Sticks for Starters


Participation in music is life changing. Regular singing and/or playing an instrument have many benefits especially where health and social interaction are concerned.

For the first time in my music teaching experience, forty years and counting, I am meeting drum students in schools that have the spark of enthusiasm for music but there are barriers in their way.  The main one is having the money to buy some drum sticks.  Many have ingenious ways of creating drums at home, the bucket, armchair and pillow kits being a few, and their own proper pair of sticks would be a great help for their progress.

After a Facebook post about this situation, earlier this week, I have been offered new and part-worn sticks from drummers and shops in the UK and Australia.  I have always found the community of musicians very supportive of people needing help and thank you for the offers. Keep those sticks coming.

This GoFundMe campaign is to raise money to get the sticks to those that need them.  Sticks cost £3.50 per pair to send in the post and the target figure of £500 would get around 150 pairs of sticks out.  I do not intend to stop when the first batch of sticks have gone and hope to work with shops, manufacturers and associations to make this an on-going campaign.

If you know, or suspect, any students are struggling please get in touch.

Please pass this information on to any other drum/percussion teacher you know.

Thank you for reading, any donations will be gratefully received, sticks or money, and just think; for a small amount we can do a great deal of good through music.

The link to the GoFundMe page:

© P. R Birkby 2018


About derangeddrums

Composer, percussionist, musical director, teacher and educator. My music has been written for audiences in palaces and in the street. Music is my vocation and my passion and I hope you enjoy it too.
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