Those who marvel at the drumming skills of 6-year-old You Tube sensation Avery Molek have a chance next week to see other young drummers demonstrate their percussionist skills at Sam Ash Music.
Jim Chambers Percussion Party will host the third annual Sam Ash Drum Bash at 6:30 p.m. April 26, this year featuring solos by 20 of Chambers’ students, some as young as 7. The event expected to last two hours is free.
Chambers, who returned to Tampa after becoming a victim of recording industry downsizing and layoffs in New York, teaches drum lessons in the studio of his Carrollwood home. Enrollment, which includes adults, is up 25 percent since the 2012 drum bash, and Chambers said he has plans for “expanding into a full-blown music school starting this summer,” to include instruction for woodwind and brass instruments, as well as piano and vocal lessons.
The free performances of students drumming to their favorite songs starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday, and is scheduled to last two hours. The Carrollwood Sam Ash music store is at 13133 N. Dale Mabry Highway, near Fletcher Avenue.
The annual “bash” provides students the opportunity to perform in front of a live audience, something the aforementioned Molek is enjoying on the national level. YouTube videos by the Washington, Pa. boy led to an April 12 gig on ABC’s “Good Morning, America,” performing live with country music star Brad Paisley. He also soloed for a videotaped segment that aired that same morning on the nationally syndicated “Live! with Kelly and Michael.”