D.R.U.M., which stands for Discipline, Respect, and Unity through Music, is a percussion ensemble that was formed at the former Booker T. Washington Montessori Magnet School in the fall of 1999.  It’s an auditioned group of BTWIA 4th and 5th graders that rehearses after school under the direction of LaShanda Walker.  D.R.U.M. was designed after a group developed in 1995 by Jim Solomon at Osceola Elementary School in Florida.  Much of their material was written or arranged by Mr. Solomon. They perform in the annual Intermediate Winter and Spring Showcases.

Each rehearsal and performance begins with members reciting the D.R.U.M. code: "We are D.R.U.M., Discipline, Respect, and Unity through Music.  "D" stands for discipline.  People with self-discipline are stronger.  "R" stands for respect.  People with self-respect make good decisions.  People who respect others make the world a better place.  "U" stands for unity.  We work together.  Say, "We" not "I."  "M" stands for music.  We are D.R.U.M., Discipline, Respect, and Unity through Music."


In addition to performances at Booker T. Washington, D.R.U.M. has performed at the 1999 Kentucky Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (KAHPERD) Convention, the 2000 and 2001 Transylvania University Martin Luther King Day Celebrations, the UK Basketball Museum during an autograph signing session prior to a 2001 UK home basketball game, the 2002 and 2003 Lexington Children’s Museum Martin Luther King Day Celebrations, the 2004 Asbury College Martin Luther King Day Celebration, the 2004 Main Street Baptist Church Black History Celebration, the 2005 FCPS District PTA luncheon, a FCPS board meeting, the 2006 Danville Heritage Festival and performances in other area elementary schools.  Between performances at the 2002 Lexington Children’s Museum Martin Luther King Day Celebration, D.R.U.M. was privileged to perform a special command performance for Ozzie Davis, after which each member had the opportunity to meet him personally.

D.R.U.M. is an acronym for Discipline, Respect, and unity through Music.  The importance of teamwork and self-discipline is stressed as members learn intensive percussion ensemble music.  They are expected to keep up with their school work and show good behavior to stay in the group.  The group blends students with different backgrounds.  They play music from the United States, Brazil, Africa, and China.

List of DRUM rehearsals and performances (subject to change):

9/11: Rehearsal 3-4pm

9/18: Rehearsal 3-4pm

9/25: Rehearsal 3-4pm

10/2: Rehearsal 3-4pm

10/9: Rehearsal 3-4pm

10/16: Rehearsal 3-4pm

10/23: Rehearsal 3-4pm

10/30: Rehearsal 3-4pm

11/6: Rehearsal 3-4pm

11/13: Rehearsal 3-4pm

11/20: Rehearsal 3-4pm


12/3: WINTER SHOWCASE PERFORMANCE Int. building 6-7pm- ARRIVE @ 5:30pm

12/4: Rehearsal 3-4pm

12/11: Rehearsal 3-4pm

1/8: Rehearsal 3-4pm

1/15: Rehearsal 3-4pm

1/22: Rehearsal 3-4pm

1/29: Rehearsal 3-4pm

2/5: Rehearsal 3-4pm

2/12: Rehearsal 3-4pm

2/19: Rehearsal 3-4pm

2/25: BLACK HISTORY PERFORMANCE Int. building 6-7pm- ARRIVE @ 5:30pm

2/26: Rehearsal 3-4pm

3/5: Rehearsal 3-4pm

3/12: Rehearsal 3-4pm

3/19: Rehearsal 3-4pm

3/26: Rehearsal 3-4pm


4/9: Rehearsal 3-4pm

4/16: Rehearsal 4-5pm

4/22: SPRING SHOWCASE PERFORMANCE Int. building 6-7pm- ARRIVE @5:30pm

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