And the Winners of the 2017 Drumception Challenge are…


Megadeth drummer Dirk Verbeuren wrote and recorded a completely original song only on the drums using Toontrack’s Superior Drummer 3, and we invited you to record your own song over it to enter our annual Drumception contest.

Dirk himself has painstakingly sorted through all the entries, and here are the winners! THANK YOU to everyone who entered, and we look forward to doing this again next year.

Grand prize:

Mark Herrera

Runners up:

Myke Owns

Ale Stückner

Trey Dieterich

Dirk had such a hard time choosing from all the amazing entries we got that he wanted to name several honorable mentions as well. Here were some of his favorites that didn’t quite make the cut:

Nevin Michael:

Jon Santiago:

Daniel Contreras:

Jim Dofka:

Kyle Morrison:

Zaki Ali:

Joel Colliver:

Andy Holbert:

Mark Schielst:

Alan Nicewonger:

JG Hangar:

Dale Gilmore (“Riffs & Soul”):

Pavel Torres:

Sergio Quesada:

Hector Camarena:


We invited some well-known guitarists from the metal world to record their own versions of Dirk’s track as well, ineligible for the contest but still fun to listen to:

Brandon Ellis (The Black Dahlia Murder):

Reba Meyers (Code Orange):

Will Putney (Fit For An Autopsy):

Alex Skolnick (Testament):

Brendon Small (Galaktikon/Dethklok):

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