Since 1989 Andrew Drury has led nearly 1,000 workshops covering various aspects of percussion, composition, improvisation, and recording with a wide range of populations. Combining a deep respect for drumming traditions from around the world with an easy-going yet no-nonsense style, he gets groups to play powerful music within seconds of meeting for the first time. Over the course of a residency students gain music skills, and skills that are transferable to other areas of their lives.

Drury’s workshops have taken place in rural and urban schools throughout the U.S., Indian reservations, summer camps, museums, prisons, theaters, programs for teens in the corrections system, homeless shelters in Indiana, a music academy in Sarajevo, and in remote villages in Nicaragua and Guatemala. He has extensive experience working with special education populations (people with HD/ADD, behavioral and psychological disorders, autism spectrum disorders, retardation, blindness, deafness, etc.) and has mentored special education music teachers. Drury has led professional development workshops for classroom teachers, for artists at Arts in Education conferences, and for graduate students at the Columbia University School of Social Work. In 2000 the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation identified him as "one of the … most skilled and experienced community artists in America."

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Click Below to Hear Audio from Andrew Drury's Workshops


Cars Cars Cars
—Multi track recording of a composition by middle school students. David Simons and Lisa Karrer helped the students write the lyrics. Engineer Paul Geluso did the recording.
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Growing Up Is Tough—Multi track recording of a composition by middle school students, again with David Simons, Lisa Karrer, and Paul Geluso. This piece features students drumming on PVC tubes with flip flops, terra cotta flower pots, a rubber band banjo.
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Extended Composition—This piece was composed and recorded in four days by middle school students at an arts camp. The students play rocks they collected on a nearby beach, terra cotta flower pots, wine bottles, metal pot lids, and plastic buckets.
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Oak, pots, buckets—This piece was composed and played by 6th and 7th graders using a 6 pitch melody played on lengths of wooden flooring
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Jamming—This is an excerpt from a high energy drumming session with middle school students.
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Jamming 2—bucket drumming with polyrhythmic bell patterns
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Excerpt from a Friday Night Workshop at a Homeless Shelter for Families
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Excerpt from a Workshop at a Battered Women’s Shelter
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Flower Pots & Chopsticks—excerpt from an adult percussion group I worked with in 2000 during my Artists & Communities Millennium Project residency with the Oneida Nation
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6 Garage Band pieces by middle school students
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Loop #1—from a jam at a homeless shelter
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Loop #2—from a jam with middle school students
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