Mapex Drums is proud to be the returning sponsor for the 2010 edition of The Big Beat on Sunday, November 7th, 2010. Known as the world?s largest multi-city drum set event, this year?s Big Beat will feature fifteen Five Star Drum Shops participating to raise money for worthwhile causes. The 2009 event brought in over 1200 drummers and 3500 spectators, with the final tally for charity reaching over $62,000.

Each of the fifteen locations will feature many fun events throughout the day, including guest appearances by major-name drummers, drumming contests and raffles and giveaways of percussion gear from the industry's top manufacturers. There will also be a national raffle with the grand prize winner getting a Dream Theater replica tour bass drum head signed by the members of the band.

The centerpiece of the event involves having all of the drummers in each of the 15 cities play the same groove in unison. This is done via video feed over the internet, with each location?s director following a conductor in Seattle, Washington.

As part of Mapex Drums annual sponsorship, a limited number of commemorative Big Beat snare drums will be available at each participating dealer location. The snare is a 14 x 8 walnut and maple snare with a custom "psychedelic" covering.

Drummers of all skill levels and experience are encouraged to get involved and contact one of these participating Five-Star stores for details:

Bellevue, WA: Donn Bennett Drum Studio -
Buffalo, NY: Buffalo Drum Outlet -
Champaign, IL: Skins-n-Tins Drum Shop -
Columbus, OH: Columbus Percussion -
Fort Collins, CO: Colorado Drum & Percussion -
Hollywood, FL: Resurrection Drums -
Houston, TX: The Percussion Center -
Plainview, NY: Original Long Island Drum Center -
Portland, OR: Rhythm Traders -
San Jose, CA: Lemmon Percussion-
St. Louis, MO: Drum Headquarters -
St. Paul, MN: Ellis Drum Shop -
Toronto, ON: Just Drums -
Tulsa, OK: Drum World -
Willowick, OH: Stebal Drums -

For more information on The Big Beat, visit