TAMPA, Fla. — It’s a makeshift musical instrument. The bucket drums, an instrument commonly seen played by street performers, is a cheap alternative to a more traditional drum kit.
“Buckets and sticks are really easy to get ahold of,” said Alvon Griffen, drumming instructor at Stageworks Theatre Company, in Tampa.
On top of operating as a professional theater company, Stageworks also strives to provide artistic experiences to young people -- including drumming.
One of the classes that Griffen teaches, is a group of fifth-grade girls at Academy Prep in Tampa.
“I like it so much because you can express your feelings,” said Cavana Payne, a bucket drumming student, “I've made my own beats with bucket drumming. You can be creative with it.”
While Griffen admits he won't be making anyone the best drummer in the world, it is a good introduction to the instrument. It also offers the opportunity for other valuable lessons.
“You know there's a lot that can be taught with just a regular bucket and sticks,” said Griffen, “it's not necessarily about the drumming. It's about how to work together.”
Stageworks also teaches group bucket drumming classes to adults.
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