North Charleston music store Guitar Center (7620 Rivers Ave., 843-572-9063) recently announced a cool percussion event for October. Designed as a national talent search, Drum-Off ’09 seeks to sign up over 5,000 drummers to compete for a chance to be named the Drum-Off champion, which includes $25,000 in cash, prizes, and endorsements.

The preliminary rounds of the Drum-Off competition are currently open. Hopeful contestants can sign up at the North Charleston store for a chance to compete in the local finals on Oct. 15. From there, local winners will have a chance to compete at the grand finals in Hollywood in January.

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