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A Plus Drum Line
A Plus Drum Line
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A group of drummers with disabilities are looking for new members to join their Sheffield group.

Autism Plus and Concord Youth Music have joined forces to set up the group ‘A Plus Drum Line’ for adults and young people with autism, learning difficulties or disabilities.

Members will be taught to play a range of drums, including snare, bass and tenor drums.

The group recently performed at the opening of Sheffield City Council’s ‘Grey to Green’ project, and have already announced their ambitions to perform at the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics which will be held in the city next year.

Roger Steele, the leader of the group, and the founder and director of Concord Youth Music, said: “I was inspired to set up this group after I saw the New York Free Players perform - a similar group who have found fame in the USA.

“We’re delighted to be working with Autism Plus and we think it’s really important that people with disabilities take part in musical and visual performances. A-Plus Drumline enables individuals to develop musical skills, improve their confidence and build new relationships. As well as therapeutic health benefits, drumming also improves focus and encourages self-expression and creativity.”

Training is held every Tuesday at 5pm at the Exchange Brewery on Bridge Street. No experience is necessary if you’re thinking of joining as all training and equipment is provided free of charge.

Roger added: “If you want to get creative and have some fun, or want more information, we’d love to hear from you.”

Email rcs@concord.org.uk or call 0114 3840284 for details.