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You got rhythm? Join the SCA percussion workshop

STAY IN RHYTHM — Steve Bell (in pink), percussionist and educator, has led a variety of drum circles, around the area.

SPRINGVILLE — Musician and educator Steve Bell is partnering with the Springville Center for the Arts to offer Western New Yorkers an opportunity to explore an array of African rhythms. This three-session workshop will investigate techniques of playing hand-drums and the concept of adhering to a common pulse. Participants will be exposed to a variety of handheld percussion instruments, in relation to playing techniques and their contribution to the overall texture of rhythms.

Instructor Steve Bell is a retired educator, having served 21 years as middle school principal with the Springville-Griffith Institute School District. His musical background includes performing, arranging and teaching numerous drum and bugle corps and marching bands, serving as timpanist with the Orchard Park Symphony and performing as percussionist for various musicals and community chorales.

Bell’s 40-year involvement with African hand-drumming has led him to participate in and facilitate a number of drum circles, in both Western New York and Florida.

The African Rhythm Structures workshop is open to both adults and teens with a fundamental knowledge of music, but no musical performance experience is required. The multi-session workshop will be held on three Mondays: Nov. 18 and 25 and Dec. 2, from 7 -8:30 p.m., in the Mongerson Theater of the Springville Center for the Arts, located at 37 North Buffalo St., Springville. All percussion and handheld instruments will be provided. There is a cost for participation and advanced registration is required.

To register for this workshop or for more information, call the SCA at 592-9038, visit www.springvillearts.org/sca/events/fall-workshops/ or contact Katie Kelly, SCA education coordinator at Katie@SpringvilleArts.org.
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