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Now touring schools, theaters, music venues, art centers and more. Music educators and musicians T.R. McKotch & Ryan Sandberg to offer their Rhythmic Explorations World Hand Drumming Workshop at the Wellsville Creative Arts Center in Wellsville on Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 2:00pm–3:30pm. Tickets may be purchased online at or at the Arts Center Coffee House.  For more information visit the website or call (585) 593-3000.

Join McKotch & Sandberg for an afternoon filled with drum & fun. Immerse yourself in the beautiful rhythms of West Africa, Central Africa, Haiti and beyond. Participants will enhance their listening skills, team building skills, rhythmic skills and more through drum & song. Some of the rhythms explored include Kpanlogo (Ghana), Luba (Congo), Shiko (Nigeria) and many more beautiful rhythms and songs. McKotch says, “This is an opportunity to participate in a music enrichment program without having to feel like you need to be ‘good’ at drumming.”

T.R. McKotch has toured extensively with the Steve Johnson Band, has played with Rusted Root and Keith Secola, and is the former drummer for Last Stop Willoughby featuring members of the 10,000 Maniacs. Aside from touring and facilitating the Rhythmic Explorations World Hand Drumming workshops, McKotch teaches drums and percussion at Jamestown Community College at Jamestown, NY, currently co-owns and operates The Music Conservatory in Warren & Kane, PA, SoundRhythms Studios School of Music in Jamestown & Fredonia, NY and a former teaching artist for the Arts Council for Chautauqua County.

T.R. McKotch is featured teaching a Rhythmic Explorations World Hand Drumming class is the PBS Documentary–CHAUTAUQUA: An American Narrative which will premiere January 31, 2011 at 10pm.

Jim Donovan, formerly of Rusted Root says, “T.R. McKotch is a rare kind of musician who can both play and teach very well. His ability to connect to beginner drummers, both by teaching and through empowering them are traits that will help his students long after they leave his experiences. T.R. is someone who truly loves people and wants to see them progress.”

Ryan Sandberg is a current student of McKotch’s now for thirteen years this year currently continuing his studies at Jamestown Community College. Sandberg is a founding member of Just Music, LLC which owns and operates The Music Conservatory in Kane, PA as well as the Rhythmic Explorations World Drumming Workshops.

This public workshop is an ages 12+ event. No experience necessary to participate and some drums provided for those without.

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