More than 500 drummers playing to the same beat rocked the Emerald Queen Casino ballroom at the annual “Woodstick Big Beat” on Sunday, April 26. The event brings talent of all ages and sizes together for fun, love of music and to raise money for Crime Stoppers of Tacoma/Pierce County’s program called “Groove – Music for Youth” that provides instruments for schools in need and at-risk kids. Organizers of the massive drumming event included the Emerald Queen Casino and Donn Bennett Drum Studios.
Woodstick brings in big names to teach, play and learn from the best like REO Speedwagon drummer Bryan Hitt. “I don’t know where I would be without drums in my life. I started playing in the 5th grade at school. Thank God they had drums then in my school, but some schools don’t have that and some schools don’t have music programs anymore, so we’re trying to support that,” said Hitt. The event was sold out and had support from several drum industry sponsors. You can go to http://www.groovemusicforyouth.com to donate to support the charity.
Watch video of the drummers on Washington’s Most Wanted Friday night at 11 p.m. on Q13 FOX and Saturday at 9:30 p.m. on JOEtv and 10:30 p.m. on Q13 FOX.