Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Kids Discover the Magic of Musicat Paterson's Annual Drum Clinic

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Kids Discover the Magic of Musicat Paterson's Annual Drum Clinic

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More than 50 aspiring musicians got the chance to learn from the pros and showcase their talents at the 18th annual Drum Clinic held Saturday at the Paterson Museum.

Longtime Paterson resident and professional drummer Craig Redmond hosted the latest in a series of yearly workshops to encourage youngsters to make art a part of their lives.

"They get the chance to touch and see and hear and feel the aliveness," he said as a group of elementary school-aged children tinkered with a snare drum nearby. "Where are they going to go to see five professional drummers on stage besides here?"

The clinic opened with a thumping jazz set featuring a guitarist, a keyboardist and, yes, five drummers -- all friends of Redmond's from the local music community. As each took a turn soloing over an up-tempo beat, the appreciative audience inched closer to the front of the room.

Redmond, who learned to play drums as a 6-year-old at Englewood's Refuge Temple of God in Christ, then split the audience into groups based on experience and interest.

Instructor Jaimeo Brown taught single and double strokes to 10 beginners who used padded folding chairs as their instruments. Across the room, Reggie Quinerly composed a refrain with middle and high school students that evolved into a two-part piece -- half the group banging out a rock beat on the seat pads while the other high- hatted a syncopated rhythm on the metal seat backs.

Elsewhere in the museum, lessons took place amid pieces of Paterson's past. Squished between "Old Gooseneck" -- Paterson's first fire engine dating back to 1821 -- and a display case of Colt firearms, a keyboard instructor worked with a mix of teenagers and adults. Vocalists practiced a gospel tune in the shadow of a John Holland-designed 19th-century submarine while guitar students exchanged riff ideas surrounded by photos of Paterson's old factories and rail lines. …

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