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Released November, 2010:

Tiger Bill Releases DVD to Combat Repetitive Motion Injury Caused By Muscle Tension

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11/06/10: For Immediate Release

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NJ, November, 2010 - According to Dr David Bollard, team physician for New Jersey Cardinal Class A team for the past 10 years and a drummer, "The problem with repetitive motion injuries is that most people create a tension in their muscles that causes inflammation to pass through tendons and ligaments causing swelling which causes us to experience pain. Repeated motion causes more swelling which results in more pain. To avoid that type of injury you must stay stretched out and very loose. I've been playing the drums for over 30 years and have never had a drum related injury and I credit a lot of that to the Tension Free Drumming concepts I learned from Tiger Bill."

Tiger Bill's Exclusive Tension Free Drumming Concepts

Professional drummer and educator " Tiger" Bill Meligari, winner of the NAMM "World's Fastest Drummer" Competition, has spent the past 30 years developing a system of drumming that allows musicians to perform at maximum speed with incredible precision, power, and endurance but without the muscle tension that can cause repetitive motion injuries. Tiger Bill, who trains students worldwide, released his first DVD on Tension Free Drumming Concepts for hand technique in 2007, which taught his core techniques. Now he has announced the release of the second volume, which covers his advanced Tension Free Drumming Concepts.

DVD Release Party

Tension Free Drumming Concepts: Advanced Hand Technique DVD Release Party will be held on Saturday, December 4 in Butler, NJ from Noon until 4PM. For information on how you can join the Tiger for lunch and enjoy a free Drum Clinic afterward, visit DrummersWishList.com or call 908-638-0125.

 

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Released October, 2009:

TigerBill's Halloween DrumBeat Festival 2009 and Auction to DrumOut Parkinson's Disease

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10/16/09: For Immediate Release

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NJ, October, 2009 - Each year New Jersey native drummer, educator, author, publisher, and producer Bill Meligari, known in the music industry as Tiger Bill, brings together the world's finest drum talent in a show designed to educate and entertain drummers of all ages and experience levels while raising funds for Parkinson's Disease research. This year it is being distributed as a four and one half hour online Webcast, which can be viewed around the globe by anyone with a computer, internet connection, and a ticket.

Featured artists performing at the DrumBeat Fest this year include Zoro, one of funkiest drummers on the planet who has worked with the world's leading artists; award-winning drummer for Shadows Fall, Jason Bittner; leader, composer, producer, arranger, drummer, author and educator Terry Silverlight who has played on dozens of gold and platinum recordings and composed music for hundreds of major network TV shows; jazz artist, composer, teacher, and music director Sherrie Maricle who leads her own big band, quintet, and trio; noted educator, composer, Southland New Zealand Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, founder of the Cape Breton International Drum Festival, and winner of the Music Nova Scotia Canada Musician of the Year Award, Bruce Aitken; educator and recording artist Wes Crawford; educator, percussionist, and drum instrumentalist Scott Pellegrom; incredible 8-year-old drum phenom Michael Manasseh; and Tiger Bill Meligari, recognized as one of world's fastest drummers and developer of the concepts of Tension Free Drumming.

In addition to DrumBeat Fest, Tiger Bill invites you to take part in an Online Auction where you'll have the chance to bid on some once-in-a-lifetime bargains on drum products that have been donated by generous sponsors of the event, including items signed by the original artists. All proceeds from ticket and auction sales benefit The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research in memory of Bill's father, who lost his battle with the disease.

Parkinson's Disease affects more than six million people worldwide with 60,000 new cases diagnosed each year in the United States alone and there is currently no cure. According to Tiger Bill "My dad was strong, healthy, and active all his life and had never even seen the inside of a hospital until he was diagnosed with Parkinson's. A mere eight years later, he found himself confined to a wheelchair. Although his mind was still sharp, the disease had taken away his ability to physically move his own body. The last thing he struggled to say to me, before passing away in his sleep, was 'I can't move anything anymore.' What do you say to someone you love in response to that? This is why I'm donating all proceeds to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. Michael also has the disease and I feel there's no one on the planet who wants to see a cure more than he does. I know the funds we raise will go to the aggressive research necessary to find a cure for this disease in our lifetime, which is the goal of the Michael J. Fox Foundation."

Tiger Bill's Halloween DrumBeat Fest Webcast will be online October 31st, 2009 and ticket purchasers will be able to view it as many times as they like during the month of November. Bidding for the Online Auction is open now. Major sponsors include DRUM! Magazine, Alfred Publishing, Aquarian Drumheads, Audix Microphones, Axis Percussion, Beatnik Rhythmic Analyzers, Dream Cymbals, DrumFun, DW Drums, Evans Drumheads, Hudson Music, ProLogix Percussion, Pro-Mark Drumsticks, Sabian Cymbals, Sonor Drums, and Zildjian Cymbals.

Experience some of the world's greatest drummers and educators in performance and clinic while contributing what you can to help rid the world of Parkinson's Disease. For the latest artist lineup, ticket sales, and further information visit TigerBill.com and DrummersWishList.com or call 908-638-0125.

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Released September, 2007:
TigerBill's Halloween DrumBeat Festival 2007 is Set to Scare the Pants Off Parkinson's

NJ, September, 2007 - New Jersey native drummer/producer TigerBill Meligari invites drummers of all ages and experience levels to join him and his drum friends for a full day of fun to benefit Parkinson's Research. And anyone in the Halloween spirit is welcome to come dressed up. Winners of the best costumes will take home some valuable prizes. It takes place from 1 PM until 6 PM (doors open at Noon) on October 20, 2007 at the Darress Theater 615 Main Street in Boonton, NJ 07005. Discount tickets can be purchased in advanced.

Featured are performances and educational clinics by some of the best drummers and percussionists on the planet including world-renowned session drummer and educator Billy Ward, the exciting "Hip Pickles" drum band, the incredible stick artistry of Chip Ritter, jazz mallet expert James Walker, 7 year old drum sensation Zach Boettcher, TigerBill's own groundbreaking Concepts of Tension Free Drumming, and much more. In addition, thousands of dollars worth of drum gear is being auctioned off at once-in-a-lifetime bargain basement prices to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, courtesy of more than two dozen generous sponsors. Auction bids are currently being accepted online with final bidding taking place on the day of the event. DrumFest attendance is not required to participate in the Auction.

According to Tiger Bill "The most popular feature of my first DrumFest was the accent on education, so I will be repeating that formula this year along with some new surprises including my performance with a Rock Legend friend of mine who was recently inducted into the Music Hall of Fame. Everyone involved in the show is as excited as I am and we're ready to give it all we've got. So please tell all of your DrumHead friends about it and purchase your tickets today. You'll not only have a great time learning valuable drum skills with chances to win some great prizes, but your participation in our Auction will help us rid the world of a truly dreadful disease."

TigerBill's Halloween DrumBeat Festival is in memory of William J. Meligari, TigerBill's dad, who was a victim of Parkinson's Disease, which affects more than six million people worldwide with 60,000 new cases diagnosed each year in the United States alone.

For Discount Tickets, Auction Info, and Further Details visit http://www.TigerBill.com or Call 908-343-3768.                        

Released April, 2006::
Notable Drum Teachers Unite to Provide Public Access Education TV Show

NJ, April 1, 2006 - Countless numbers of people enjoy the excitement of drumming.  Some have acted on the energy and learned the art, while others have never taken the first step.  Now, people from either group can learn drumming through the TV Show Fun with Drums: The Drum Education Variety Hour  -- a high-quality production created by Tiger Bill Meligari, Art Verdi, Dan Britt and Jeff Indyke, designed to accommodate any level and any style. 

Jeff Indyke has produced hundreds of audio educational courses and drum TV shows.  Art Verdi, World's Fastest Drummer Champ, has performed with many jazz greats to include Jack Wilkins (Buddy Rich Band), Shirley Scott (John Coltrane, Bill Cosby), Sal Salvador (Stan Kenton), Phil Woods (Benny Goodman), Stanley Turrentine (Max Roach, Ray Charles).  Tiger Bill Meligari, author of a best-selling drum text, has worked with numerous artists from jazz greats like Thad Jones to rock and rollers like Vince Martell, and regularly performs at the world's most prestigious drum events such as the
Cape Breton International Drum Festival. Dan Britt has been a regular on The Drum Radio Show for 2 years and has presented at The NJ Music Educator Association State Conferences.All four have published articles and conducted numerous drum clinics. 

The show will be aired for Cablevision viewers from April 4th to September 30th in the Bergen region every Tuesday, 7:30 pm, Ch 77, and in the Morris region every Wednesday, 11:00 pm, Ch 21. For more information, please go to www.myspace.com/DrumTVShow, call (908) 343-3768, or email FunWithDrumsTV@Yahoo.com.

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Released July, 2003:
DRUMMERS WIN BIG AT SUMMER NAMM CLINICS & CONTESTS

WWW.TIGERBILL.COM -- Drummers interested in the techniques of the masters, such as Buddy Rich, Louie Bellson, and Joe Morello, will have the chance to attend free clinics and demonstrations given by "Tiger" Bill Meligari during the three-day Summer NAMM show from July 18th through July 20th, 2003.

The "Tiger," who specializes in drum technique, received his nickname from drumming genius Joe Morello due to his voracious appetite for assimilating Monster Chops. Tiger Bill invites drummers of all styles and experience levels to: "Stop by the Pintech booth (#641, Level 1) at 12 Noon each day of the three-day show for a free Monster Chops clinic followed by a test of your own chops. Play my "Visually MAD Groove" and you'll have a chance to win a MadPlayer, worth $299.99, courtesy of Madwaves.com. My inspiration for the groove came from my work with Pintech's new Visual Series electronic drums and the MadPlayer, which is a unique musical Swiss Army Knife capable of automatically generating endless royalty-free grooves in the latest musical styles. I will also be providing Monster Chops demonstrations at the WFD along with Johnny Rabb, Art Verdi, Jotan Afanador, Mike Mangini, and others. The WFD area is located in the Gaylord Entertainment Center at Summer NAMM. It'll be a blast with lots to be learned, so stop by and join us!"

Tiger Bill Meligari is a drummer, performer, author, instructor, clinician, and resident Drum Expert on the About.com network. His Official Web site at www.tigerbill.com and newsletter offers drummers and percussionists a vast resource of free educational material designed to help them become the best they can be.

For further information, contact Bill Meligari at bill@tigerbill.com

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Released July, 2003:
MADWAVES DRUMS MADPLAYER INTO SUMMER NAMM

Professional Drummer, “Tiger” Bill Meligari to Give MadPlayer™ Clinics At Summer NAMM Show, Pintech Booth #641, Level 1, July 18-20


New York (PRWEB) July 11, 2003 -- Today, MadWaves Corporation (London, Nice, Boston) announced that acclaimed percussionist “Tiger” Bill Meligari will hold special MadClinics™ and performances using the MadPlayer™ at the upcoming Summer NAMM show in Nashville, TN, July 18 –20, 2003. The free “Monster Chops” clinics will be held at the Pintech booth, #641, Level 1 at noon on each of the three days of the exhibition. MadPlayer is a mass-market consumer electronic product that inspires and empowers anyone to make it with music, create and interact with their own beats, music, and songs. Operated by the Company’s proprietary Generactive™ Music Technology, the MadPlayer generates unique, unlimited copyright-free music of exceptional sound quality users can play with, change, listen to and share with others.

Inspired by MadPlayer and Pintech Electronic Drums.

“My inspiration for these clinics came from my work with the MadPlayer, which is a unique musical Swiss Army Knife capable of generating endless royalty-free grooves in the latest musical styles, combined with my work with Pintech’s new Visual Series electronic drums,” said Meligari., who said he has been a MadPercussionist ever since he saw fellow drummer, Johnny Rabb demo the MadPlayer earlier this year. .Rabb is the inventor of the so called “Rhythm Saw” and the revolutionary “freehand technique.” He is in the Guiness Book of World Records for being the World’s Fastest Drummer.


After Meligari performs, attendees will be encouraged to test their own chops, and play Meligari’s MadComposition, “Visually Mad Groove” for a chance to win a MadPlayer (MSRP $299). He also will provide Monster Chops demonstrations at the WFD area with Rabb, Art Verdi, Jotan Afanador, Mike Mangini and others, located in the Gaylord Entertainment Center at NAMM. “It’ll be a blast, with lots to be learned,” said Meligari, “so stop by and join us, learn about the MadPlayer and show us what you’ve got!”

Best Showcase for MadTechnology.
   
“Clinics like Tiger Bill’s are the best way to showcase what the MadPlayer and MadTechnology can do at a show like NAMM,” said MadWaves CEO Voislav Damevski, who noted that Tiger Bill not only composes with the MadPlayer, it has replaced his metronome because it creates more interesting, challenging and realistic drum practices. “To have accomplished professionals demonstrating how they use the MadPlayer and the ways in which it enhances and changes their music experience communicates the power of MadTechnology in ways mere words never could. We hope that NAMM attendees take full advantage of this rare opportunity to see how incorporating MadTechnology into their music can inspire and empower people to achieve more musically, while they’re having great fun.”


About Tiger Bill Meligari.

Tiger Bill Meligari is a drummer, performer, author, instructor, clinician, and resident Drum Expert on the About.com network. His Official Web site at www.tigerbill.com and newsletter offers drummers and percussionists a vast resource of free educational material designed to help them become the best they can be. More information about Tiger Bill can be found on the madwaves.com web site, or, contact Bill Meligari via email at bill@tigerbill.com or pr@tigerbill.com , or by phone at(908) 343-3768 or at www.tigerbill.com.

About MadWaves.

Madwaves designs, develops, markets and licenses software and hardware solutions that bring interactivity to digital music. The Company delivers generative and interactive music solutions and interactive products and software, for application to the web, personal computers, consumer/business products and wireless devices. The Company sells and licenses its products to companies that want to add interactivity and generative music features to their consumer digital audio-related products. MadWaves LTD., UK is headquartered in London with its R&D facility in Sophia Antipolis, France; MadWaves USA, Inc. is headquartered in Boston, with offices in New York and San Mateo, CA.

For Further Information.

    Contact Laurie A. Rich, MadWaves’ Director, MAdComm, in New York at 845.876.6330 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              845.876.6330      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or lrich@madwaves.com. Or visit MadWaves’ web site, www.madwaves.com.

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Released October, 2002:
EXPANDING THE SCOPE OF FREE PERCUSSION EDUCATION

WWW.TIGERBILL.COM -- TigerBill's DrumBeat Web site has long been supplying drummers and percussionists free resources with support from educationally conscientious companies such as Warner Bros. Publications and Hudson Music. The Web site now expands its services to include the mallet percussion community in a one-of-a-kind forum.

According to Percussion educator and performer James Walker, who is the forum moderator, "My goal is to offer an online environment where all issues related to mallet percussion can be addressed, be it the junior high school student learning his first bell part in band, the college percussionist preparing solo marimba literature for his Senior recital, or the professional vibraphonist looking to expand his chord voicing skills. Bill Meligari has done a wonderful job of collecting educational information related to drumming, and I hope that this new Forum will be part of a similar resource for mallet players of all ages and skill levels.

"Tiger" Bill Meligari, founder of TigerBill's DrumBeat Web site, had this to add, "James Walker has been a longtime contributor to our existing drum and percussion forums and has proven himself extremely knowledgeable in all areas of percussion although his specialization lies in mallet percussion. Even though I knew James to be a capable educator it wasn't until I heard his solo CD, Rhyme and Reason, that I realized he was also an excellent composer and performer. I'm extremely pleased to have James onboard and I feel that his expertise will greatly enhance the usefulness of TigerBill's DrumBeat Web site as a free educational resource." Visit James Walker at the new Mallet Percussion Forum at http://www.tigerbill.com/ubbthreads/.

For further information, contact Bill Meligari at bill@tigerbill.com
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Released February, 2002:
NATIONAL MONSTER CHOPS MONTH

WWW.TIGERBILL.COM -- March has been designated National Monster Chops Month and according to Tiger Bill Meligari, "March is the month drummers should be concentrating on improving their chops." Monster chops, in the music world, refers to a musician with a high level of technical skill. Drummer Bill Meligari gained that distinction when he was nicknamed "Tiger" by drum great Joe Morello, because of his Monster Chops. And over the next three months, Bill intends to prove it by challenging drummers everywhere in a contest to "Beat the Tiger."

About the challenge, Bill says: "I wrote an 8-bar rhythmic phrase that is extremely difficult to play and any drummer who can beat my speed or comes closest to it, wins. I'm hoping that this challenge will be an incentive for drummers to improve their chops." To provide further incentive, Tiger Bill has partnered with four companies to offer prizes. According to Bill, the grand prize package retails for more than $400.00 and includes the Drumometer from WFD, a diverse collection of drum videos and DVD titles from Warner Bros. Publications, soon to be released X-Series drumsticks from Regal Tip, and a poplin drum jacket from DrumWear.com. Second and third place prizes will also be awarded. See TigerBill's DrumBeat Web site for more details.

Bill, who advocates a relaxed method of drumming, feels that many drummers have learned to play the "wrong way." He says: "Most drummers become too tense when they try to play at top speed for any length of time. Tensing the muscles not only slows you down, it causes injury. With proper technique, the faster you play the more relaxed you become. I can play all day long without getting tired or tense. This is one of the key concepts I'm trying to introduce to beginning and advanced drummers alike."

Tiger Bill, who has been the resident Drum Expert on the About.com network for the past two years, has recently decided to expand into his own Web space because "I've yet to find a really comprehensive Web site for drummers that brings the drum and percussion community together for a common learning experience. My site encourages an exchange of ideas while offering expert advice, free instruction, and links to the best the drum world has to offer."

For further information, contact Bill Meligari at bill@tigerbill.com

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