My Percussion Students Have Great Rhythm But No Drums!
My students need a bass and snare drum to play in Percussion class and with the school band. They play on practice pads but these talented kids deserve to be heard!
My Percussion students don't have any drums to play. In class and at home they play on practice pads, which is fine for skill building, but they are overpowered when they play with the band. Sadly, some of them have never played a real snare or bass drum.
My students attend a dual language emersion K-8 school in Southern CA.
They are all economically disadvantaged and though the school district is committed to the elementary band program, there are very little resources for instruments. My Percussion class is one of my largest classes. My student's parents found the resources to purchase their children a percussion starter kit (percussion pad, stand, drum sticks, and band book for roughly $80.00) at the beginning of the year. However, I don't have any drums for them to play. If I don't find some drums for them, they may never get the opportunity to transfer the skills they have been working on all year to real drums.
I am asking for a snare drum, a bass drum and a snare stand. That way I can rotate my students through the large drums and even add some percussion elements (i.e., triangle, wood blocks, cymbals). I can't even imagine how excited my kids would be to play real drums, especially with the band. I always tell them how vital their role is in the band and they never get to experience it first hand.
Putting a drum in front of these kids would touch their lives in such a profound way.
They have been so dedicated this year and it would be such a shame if the fruits of their hard work were confined to the muffled 'thud' of a practice pad. I want so badly for their school, community and family to recognize their talents.
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