After a month, in a jazz rivalry, after their first set, Andrew loses Tanner’s sheet music. When required their subsequent set, Tanner can’t play without his sheets, however Andrew claims he can perform “Whiplash” from memory. After a fruitful presentation, Fletcher elevates Andrew to center drummer for his Studio Band. Before long, Fletcher initiates Ryan Connolly, the center drummer from Andrew’s previous lower-level group inside the studio. Andrew trusts Connolly is a less skilled drummer than he and is angered when Fletcher elevates Connolly to center. Resolved to dazzle Fletcher, Andrew rehearses until his hands drain and says a final farewell to his sweetheart, Nicole, to concentrate on his melodic aspirations. Following a tiring five-hour meeting with Tanner and Connolly for the center spot, in which Fletcher heaves seats and shouts at him, Andrew at last procures back the center spot.
While in transit to their next rivalry, the transport Andrew is riding separates. He leases a vehicle however shows up after the expected time and acknowledges he left his drumsticks at the rental office. In the wake of persuading an anxious Fletcher to sit tight for him, Andrew races back and recovers them, yet gets into a fender bender in transit back. He slithers from the destruction and runs back to the theater, showing up similarly as the outfit enters arrange. At the point when he battles to play “Parade” because of his wounds, Fletcher stops the presentation and excuses Andrew, who at that point assaults him in front of an audience, bringing about his ejection from Shaffer.