It has been an exciting year for Chicago Percussion, and we’re busier than ever as we celebrate our 1st anniversary! We have enjoyed some big and small accomplishments over the last year, overcome some obstacles, and fielded our first performances!
We have secured some sponsorships with a handful of equipment providers, most notably the good folks over at Salyers Percussion. They’ve set us up with quite a few pairs of sticks and pads. We look forward to working with them in the future!
We've also built some great community relationships! Over the past few months we have formed an ongoing partnership with the Center On Halsted to provide a community ensemble for their youth program. Working with them, we staged our first performance event: In October, we were excited to have a percussion ensemble perform at the Aids Run / Walk Chicago! We were very honored to provide an ensemble and be a small part of this amazing event, and we look forward to growing the Center On Halsted Pride Drumline into a mobile music machine!
We have been lining up additional performances for this fantastic ensemble through the end of the year, including a performance at the Santa Speedo Run in Chicago on December 4. This group will be accessible to any of the city’s percussionists, so if you’d like to make some Noise on the North Side, let us know! Dates have been announced and the rehearsal schedule for the community drumline through the end of 2021. Check the schedule for locations, and register here to receive more information or attend one of the rehearsals.
On the educational front, we spent much of the spring and summer hosting digital lessons. Now, finally, we are excited to do some in-person teaching! On December 8th our Founder and Executive Director Andy Stawick will be a guest artist for a Percussion Masterclass at the Center on Halsted! Attendees should expect great performances, a wonderful educational lesson, and possibly a performance from the Pride Drumline as well!
Finally, everyone at Chicago Percussion would like to thank Allan Murray for his leadership and contributions throughout our first year as the Inaugural Board President. On November 1 Allan completed his commitments as Board President. Allan was instrumental in the formation, direction, and growth of Chicago Percussion since our inception. The lasting positive impact he has had on Chicago Percussion, and many of its staff, will be felt for years to come. As sad as we are to see him step down, we are incredibly appreciative that he was able to lend us his time and expertise over the last 12 months.
Now, on to Chicago Percussion Year Two!