Belmont University juniors Andrew Bellisle and Vinay Schroff, both percussionists and students in Belmont’s School of Music, are competing in the regional round of Red Bull’s Tum Tum Pa freestyle drumming competition after winning the first round on March 24.
At Nashville’s Café Coco, Bellisle and Schroff performed a cover of Snoop Dogg’s “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” and an original composition, using only office supplies and Red Bull cans as their instruments (click here to view video of their first round performance). Judges graded the competitors based on rhythm, creativity and audience response. After their spot-on cover, complete with Schroff blowing into a half-full can to create the song’s “Snoooooop” noise, the duo earned the highest score and made it to the second round.
With permission and support from many at Belmont, as well as the Nashville-area representative for Red Bull marketing, the two students filmed their official competition video in Belmont’s Hitch Science Building chemistry lab. Belmont’s Red Bull Student Representatives Kirk Slawek and Matt Shaw helped film the video, while Belmont student Kenny House recorded audio. Red Bull’s local marketing head, Lisa Gracey, is helping to promote the duo.
This video was recently added to Red Bull’s website, and voting is now open from April 25-May 2 to decide the winner of the Southeastern USA region (Click the link above, then choose Southeastern Conference and then click on the video by “Coffee and Cream” to cast your vote). The winner of this region, the other four USA regional champions and other participating countries’ winners will be flown to Rio de Janeiro , Brazil for the final round. Click here to view photos from the filming session.