New Britain native, music student, makes finals in Blue Man Drum-off

Published on Saturday, 30 September 2017 21:15
Written by Angie DeRosa

Staff Writer

NEW BRITAIN - A New Britain native now living in Jamaica Plain, Mass., is a finalist for the Blue Man Group Boston’s annual Drum-Off competition.

Darryl Reberio Jr., who is attending Berklee College of Music is one of five finalists set to perform at the competition on Sept. 30 at the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival.

The competition showcases the best drumming talent in New England and the selected finalists will each perform a three-minute solo jam session at the Jazz Fest.

“This event highlights the unbelievable local drumming talent we have in this area,” said Resident General Manager of Blue Man Group Boston, Jonathan Screnci.

“These five finalists were chosen for the creativity, technical ability and overall personality they brought to the stage and we’re excited to see them perform before the Berklee Beantown Jazz Fest audience at the end of the month.”

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.

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.

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.

For more information about the Blue Man Group Boston Drum-Off and to follow this year’s competition, visit

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Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Saturday, 30 September 2017 21:15. Updated: Saturday, 30 September 2017 21:18.