Blue Man Group Drum-Off


Nick Villamizar, a former LMSOM student who continued his studies at Berklee College of Music, was selected as one of the finalists for this year's Blue Man Group Boston Drum-Off and we couldn't be prouder!

This event highlights the unbelievable local drumming talent we have in this area. These five finalists were chosen for the creativity, technical ability and overall personality they brought to the stage.
— Jonathan Screnci, Resident General Manager, Blue Man Group Boston

The fourth annual Drum-Off competition will take place this Saturday, September 30 at the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival, showcasing the best drumming talent in New England. The selected finalists will each perform a 3-minute solo jam session in front of the lively Berklee Beantown Jazz Fest crowd, and the winner will receive over $6,000 in prizes from Blue Man Group, DW, Sabian and Vic Firth and have the chance to perform with Blue Man Group.

Blue Man Group welcomes celebrity judge Charles Haynes, a Berklee-trained pop/R&B/jazz drummer who has performed with Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Ed Sheeran, and Queen Latifah among others. He will join members of the Blue Man band in judging this year’s competition and determining the Grand Prize winner.  The winner will then participate in an encore performance with Blue Man Group to close the competition.

This year’s competition will be hosted by Chuck Clough and Ronnie Hirschberg, hosts of Above the Basement - Boston Music and Conversation, a Boston music podcast that has featured Don Henley, Jewel, Martin Sexton, Keith Lockhart and Blue Man Group to name a few and is the official podcast partner for the 2017 Boston Music Awards.



Nick performing with fellow Live! alumni Magdalena Bay back in 2012 with their project, Tabula Rasa