Community Beats Away at Helper Junior High Drum Circle


Members of the community joined students from Helper Junior High at a drum circle event on Friday evening. Students from Helper banged on homemade drums while the community brought their own or used shakers, drumsticks or cymbals to create music.

The drums made by students took two weeks and about an hour per day, to complete. Stan Seacrest from New York traveled three days to Utah with drum shells to help the children build their instruments. With the drum shells built by Seacrest, students painted and carved their drums to make them uniquely their own. They then stretched a skin (the top part of the instrument) over the shell to complete the project.

This is the fourth year that Helper art students have participated in constructing drums and played in a drum circle. The program is made possible by a grant that allowed Seacrest to help the children construct the drums and share his knowledge and passion for music.

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