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Community drumeline trains future leaders

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A program in Huntsville is educating children through the challenges of percussion.

Retired educator Angela Wilson Walker discovered her passion for music when her son was 4-years-old.
His wish? Learn to play the drums. "Learn how to play the drums, and hopefully one day it will lead to college scholarships,” said Walker.

That’s the idea behind Huntsville free community drumeline.

"[The students] pay for their uniforms, but other than that we are funded by grants,” said Walker.

The program is made possible through funding from the Huntsville and Alabama Arts Councils, the Daniel Foundation of Alabama and local company sponsors.

Students ranging from 1st to 9th grade make up the bulk of the ensemble. The son that inspired Angela’s group is now 24. Frederick helps teach his skills to more than sixty eager students.

"There's honestly nothing that I would rather be doing,” said Frederick.  “It's like everything that comes is a new challenge."

Students are asked to attend two-hour sessions to develop essential skills needed to succeeding at the next level.  

"What we're trying to do here is to develop the next generation of leaders,” said Angela Walker. 

You can learn more about the Huntsville Drumline by visiting the organization’s website.

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