“To the Drum Competition,” a Message from Steve

This Sunday marks the 24th annual Drum Circuit Drum Competition. For the first time in 24 years, I cannot be there. A few weeks ago I realized that a gig would take me out of town on the same day. I was very disappointed, to say the least.

From it’s beginning in 1990, the drum competition has developed a life of it’s own. It’s a celebration of drummers coming together to cheer and encourage one another, an uncommon camaraderie—musicianship at its finest.

The drum competition will always be, to me personally, one of my greatest achievements. I think about all the lives this annual event has inspired and encouraged, and all the people who helped and gave their support along the way. I’m pleased that the competition has continued under the direction of Howard Emmons. Howard, I wish you and the Drum Circuit staff all the best this Sunday, April 28th.

To all the competing drummers, young and old—those who have been preparing for this day—I say to you, do your best, encourage one another, and don’t take yourselves too seriously. Most importantly, have fun as you partake in history this Sunday at the drum competition.

Cheering from afar,

Steve Hilstein


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