Semifinals Winners Announcement

by Guitar Center on November 23, 2015

On November 17th, 30 Quarterfinal winners flew in from all over the country to compete at the Semifinals for their chance to win a competing slot at the Drum-Off Finals. All were very talented, but only 5 contestants could move on to the Drum-Off Finals, which takes place on January 16, 2016 at Club NOKIA, Downtown Los Angeles.

Congratulations to the following Semifinals winners:

North Central: Tony Taylor Jr. from Matteson, IL
North East: Luis Burgos Jr. from Brooklyn, NY
South Central: Jonathan Burks from North Little Rock, AR
South East: Hilario Bell from Miami, FL
West: Brandon Zackey from Murrieta, CA

Special thanks for the exclusive performances by these professional drummers at our Semifinals:

1) Hollywood, CA: Shariq Tucker (2014 Drum-Off Champ), 2) Houston, TX: Carlito Mendoza (2012 Drum-Off Champ), 3) Atlanta, GA: Jerome Flood II (2008 Drum-Off Champ + August Alsinia), 4) Arlington Heights, IL: JP Bouvet (2011 Drum-Off Champ), 5) Times Square, NY: Thomas Pridgen (1992 Drum-Off Champ).

Stay tuned for Guitar Center’s 27th Annual Drum-Off Finals performance line up announcement and ticket on-sale date.

We’d like to give special recognition to the talented drummers that were quarterfinal winners:

Justin Crump from Wichita, KS
Billie Woodward from Shakopee, MN
Jharis Yokley from Saint Louis, MO
Caleb Robinson from Flint, MI
Rico Butler from Mishawaka, IN
Tony Taylor from Matteson, IL
Anton Oliverio from Randolph , NY
Johnathan Jena from Pepperell, MA
Joel Turcotte from Holyoke, MA
Kwesi Robinson from Trenton, NJ
LUIS Burgos Jr. from Brooklyn, NY
Kevin Bowden from Orange, NJ
Ronie Delfin from Freedom, CA
Thomas Sienko from Midvale, UT
Jonathan Burks from North Little Rock , AR
Harold Broadnax from San Antonio, TX
Taishawn Tyler from Austin, TX
D’Andre Gosey from Houston, TX
Hilario Bell from Miami, FL
Devin Dash from Carrollton, VA
Christopher Smith from Southaven, MS
Greg Hersey from Jacksonville, FL
DeCarlos Davis from Winston Salem, NC
Tom Alves from Acworth, GA
Todd Miller from Spokane, WA
Dennis Dove from Portland, OR
Eduardo Rivera from Marysville, CA
Brandon Zackey from Murrieta, CA
Forrest Rice from Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Andy Prado from Burbank, CA