Northwest NEWS

May 22, 2000


Community support appreciated

   I wanted to let folks know how happy and moved I was at the end of our performance on Saturday, May 13, at Pumps and Grinds. I was amazed to find that the tips we accumulated from that small but vibrant venue reached $100. As I announced that evening, I will be sending the donations to the Seattle World Percussion Society office.

   For those of you reading this letter, who did not attend our performance of African-based rhythm, we dug into our pockets for the following reason:

   For the past eight years, the Seattle World Percussion Society, with a lot of support from John's Music in Wallingford, has organized a free percussion festival--smaller, but like Folk Life in spirit. There are workshops on a variety of rhythmic traditions from Japan to Ireland to Cuba, as well as performances by percussionists from all over the U.S.

   This year, the Festival had all its Saturday proceeds from donations and T-shirt sales stolen. The cash was taken, and the checks were tossed in a mailbox and returned to the Festival office. Despite the return of the checks, the majority of their fundraising efforts, $4,000, was lost. That was money that is put toward funding the festival next year.

   We had a good turnout on Saturday; folks from North Bend to Duvall were there and I am pleased to send such spirited support for world percussion from the Snoqualmie Valley to Seattle. We've got a great community out here; I am proud to be a part of it.

From the Occasional Drums: Lee, Andre, Kyoko, Mary, Norman, Toby, Jules, Yanna, and Jean