The day started with hand stretches to warm up the crowd and get them ready for USC Thornton Outreach Program’s annual Drum Day. And the stretches proved necessary as the activities stretched into the late afternoon on a day filled with audience participation.
To kick off the event, the USC Trojan Marching Band drumline blasted into high gear and quickly got the attention of anyone who may have missed their morning coffee. The loud, rhythmic attack of the drums brought all eyes front and center and instructor Tad Carpenter followed the demonstration with points about the importance of stick selection, practice, and how drumming can be it’s own social network in a world where much of our time is spent online.
USC Jazz Studies faculty member, Aaron Serfaty, made a smooth transition to the second part of the day when he demonstrated how what he heard in the drumline could be easily converted over to a traditional jazz kit. Serfaty went on to demonstrate samba and Afro Cuban styles of drumming with numerous types of drums and percussion instruments.
Several sponsors including Innovative Percussion, Yamaha, and Remo helped to make this day possible, and Remo Drum Circle Facilitator John Fitzgerald brought the day to a roaring close. The entire room was filled with the sounds of djembe’s, cowbells and shakers as participants traded off drum patterns in a call & response style that could be heard out the doors and onto the USC campus.
With many students leaving the hall with a new pair of drumsticks that they had won via raffle opportunities over the course of the day, the rat-a-tat-tat of sticks clicking away on outdoor makeshift drum surfaces filled the air and the rhythm carried on into the late afternoon sun.
Stay tuned for Drum Day 2014 on Sunday, March 2, 2014!
For information on more USC music events, be sure to visit USC Music Events Calendar at http://web-app.usc.edu/ws/eo2/calendar/32/list/category/Music, or sign up for the weekly events e-mail at http://www.usc.edu/schools/music/ .