Official Rules

Article 1:

The competition “Drummer Days“ is open to young drummers born between 1994 and 2011, that either have attended or are currently attending a Luxembourgish or European music school, a private school or are self-tutored.


Article 2:

The competition is organized in 3 categories:

  • Drummer Kids (born in 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006)
  • Drummer Juniors (born in 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000)
  • Drummer Seniors (born in 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994)

Article 3: Registration

The registration is effective as soon as the competition office of the Differdange music school has received the registration form, duly completed.

The registration requires a recent photo, a copy of the identity card (double-sided) or passport and a short video that shows the candidate’s aptitude to play with a musical accompaniment.

All these documents must be sent to the office of the Differdange music school before 11 January 2020.

Address: City of Differdange, 38, Avenue Charlotte, L-4530 Differdange

Email address:  rudi.debouw@differdange.lu

Please note that for the first round and for the final, two different audio files (MP3) are required and must be transmitted as two separate files until 15 February 2020 to the follwing email address: rudi.debouw@differdange.lu


Article 4: Practical information 

18 January 2020

Deadline for registration. Only the candidates having submitted a complete registration form with a video will be eligible for the first selection of the jury. This short video together with the registration form are to be sent beforehand to the competition office by email (link, YouTube) before the deadline of 11 January 2020.

13 to 20 January 2020

A first selection of candidates will be made by the members of the jury on the basis of the registration form and the video.

21 January 2020

The selected candidates will be personally notified of their acceptance for the contest via email. An invoice for the participation fee will be sent by the City of Differdange.

27 January 2020

An email with the compulsory pieces for the 2nd round will be sent to the selected candidates.

8 February 2020

Payment deadline for the participation fee.

The contest consists of three rounds: 1st round, 2nd round and final round. The schedule is as follows:

Friday 6 March 2020

1st round (no more than 12 candidates per level)     

  • Drummer Kids: 3 pm-4:30 pm
  • Drummer Juniors: 4:30 pm-6 pm
  • Drummer Seniors: 6 pm-7:30 pm

The running order will be drawn at random.

  • 8:15 pm: Concert by Robert GATTO (IT)
  • 9 pm: Results of the 1st round and time schedule for the 2nd round
  • 9:30 pm: Concert by Federico PAULOVICH (IT)

Saturday 7 March 2020

2nd round (no more than 8 candidates per level).

  • Drummer Seniors: 9 am
  • Drummer Juniors: 10 am
  • Drummer Kids: 11 am

The running order will be drawn at random. At the end of the 2nd round, five candidates will be selected for the final round, three by the jury and two by the public.

  • 1 pm: Results of the 2nd round
  • 1:15 pm-2 pm: Concert by the duo Pol BELARDI & Pit DAHM
  • 3 pm: Final round (5 candidates per level):
    • Drummer Kids: 3 pm
    • Drummer Juniors: 4 pm
    • Drummer Seniors: 5 pm

The running order for the final round will be drawn at random.

  • 6:30 pm-8:30 pm: Workshops, masterclasses
  • 8:45 pm: FINAL RESULTS in the presence of the jury
  • 9 pm: Concert by Clive BUNKER and band

Article 5 :

The exams will take place in the main auditorium of the Aalt Stadhaus (38, Avenue Charlotte L-4530 Differdange)

Two complete drum sets (ESSEBI DRUMS) with cymbals (Fusion & Rock) will be set up on the main stage.


Article 6:

2 rehearsal rooms will be available for the candidates between the 2nd and the final round (following a fixed schedule).


Article 7:

In order to follow the strict schedule the candidates must be present at least 15 minutes before each round.

They candidates need to be present for the announcement of the results for each round or final in which they have participated.


Article 8:

The jury of the competition will be composed as follows:

  • M. Roberto GATTO (IT)        
  • M. Federico PAULOVICH (IT)    
  • M. Clive BUNKER (UK)    
  • M. Franck AGULHON (F)
  • M. Gilles BERNARD (L)    
  • M. Pit DAHM (L)
  • M. Pol BELARDI (L)
  • M. Niels ENGEL (L)
  • M. Jeff HERR (L)

The jury will be presided by:

  • Mr. Rudi DE BOUW, president of the jury, director of the music school of Differdange

Article 9:

The deliberations of the jury are strictly confidential and its decisions are final. If one of the members of the jury is or has been a teacher of a candidate, he will abstain from judging said candidate. The jury may decide to shorten the performance of a candidate in case of overtime.


Article 10:

All events are open to the public


Article 11 :

Program to present (for the 3 categories):

1st round

Play Along (chosen by the candidate) 

The candidate will have no more than 7’00’’ on stage. This time includes the performance as well as the setup and adjustments of the drums. The candidate must leave the stage once the time is up. To this end, a countdown will be placed on stage to monitor the available time for the candidate. The countdown will start once the candidate is on stage.

2nd round

Compulsory  piece (chosen by the jury) including a free improvisation

The candidate will have no more than 7’00’’ on stage. This time includes the performance as well as the setup and adjustments of the drums. The candidate must leave the stage once the time is up. To this end, a countdown will be placed on stage to monitor the available time for the candidate. The countdown will start once the candidate is on stage.

The lead sheet of the compulsory piece and the music with drums will be made available on the website of the event on 27 January 2020. The play-along piece, without drums and without clicks, will be sent to the selected candidates on 27 January 2020.

Final round

Play Along (chosen by the candidate) + free improvisation

The candidate will have no more than 10’00’’ on stage. This time includes the performance as well as the setup and adjustments of the drums. The candidate must leave the stage once the time is up. To this end, a countdown will be placed on stage to monitor the available time for the candidate. The countdown will start once the candidate is on stage.

Please note: Two different audio files (MP3) are required for the 1st round and the final round and must be transmitted as two separate files until 15 February 2020 to the follwing email address: rudi.debouw@differdange.lu


Article 12: Registration Fee

Registration is fixed at:

  • 30€ for the category « Drummer Kids » 
  • 45€ for the category « Drummer Juniors »
  • 60€ for the category « Drummer Seniors »

The registration fee is non-reimbursable under any circumstances.

The invoice from the City of Differdange (Administration communale) will be sent to each candidate by post.


Article 13: Prizes  and Rewards

Each contestant (1st round) will receive a gift kit from our sponsors and a certificate of participation. 

Participants of the 2nd round will receive a set of drumsticks and a “Drummer Days” T-shirt as well as a certificate of participation. 

Finalists: The prize money for the final round (for all three categories together) is over 5500€ and will be distributed amongst the three winners of each category.


Article 14:

The jury is sovereign in its decisions, which are taken by majority vote. In case of a draw, the jury president's vote is determining. Le results will be announced after each round (1st and 2nd round). The results of the final round will be proclaimed in the presence of the jury on 7 March 2020 at 8:45 pm.


Article 15:

The organiser reserves the right to make a sound/video recording of the event that has no commercial value.


Article 16:

The international competition is part of the program of the Differdange Drummer Days on 6 and 7 March 2020. The complete program of the  Drummer Days will be online beginning of January on the website of the City of Differdange and on the website of the competition.


Article 17:

The organiser of the competition cannot be held responsible for physical or material damage, neither for theft that might result from the participation or assistance in the competition.

The participation in the contest entails for the contestant the full and unconditional acceptance of these official rules. In the case of litigation, only the French version will count. All eventualities that are not covered by these rules or by its application, shall be handled by the competition organisers. Their decisions shall not be appealed.