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Drums Echoed Through High School

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – There was a constant banging noise heard Saturday (April 18, 2009) as visitors roamed the halls of Pottsgrove High School, and most of them loved the racket.

Better ways to bang a drum were explored Saturday during the Pennsylvania Day of Percussion held at Pottsgrove High School.

Better ways to bang a drum were explored Saturday during the Pennsylvania Day of Percussion held at Pottsgrove High School.

The school, 1345 Kauffman Rd., played host during the weekend to the annual Day of Percussion conducted by the Pennsylvania chapter of the national Percussive Arts Society. It’s the world’s largest organization promoting education of, and research for, drummers and percussionists of all ages.

Among those conducting clinics were Chris Deviney, right, principal percussionist of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Among those conducting clinics were Chris Deviney, right, principal percussionist of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

The Pottsgrove event introduced Pennsylvania drummers “to an amazing roster of the world’s top percussionists,” according to chapter President David F. Glover, chairman of the music department at Slippery Rock University. Dozens of high school and college drum students and band leaders traveled to the township to attend clinics and concerts conducted by well-known musicians.

The program included hour-long lessons on drum-playing for an orchestra, as well as playing steel pan drums, marimba and drumset. Several music industry vendors set up booths and provided information.

During the afternoon through early evening participants enjoyed concerts by the Alokli West African Drum and Dance Ensemble, the Neshaminy Percussion Ensemble, the Millersville University Percussion Ensemble, and the Tony Miceli Trio.

The chapter paid special thanks to Pottsgrove School District teachers and groups that helped make the day possible, including high school Principal Chris Shaffer, band director Victor Holladay, choral director Cindy Foust, custodians and cafeteria staff members, and the Pottsgrove Music League.

Casually dressed but intent on content, dozens of drum students and instructors filled clinics during the Day of Percussion.

Casually dressed but intent on content, dozens of drum students and instructors filled clinics during the Day of Percussion at Pottsgrove.

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