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Interview by Brian Rudnick: Jenks School bucket ensemble

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Published on Dec 21, 2010

So please give a hand for the Jenks Bucket Drumming ensemble!

.During the school year I start the kids with learning technique, with learning how to read music, music literacy and at the end of every period I have an enrichment section, lesson. They learn bucket drumming or they learn drum set, improvisation, composition. And basically the kids do bucket drumming. We compose pieces together, we improvise ..... I got an idea from the University of the Arts. I attended the University of the Arts. We started an experimental bucket drumming ensemble there that kind of took off. And now it's developing all over the city. I have seven ensembles in the city that I started and it's just taking off! That's what we do here at Jenks.

Each bucket is about two dollars and thirty seven cents. And it's immediate gratification for the kids. So instead of spending months learning fingering and armature and technique for a saxophone or clarinet, instead you pick up a pair of sticks and immediately play and you sound OKAY.

Director's Note: Several months after doing this interview I began my run for Philadelphia City Council, 8th District. Education is the first and foremost of my issues. See http://www.brianrudnick.com/issues/

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