Art of drums beats on
CHILDCARE centres in the Whitsundays were invited to actively take part in a What Drumbeat performance as part of Young Australia workshops.
In an energetic demonstration of drum techniques and styles, percussionist Mark Stewart presented a history of percussion through the ages, using a large range of drums and hand percussion.
Mr Stewart visited both 121 Childcare and Little Gekos Early Learning Centre.
The program features rhythms and patterns used in all types of music and included children participation segments, in which there was no shortage of volunteers.
Hands rocketed to the sky as the children, squirming with anticipation, were picked to come up and have a go.
Cowbells, castanets, bongos, bass drums, snare drums, box drums – you name it, if it can be hit to produce sound, he had it.
121 Childcare director Shylie Tarver said it was not only a ball but educational.
“Children learnt through first hand experience the shape and size of drums that produce low and sounds,” she said.
“We are lucky to have such an opportunity where children could really appreciate through hands-on experience the wonder of percussion.”
Drumbeat was formed in
high 1990 by Tony Azzopardi and Mark Stewart as a general introduction to percussion for Australian schoolchildren.
Now into their 25th year, they have shows specifically designed for students from kindergarten to high school.
Little Gekos’ Jade Roberts, Tallen Thomas, Pixie Taylor, Lennox Tronc and Jaxson Farley play instruments while Maya Ferenc and Aurora and Saric Lynham watch on.