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Why Percussion Matters:
Our hearts beat, so must our minds and souls. Our hands move, our feet stomp and our bodies sway, because of the beat. The universe pulses so we must keep time, in order to find order and contentment. We feel the warmth and confidence in the beat… reminding us or our origins.
If language is a barrier, from lack of knowledge and experience, drumming is the bridge that will bring us together regardless what we may know or not know. Percussion is a language all of its own, with a vocabulary as extensive as any spoken language, which combines all known languages into one common sentence, one common phrase, one united way of understanding.
Percussion is sound and sound is omnipresent. We hit, we strike, we rub, we shake, we scrape, we whallop, we kick, we press, we smile, we help people smile. Our sounds inspire, conjure, surprise, frighten, touch, feel, reflect, deflect, absorb and imprint.
— Jonathan Haas
Music Associate Professor of Percussion Studies;