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South Delta Drum Festival back in person

Students, public invited to learn from professional percussionists

Professional musicians will be banging the drums for a good cause, Nov. 20, to raise money for Delta Secondary’s music program.

South Delta Drum Festival 2022 returns to the Genesis Theatre this Sunday, from 1 to 5 p.m.

“It’s the first time in two years that we’ve been able to do this,” said music teacher Catherine Campbell.

The COVID-19 pandemic meant the cancellation of the festival event for the past two years.

She added the event was good for the students because they see the benefits and the proceeds from the festival coming back to the school’s music program.

This is now the fourth year of the festival where musicians will be discussing and instructing about their music.

Rick Klemm, a recently retired music teacher, and now a teacher on call, is organizing the event. He also makes Klemm Drums and will be raffling off one of his snare drums, as well as the Heartbeat cymbal, at the festival.

The guest musicians and clinicians will be Richard Brown, Reuben Spyker and Marco Morales.

Rather than a usual concert, the musicians will play, then pause and explain what they’re doing.

“It’s a clinic, as opposed to performance. They will play but they’ll discuss what they’re doing,” said Klemm.

Brown, is local musician but is originally from the U.S. and is “a monster reggae player,” said Klemm.

Morales is from Cuba.

“It’s just mind boggling, how good he is,” Klemm said.

Tickets are $20 and can be bought at the door and online at this link. Online sales are preferred so there’s some idea of audience numbers.

Doors open at 12:30 p.m.

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