FRIENDS OF THE PMC brings a long-needed opportunity and answer to the many teachers, players, schools, studios, and retailers who’ve asked, “How can I get involved with the PMC and its programs?” Friends of the PMC membership will have specific benefits and opportunities to host Percussion In The Schools, Roots of Rhythm, Vans Warped Tour Lesson Labs, Drums Across America Lesson Labs, and other educational programs and events supporting the creation of new drummers and general public awareness of percussion and drumming.

Two new “Friends” categories have been created:

  1. “Partners” level of support will be directed to colleges, universities, retail music stores, drum shops, non-percussion publications, and music/percussion associations.
  2. The “Supporters” level of support will be directed to teachers, lesson studios, teaching websites, and individual players.

Click here to see more information about becoming a member of the PMC.


Dancing Drum was a vital part of the PMC’s mission in New Orleans during the AARP convention in 2012. The kids were natural’s with the expert instruction offered by Dancing Drum.

Since 2002, Dancing Drum has conducted interactive drumming programs at schools, museums, performing arts centers, conventions, festivals, and team-building events from California to the East Coast and internationally. Steve Campbell and Lindsay Rust are the co-founders and directors of Dancing Drum. Their extensive travels around the world and years of work in education have provided them with a culturally diverse foundation in the art of drumming and led them to develop a highly accessible approach to successfully integrate drumming programs into K-12 music classrooms. Steve and Lindsay have brought their interactive drumming performances, artist-in-residencies, teacher trainings and curriculum publications to hundreds of schools across the country.

“Hi Karen,

Thanks again for a wonderful performance and your kindness towards James. He is still talking about his gift. All the teachers were impressed with your performance. I am using the drumsticks in my music classes and the students feel like real drummers now. Thanks again for your dedication to music education.  “


Mary Ann Badovinac

Hands On with Zig Wraps Up Summer Tour Dates

“Rarely have I seen such a dynamic educator/musician (Zig) who can generate student music accomplishments beyond their expectations. Especially when working with the entire gamut of education ranging from At-Risk to those who are gifted and talented.”

School, Band & Orchestra magazine

Zig Wajler of Hands On with Zig recently performed twenty interactive concert dates throughout the Southeast.  He also conducted several in-depth hands on drumming workshops, literacy and music technology workshops, and teacher professional develop training sessions.  By invitation, Zig performed and conducted workshops for the only United States located Tim Horton Camp/Foundation.  “Zig’s program is all our campers are talking about. Everyone had an opportunity to play and learn, not just about music, but also lessons about positive life values.” Tim Horton Camp.  The summer tour dates also included the authentic musical styles and rhythms of Jamaican culture.  During a trip to Jamaica Zig studied with several master drummers from different generations with focus on mentos, reggae and dancehall.  Zig stated it was his goal this summer, for as many of his audience to interact as possible, even tough it meant carrying more drums and percussion. “Zig had our patrons mesmerized, I can’t believe how many instruments he brought.” Nashville Public Library System.  Zig’s literacy and technology workshops partnered participants working towards a common goal of creating an original song.  The participants followed Zig’s step-by-step set of instructions by writing, recording, and producing their own songs. Zig also performed on Drumset and talked about various related careers in music.  “We wanted to come back to Zig’s workshop and do even more, we wish it was longer.” 21st Century Camp.  Berea College and the state of KY hosted Zig’s teacher training workshop.  “Very contemporary with useful teaching activities.” Berea College.  Zig is currently teaching,  composing new music for the 2012-13 season, and assembling material for a new percussion book based on his interactive teaching approach.  For more information on Zig’s programs visit:

PMC Percussion In The Schools Facilitators WANTED! Interested in becoming a PITS Facilitator? Contact us and we’ll get you information on this exciting program. We’ve got a lot of great programs and facilitators working in schools around the country and we would like to talk to you about being a part of our team. Check out the bios and videos of these featured PMC facilitators:

Zig Wajler –  Hands On With Zig     |     Jeff MozingoMozingo Music

Hands On With Zig – Featured Percussion in the Schools (PITS) Facilitator pictured below with students performing at a recent PITS event

More Great Percussion In The Schools Pictures and Facilitators

Atlanta Percussion Trio

The Atlanta Percussion Trio is an absolutely wonderful cultural arts experience! They are incredibly talented musicians that entertain and educate students as they perform.  I love the audience participation aspect of their programs. I also like the way they adapt their programs  to their audiences age level.   The upper grades program was slightly different/more advanced then the lower grades presentation. I have been a music educator in the metropolitan Atlanta area for 33 years. I’ve had numerous opportunities to see the APT in action.  Their programs are versatile and cross world cultures. I would highly recommend them.  They are one of my favorite groups for school-aged children.  Thank you for all you do! Mary Ellen Doughty, Music Teacher, BB Harris Elementary School

Our kids had a great time with the Atlanta Percussion Trio last week.  We were able to see a lot of smiles and participation into the audience. The artists were such amazing performers and musicians.  They created a friendly environment for the kids encouraging them to experiment with the instruments. “Holidays in steel” is an excellent way to start the holiday season. I highly recommend it! Adriana M.Valencia, PTA Cultural Arts Chair, BB Harris Elementary School

Matrix Percussion Trio

Sticks and Tones

Based in Prescott, Arizona, Henry and Maria Flurry are the founding members of Sticks and Tones. Their goal is to educate, entertain, and motivate children through their program.
Maria Vomlehn Flurry holds undergraduate degrees in music performance and music education from the Peabody Conservatory (Baltimore, MD). She received her Master’s Degree in percussion performance from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI) and was co-founder and long time partner in the award-winning children’s music group Harpbeat!, based in southeast Michigan. With Harpbeat!, she co-produced and performed on three children’s music albums. The CD, Around the World in a Harpbeat , received critical acclaim from Parenting and Family Fun magazines.

Maria plays percussion professionally and has performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, Baltimore Symphony and the Michigan Opera Theater. She has “backed up” such artists as Roberta Flack, Ray Charles, Mel Torme, Jim Neighbors and has toured with Mannheim Steamroller. She solos as a concerto percussionist in pieces such as Tan Dun’s Water Concerto and Kenneth LaFave’s Canto de Alba.

Maria has taught both Spanish and Music in public schools. Before moving to Arizona, Maria taught at the Ardis Renaissance Academy in Ypsilanti, Michigan where created and implemented the Spanish program at this performing and language arts elementary school.

Currently, Maria is working with the Park Avenue School of Music, her school band that is offering music lessons in Prescott, AZ for trumpet, trombone, flute, saxophone, clarinet, percussion, drum set and piano (

Maria is bilingual in Spanish and English. Maria spent much of her childhood in and around Mexico.  Outside of their busy schedule with Sticks and Tones, Henry and Maria enjoy raising their two very cool kids.

Chad Smith of The Red Hot Chili Peppers Supports Percussion In The Schools!