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2010 Pas/sabian Larrie Londin Memorial Scholarship Winners Announced

SABIAN, in conjunction with the Percussive Arts Society (PAS), announces that it has selected recipients for the 2010 PAS/SABIAN Larrie Londin Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship was created to support promising young drummers – SABIAN has contributed $3,000 to the program each year for the past 12 years.

This year’s scholarship recipients are:

– In the 17 and under category: Danny Vendrell, Pembroke Pines, FLA ($1,000)
– In the 18-24 category: Trevor Marchewka, London, Ontario ($2,000)

Trevor Marchewka has been playing drums since the age of 12. His musical resume since has been nothing short of impressive. Trevor is proficient on the drum set, timpani, auxiliary percussion, classical guitar and classical piano. He holds Intermediate Theory certificates from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Apart from drumming in his own jazz, rock and metal projects, in 2010 Trevor served as Guest Drummer for the University of Western Ontario Jazz band.

Also in 2010, Trevor performed on drums and percussion for “Nine”, a musical by the London Players under Music Director Marque Smith. He took first place (for the second consecutive year) in the drum set competition at the Forest City Music Festival. He won Gold medals in Saunders Senior Concert band, Saunders Jazz Band and Saunders Senior Guitar Ensemble at the Kiwanis Festival. And he won the Muriel Saunders Featherston Award “for the graduate who exhibited the greatest potential in music.”

2010 was quite a year for Trevor, and we’re more than happy to add one more award to this prestigious list!

Danny Vendrell began his young career on the drums at the age of 10. Finding an electronic drum kit on the stage of the chapel while attending a church picnic, he sat behind the kit and soon decided this was the instrument for him. One month later, he began his studies in earnest under the guidance of William Stewart, former drummer for reggae superstars Third World. Steward has also performed with Santana and Michael Jackson.

Six years later, Danny is still studying with Stewart, learning to play a variety of genres and styles, including a number of multicultural styles. He plans to study music in college and to pursue a career in music. In his own words, “I endeavor to pursue a high quality of music education and training with an emphasis on performance, creativity, and research. My vision is to impact the lives and hearts of music enthusiasts in my community, and around the globe.”

SABIAN is proud to be able to contribute to the advancement of Danny’s career by awarding him the 2010 Larrie Londin Scholarship!

The Larrie Londin Memorial Scholarship recipients are judged on both talent and merit. The scholarship program is open to all percussionists who submit a three-minute DVD demonstrating their ability to perform in an array of drumming styles, along with an essay on why he or she qualifies for the scholarship and how the money would be used (college, summer camp, private teacher, etc.).

“It’s always a privilege for SABIAN to team up with PAS in support of aspiring young musicians,” says Dom Famularo, a world-renowned instructor and musician who helped select scholarship recipients. “We were inspired more than ever this year with the talent pool. It’s so empowering to see the greatness of this next generation of drummers. I know Larrie Londin is smiling as a result of the dedication and commitment to playing drums. This is what it’s all about.

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