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Organization to give percussion lessons

Nov. 09, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HURRICANE -- Beats from around the world will converge in Hurricane, where Arts in Action is offering a new educational program.

Thunder Percussion is designed to introduce and teach the art of percussion and enhance the appreciation of it in different cultures, according to a news release from the organization. Group and individual instruction is provided for the development of skills in rhythmic theory and performance on various instruments, including snare drum and other marching and orchestral percussion instruments. In addtion, students will learn to play drums from the Middle East, Israel and Africa.

Instructor Jim Florkevich began playing drums at age 4. He won several musical awards in high school, then studied percussion at West Virginia University with world acclaimed instructor Dr. Phillip Faini.

As a member of the WVU Percussion Ensembles' famed "Percussion 70," Florkevich was a co-featured drumset soloist on NBC's Today Show live in New York City. While a member of the Mountaineer Marching Band, he composed the original version of the Drumline's "Boogie Cadence" and was honored as Bandsman Of The Year. Following a 30-year professional playing career, he taught music for 10 years at West Virginia State University, serving as percussion instructor, assistant band director and two years as interim band director.

Arts in Action will offer beginning, intermediate and advanced classes, according to age and playing ability.

Arts in Action is also taking applications for Thunder's new "Drumming for Jesus" performing group. This group will tour with The Master Ambition Dance Company and Revelation Drama to minister through the arts.

In addition to percussion, Arts in Action also provides education in the form of dance cheerleading, drama, art, karate, piano and voice and is also home to the Appalachian Children's Chorus. Arts in Action continues to help children and young adults not only learn new skills, but to also reap the numerous benefits of higher self-esteem, improved academic achievement and discipline, to name a few. The benefits of arts education are numerous and offer a child to develop life skills. Documented research has been published that concludes that arts education makes a significant impact on the development of every child.

Arts in Action is a 501 (c) (3) organization that offers financial aid and family discounts to qualifying families. For more information call 304-419-4446 or email joni@artsinaction.info or check out www.artsinaction.info.