Ben Andrews

Modern Snare Drum Competition This Weekend

In Cleveland, Ohio, young players are competing this weekend for the 2016 Modern Snare Drum Competition.

“It’s a good way to give kids an opportunity to focus on that instrument,” said Cleveland Orchestra percussionist Thomas Sherwood, the contest’s founder and director… “It compels you to try harder, to strive for excellence We don’t sugar-coat any of it. They just come out and play. To me, it’s kind of a purifying experience.”.. Like many musical contests, Sherwood’s is divided by age. Division One is for ages 20 to 26. Division Two is for ages 19 and under. Sherwood said he expects about 40 contestants in all, his largest crowd yet.

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