I’m not a drummer, but drum clinics are fun

I just made it to Mark Shelton’s finale, after spending two hours downtown at Ballet Lubbock’s “Cinderella.” Both were wonderful!

Now I am in a drum clinic with Shelton, who sad he was once a junior high and high school band director. William Mersh(?) was apparently a big influence on him. He told those in a convention that they need to sound like themselves. Those words “changed my path.”

Shelton is telling the students to be more original. He said he started trying to play new music.

Some of the students may never go on to be pro drummers, he says, but creative people are needed in all industries to solve problems and invent.

He’s showing students a frame drum, and how to change pitches. And giving them rather dubious tips for picking up girls while playing the Irish frame drum!

Back to creativity, Shelton is noting that much of school work is for the left brain, but he is encouraging them to stretch their right brain creativity some, too. Tambourines can be struck more than one way, if one just experiments, a fact which he showed them by picking one up and performing on it by striking the sides.

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