ELLSWORTH — At age 6, Cameron Petros could be found hitting pots and pans. Now 19, the Ellsworth teen is one of five finalists in the Blue Man Group Boston Drum-Off, a competition designed to showcase the best drumming talent in New England. The finals will take place at Boston’s Lawn on D outdoor venue on July 7. The winner stands to receive more than $6,000 in prizes.
Petros read about the competition on Facebook last month and filmed a two-minute drum solo in one take. Out of 25 entries, the 2017 Ellsworth High School graduate was one of 10 drummers invited to perform in the semifinal round at the Charles Playhouse in Boston on June 26. The judges liked his performance that day, sending him forth with four other finalists. He is the youngest and only finalist from Maine.
During Saturday’s finals, which begin at 5 p.m., each performer will deliver a three-minute drum set. The winner, selected by a panel of judges, then has the chance to perform an encore with the Blue Man Group. In preparation, Petros has been learning one of the group’s numbers — though he’s keeping the exact song a secret to avoid any spoilers. His family and friends will travel with him to Boston for the competition.
“I’ve got pretty good support behind me for this whole thing,” he said Saturday.
He said his parents have always supported his drumming, with his mother encouraging him to enter the competition in the first place.
Petros has played the drums for over a decade. His primary instructor has been Andrew Clifford of Main Street Music Studios in Brewer.
“He was pretty excited when I told him about this,” Petros said.
The drummer currently performs with Smooth Moves, a hardcore band based in Orrington. The group will be performing at the Bangor Arts Exchange on July 14.