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YEA! Latin Percussion Clinics Sat. March 24 Feature Brazilian Percussionist Marcus Santos

Two Morning Sessions at South Mountain Middle School and Musselman Arts Center in Center City

Brazilian percussionist Marcus Santos will be bringing his Global Drumming Project to Allentown on Saturday, March 24 as part of two special 45-minute interactive sessions hosted by Youth Education in the Arts (YEA!).marcossantos

The sessions are set for 9 a.m. at South Mountain Middle School and 11 a.m. at the Musselman Arts Development Center. Participation for both sessions is free of charge and percussion instruments will be provided for participants to play along with Santos.
The first of the two sessions — 9 a.m. at South Mountain Middle School — will feature Santos’ approach to world drumming and serve as a kick-off to YEA!'s Lehigh Valley Youth Drumline program which begins March 26 at South Mountain Middle School, 709 W. Emaus Avenue in Allentown.  The second session — 11 A.M. at the Musselman Arts Development Center at 601 W. Hamilton Street — Is part of the Saturday "Kids Beats" program for younger children and their parents.

Santos spent Friday in Allentown at Roosevelt Elementary School as a guest of the El Sistema program which is an outreach program of the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, in concert with YEA!  Here's a photo of the excited students playing along with Marcus on Friday.

Marcus Santos’ global drumming project, “Grooversity,” focuses on world drumming for entertainment, education and social change. “Grooversity” promotes music as an educational resource as well as a catalyst for social change and is based on community outreach for positive outcomes while targeting global diversity awareness.  Eight cities in seven different states from Los Angeles, Calif. to Somerville, Mass. are currently implementing the “Grooversity" project concept.
Community Hand Drumming and Lehigh Valley Youth Drumline are programs of YEA!’s Urban Arts Center. The mission of these programs is to put instruments into the hands of young people to teach life lessons through percussion. Both programs are provided free to residents of the Lehigh Valley and instruments are provided for participants.


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