Free drumline lessons over the summer at northwest Ohio parks

TOLEDO, Ohio – Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story said the program met on Wednesdays in Walbridge Park. The story has been updated to list that the five different drumlines meet in five different city parks during the week.

Over the next six weeks, the Toledo School for the Arts will create drumlines in five city parks.

TSA Percussion Director Rob Desmond said the city has invested heavily to ensure that there are good teachers in every location.

“There’s one at Wilson, one at Smith, one at Navarre, one at Willys, and then one at Walbridge. And every park has its own drum line. A kind of community identity of its own, ”Desmond explained.

He said you don’t learn to play instruments to play alone. You learn to play with others.

After a year of the COVID-19 pandemic, he said he was looking forward to everyone finally getting back together and playing the drums again.

“Now they can play drums with other people and see why we’re learning to play all of these patterns that we’re playing. We can play them together. It’s really fun,” Desmond said.

Brooklyn Pasztor will be a freshman at TSA this fall. She has been drumming for three years now and will jump straight into advanced percussion.

“Especially when it comes to drumlines and stuff. I was kind of really fascinated by it, so I just wanted to see what else I can play,” said Pasztor.

The program is free and open to children of all ages. Desmond said you don’t even need experience.

“We obviously have some very young kids here and we have some seniors in high school who do that too, so you don’t have to be a specific age group. Just take advantage of it, go out, get your kids out and play.” a couple of drums, “said Desmond.

The drumlines meet in five different city parks as follows:

Monday: Walbridge Park
Tuesday: Smith Park
Thursday: Willys Park
Friday: Wilson Park
Saturday: Navarre Park

You can come by anyone from 1pm to 3pm to participate

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