Magazine article International Musician

Film Brings Together World Drumming, Rock Star Composer, and Dallas Symphony Orchestra

Magazine article International Musician

Film Brings Together World Drumming, Rock Star Composer, and Dallas Symphony Orchestra

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On September 19 the documentary film Dare to Drum, featuring numerous Local 72-147 (Dallas-Ft. Worth) AFM members, was launched on iTunes and Amazon. The video includes Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) musicians, former Police drummer, turned composer Stewart Copeland of Local 802 (New York City), and features the group D'Drum. It is the story of a group of friends- Local 72-147 musicians Doug Howard (DSO principal percussionist), Ron Snider (DSO assistant principal percussionist, John Bryant (producer, composer, and percussionist), and Ed Smith (University of North Texas professor, percussionist, and Vibraphonist)-who traveled the world collecting percussion instruments and created the percussion ensemble D'Drum.

"Eventually, we went to Bali and Balinese/ Javanese style gamelan music really caught our attention," explains Bryant. In 2008, they commissioned Copeland to compose Gamelan DDrum, a three-movement piece featuring 75 world instruments and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. The piece premiered in Dallas, February 2011.

From the start of the project, Bryant, who has more than 20 years of experience in filmmaking, saw the potential for a documentary film. "We had three cameramen shooting throughout the process of meeting, rehearsing, organizing, restructuring, trips to Bali, and finally the concert itself," he says.

During a 2013 interview, Copeland said one of the purposes of creating the film was to promote orchestral music. "I think this film will increase the awareness that orchestras can really do interesting stuff. There are new things coming out of the orchestra world that are exciting, that pump, that rock, and that are awesome."

An initial version of Dare to Drum was funded through a successful Kickstarter campaign in September 2013. It premiered at the Dallas International Film Festival April 2015, and played a few other film festivals later that same year. …

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