Bangin’ on the drums all day

DOLLAR BAY – The hallways of the Dollar Bay-Tamarack City Area Schools were filled with the sounds of thumping, gonging and chimes ringing Wednesday as students attended a music clinic on percussion instruments.

Paula McKaig, music director at DB-TC, said the clinic has been put on for about 10 years for mostly for fifth through eighth grade students.

“We do this every year,” she said. “We rotate through the instrument families.”

Band members from Adams Township School District, DB-TC, Hancock Public Schools, Houghton-Portage Township School District, and the Public Schools of Calumet, Laurium & Keweenaw attended the Wednesday event.

Different instruments were presented in various classrooms.

McKaig said professional musicians or instructors are recruited to give the instrument demonstrations.

Most of them are local, but this year one of the specialists came from Norway, Mich.

“We bring in specialists as our clinicians,” she said.

Scott Veenstra, music teacher at C-L-K, said students seem to enjoy the clinics.

“Generally, (it’s accepted) pretty well,” he said.

McKaig said next year the plan is to have a clinic on woodwind instruments. She agrees the program is worthwhile for students.

“It’s a really good thing to happen,” she said.