Showing posts with label drums. Show all posts
Showing posts with label drums. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

In the News: drumming around the world; opioid crisis reaches milestone

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"Presented by the Highland Street Foundation and produced by the Boch Center, ArtWeek expanded its partnership with Music Drives Us to provide grants for events during its 2018 festival (April 27 – May 6). 
A Franklin resident, Lydia Lucas, received a $500 performance grant to support the presentation of the event, Drumming Around the World, during ArtWeek. The event will take place on Saturday, May 5 from 2-3 p.m. at the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School, 201 Main St., Franklin. 
Through this hands-on musical experience, Drumming Around the World focuses on exploring different cultures and their musical styles through the art of drumming. Participants will learn elementary to intermediate rhythms by ear, participate in drum circles, practice improvisation skills, and learn the history of hand drumming."

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"The U.S. opioid crisis has passed a dubious milestone: Overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids like fentanyl have surpassed deaths involving prescription opioids. 
This change occurred in 2016, according to data published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. And it seemed to happen pretty suddenly. 
Data from the National Vital Statistics System show that there were 42,249 opioid-related overdose deaths in 2016. That includes 19,413 that involved synthetic opioids, 17,087 that involved prescription opioids and 15,469 that involved heroin. (In some cases, more than one type of drug was implicated in the death.)"

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Drummers' Studio to host Lenny Kravitz drummer Franklin Vanderbilt

The Drummers' Studio (TDS) - Franklin, is honored to welcome Franklin Vanderbilt drummer for International Rock Star, Lenny Kravitz. 
Franklin Vanderbilt drummer for International Rock Star, Lenny Kravitz
Franklin Vanderbilt drummer for International Rock Star, Lenny Kravitz 

Franklin will conduct a Clinic and Workshop on Saturday, November 5th, 2016 covering his "L.O.C.K. Theory" concepts. Parents and all musicians are highly encouraged to attend. Come take advantage of this great opportunity to meet and speak with such an amazing and accomplished musician. The Clinic will run from 10:00am to 12:00pm and is open to the public. Autographs, pictures and raffle will be held at the end of the clinic Q and A. The Hands-on Workshop runs from 1:00pm - 5:00pm. The Hands-On Workshop is "Split level" for intermediate and advanced drummers.

Franklin Vanderbilt was born April 13, 1978, Franklin was raised in Chicago's West side. By age 5, he was playing a Ludwig kit given to him by his Father and Grandfather.

Influenced by his Uncle, Robert Vanderbilt, Franklin played in church and school bands throughout his teens. Chicago Jazz and Blues legends such as, Ramsey Lewis, Willie Pickens, Pat Mallenger and Clarke Terry became his musical mentors.

Photo by Karen Bystedt
Photo by Karen Bystedt

Franklin's music education continued thru high school than on to Eastern Illinois University with renowned percussion professor and Vic Firth Signature Artist, Johnny Lee Lane. During this time, Franklin formed his first band, the Franklin Vanderbilt Experience. The band played the legendary Chicago music scene where Franklin met influential Chicago Rock and Roll, Blues guitarist, Gregg Parker. Parker encouraged Franklin to expand his music to include Rock and Roll, along with his Blues and Jazz repertoire.

In 2000, Franklin left Chicago to play with Las Vegas jazz pianist, Ghallib Ghalab, and went on a Worldwide tour with Grammy nominated Jazz/Urban dance music group, Liquid Soul.

2002, legendary R&B/Funk diva Chaka Khan came to Las Vegas and hired Franklin for the next 2 1/2 years, during which time, Franklin performed and/or recorded with Jazz-Fusion pioneer, Stanley Clarke, Rock guitarist, Richie Kotzen and Bass guitar legend, Billy Sheehan.

In 2005, Franklin had the honor of playing with 22 time Grammy Award winner Stevie Wonder and in 2007, 4 time Grammy winner, Lenny Kravitz invited him to become a member of his band. Franklin has been touring worldwide and making TV appearances with Lenny Kravitz for the past 9 years, minus Cindy Blackman-Santana appearances in 2015.

This event is sponsored by TDS, Remo, Vic Firth, Ludwig and Paiste drum companies. Tickets for the Clinic are a suggested donation of $20.00. Please call for Workshop details. The Drummers' Studio is a state-of-the-art music facility located at 244 East Central Street in Franklin. We offer Piano, Bass Guitar, Drums and Guitar lessons. For tickets or Workshop fee information, please contact, Kris Russell at 626-676-2486 or 508-520-1414. Email us at or visit

Monday, July 18, 2016

In the News: Zoning bylaw change makes progress, drummers studio holds summer camp

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"A bylaw change that would allow for less paperwork for certain building renovations and alterations has moved forward, though the Town Council must make its final decision at a future meeting. 
The council at its meeting last week gave preliminary approval to a limited site plan requirement. The change would allow those with buildings constructed before the town required site plans to do certain alterations without going through the expense of a full site plan. 
Town officials have noted that full site plans cost a great deal, as they require engineering work and notification of neighbors. This, they said, may dissuade building owners from making improvements. 
Town Planning Director Bryan Taberner, speaking to the council, cited the problems faced when Aubuchon Hardware was looking to move into the Horace Mann Shopping Plaza. Only a late discovery of needed documents, he said, kept the project moving."

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The consolidation of Aubuchon Hardware from its two locations into one at the Horace Mann Plaza is an example of the bylaw change being reviewed. The development of the Ficco's-Kegan property is also slowed waiting on this change according to word on the street.

"The Drummers’ Studio, 244 E. Central St., will host a special two-day Summer Drum Camp for kids with “no prior drum experience” on Aug. 3 and 4. The new drummers will cover topics such as stick technique, music reading, basic beats, fills and songs. 
The Drummers’ Studio Summer Open Houses will be held Aug. 6 and 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. TDS plays host to many drumming activities including: workshops, drum camps, clinics, drum factor field trips, concerts, recitals and more. TDS also plays host to some of the world’s elite drummers."

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Friday, June 17, 2016

In the News: Orlando remembered, Drummers' Studio schedules summer camps

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"For one member of the First Universalist Society of Franklin, the recent shooting in Orlando, Fla., hit close to home. 
On Dec. 11, 2012, while the woman was working in a Sephora located in the Clackamas (Ore.) Town Center mall, she said “a man decided he was going to run in on holiday shoppers and open fire in our food court.” 
The woman, who did not want her name used, was celebrating her honeymoon with her wife in Orlando on Sunday, when the shooting took place. 
“Every single time one of these mass shootings happens," she said, "it’s like this wound is reopened.”

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"The Drummers’ Studio, 244 East Central St., will host a series of summer drum camps for middle and elementary students the week of July 11-15. 
Elementary students looking to have fun and/or prepare for middle school bands will cover the basics in reading, rudiments, styles and soloing. The middle school drum camp is designed to help students successfully prepare for Jazz and Concert Band auditions as well as the Central District auditions."

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image from the Drummers's Studio webpage
image from the Drummers's Studio webpage

Sunday, February 7, 2010

In the News - drum studio, solar costs

Definitely marching to his own drummer Kris Russell, has opened his own studio to share his passion for drumming:

Drumming to his own beat

The cost of going solar is manageable and Mike Kelly can help you figure out how it can work for you

Is the cost of going solar getting lighter?