Philly Drum Project launches fundraiser for DrumPhil, a workshop for high school students

Photo by Dan Brightcliffe

Photo by Dan Brightcliffe

Philly Drum Project is organizing DrumPhil a single-day percussion workshop available to high school students. The idea that was just a seed when we ran a feature on Philly Drum Project back in October, and the group this week announced its fundraising effort to put on the event. They hope to raise just over $3500.

The Drum Project has held monthly meetings at Roosevelt’s Pub since forming last spring. Before long, accomplished guests were visiting: Eric Slick (Dr. Dog), Marc Dicciani (jazz drummer and professor at University of the Arts), Spanky McCurdy (Lady Gaga’s touring band), and Tim Arnold (Good Old War). According to founder Ryan Crump, these veterans of the local and national scenes spoke of experiences and also asserted diverse and distinct ideas of how drumming styles worked.

Having brought the local community closer and attracted impressive speakers, Crump still had unrealized ambitions for Philly Drum Project. One of several goals for the group included working with high school students, which is how DrumPhil came about. The plan is to pack private lessons, panel discussions, group workshops, composition sessions, and an end-of-day performance into the hours of 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on August 13th, 2013. Information and the application for the workshop are available here; to donate, go here.