Some of the music industry's top drummers are putting their collective weight behind Rock the Rhythm, Beat the Odds, an attempt at setting a world record for the largest drum circle, which will bring together 7,600 local sixth and seventh graders and thousands of community members Friday, May 18, at College of the Canyons Cougar Stadium.
More than 3,000 Hart School District seventh graders have been practicing and are looking forward to participating in the once in a lifetime event. Students from Arroyo Seco, Placerita, Rancho Pico, Rio Norte, Sierra Vista and La Mesa Junior High Schools will board school buses in the morning for this field trip that will join them with more than 4,000 six graders from all elementary schools in the SCV. All five local public school districts have partnered with COC and the K-12 Arts Education program to coordinate this event.
With the participation of legendary musicians Mickey Hart (Grateful Dead), John Densmore (The Doors) and Remo Belli, founder of REMO Inc., and other drummers, Rock the Rhythm, Beat the Odds has been designed to both entertain and raise awareness of the value of arts education as a vital component in the development of ‘The Whole Child.' .
As the culminating event of the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center (PAC) K-12 Arts Education Outreach Program's year-long hybrid music education program, it's hoped that Rock the Rhythm, Beat the Odds will cast a national spotlight on the Santa Clarita Valley and show what can happen when a community comes together to make a difference in the lives of students.
"We are so grateful for the outpouring of support from College of the Canyons, the participating school districts, the City of Santa Clarita, this community and the many talented artists that are getting behind this tremendous effort," Adam Philipson, PAC managing director, said.
Parents and community members are invited to be a part of history by attending the event and will also be included in the record attempt count.
Additional parking will be available at the Borax building on Tourney Road, a short walk to the COC Stadium.
For more information about the Rock the Rhythm, Beat the Odds program or to find how to participate please visit www.rocktherhythm.org .
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Gail Pinsker - Community Liaison Officer - 661.259.0033 Ext. 227