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A Musical Journey with Stewart Copeland, D'Drum, and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra
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Project Update #4: Announcing new givebacks 

                               Stewart Copeland Master Class 

A Drumset Master class with Stewart Copeland at the Drum Channel Studios in Los Angeles. Limited to 5 drummers, all participants will get a video tape of the session, along with autographed Sticks and drumhead. Date to be arranged with the participants.

Also, a Film Scoring Master class with Stewart Copeland at the Drum Channel Studios in Los Angeles. Limited to 5, all participants will get a video tape of the session, along with autographed Sticks and drumhead. Date to be arranged with the participants.

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DARE TO DRUM is the documentary film that will tell the story of a musical journey, embarked upon by Stewart Copeland and Dallas- based World Percussion group D’Drum, with Jaap van Zweden and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra

 Stewart Copeland, the legendary drummer and founder of the hugely influential band, The Police, was just completing his participation in their long-awaited world reunion tour in 2008, when he received an invitation to compose a major work for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra

The work was commissioned to feature the World Percussion group D’Drum

John Bryant   Ron Snider   Jamal Mohamed   Ed Smith   Doug Howard
John Bryant Ron Snider Jamal Mohamed Ed Smith Doug Howard

Gamelan D’Drum, the 37 minute Concerto for World Percussion and Orchestra in Three Movements, is the result of the nearly three year collaboration between Copeland and D'Drum. Deriving its name from the musical ensembles of Bali and Java, this ambitious work plays the central part in the story as the eye of the storm, both literally and figuratively. 

This film will focus on the creation of the work, along with telling the story of the 20-year transcultural mission by D’Drum to digest the music of Indonesia, Africa, Persia, and beyond that preceded the inception of this musical project and subsequent film. Stewart Copeland’s role as composer fused D'Drum's unique percussive concoction and concepts with notes for the orchestra, bringing together disparate worlds of pitch, harmony and polyrhythm. The result reconciles exotic instruments and tunings with staging and choreography - music that must be seen to be heard

All along the way, an intimidating question hung like a dark cloud: would the work meet the high bar of excellence set by Jaap van Zweden, the Maestro of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, recognized as Conductor of the Year in 2012?

 And then suddenly the daring adventure became an even more daunting proposition when Mother Nature reared her head, unleashing a crippling ice storm that brought Dallas to its knees and threatened to destroy the world premiere they had been working toward. 

 This is the story of how five drummers, a rock star, and a major symphony orchestra found their day in the sun. 

This film will be told from the perspective of the creative forces involved - Stewart Copeland as composer, Jaap van Zweden as conductor, and the members of D'Drum as performing artists. We have three years of HD footage, starting with the first brainstorming meetings between Copeland and D'Drum, through multiple rehearsals and recording sessions, culminating with revealing the work to Maestro Jaap van Zweden and the Dallas Symphony. 

Additional footage includes trips to Bali to have custom-made instruments crafted specifically for this work, along with the one and only performance that made it through the unprecedented ice storm that shut down Dallas the week of the world premiere of Gamelan D'Drum.     

Stewart Copeland
Stewart Copeland

A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Stewart Copeland has also composed music for operas, ballets, symphonic works, film scores and TV shows since the early '80's  with the debut of his Golden Globe nominated score for Francis Ford Coppola's Rumble Fish. Here are just a few of his works:

  • The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe, Long Beach Opera
  • Holy Blood and Crescent Moon, Cleveland Opera
  • Prey' Ballet, Oklahoma Ballet
  • Noah's Ark/Solcheeka, Seattle Symphony
  • King Lear, San Francisco Ballet
  • Rumble Fish, Francis Ford Coppola
  • Wall Street, Oliver Stone
  • Talk Radio, Oliver Stone
  • Simpatico, Sam Shepard
  • Desperate Housewives
  • The Equalizer
  • Dead Like Me

Now we have to put it all together to make a compelling and unique film.

Here is why we need the $95,000. 

Multiple Post Production costs including:

*    Camera crew for existing work and additional interviews to be shot with Stewart Copeland, Maestro Jaap Van Zweden, members of D'Drum, and others.

*    Editing

*    Graphics

*    Audio mixing

*    Color correction and finishing costs

*   DVD authoring, duplication

*    Licensing of performance by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra

*    Legal and accounting

*    Travel for interviews

HOW KICKSTARTER WORKS 

Kickstarter is the world's largest funding platform for creative projects. Every month, tens of thousands of people pledge millions of dollars in money to creative projects in dozens of categories. In return for your donation, we are able to offer thank you gifts, depending on the amount that you pledge. Kickstarter is powered by a unique all-or-nothing funding method where projects must be fully funded or no money changes hands. In other words, if we don’t raise our goal of $95,000, we lose everything. A Kickstarter campaign is a lot like the opening weekend of a movie release; the better you do at the beginning, the better you do overall. So if you are considering backing us, please don’t delay!

HOW TO PLEDGE

Read through the pledge levels and decide what you want to donate. We are extremely fortunate to have a multitude of sponsors. But that means that we have a really long list of pledge levels. So please scroll all the way down and read everything through before you decide. We have some great rewards: whether you are a fan of Stewart Copeland, a supporter of great orchestras such as the Dallas Symphony, or a fan of D'Drum and world percussion, there is something there for you. Once you decide what level to choose, just click the green “Back This Project” button in the upper right-hand corner. You will be asked to input your pledge amount and select a reward. From there, you will go through the Amazon checkout process. You must finish the Amazon checkout process for your pledge to be recorded. Best ways to share this campaign and our trailer: A short email. We are asking everyone to send an email to at least ten friends. On Facebook you can "share" or click the "Like" button directly below the video at the top of the screen. Or paste the URL straight onto your page with a message! On Twitter you can also tweet out the video - once again by clicking the button under the video or simply sharing the direct URL for this page. Or you can use whatever platform you’re on: Google +, tumblr, your blog, your podcast. All forms are welcome, even pounding out the message on a hollow log. Old fashioned word-of-mouth works too - just talk with people in your lives about it! Few things beat a genuine, face-to-face conversation. Again, any way you can help - big or small - is deeply appreciated! The more conversations we can start, the better. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS) 

WHAT HAPPENS IF WE DON’T REACH OUR GOAL?

 We get nothing! You aren't charged and we don't receive any of the funding.   

WHAT WILL THE FUNDS BE USED FOR? 

 We have about 75% of filming (HD VIDEO) completed, but we have remaining interviews to do with Stewart Copeland, Jaap van Zweden, and the members of D'Drum. Our Kickstarter campaign will enable us to finish shooting, pay the orchestra members a Musicians Union-specified license fee, mix the music and audio, and edit the film. 

CAN WE EXCEED OUR GOAL?  Yes We Can! 

Can I increase my pledge once it’s been made? 

YES! Once you donate to our campaign, you may want to change your incentive reward to a different one, or increase your pledge amount. To do so, go to Kickstarter and sign in. If you go to our campaign page, the green “Back This Project” button has been replaced with a blue “Manage Your Donation” button. Click it and you can enter a new amount, or choose a new incentive.

WHAT HAPPENS IF WE GO OVER THE GOAL? 

We make a larger impact on thousands more people! We will funnel those funds back into the film to make the best movie possible, probably a longer film, hire PR firms who can get the film into film festivals around the world, and make deals with broadcast channels.

CAN YOU DONATE OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES? 

Yes! Just click on the Amazon Payment Button and you will see that you can pay with a credit card from any country! But you must finish the Amazon checkout process for your pledge to be recorded. If you have any problems just contact us. 

CAN CONTRIBUTORS INCREASE PLEDGES ONCE THEY HAVE MADE THEM? 

Absolutely! If you have already contributed, and are signed in to your account, then instead of a green “Back This Project” button on our page, there should be a blue “Manage Your Donation” button. 

 CAN I GIVE A REWARD AS A GIFT? 

Gifting is a great idea! After the campaign, when we message you for details on your rewards, you can then give us the information for the person you wish to gift. 

HOW IS MY PLEDGE PROCESSED AND CHARGED?

 Once the campaign is successful, your pledge will be processed by Amazon. It's safe and secure - Amazon is one of the premier online retailers.  

Risks and challenges

This project has the support of professionals from the film, music, and media communities in Dallas and all over the U.S. The most important work has been documented, so with your help as a contributor, finishing out the body of this film will happen because it means so much to the musicians and fans who celebrate orchestras, percussion, and world music, along with Stewart Copeland and The Police.

John Bryant has served as Executive Producer of his production company, Bryant-Hames Productions, for over 25 years, guiding post-production teams through dozens of documentary and feature films for Showtime, PBS, National Geographic, and countless cable TV shows. We will get most of the givebacks to donors soon after the campaign is over. Our target completion date for the film is fall 2014, so givebacks involving a copy of the film will take a bit longer. But we made it through the ice storm....and we'll make it through this!

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    A digital download of D’Drum’s 2 CD’s, “Village Beside Time” and “Within You Without You”. Hear samples at www.pureddrum.com or on iTunes.

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    DARE To DRUM T shirt, limited edition, black with artwork from the poster. A great message to send if you're a drummer or supporter of the film. What drummer would not want a T-shirt that says "DARE To DRUM" ?

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    12 Month subscription to DRUM! magazine, and 30 Day subscription to DrumChannel, plus DARE To DRUM T shirt, limited edition, black with artwork from the poster. A great message to send if you're a drummer or supporter of the film.

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    Secure your spot in the live studio audience when legendary drummer from The Police, Stewart Copeland appears on Drum Channel LIVE – Tuesday, September 24th at 6:00 PM. Filmed at Drum Channel studios located in Oxnard, California (located 45 minutes North of Los Angeles). You can enjoy the live show hosted by Cobus Potgieter and a post-show meet-and-greet with Stewart, Cobus and any other VIPS who show up! Winners also receive limited edition “Dare to Drum” t-shirt, signed drum sticks and a 30-day membership to Drumchannel.com (10 available)

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    (1) pair of Stewart Copeland Vater drum sticks, personally autographed by Stewart (not the manufactured autograph). Limit 3 pairs per person.

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    A DVD copy of the film, DARE To DRUM, autographed by D’Drum, along with a "DARE To DRUM" T-shirt sent to your address.

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    A DVD copy of the film, DARE To DRUM, both D’Drum CD’s, “Village Beside Time” and “Within You Without You”, all autographed by D’Drum, plus a 4 fold poster of the film, DARE To DRUM

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    (1) pair of Stewart Copeland Vater drum sticks, personally autographed by Stewart (not the manufactured autograph). Limit 3 pairs per person. Plus DARE To DRUM T shirt, limited edition, black with artwork from the poster. A great message to send if you're a drummer or supporter of the film.

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    Digital download of Stewart Copeland Percussion music. Stewart has composed music for many percussion ensembles and you can get his original electronic recordings of these works as a download. Get "The Gene Pool" and all 4 movements of "Mikrokosmos for Percussion".

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    A DVD of the film, "DARE To DRUM", autographed by Stewart Copeland and D’Drum and sent to your address, along with a digital download of the film.

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    (1) Remo drumhead, white coated (14”, 12”,10” available), autographed by Stewart Copeland. Limit 3 per person. DARE To DRUM T shirt, limited edition, black with artwork from the poster, plus Autographed Stewart Copeland Sticks. Plus 2 Month subscription to DRUM! magazine, and 30 Day subscription to DrumChannel. Delivered to your address

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    A 4 fold Poster of the film and a DVD of the film, all autographed by Stewart Copeland and D’Drum and sent to your address, along with a digital download of the film. Plus DARE To DRUM T shirt, limited edition, black with artwork from the poster.

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    Stewart’s original electronic orchestra recording of the entire Concerto for World Percussion and Orchestra, Gamelan D’Drum, including the live percussion parts recorded in the studio by D’Drum. NO OTHER RECORDING OF THIS WORK IS AVAILABLE! Three Movements, 35 minutes. Packaged CD autographed by Stewart Copeland and D’Drum, plus DARE To DRUM T shirt delivered to your address.

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    A copy of the Conductor’s score of Gamelan D’Drum, A DVD of the film, “DARE To DRUM”, D’Drum’s two CD’s, “Village Beside Time” and “Within You Without You”, all signed by Stewart Copeland and D’Drum, delivered to your address. plus DARE To DRUM T-shirt, plus Autographed Stewart Copeland Sticks.

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    A Drumset Master class with Stewart Copeland at the Drum Channel Studios in Los Angeles. Limited to 5 drummers, all participants will get a video tape of the session, in addition to autographed sticks and drumhead.Date to be arranged with the participants.

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    A Film Scoring Master class with Stewart Copeland at the Drum Channel Studios in Los Angeles. Limited to 5, all participants will get a video tape of the session, in addition to autographed sticks and drumhead. Date to be arranged with the participants.

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    Stewart Copeland Paiste Signature Blue Bell Ride cymbal. Autographed by Stewart Copeland,PLUS a phone call from Stewart. Along with a pair of Stewart's autographed signature sticks.plus DARE To DRUM T-shirt,2 Month subscription to DRUM! magazine, and 30 Day subscription to DrumChannel.

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    Receive a call from Stewart Copeland about a personalized recorded message he will make for your answering machine.Plus DARE To DRUM T-shirt and a pair of Stewart Copeland autographed sticks.

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    Stewart Copeland Tama Signature snare drum, autographed by Stewart Copeland,PLUS a phone call from Stewart. Along with a pair of Stewart's autographed signature sticks.DARE To DRUM T-shirt.

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    You and/or a group of friends play in a drum circle with D’Drum at their rehearsal facility in Dallas.

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    D’Drum Demonstration - D'Drum will come to your home, school, church, or company, demonstrate some instruments and talk about the experience. Give this as a gift! (within 100 miles of Dallas, TX. If farther, travel expenses and necessary accommodations will be added).

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    D’Drum Concert - D'Drum will come to your home school, church, or company and play a private concert for you and your friends. Give this as a gift! (within 100 miles of Dallas, TX. If farther, travel expenses and necessary accommodations will be added).

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    A (2) hour private lesson/hang with Stewart Copeland at the DrumChannel facilities in Los Angeles. Three camera studio video shoot recorded by the Drumchannel for you to have.

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    A private screening of Dare To Drum, along with a dinner for up to 4 people with John Bryant, Director, the members of D'Drum, and a skype conversation with Stewart Copeland. Within 100 miles of Dallas,TX.

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    Credit of Associate Producer on the film, "Dare To Drum"plus seats at all screenings and events. You will be a part of the team that is updated during the entire process, receive a generous package of previously listed materials, and see rough edits. And if you prefer anonymity, you can have that also.

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    Credit of Executive Producer on the film "Dare To Drum" plus seats at all screenings and events. You will be a part of the team that is updated during the entire process, receive a generous package of previously listed materials, and see rough edits. And if you prefer anonymity, you can have that also.

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    Jam with Stewart Copeland at his personal recording studio, the Sacred Grove! Up to 4 musicians can jam with him joining in on any of the dozens of instruments there. He will record video and audio of the session and you will get a copy (distribution not allowed.) – Limit 3

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