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Cympad's "Class Of 2018"

What is Class of 2016

"Class Of 2017"— Cympad's roster of exceptional young drummers from around the world.

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Kei Bland / Class of 2016

Kei Bland / US

Avenging Benji


Sixteen-year old  Kei “Taxi” Bland has played with some of the most preeminent names in music, including Bad Company, The Outlaws, and the Allman Brothers. He attends Berklee College of Music, has been featured in DRUM! Magazine and is currently the drummer for several projects: Avenging Benji, North American Misfits, Dark Summer and his own personal project, 4Ever Endeavour. He finds time in his busy schedule to help raise money for many charitable organizations including Ride for Dime, Kids Charities, United Way, Fast Friends Greyhound Adoption, and Day of Giving (among others).

Kei Bland on YouTube

"Cympads not only add style to my kits, but improve the quality of my cymbal sound. Their optimizer line truly optimizes my sound."

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Jay’lan Crout  / Class of 2016

Jay’lan Crout / US

Minister Tim White, Jason Shepherd and Neicy Robertson


I am 15 years old and I love playing the Drums. I have been playing since the age of three. I am the drummer for Greater St. John Bible Church in Chicago, IL. I am a junior in high school and currently focusing on finishing my education. I plan to major in music during college and become a professional drummer. I have played for artist from Chicago such as Minister Tim White, Jason Shepherd and Neicy Robertson just to name a few

Jay'lan Crout on YouTube

“Cympads are incredible assets to drum equipment. They bring excitement to the sound of the cymbals. I currently use them when playing at my church.” 

Jake D

Jake D / Class of 2018

Jake D / US

Drumming Young Star 


At just 12 years-old, drummer Jake D has enough experience to impress even a seasoned pro. First picking up the sticks as a toddler, it didn't take long for Jake's natural talent to become apparent, and his parents began to seek out opportunities for him to develop his craft. When he was still only 7, Jake started to excel in local rock band programs and soon found himself performing on many of Chicagoland's most well-known stages. In 2014, the formation of his own band Stellar West took his budding career to the next level with a relentless show schedule, an upcoming LP release, music videos and more. Popular UK music blog FORKSTER called Stellar West "a very talented and skilled rock brigade...rooted from punk rock orbits as well as cleverly placed voltages of grunge and garage rock". 

Jake D on YouTube

“I love my Cympads” 

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Antoine Fadavi / Class of 2016

Antoine Fadavi / FR

YouTube Young Star


Antoine Fadavi caught the drum bug during a visit to a local music store when he was eleven. He began teaching himself to play by watching Cobus Potgieter, Luke Holland and the new generation of “YouTube” drummers. Within a year, Antoine was producing his own drum videos and posting them online. Today, he has over 1,000,000 views on his YouTube channels and was voted the #2 electronic drummer in the world in the 2015 digitalDrummer magazine readers poll.

Antoine Fadavi on YouTube

“Cympads are the perfect addition to any drumset. They let the cymbals sound and feel great and make the kit look great, too.”

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Igor Falecki / Class of 2016

Igor Falecki / PL

YouTube Young Star 


Born and raised in Gdańsk, Poland, Igor Falecki comes from a family of musicians. Since taking up the drums at the age of 3, Igor has studied and performed with top international drummers such as Dom Famularo, David Garibaldi, Eric Moore, Aaron Spears, Tony Royster, Jr. and many more. He has appeared at major music events in Krakow, Frankfurt, Budapest, Los Angeles, Chicago and Hong Kong and received numerous awards, including “Best Drummer” in Top Drummer magazine’s readers polls from 2006-2009. In 2014, Igor collaborated with Europe’s prestigious Cappella Gedanensis ensemble to record the CD “Classic!”. With coverage on CNN, ABC, CBS, Asahi, MTV, Canal+ and Drum Channel as well as his own YouTube channel, he has been seen and heard by more than 200 million people around the world. Igor endorses Cympad, Sabian, DW Drums, Vic Firth and Hardcase.

Igor Falecki on YouTube

"Got Cympads… got perfect sound."

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Joh Kotoda / Class of 2016

Joh Kotoda / AU

YouTube Young Star 


Joh’s YouTube channel has over 20,000 subscribers and 4,000,000 total views as of June 2016.
His most popular video has 1,300,000 views ("Rude" Magic! drum cover)
He appears in the St. George Bank TV ad (filmed in Sydney Australia in September 2014) 
Opening act at Brisbane Drummers Drum Solo Competition in July 2014 (Australia)
Awarded 2nd Prize at Brisbane Drummers Drum Solo Competition in July 2016 (Australia)

Joh Kotoda on YouTube

“I love my Chromatics Red. They look great on my kit!” 

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Tiago Lopes / Class of 2016

Tiago Lopes / P

Sangue Lusitano 


2011: Finalist of the Portugal Got Talent contest. Performance in the Portugal Golden Globe Awards Performance in the Disney Kids TV channel 2012: Performance in the SIC and RTP1National TV channel Performance in the RTP1 National TV channel 2013: Winner of the National band contest, promoted by Festa do Avante 2014: Finalist of the european band contest, promoted by SHURE. First album and HD Video “Caravela” released, on sale on iTunes and GooglePlay Winner of the National band contest: Queima das Fitas 2014: Endorsed by CRX Cymbals 2015:  Endorsed by Agner Drumsticks Finalist of the National band contest, Rock War. Winner of the Best Drummer award of the Batalha bands contest. 2016:  Endorsed by Cympad.

Tiago Lopes on YouTube

“I use Cympads to smooth my sound and protect my cymbals. I like them because they have the appropriate density.”

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Cole Marcus / Class of 2016

Cole Marcus / US

Appearance in Disney Channel and Nickelodeon 


Only a select few drummers can boast major TV show appearances, endorsements with well-known percussion manufacturers, and the admiration of more experienced peers. Even fewer can lay claim to this by the age of 4.
Now in High school, Cole Marcus is impressing worldwide audiences and the entertainment industry with his amazing talent. His precocious drumming skills, songwriting, and vocal abilities have garnered appearances on countless TV and radio shows, not to mention feature articles in DrumPro, DRUM!, and Modern Drummer magazines.

Cole Marcus on YouTube

Michel Melichar

Michel Melichar/ Class of 2018

Michel Melichar / US

Performed on television programs shown in Hawaii, California, and the Philippines


Michel was born in 2004. Despite his young age, he is already an established name in the music world in the United States and beyond. He began playing pots andpans before he was two, and received his first drum set from family and friends when he turned six. He has appeared in national publications in Japan, and performed on television programs shown in Hawaii, California, and the Philippines. He has been a member of several bands, and has played with many well-known professional musicians, including Michael Schenker, Vinny Appice, Lita Ford, Bill Ward, Glenn Hughes, and .38 Special.

Visit Michel's Youtube channel 

Michel Melichar on YouTube

"At the very start when you try Cympads you’re thinking, 'Whoa, they can’t really change your sound, can they?', Michel comments. "But very soon it hits you, and then you’re telling yourself 'OMG that’s what my cymbals could have sounded like all these years!'.”

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Kalonica Nicx / Class of 2016

Kalonica Nicx / ID

Champion of the 2015 Hit Like A Girl Contest 2015 


10-year old Kalonica Nicx is from Bandung, Indonesia. Among her many accomplishments, she was the 2015 Hit Like A Girl contest Champion in the under 18 age division. She’s been playing drums since she was 6 and studies at the PCMS Music School in Bandung. Nicx enjoys frequent jam sessions with her father and brother and, in addition to drums, she also plays organ at church. “Music is my life,” Nicx says. “I love performing in front of a lot of people and inspiring them.”

Kalonica Nicx on YouTube

“Why do I use Cympads? Simply because I love them! Cympads ‘optimize” my drumming and make it more colorful.”

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Antoine Fadavi / Class of 2016

Zoe Pascal / UK

Top 10 finalist in the UK Young Drummers of the Year contest in 2015 and 2016


London-based young drummer chosen as a Top 10 finalist in the UK Young Drummers of the Year contest in 2015 and 2016. Member of the award winning jazz talent development program “Tomorrow´s Warriors”. Previous recipient of a Robert Lewin Scholarship from Awards for Young musicians. SOULTONE UK’s Youngest endorsee at 11 years old, VATER artist at 13, CYMPAD Class of 2016 at 14. Member of the prestigious and selective Jazz Academy program at the Royal Academy of Music in London. 

Zoe Pascal on YouTube

"I enjoy using Cympads because it gives the cymbals a fantastic feel and texture to the sound! It also adds a great look!"

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Elise Trouw / Class of 2016

Elise Trouw / US

Hit like a Girl Contest 2015 Finalist


I'm a young musician living in San Diego, California. I like to use social media to share my love for music with the world, and have built up a following mostly on Instagram. As an artist, I'm currently working on my first album, on which I sing, play all the instrumental parts, and cowrite the songs. As a performer, this year during GRAMMY Week I opened for Sam Hunt with the GRAMMY Camp Alumni Band at Club Nokia in LA. I'll be releasing my first single soon so stay tuned!

Elise Trouw on YouTube

“I use all three lines of Cympads to experiment with different sounds when I play drums. With so many different textures and sizes, I can create various tones with my cymbals.”

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Ryuga Uchida / Class of 2016

Ryuga Uchida / JP

Grand Prix, Rhythm & Drums Magazine Contest, 2009 (youngest winner ever)


Grand Prix, Rhythm & Drums Magazine Contest, 2009 (youngest winner ever).
Many television appearances.
Endorses Tama Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Protectionracket cases.

Ryuga Uchida onYouTube

“I like the firmness of the Cymbad compared to felt cymbal washers, along with the sustainability of the sound and the natural progression of the high notes. It's also great that it protects my cymbal. The variety of colors in the chromatic series is fun as well.”

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Rebecca Webster / Class of 2016

Rebecca Webster / US

Champion of the 2016 Hit Like A Girl Contest


I have been playing drums for around 9 years. There are many genres of music I enjoy, although my favorite styles are Jazz Fusion, R&B, funk and soul. I have been a part of the School Of Rock for the past 5 years and I am very proud to be representing my school in the School of Rock Allstars tour this summer. This tour will be my third. I have played in the western Connecticut regional jazz band as well as my high school’s jazz band. We were lucky to place first in multiple competitions this season and I was very happy to receive a jazz soloist award, as well. I was chosen as the first runner up in the 2015 Hit Like A Girl International Contest for female drummers and I am honored to be the under 18 Grand Prize Champion in the 2016 contest. I have been playing drums for around 9 years. There are many genres of music I enjoy, although my favorite styles are Jazz Fusion, R&B, funk and soul.

Rebecca Webster on YouTube

“The bigger (Moderator) Cympads are great for muting unwanted overtones. I use the Optimizers on my ride and on my hi-hat. The different product lines and sizes really offer a wide range of sounds and allow me to get the best tones out of my cymbals.”

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