years event is Sunday, November 6th.

It matters not where you drum – Just DRUM!

We would love to have you drum with us at the Texas BigBeat on Sunday November 7th.  However, if you can’t join us in Houston check out the 14 other cities hosting Big Beat events on the same day.  It doesn’t matter where you drum, just drum!

Bellevue, WA: Donn Bennett Drum

Buffalo, NY: Buffalo Drum

Champaign, IL: Skins-n-Tins Drum

Columbus, OH: Columbus

Fort Collins, CO: Colorado Drum &

Hollywood, FL: Resurrection

Houston, TX: The Percussion CenterTexas BigBeat

Plainview, NY: Original Long Island Drum

Portland, OR: Rhythm

San Jose, CA: Lemmon

St. Louis, MO: Drum

St. Paul, MN: Ellis Drum

Toronto, ON:  Just

Tulsa, OK: Drum

Willowick, OH: Stebal

Everyone will be playing the same beat simultaneously at 4:45 p.m. central time by connecting via the internet!

Rick Latham will be on Stage At Texas BigBeat 2010!

Rick Latham is returning to Houston for his second year as a Texas Big Beat celebrity drummer!  And the Percussion Center is planning to schedule a Rick Latham clinic while he’s in town.  Check out his Advanced Funk Studies 25th Anniversary DVD and his best-selling drum books, Advanced Funk Studies and Contemporary Drumset Techniques.

Here’s the video from Texas BigBeat 2009 with Rick Latham, Chris Layton and Herman Matthews!