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3rd Annual Berkshire Drum Fest
Oct 19, 2012

 This years show will feature professional drummers, percussionists and drum ensembles from the Berkshires who will showcase their talents in short performance segments. Featured professional rhythm artist lineup (not in order of appearance): Aimee Gelinas & Marie Georgefils of Gaia Roots: Cuban, Haitan, W. African Drum & Dance, KDZ Drummers of Kripalu: W. African Drumming, Youth Alive Step, Dance and drumline with drummer Jerome Edgerton, Satya & Chapungu Mbira: Zimbabwe Mbira & Song, Stefanie Weber: Percussive Tap Dance, Chris Mattoon: Drum Set, Bill Chapman: Drum Set, Josh Pisano: Irish Bodhran, Devesh Chandra: Eastern Indian Tabla, Red Knights Drum Corps, Chris Hairston: Blue Light Jazz Trio/Drum Set, Marafanyi & Guests: West African Djembe, Djun Djun and dance, Tom Houghtaling & Daniel Cohen of Sifer: Tribal Hard Rock & Metal Drum Set, Guitar & Dumbek, Berkshire Pulse Drum & Dance featuring Joanne DelCarpine, Kim Waterman, Students & Staff, Fidel Moreno co-founder of Healing winds at Bradley Farm, Lanesboro: Pow wow & water drum, SPECIAL GUESTS: Students from Aimee Gelinas' Pittsfield Monday Drum class and Garret Caesar Keele *Finale Community Drum jam led by DCF Otha Day, Aimee Gelinas & the Berkshire Rhythm Keepers*. Percussion Raffle items donated by KDZ, Stefanie Weber Tap Dance, Tamarack Hollow Trading, Gaia Roots World Music, Wood Brothers Music Store, Berkstock, Berkshire Eastern Mountain Sports Store, STAGG percussion, Vic Firth...Food provided for the musicians donated by: the Marketplace Cafe in Pittfield, Wild Oats Food Co-Op in Williamstown and more! Hillcrest Educational Centers and the Pittsfield Cultural Council are official SPONSORS of this event. Video by Sun Ray Productions and photos by Leo Mazzeo. Drums, percussion and featured artist CD's will be for sale at the show as well as a BAKE SALE-bring cash! A drum and percussion workshop will kick off the FEST at 6:30pm so come early to learn about and try different drumming and percussion styles from master artists. Please email: for more if you are interested in being a world music, drum, percussion, food or art vendor. The Drum Fest is a fundraiser for the Berkshire Community College ( music department and Tamarack Hollow (, an educational organization dedicated to inspiring environmental and cultural awareness, appreciation and stewardship. Proceeds from the Drum Fest will help purchase new instruments for the BCC music department and will fund scholarships for free drum Lessons to Pittsfield youth and adults. $5 - $10+ suggested donation at door! The Boland Theater is located on the Berkshire Community College Campus in the Koussevitzky Arts Center (visit for directions). The show is appropriate for all ages. EMAIL Aimee Gelinas for more info. Visit for more info about the Drum Fest and ongoing adult/teen/youth drum classes and nature classes in the Berkshires and Valley.

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