Event drums up support for percussive artists

Posted at 8:31 PM, Mar 16, 2013

DRAPER, Utah -- If you heard loud, thunder-like booms echoing from the Draper area, don’t be alarmed: Saturday was the annual Day of Percussion.

More than 750 students gathered for a day of competitions, clinics and performances at Juan Diego Catholic High School in Draper. The goal of the event is to promote music education in Utah.

Music instructor Jed Blodgett said the event is helpful for young percussionists.

"Having this for the kids to kind of experience as a culture and as a community is really important I think, and so the students and teachers who come don't feel alone and they realize there's a lot happening,” he said. “Especially in the state of Utah, it's really active in the music world and especially in percussion it's just really active."

The event is put on by the Utah chapter of the Percussive Arts Society.