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August 29, 2013

Drumming up interest

Student musicians to perform at Tannery tonight

The distinctive sounds of steel drums will fill the air outside The Tannery Marketplace tonight, when students from Zach Field Drum Studios will show off their talents in a free concert.

The show, which starts at 7 and will last about an hour, will feature three of the studio’s student bands, which include youths in elementary school, middle school and high school. They will all play on drums made in Philadelphia from 55-gallon oil cans.

Concertgoers can expect a variety of music, from traditional calypso music to more modern tunes like “Two Step” by Dave Matthews Band and “Boogie on Reggae Woman” by Stevie Wonder.

Members of the high school band said they are particularly excited to perform “Two Step” tonight.

“I really like ‘Two Step,’” said Lindsey Thurlow, a 17-year-old Newbury resident who plays the tenor drum, also known as the lead pan. “I didn’t really like Dave Matthews before, and now I’m OK with him.”

“I didn’t really know Dave Matthews at first, and it’s kind of opened me up to him,” said Luca Provencal, 16, of Merrimac.

Thurlow, who attends Triton Regional High School, has been taking lessons at the studio since she was in the eighth grade. Provencal, a student at Pentucket Regional High School, started playing drums in the fourth grade and first began learning steel drums four years later.

“I just like the sound of them,” said Provencal, who plays double seconds.

Tonight’s concert will serve as a sort of a farewell performance, as it marks the end of the groups’ sessions, with new ones slated to start in September. Some of the younger students will move up to new groups, while others will “graduate” from the high school group and head off to college.

Joe August, 18, who plays the cellos, leaves next week for Scotland, where he will study physics at the University of St. Andrews. The St. John’s Prep alumnus and Groveland resident said he hopes to continue playing music “just for fun.”

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