Friends Of Music Donate Drums To North Jefferson Elementary School

The Friends of Music have donated a set of African drums to the music program at the North Jefferson Elementary School. The drums were presented at an assembly of music students at the school on Wednesday, March 28.

The accompanying photo shows Friends of Music Office Manager Jennifer Perrotte and Friends Board member Andrew McMillan, left, listening to music teacher Ruoshuan Chen speaking to his students.

The drum set contains three Remo 100 Series Key-tuned Tubano drums. Mr. Chen requested the drums to facilitate learning of a variety of different musical concepts, such as timbre, rhythm, beat and dynamics, and to allow his students to compare and contrast the percussive instruments of different cultures. He said he hopes to start a world drumming club at the school.

The Friends of Music said the total value of the donation was $599. The organization purchased the drums locally, at Ellsworth Music Supply and Repair, in Ranson, to help support local business as well as assist local students. Friends President Linda Walker said the donation is part of an ongoing effort by the Friends to help support music education in local schools. She said the organization hopes to dedicate a total of $7,000 to this purpose this year, twice as much as last year.

The Friends of Music is a Shepherdstown-based, non-profit organization that was founded in 1999 to support and promote musical excellence. It supports the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra, the only professional classical music orchestra in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, and one of only three of such orchestras in the state. Full information about the Friends and the Orchestra is available at http://www.friendswv.org.