CARROLLWOOD — Sam Ash Drum Bash, a free event featuring 20 performers vying for more than $1,000 in prizes, will be held Friday at the Sam Ash Music Store.
The event first held in 2010 is organized by local music educator and former music executive Jim Chambers as a recital showcasing his most talented students.
Chambers was in the music business for 20 years, including as vice president of sales for Octone Records, where he was a key player in the development of Maroon 5, earning him two Grammy awards.
In 2009 he returned to Tampa and his original passion — the drums. Initially he worked with a handful of students in his Carrollwood home. Last month he rechristened his business Jim Chambers’ Music Box to reflect expanded instruction of guitar, bass guitar, piano, voice and band formation. He also moved to larger quarters in Northdale.
“When I started teaching music in Tampa, I quickly realized the educational component of music offers the same exhilaration and spirit as breaking a new superstar artist,” Chambers said.
The event will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Sam Ash Music Store, 13133 N. Dale Mabry Highway.