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2018 Midwest Rhythm Summit Coming To Terra State

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2018 Midwest Rhythm Summit 

Fremont, OH, February 14, 2018 - Terra State Community College, in partnership with Bass Gear Magazine, will be hosting the 2018 Midwest Rhythm Summit, April 20 – 22, on the College’s Fremont, Ohio campus.  The three-day event is the creation of Terra State Music Program Director Mike Czeczele and Bass Gear Magazine Editor in Chief Tom Bowlus.  “Tom got me interested in trade shows like NAMM (the National Association of Music Merchants) a few years ago.  After going to several shows with him, we thought about doing something similar here in Fremont with a focus on rhythm education” says Czeczele.  That is exactly what the two have created and called The Midwest Rhythm Summit.  However, it is for more than just students.  It is for high school and college educators, music technicians, professional musicians and gear heads.  Czeczele said, “We started planning with an emphasis on bass and drums, but then decided to add music technology since it is a major program at Terra State”.

The Summit will offer attendees many different educational opportunities.  There will be three full days of master classes and clinics given by some of the top-recognized artists and professionals in the music industry.  Some of the clinicians include:

Chuck Rainey, bass player who has recorded and toured with Steely Dan, the Jackson 5 and Aretha Franklin, and John Anthony Martinez, drummer, who has recorded and performed with Thomas Dolby, Kacey Musgraves and the Oak Ridge Boys have created a bass and drum duo called Rhythm Intensive.  They will present twelve clinics over the three days on all aspects of rhythm and succeeding in the music industry. 

John Wooton, Director of Percussion Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi, will present “Functional Fundamentals,” a workshop on the latest techniques in today’s drumlines for high school students and educators.

Kazuma Jinnouchi – creator of the “halo” video games, and audio composer will discuss the methods used in creating games.

There are sixteen presenters in total, including:  

 Frank Bello, bassist for the groundbreaking heavy metal band Anthrax. 

Larry Groupe, a four-time Emmy nominee and three time winning composer with a multitude of feature films to his credit, including Straw Dogs, The Contender (2 Academy Award nominations) and Nothing But The Truth.

Mike Dawson, Managing Editor, Modern Drummer Magazine. 

Wes Little, drummer who has performed and recorded with Sting, Stevie Wonder, Public Enemy, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Melissa Etheridge and Mary J. Blige.

Brian Allen, bassist who has recorded and/or toured with artists such as, Miranda Lambert, Sturgill Simpson, Sara Bareilles, the Oak Ridge Boys and Dolly Parton.

The Summit will also provide a Vendor Exhibition Area, concerts on Friday and Saturday nights, and the opportunity to network with music professionals, learn about products, gear and job opportunities.  “Exhibitors will also be able to record professional quality demos,” Czeczele adds, “Terra State’s music studio, Route 53 Records, is providing this service for a fee.” 

The cost to attend the Midwest Rhythm Summit is very affordable.  “Clinics are free to any high school or college student with a valid student ID,” Czezele says.  “We want to make the event as accessible to students as possible.”  The cost for all others is $20 for the entire three-day event and includes all clinics.  Czeczele concluded, “We’d like to provide attendees with the opportunity to meet and talk with performing artists, music educators, sound technicians and recording producers.  The goal is to give an educational experience to anyone interested in a career in music. To learn more about or register for the 2018 Midwest Rhythm Summit, visit www.midwestrhythmsummit.com.