Texas BigBeat FAQ

Texas BigBeat 2011

Drumming Up Dreams for Our Youth, Our Schools and Our Communities!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Bush Intercontinental Airport

4500 Will Clayton Parkway

 The sound of drums will rumble across North America once again on Sunday, November 6th as the Percussion Center and 14 other Five-Star member drum shops host Big Beat drumming charity events and raise money for worthwhile causes. Billed as the world’s largest multi-city drum set event, last year’s Big Beat drew over 1200 drummers and about 3000 spectators in fifteen cities and raised over $62,000 for the Big Beat charities.

Texas BigBeat is open to drummers of all ages and skill levels.  It will take place at a warehouse at Bush Intercontinental Airport where there is room for 400+ drum sets and an unlimited number of hand percussion participants.

This big day will include play-alongs, activities and giving away prizes valued at over $15,000 from the industry’s best-known percussion manufacturers. There will also be a national raffle with the grand-prize winner getting a Big Beat Mapex Snare Drum!

Activities, including a Fastest Drummer Contest start at Noon and the record-breaking event of the day will be at 4:45 p.m. central time when the drummers from all 15 cities play the same groove in unison, this feat will be achieved through a video internet connection, with the director in each city following the conductor in Seattle.

Drummer Registration:  www.DrummersRegister.com

General Admission Tickets: www.TBBGeneralAdmission.com

Make a donation:

Mr. Hollands Opus Foundation:  www.GiveToMrHollands.com

Cherish Our Children International: www.GiveToCOCI.com

What will I do and see at the Texas BigBeat?

  • Raise funds for Houston area schools by supporting the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation and Cherish Our Children International.
  • Play along with our Texas BigBeat stage band, Barry Sea Paradox, and all the other drummers at the event!
  • Texas BigBeat prizes given away – Create your own fundraising page for a chance to win some great prizes!
  • Big Beat raffle drawing for a chance to win the Mapex Snare Drum.
  • Participate in the Texas BigBeat Fastest Drummer’s contest and compete for prizes and the title of 2011 Texas BigBeat Fastest Drummer!
  • There will also be a Hand Drum/Percussion activity so bring along your djembes and invite your hand drumming friends to join us!
  • Perform The Big Beat with over 1200 drummers in 15 cities across North America and help set a new World Record!
  • Spend the afternoon with tons of drums, hundreds of drummers and loads of drumming!

When is Texas BigBeat and where will it take place? 

  • Sunday, November 6, 2011 at a warehouse at Bush Intercontinental Airport.  Load-in opens at 10 a.m. Activities  begin at Noon (Fastest Drummer contest, drumline performances, vendors, drumset contests) the band kicks off the BigBeat program at 3:00, internet hook-up for all 15 cities to play together is at 4:45, and the program ends at 5:00pm. All participants must be checked-in and set-up by 2:00 pm.
  • The address is 4500 Will Clayton Parkway, Houston, TX, 77032
  • For drummers visiting from out of town, there are several hotels at the airport that are within 5-10 minutes of the facility.

Where do I unload my drum set and enter the warehouse?

  • Drummer load-in is from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Volunteers at the entrance to the parking area will direct cars to the entrance where you will SIGN IN, drive into the building, unload your drumset.  Volunteers will be available with carts for you to unload your drums onto a cart.  The volunteer will stay with your drums until you park your car and return to set up your drumset.
  • All participants must be checked-in and set-up by 2:00 p.m.
  • All hand percussion participants and spectators will drive directly to the parking lot to park and enter at the pedestrian entrance.
  • Each drummer will set-up in their drum sets in a designated space (approximately 6’x6′).
  • Drum bags and cases must be stored in your car.
  • At the end of the day, drummers are responsible for getting their own drums from the warehouse to their cars in the parking lot.  Cars ARE NOT allowed to drive into the building after 2:00 p.m or after the event.
  • Drummers be sure to sign in the attendance sheet so that we have an accurate count to turn in to document our world record!

 What equipment do I need to participate?

  • Drum Set participants are required to have a minimum of a: bass drum, snare drum, stool, hi-hat with cymbals, at least one tom and a drum rug or equivalent.
  • You are welcome to bring your complete drum set if you wish.
  • Hand Percussion participants are required to have a single, hand-played percussion instrument.
  • Ear protection is required! Earplugs and headsets will be available at the Percussion Center booth at the event.

 What is the Texas BigBeat schedule of events?

  • 10:00 a.m. Drum Set load-in / check-in opens at the back entrance of the warehouse for driving in and unloading of drumsets.
  • 11:00 a.m. Drum tuning booth, food vendors and other vendor booths open, and entertainment groups spread throughout the day.
  • Noon: Fastest Drummer competition begins.
  • 1:45 p.m. Celebrity Meet & Greet event with celebrity drummers, Daniel Glass, Erik Hargrove and Mike McPhee!
  • 2:00 p.m. Texas BigBeat Percussion activity led by Dan Egger-Balendria
  • 3:00 p.m. Celebrity artist performances, everyone playing along with Barry Sea Paradox, announcement of fundraising winners, drawings for prizes, announcement of drum contest winners, charity presentations!
  • 4:45 p.m. Perform the Big Beat with over 1200 drummers in 15 cities in the world’s largest multi-city drum set event via an internet video connection.
  • 5:00 p.m. Texas BigBeat 2010 comes to a rousing close! Take  down your drum kit and carry to your car.
  • The schedule of events can change without notice. Watch percussioncenteronline.com and your email box for updates.

 How do I raise funds for The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation and Cherish Our Children International?

  • This is like other charitable events where you run, walk, bike or swim and get your friends and family to sponsor you, except for The Texas BigBeat you get to play drums!
  • The top fundraisers will win individual prizes and will be introduced on stage during the event.
  • All drummers who raise at least $200 will have their name entered in the “Drumming Up Dreams” drawing for a chance to win some of the $15,000 worth of prizes!
  • Invite your friends and family to join you at the event as spectators. General admission is only $10 ($5 for young children) and they can join in on the activities and raffles, then cheer you on as you play along with over 1200 drummers in 15 cities.
  • The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation and Cherish Our Children International are both 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations and donations are tax deductible, as allowed by law.

 What about the raffles and activities?

  • There will be raffle drawings and Drumming Up Dreams drawings for merchandise valued at over $15,000 which was donated by our generous sponsors. Raffle tickets will sell for $5 a piece or 3 for $10 (benefiting our charities). The raffle prize is a special Mapex Big Beat snare drum.  A Pearl drumset, Ludwig snare drum and Tempus snare drum will also be auctioned off.
  • The Texas BigBeat Fastest Drummer contest will take place from Noon to 2:30pm. A $5 fee (benefiting our charities) gives you two chances to play the Drum-o-Meter and record your results. Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers on stage at the event.

 Where does the money go?

  • The Texas BigBeat raises money for two charities: The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation and Cherish Our Children International.
  • The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation provides support of under-funded music programs so that children have a chance to gain the benefits of music education.  All the money raised by the Texas BigBeat goes to Houston areas schools.
  • Cherish Our Children supports a local high school program, No More Victims, providing educational programs for children whose parents are incarcerated teaching them how to make choices to create a positive and productive future for themselves.

What if I’m not a drumset player?

  • Hand drum players/percussionists are invited to join us for the special percussion activity led by Dan Egger-Belandria.  Just purchase a General Admission Ticket and bring your djembe, tambourine, guiro, bongos or other percussion instrument with you!
  • There are activities and entertainment groups that can be enjoyed by drummers and non-drummers alike.  General Admission tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6 to 12 and free to children 5 and younger!


  • Food Vendors include the Juice Girl, It’s a Wrap and PiPizza
  • The Percussion Center will have a booth at the event with various drum supplies.
  • Everyone attending the event must fill out a waiver required by Houston Airport Systems.
  • The airport facility is a smoke free building.
  • Lost & Found will be located at the Percussion Center booth.
  • The Texas BigBeat sponsors and Houston Airport Systems. are not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged property.  Everyone is responsible for what they bring with them.

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