Donovan Drumming

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September 10, 2010

By Glenda Isaacs Burgeson

First year students at CSB and SJU got to tap into their inner child on Aug. 23, led by renowned drummer Jim Donovan. As they took their seats in the Stephen B. Humphrey Theater at SJU for an orientation session on Fine Arts Programming, they found placed at each seat one of a variety of noisemakers: drum sticks, clackers, whackers, drums, bells and cymbals.

A founding member of the multi-platinum band Rusted Root, Donovan shares the power of rhythm across the country in educational drumming programs at universities, festivals, schools, corporations and specialty venues.

In a few, short exercises Donovan demonstrated to the students the impact they have on others.

The goal of the session, he said, was to see how well they could play one thing together.


Donovan summarized the lesson of the day: "You have an immense amount of power, and how you affect people around you affects who you are and who we are as a group."