Firelands Symphony’s free summer drumming programs for adults and children

Posted on: July 2, 2021

In Sandusky, Ohio, the Firelands Symphony Orchestra is partnering with Sandusky Parks and Recreation this summer to provide six weeks of free drumming programs, led by FSO Principal Percussion Dylan Moffitt. The sessions, for children ages 8 and up and for adults, will launch on July 7 at Jackson Street Pier; the programs will focus on styles including samba, Middle Eastern, reggae, salsa, African rhythms, and more. Adult sessions will begin with a demonstration from local mixologist and Firelands Symphony flutist Elizabeth Studer on how to make a beverage (in alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions) that complements the evening’s drumming style. Moffitt will bring percussion instruments for registrants for a hands-on drumming circle, and he will share his experiences with the elements of basic rhythms, call and response, echo patterns, and musical dynamics. In a press release, FSO Community Engagement Director Jody Chaffee said, “Learning rhythms and how to create them gives individuals a tap into the creative side of their brain…. We like to share these techniques to help with life-long learning and strengthening brain functions. Drumming is a wonderful outlet for stress, helps to improve concentration, and promotes overall wellness for the body.” More information at