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Q: What do you think are the major trends in drumming/percussion in the last decade or so? And how are they important?
A: Having had the opportunity to see the industry from both the performing side and the teaching & therapeutic side I'd have to say that one of the most exciting developments in the "drumming" industry is the progress and acceptance we've had using drumming and percussion as a mainstream tool to bring people together to make music with each other. For me, witnessing the expression on a person's face as they realize they have a place at the table in a musical experience, regardless of their ability, is more deeply satisfying than it was playing in front of 500,000 people at Woodstock 99.
As drummers we have the unique ability to bring lots of energy to any musical situation we find ourselves in. When we combine that excitement with a format that empowers individuals to be co-creators of music, we've re-discovered what our great grandparents knew about music. Stop worrying about being "the best" musician and just get together with each other and play.
What are your thoughts on this question?