Saturday, August 17 from 9am-1:00pm
At The Music Center, Fremont Street adjoining the Davidson Building at Kellogg Community College.
Community Music School presents its first annual DrumFest on August 17, from 9 am to 1:00 pm. Registration begins at $10 for current drum students in k-12 or college, and $20 for everyone else. Call Dinah Vaden at 269.963.1911x2585 to register today.
Presenters and workshop leaders include Dave Riddle, lead of the Battle Creek Central High School Drumline; Deb Hall, West African Drum Ensemble instructor; Bill Dowdy, Community Music School percussion instructor and frontman of the Bill Dowdy Jazz Trio Plus; Drumming Instructor Dennis Downing; and CMS Mentor teacher, James Earl McGee, Jr. See our Guest Artist page for more information on these talented artists.
DrumFest is a great opportunity for people who are simply interested in the art of percussion to those who are looking to learn new skills. This event is open to people of all ages and skill levels, however, we do ask that small children are accompanied by a guardian.
For questions or to register, contact Dinah Vaden, Community Music School - Battle Creek Coordinator by phone at 269.963.1911 ext. 2585 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dave is the facilitator of the Battle Creek Central High School Drumline.
Deb has been studying drumming from West Africa for 9 years with local and international instructors. Deborah is an art and drumming instructor for Northwestern Middle School where her West African Drum Ensemble is approaching it’s 8th year.
As a member of the Three Sounds Trio, Bill has recorded on the Blue Note label and is listed in Feathers Encyclopedia of Jazz. He currently leads Bill Dowdy’s Jazz Trio Plus. Bill has taught at Western Michigan University and Kellogg Community College.
Dennis has an Associates degree from Kellogg Community College and is attending Michigan State University Majoring in psychology. He has been drumline instructor for Maple Valley High School in Vermontville and Lakewood High School in Lake Odessa. He is skilled in many styles of drumming.
James Earl McGee, Jr.
James studied with Bill Dowdy at the Community Music School and now is a Mentor teacher at CMS while attending Kellogg Community College.
Marching Percussion Fundamentals: Snare and Tenor (Dave Riddle)
Basic fundamentals, such as grip, stick heights, tap vs accent and 8's, will be covered. We will go over how the basics of X and Y axis effect playing.
The Rudiments: A Learning Sequence (Dennis Downing)
Bring a snare drum or a practice pad and leave with a plan for learning all 40 drum rudiments.
West African Drumming (Deb Hall)
Experience the joy of West African drumming using the djembe and dun duns. Learn a traditional rhythm from Guinea West Africa, as well as a little history of this music.
Marching Percussion Fundamentals: Bass and Cymbals (Dave Riddle)
Basic fundamentals, such as grip, mallet heights, tap vs accent, 8's, runs, Cymbal holds and positions will be covered. We will cover the importance of counting in Bass and Cymbal playing.
Jam for your Bread
(Bill Dowdy, James McGee, Dale Kinzler, Eddie Hollis)
Listen to jazz, observe jazz techniques, and learn some jazz history. No equipment necessary, or bring a drum to try out a few sample rhythms.
Drum Circle (Deb Hall)
If you’ve never tried this you are in for a treat! A drum circle is a spontaneous creation of music using hand drums and other hand percussion instruments. Any skill level is welcome from the person who hasn’t ever touched a hand drum to those that have been drumming for years. It’s about connecting with each other in a rhythmic way. We are all creatures of rhythm - come and give it a try!
To register, call Dinah Vaden at 269.963.1911 x 2585
or fill out this form and mail to:
The Music Center | P.O. Box 1613 | Battle Creek, MI 49016
*please do not send cash through the mail*