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The Century Project: 100 Years of American Music from Behind the Drums (1865-1965) Distributed by Alfred Music Publishing

LOS ANGELES, CA  -  Friday, November 02, 2012
Created by award-winning drummer, author, and educator Daniel Glass (Brian Setzer Orchestra, Royal Crown Revue), DrumChannel’s The Century Project, 2-DVD set takes viewers on a journey through 100 years of music history, revealing a side of the drums rarely seen.

The Century Project traces the story of the drumset from its inception at the end of the Civil War (1865) to the dawn of the British Invasion (1965). To bring these musical eras to life, the presentation incorporates eleven stunning vintage drumsets, hundreds of rare product, and vintage catalog shots. Performances from an all-star band are also included, featuring members of Royal Crown Revue, the Brian Setzer Orchestra, the Conan O'Brien house band, and Bette Midler's "Kiss My Brass" Revue.

Throughout the lecture-performance, Daniel introduces and demonstrates a variety of classic styles and techniques, including double drumming, ragtime, New Orleans jazz, Chicago jazz, classic swing, bebop, rhythm and blues, and early rock ‘n’ roll. He also discusses how the drums evolved hand-in-hand with American pop music, and how legendary drummers from Baby Dodds to Gene Krupa to Earl Palmer carved out a blueprint that drummers continue to follow today.

View The Century Project trailer on alfred.com/thecenturyproject.

To celebrate this release, Modern Drummer Magazine and Daniel Glass’ sponsors have teamed up to create "The Contest of The Century" with a retail value over $13,400, ending on Dec. 31, 2012.

The Century Project (93-DV10034001) is now available for 24.99 at music retail stores and at alfred.com/drums. To learn more about the vintage drum sets featured, the companion DVD TRAPS: The Incredible Story of Vintage Drums (1865-1965) covers an in-depth evolution of the drumset, with an unprecedented collection of vintage, rare, and museum-quality pieces.