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Jerome Flood II wins Guitar Center Drum-Off finals


From his opening drum roll of the "20th Century Fox Fanfare" to the end of his re-creation of the entire composition -- including ALL the orchestra parts -- on only his drum kit, Jerome Flood II was the man to beat in the Guitar Center Drum-Off finals. All six finalists at Saturday night's competition were impressive, but Flood wasn't just another drummer with amazing chops who knew how to string together a funky groove. Here's a drummer who's willing to go so far off-book, he's out of the library.(See for yourself by checking out this video of his set.)

Wearing a bright orange shirt* that spelled out Jesus in the Reese's peanut butter cup logo, Flood looked like he was having the time of his life during his five-minute set. The man had flair and originality, and the pros on the judging panel appreciated it.

Now in its 20th year, the Guitar Center Drum-Offs is the final showdown after months of regional contests held at Guitar Center stores around the country. Flood, a 22-year-old Rochester, N.Y., native who now lives in Atlanta, has been playing drums since he was 2 years old. But even after all those years of practice, Flood didn't win until his fifth year in the Drum-Offs. That should give hope to all the drummers picked off in the earlier rounds of this year's contest.

Aside from the contest itself, the evening's show-stopper was a 20-minute percussion set by Austrian drummer Thomas Lang and Mars Volta drummer Thomas Pridgen, who in 1993 at age 9 was the youngest person to ever win the Drum-Offs. He was the ultimate bad-ass on Saturday night -- playing shirtless, sucking a lollipop and flailing like Animal from the Muppets. And that's exactly what you want in a drummer.

-- Elina Shatkin

Photo: Jerome Flood II competing at the Guitar Center Drum-Off finals at the Henry Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles. Credit: Guitar Center.

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He's fantastic!

He was always sick!!!!!!! That dude has his own style......... keep on keepin on.....

Jerome is an awesome example that TRUE Christians are not wimps. God's kids are champs and lights in our sick,sad and beyond lost world. Take note,carnal drummer's.
look up 2 live and live ready. Eternity is only a breath away! JOHN 3:3=HAPPY ETERNITY
The Burger King life will come to an end one day and after that,the Judgment. I hope and pray that all who read this will be going to banquet and not the barbeque.
Peace out ! GREAT JOB JEROME! God is proud of you!
Dwight/drummer 4 Jesus 365

Thomas Lang is the BEST drummer in the World!!!!

Man in that video jerome flood is a monster God had blessing in stored for him since he's been playing since he's 2yr's old. hopefully one day i'll meet him

how can i get lessons im 14 and he's one of my favorite drummers


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