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A SUMMER OF ENRICHMENT
SRU DRUMMER GROWS AS MUSICIAN DURING
JOB AT DISNEYLAND
ROCK, Pa. – It’s a part of the college years for most
students: Finding a summer job.
new twist on the tale played itself out this summer when Slippery
Rock University senior Patrick Kennedy, of Butler, qualified to
became the drummer for Disneyland’s 2003 All-American College
Band. Only 20 college students in the nation passed Disney’s
audition to join the elite band for 11 weeks.
was the best musical experience of my life,” Kennedy, a music
education major, said. “I grew as a musician, and it enabled
me to practice many of the techniques I learned at Slippery
were selected during an eight-city national audition tour. Kennedy
auditioned in Washington, D.C. Duane Duke of the Disney
Entertainment Work Experience Program said 400 students tried
who wants to teach percussion at the college level, delighted
thousands of Disneyland guests by pounding the beat to jazz, big
band, show, marches and rock-and-roll tunes. He also participated
in clinics conducted by leaders in the entertainment industry,
making for a very productive summer job.
performed two summers in the Disney All-American College Band
myself, I canhonestly say that there are few musical
experiences as valuable to a young musician’s growth,”
said SRU’s Dr. David Glover, assistant professor of
said the program gives musicians professional-quality experience
and pushes them to a higher level of performance. “Pat is one
of the finest musicians we have had here at Slippery Rock
University, and his involvement in the Disney program places him in
the national elite as well," he said.