BC Drummer Earns Top Honors at First Roland V-Drums National Drum Solo

MONTREAL, Oct. 29 /CNW/ - Last weekend, sticks flew on the Montreal Drum Fest stage as the two regional finalists of the Roland V-Drums Contest, Gary Grace and Francois Laliberté, went head-to-head to see who would be crowned the Roland V-Drums Contest National Grand Champion. After an intense drum-off, the esteemed panel of judges, including Montreal's own extreme metal drummer Flo Mounier, declared Gary Grace from Port Coquitlam, BC the winner. Gary took home the title of Roland V-Drums Contest National Grand Champion and a top-of-the-line, Roland TD-20KX V-Pro Series V-Drums Kit.

Both contestants took to the stage with an energy level and enthusiasm that filled the auditorium with excitement. The audience of over 500 people watched as first Gary then Francois showcased their drum solo chops, which highlighted their knowledge of the V-Drums as well as their incredible technique and versatility.

When asked about his win, Gary said, "It was a great feeling to hear (my name announced as the winner). There was a sigh of relief and excitement all at once. I turned to Francois and told him how talented I thought he was and that his future will be full of great things. I'm very excited about what this can do to help me in my career and now as the owner of a TD-20KX kit, I can really explore these drums. This has been a tremendous experience!"

Gary Grace was born into a family of drummers, following in the footsteps of both his father and older brother. Growing up, Gary was interested in many different genres and musical styles. Gary went on to study at the Crane School of Music in New York and has studied under many other drumming greats including Joe Morello and Jim Chapin. He has shared the stage with many great Canadian musicians and currently performs with the Canadian classic rock band "Prism." When not performing, Gary passes on his talent and knowledge to his students.

Francois picked up his first pair of sticks at the age of eight, and hasn't looked back. He has studied with many internationally know percussionists, and is currently studying at Cegep St-Laurent in Montreal. As the runner-up in the Roland V-Drums Contest and for putting on a spectacular performance at the Montreal Drum Festival, Francois Laliberté was awarded a Roland TD-9KX V-Tour Series V-Drums kit.

Over the past few months, Roland Canada has been hosting the Roland V-Drums Contest, a national drum solo competition that gave drummers from across Canada the chance to compete for an autographed, top-of-the-line, Roland TD-20KX V-Pro Series V-Drums kit and the opportunity to perform on the prestigious Montreal Drum Fest stage. The contest finals were held on October 24, 2009 at the Montreal Drum Festival. Stay tuned for the 2nd Roland V-Drums Contest launching in Spring 2010!

About Roland Canada Ltd.

Roland is a world leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of electronic musical instruments, professional audio equipment, multimedia products and music accessories. The Roland brand family includes Roland, BOSS, EDIROL by Roland, Rodgers, RSS by Roland, and Cakewalk by Roland. Roland's impressive line of products includes, but is far from limited to, guitar effects pedals, electronic percussion, acclaimed digital pianos, synthesizers, digital mixers and music production software.

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SOURCE Roland Canada Ltd.

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