Nov 08 2016

PMC Partners with Cleveland Federation of Musicians to Bring Percussion Residency to Cleveland Rainey Institute

You could hear the thunder throughout the building and see the wall-to-wall smiles on students and faculty attending the first of a three-part Percussion Residency educational program at the nationally recognized Rainey Institute on Cleveland’s east side.

The continued collaboration of the Percussion Marketing Council (PMC) and the Cleveland Federation of Musicians (CFM) brought a third consecutive year of percussion education to Rainey students and teachers.  Every one of the 120 students in the beautiful Rainey performance auditorium  experienced playing a percussion musical instrument, accompanying the easily recognizable tunes from Under The Sea, Tequila, to Hot- Hot- Hot, and CONGA from Miami Sound Machine and other child-popular tunes.

This year’s first session featured the exciting Caribbean sounds and music of Pan Drums, performed by local professional musician, Jeff Cavallo, aka “Island Jeff”. The program started with an educational introduction to the origins and sound production of Steel Drums and Pan Drums coming from Trinidad. PMC Co-Executive Director and local percussionist Karl Dustman provided the huge assortment of instruments for each student to experience, providing instruction on holding-playing the instrument as well as playing along with Island Jeff’s music and other student percussionists. CFM Board Member Cindy Wulff, complimented the instructional team, assisting students in performance, grasping the rhythms, skills, and enjoyment of the percussion program.


“With a student audience ranging from second-graders through high school ages, the challenge was connecting with and getting participation in an educational experience from everyone in attendance. By educating the students in the music-making basics essentials of Melody, Harmony and Rhythm, all ages and abilities could hear, see and appreciate the percussion connection that these instruments provide”, said PMC’s Karl Dustman.

Everyone with a heartbeat is already a drummer, they just don’t know it yet, until the PMC and CFM places a percussion musical instrument in their hands. When you see the excitement on the student’s faces, you know you’ve changed their lives in a positive way, forever. Many students would never have this educational experience without the collaboration of the Cleveland Musician’s Union-Local 4, Rainey Institute and the PMC’s Percussion In The Schools program”, commented Dustman.


Every student received a complimentary DRUM-STICK Keychain as a thank you from the PMC along with a take-home brochure, Why Learn Music! provided by the National Association of Music Merchants, (NAMM). For the older students, a How To Play Drums beginning instruction booklet with DVD was passed out, providing a portal to further educational learning experiences and getting started in percussion.

Rainey Institute staff Percussion Instructor Regina Foster sparked participation and a fun experience by getting all Rainey Institute attending faculty up on stage and to play along with the music and sounds of  Percussion, supporting the ever popular Jimmy Buffett, Cheeseburger In Paradise favorite.

Two more Percussion Residency programs are scheduled at Rainey Institute for this November featuring all Cleveland Federation of Musician professionals bring an array of percussion experiences to the students that will include marimbas, vibraphones and an All Hands On, drum circle.

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