Daniel Kelly II wins the Shure Drum Mastery 2019

Daniel Kelly II receives trip to London for drumming masterclass and mixing workshop with Ash Soan at Metropolis Studios

The grand prize of the Drum Mastery 2019 goes to Daniel Kelly II, a drummer from Hampton, Virginia, in the United States. Daniel’s creative approach and colorful rhythmic styles won over the jury. His playing styles include gospel, jazz, R&B, rock, latin, and even classical. Congratulations!

Kelly will receive a five-day, all-expense paid trip to London, where he will take part in a masterclass with Ash Soan and a drum-miking workshop with a pro studio engineer at Metropolis Studios. His prize also includes $5,000 worth of Shure gear.

Second place goes to Matthias Knorr from Germany, while Carlos Arturo Hernández Cubillos from Colombia placed third. They will receive $3,000 and $1,000 in Shure gear, respectively. Watch the videos of the winners here!

Renowned session drummer legend Ash Soan, and an all-star drummer jury, selected the winners of “Drum Mastery 2019,” a Shure contest aimed at giving unsung percussions the glory they deserve.

The talent from around the world that I’ve seen during the Shure Drum Mastery competition has been fantastic,” said Soan. “It’s been an honor to be involved with Shure and all the drummers.”

Kelly topped a field of more than 1,000 video submissions! After Shure determined 38 Country Winners, the jury consisting of Ash Soan (UK), Taylor Gordon (US), Tobias Derer (GER), Takashi Kashikura (JPN), and Shiguang Cui (CHN) selected the top three finalists. Each Country Winner received a prize package, including a Shure MV88+ video kit and a pair of Shure SE215 Sound Isolating™ Bluetooth earphones.

"Congratulations to our top three winners, and thank you to everyone who took part in the contest,” said Jens Rothenburger, Director of Global Marketing for Musician and Consumer Audio at Shure. "We were truly impressed by the high quality of submissions."

Kicking off at NAMM 2019, the contest accepted submissions from January 24 to April 15, 2019. The public voting period ran through May 6, 2019. The contest was open to drummers from Argentina, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, China (including Hong Kong), Colombia, Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Turkey.

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