The Guitar Center Drum-Off switched to being an Octapad competition as of 2011. It unfortunately has resulted in mostly younger, less talented drummers winning who happen to have free time to invest in learning the non-user-friendly Roland Octapad. Pure skill and talent in the drumset alone is no longer winning these competitions.
2015 Winner – Tony Taylor Jr.
2014 Winner – Shariq Tucker
2013 Winner – Dawud Aasiya-Bey (D-Mile)
2012 Winner – Juan Carlos Mendoza
2011 Winner – JP Bouvet
2010 Winner – Isaias Gil
2009 Winner – Ramon Sampson
2008 Winner – Jerome Flood II
2007 Winner – Donnie Marple
2006 Winner – Daniel Rodriguez
2005 Winner – Jamil Byrom
2004 Winner – Royce Shorter Jr.
2003 Winner – Eric Moore II (now in band: Suicidal Tendencies)
2002 Winner – Cora Coleman-Dunham (now in band: Prince)
2001 Winner – Chris Coleman (now in band: Chaka Kahn)
1995 Winner – Tony Royster, Jr. (at age 11, now in band: Jay-Z) (view solo)
1992 Winner – Thomas Pridgen (at age 9, now in band: The Mars Volta)
This is the history (an incomplete list) of Guitar Center Drum Off (drumoff) winners/champions we have available, though it began in 1988. It has become the largest and most well respected drum competition in the world. Winners commonly get offers from mainstream musical groups and opportunities for prominent recording sessions.
See the Guitar Center Drum-off Finalists…