King Harold Academy Drumathon Monday July 10th

If you were lucky enough to be in the vicinity of King Harold Academy on Monday 10th July, you would have witnessed a wonderful and ‘very loud’ event taking place in order to raise funds for new drum equipment. 25 students took part in a 7 hour Drumathon in which a continuous barrage of rhythms and beats were consistently played throughout the day. Lunchtime saw a staff ‘drum-off’ in which members of staff had their drumming skills pitched against each other in a knock-out fun and light hearted contest. English teacher Miss Bhamra was eventually awarded the trophy by Waltham Abbey Town Council Mayor Mike Fitch who described the day as a ‘wonderful event.’ Also in attendance was Peter Lovell from Essex Music Services who praised the work and effort of both students and staff. Students and staff also wore Drumathon T-shirts on the day designed by Head of Music Di Russell.

Event organiser Mr. Stuart Springthorpe stated ‘ our aim was to raise several hundred pounds for much needed new drum equipment, it looks like we have doubled and possibly tripled that amount through the efforts of the students and I am very proud of their tenacity and dedication to this event. They have worked so hard. The staff have been fantastic also and I think many people have now taken the drums to their heart, which highlights what a fun and important instrument it is.’

Year 7 student Ryan Locke stated ‘Playing drums help me take away any stress and anger I am feeling, they make me feel good.’