The fifth annual South Delta Drum Festival is set for Sunday, Nov. 19 at Genesis Theatre in Ladner.
The festival will feature fantastic local drumming talent while enhancing music education in the Lower Mainland. Rather than a usual concert, clinicians will perform, then pause and explain what they’re doing. It’s about developing percussion understanding and expertise, as well as a chance to learn from people who have been in the field for many years.
Featured clinicians include: Matthew Atkins, Ash Pearson and Rick Klemm.
Klemm has organized the drum festival for years, but has been asked to participate in an additional role as a clinician this year. He also makes Klemm Drums and annually donates one of his snare drums for a fundraising raffle.
Delta Secondary music teacher Catherine Campbell said students will be working the concession, handling lighting and stage set-up as well as attending to learn more about drums.
“Lots of students will be supporting the event,” she said. “It’s not just percussion students who can appreciate this day. It’s starting to get around to other students and schools who want to come together as a community and experience other musical disciplines.”
Campbell has appreciated the fundraising efforts of this event. Net proceeds from ticket sales and all money raised from raffle tickets go to the Delta Secondary band and music program.
“Things we spend the money on are instrument repairs, instrument supplies, new music and bringing in expert clinicians,” she explained. “It has been helpful in past years to have this source of support.”
Thanks to the generosity of numerous sponsors there will be many door prizes.
Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be bought at the door and online at: https://SDDF23.brownpapertickets.com.