Drumline a lifeline for students

Community Jul 15, 2013 Flamborough Review

By Dianne Cornish, REVIEW STAFF

There’s no doubt that the St. Mary Crusaders’ Drumline is making a difference in the lives of students attending St. Mary Catholic Secondary School in Hamilton and beyond. Among its growing group of admirers are a couple of Flamborough teens, who have found a niche for themselves within the group and are eager to continue their association with it next school term.

Thirteen-year-old Katrina Weiss and 15-year-old Brendan Henderson, both of Waterdown, are grateful for the friends they’ve made and the experiences they’ve had with the group over the past school year and eager to begin making more memories when school resumes in September.

“It’s great to hang out and make a lot of friends, "said Brendan, who just completed Grade 9 at the west Hamilton high school. A graduate of Guardian Angels Catholic Elementary School in Waterdown, Brendan joined the newly formed junior drumline at St. Mary School last fall to play the tenor drums.

Katrina, a Grade 8 student at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Elementary School in Waterdown, signed up as a vocalist with the secondary school’s varsity drumline in February after learning that the group was forming a rock band and was in need of singers. She learned about the opportunity while touring St. Mary during Grade 8 Day, when graduating elementary students get a chance to visit local high schools to learn about the different programs they offer.

Weiss was in a tour group that included Corey Pearce, an educational assistant at St. Mary who is also director of the St. Mary Crusaders’ Drumline. When Pearce mentioned the group wanted to form a rock band, “my face perked up,” Weiss said. Her enthusiasm didn’t go unnoticed and within a few weeks, she was contacted by the drumline director and invited to be part of the band.

“The schedule is pretty hectic,” Pearce said of the group’s rehearsal program so reaching out to an interested senior elementary school student wasn’t such a big leap, especially considering that St. Thomas the Apostle School is a feeder school of St. Mary and is planning to form its own drumline in the next school term. Weiss got special permission to join the rock band, which she says she has enjoyed being part from the start. “I enjoy everything about the group; they’re like my home away from home,” she said during a Media Day for the drumline last month.

The event was designed to showcase the talents of the varsity (senior) and junior drumlines, the former group made up of students from Grades 8 to 12 and the latter of students in Grades 9 and 10.

Formed just four years ago, the varsity group has shone on the competition floor, winning back-to-back provincial titles for the past two consecutive years, no small feat considering that they’ve only been competing for the last two years. On May 25, the senior drumline, consisting of 20 students including Weiss, won the 2013 Ontario Drumline Association’s (ODA’s) provincial senior concert class championship at St. Mike’s College in Toronto, maintaining the title they won at the provincial last spring. The drumline also took top honours at the 2013 central regional senior concert class championship in Brampton in early May. Besides winning last year’s provincial title, it won championships at the 2012 ODA western regional senior concert class and the 2012 ODA G.T.A. regional senior concert class competitions.

The junior drumline, composed of 11 students, placed third in its first time out in the provincials after placing second in three local and regional competitions.

As a result of its successes, the group is growing fast, outpacing its ability to raise the funds it needs to buy the musical equipment for its members. The junior program ran with borrowed drums this year and Pearce is hopeful that continued financial support from local businesses and individuals will help raise $26,000 before classes resume this fall. About $14,000 has already been raised through public performances by the drumline and from donations, but $40,000 is needed to fully equip the group. It’s not just drums that are needed, but also marimbas and xylophones.

Pearce has applied for grants from a couple of banks, but won’t know until September whether his applications were successful. In the meantime, he encourages area business owners and residents to visit the group’s website at www.crusadersdrumline.com to learn more about the group and consider making a donation through its “support the crew” link.

Henderson joined the junior drumline with no previous training and enjoys playing the tenor drums. His friend, Dylan Chua-Alamag, also a Waterdown resident, joined last fall as well.

Henderson said he’s definitely planning to return for the next school year. Weiss, too, is getting ready to return; she wants to play tenor drums and also continue to sing in the rock band. To get ready, she’s enrolled in a Battle Drumline course this summer and is also taking part in a summer camp run by Impact Percussion.

Pearce is on the management team of the non-profit organization formed three years ago that offers educational percussion-based programs in the Greater Hamilton area. He said several members of the St. Mary Crusaders’ Drumline have signed up for the summer programs being held at the secondary school. Interest in the camp shows that students are keen on honing their skills and are willing to give up some of their summer vacation time to learn more about contributing to the drumline.

 

 

 

 

Drumline a lifeline for students

Community Jul 15, 2013 Flamborough Review

By Dianne Cornish, REVIEW STAFF

There’s no doubt that the St. Mary Crusaders’ Drumline is making a difference in the lives of students attending St. Mary Catholic Secondary School in Hamilton and beyond. Among its growing group of admirers are a couple of Flamborough teens, who have found a niche for themselves within the group and are eager to continue their association with it next school term.

Thirteen-year-old Katrina Weiss and 15-year-old Brendan Henderson, both of Waterdown, are grateful for the friends they’ve made and the experiences they’ve had with the group over the past school year and eager to begin making more memories when school resumes in September.

“It’s great to hang out and make a lot of friends, "said Brendan, who just completed Grade 9 at the west Hamilton high school. A graduate of Guardian Angels Catholic Elementary School in Waterdown, Brendan joined the newly formed junior drumline at St. Mary School last fall to play the tenor drums.

Katrina, a Grade 8 student at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Elementary School in Waterdown, signed up as a vocalist with the secondary school’s varsity drumline in February after learning that the group was forming a rock band and was in need of singers. She learned about the opportunity while touring St. Mary during Grade 8 Day, when graduating elementary students get a chance to visit local high schools to learn about the different programs they offer.

Weiss was in a tour group that included Corey Pearce, an educational assistant at St. Mary who is also director of the St. Mary Crusaders’ Drumline. When Pearce mentioned the group wanted to form a rock band, “my face perked up,” Weiss said. Her enthusiasm didn’t go unnoticed and within a few weeks, she was contacted by the drumline director and invited to be part of the band.

“The schedule is pretty hectic,” Pearce said of the group’s rehearsal program so reaching out to an interested senior elementary school student wasn’t such a big leap, especially considering that St. Thomas the Apostle School is a feeder school of St. Mary and is planning to form its own drumline in the next school term. Weiss got special permission to join the rock band, which she says she has enjoyed being part from the start. “I enjoy everything about the group; they’re like my home away from home,” she said during a Media Day for the drumline last month.

The event was designed to showcase the talents of the varsity (senior) and junior drumlines, the former group made up of students from Grades 8 to 12 and the latter of students in Grades 9 and 10.

Formed just four years ago, the varsity group has shone on the competition floor, winning back-to-back provincial titles for the past two consecutive years, no small feat considering that they’ve only been competing for the last two years. On May 25, the senior drumline, consisting of 20 students including Weiss, won the 2013 Ontario Drumline Association’s (ODA’s) provincial senior concert class championship at St. Mike’s College in Toronto, maintaining the title they won at the provincial last spring. The drumline also took top honours at the 2013 central regional senior concert class championship in Brampton in early May. Besides winning last year’s provincial title, it won championships at the 2012 ODA western regional senior concert class and the 2012 ODA G.T.A. regional senior concert class competitions.

The junior drumline, composed of 11 students, placed third in its first time out in the provincials after placing second in three local and regional competitions.

As a result of its successes, the group is growing fast, outpacing its ability to raise the funds it needs to buy the musical equipment for its members. The junior program ran with borrowed drums this year and Pearce is hopeful that continued financial support from local businesses and individuals will help raise $26,000 before classes resume this fall. About $14,000 has already been raised through public performances by the drumline and from donations, but $40,000 is needed to fully equip the group. It’s not just drums that are needed, but also marimbas and xylophones.

Pearce has applied for grants from a couple of banks, but won’t know until September whether his applications were successful. In the meantime, he encourages area business owners and residents to visit the group’s website at www.crusadersdrumline.com to learn more about the group and consider making a donation through its “support the crew” link.

Henderson joined the junior drumline with no previous training and enjoys playing the tenor drums. His friend, Dylan Chua-Alamag, also a Waterdown resident, joined last fall as well.

Henderson said he’s definitely planning to return for the next school year. Weiss, too, is getting ready to return; she wants to play tenor drums and also continue to sing in the rock band. To get ready, she’s enrolled in a Battle Drumline course this summer and is also taking part in a summer camp run by Impact Percussion.

Pearce is on the management team of the non-profit organization formed three years ago that offers educational percussion-based programs in the Greater Hamilton area. He said several members of the St. Mary Crusaders’ Drumline have signed up for the summer programs being held at the secondary school. Interest in the camp shows that students are keen on honing their skills and are willing to give up some of their summer vacation time to learn more about contributing to the drumline.

 

 

 

 

Drumline a lifeline for students

Community Jul 15, 2013 Flamborough Review

By Dianne Cornish, REVIEW STAFF

There’s no doubt that the St. Mary Crusaders’ Drumline is making a difference in the lives of students attending St. Mary Catholic Secondary School in Hamilton and beyond. Among its growing group of admirers are a couple of Flamborough teens, who have found a niche for themselves within the group and are eager to continue their association with it next school term.

Thirteen-year-old Katrina Weiss and 15-year-old Brendan Henderson, both of Waterdown, are grateful for the friends they’ve made and the experiences they’ve had with the group over the past school year and eager to begin making more memories when school resumes in September.

“It’s great to hang out and make a lot of friends, "said Brendan, who just completed Grade 9 at the west Hamilton high school. A graduate of Guardian Angels Catholic Elementary School in Waterdown, Brendan joined the newly formed junior drumline at St. Mary School last fall to play the tenor drums.

Katrina, a Grade 8 student at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Elementary School in Waterdown, signed up as a vocalist with the secondary school’s varsity drumline in February after learning that the group was forming a rock band and was in need of singers. She learned about the opportunity while touring St. Mary during Grade 8 Day, when graduating elementary students get a chance to visit local high schools to learn about the different programs they offer.

Weiss was in a tour group that included Corey Pearce, an educational assistant at St. Mary who is also director of the St. Mary Crusaders’ Drumline. When Pearce mentioned the group wanted to form a rock band, “my face perked up,” Weiss said. Her enthusiasm didn’t go unnoticed and within a few weeks, she was contacted by the drumline director and invited to be part of the band.

“The schedule is pretty hectic,” Pearce said of the group’s rehearsal program so reaching out to an interested senior elementary school student wasn’t such a big leap, especially considering that St. Thomas the Apostle School is a feeder school of St. Mary and is planning to form its own drumline in the next school term. Weiss got special permission to join the rock band, which she says she has enjoyed being part from the start. “I enjoy everything about the group; they’re like my home away from home,” she said during a Media Day for the drumline last month.

The event was designed to showcase the talents of the varsity (senior) and junior drumlines, the former group made up of students from Grades 8 to 12 and the latter of students in Grades 9 and 10.

Formed just four years ago, the varsity group has shone on the competition floor, winning back-to-back provincial titles for the past two consecutive years, no small feat considering that they’ve only been competing for the last two years. On May 25, the senior drumline, consisting of 20 students including Weiss, won the 2013 Ontario Drumline Association’s (ODA’s) provincial senior concert class championship at St. Mike’s College in Toronto, maintaining the title they won at the provincial last spring. The drumline also took top honours at the 2013 central regional senior concert class championship in Brampton in early May. Besides winning last year’s provincial title, it won championships at the 2012 ODA western regional senior concert class and the 2012 ODA G.T.A. regional senior concert class competitions.

The junior drumline, composed of 11 students, placed third in its first time out in the provincials after placing second in three local and regional competitions.

As a result of its successes, the group is growing fast, outpacing its ability to raise the funds it needs to buy the musical equipment for its members. The junior program ran with borrowed drums this year and Pearce is hopeful that continued financial support from local businesses and individuals will help raise $26,000 before classes resume this fall. About $14,000 has already been raised through public performances by the drumline and from donations, but $40,000 is needed to fully equip the group. It’s not just drums that are needed, but also marimbas and xylophones.

Pearce has applied for grants from a couple of banks, but won’t know until September whether his applications were successful. In the meantime, he encourages area business owners and residents to visit the group’s website at www.crusadersdrumline.com to learn more about the group and consider making a donation through its “support the crew” link.

Henderson joined the junior drumline with no previous training and enjoys playing the tenor drums. His friend, Dylan Chua-Alamag, also a Waterdown resident, joined last fall as well.

Henderson said he’s definitely planning to return for the next school year. Weiss, too, is getting ready to return; she wants to play tenor drums and also continue to sing in the rock band. To get ready, she’s enrolled in a Battle Drumline course this summer and is also taking part in a summer camp run by Impact Percussion.

Pearce is on the management team of the non-profit organization formed three years ago that offers educational percussion-based programs in the Greater Hamilton area. He said several members of the St. Mary Crusaders’ Drumline have signed up for the summer programs being held at the secondary school. Interest in the camp shows that students are keen on honing their skills and are willing to give up some of their summer vacation time to learn more about contributing to the drumline.