The 7th Winnipeg DrumTalk Festival

Inspiration. Motivation. Education. Community. Fun.

Sunday March 19th from 1p.m. - 4p.m. at River East Collegiate, 295 Sutton Ave.

Mark Kelso

Mark Kelso

Originally hailing from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Canadian drummer Mark Kelso has made Toronto, Canada his home for quite some time. Not only is he a skilled musician who plays drums and percussion, but he is also a singer, producer, composer and band leader as well. Mark has also been the Head of the percussion dept at Humber College in Toronto since 2005.

Mark’s ability to play a wide variety of musical styles has helped him become one of Canada’s most sought after drummers. An all around player, he has worked/recorded with a wide array of artists such as Pat Metheny, Donny McCaslin, Laila Biali, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Michael Bublé, Changuito, David Clayton-Thomas, Holly Cole, Larry Coryell, Eliana Cuevas, Paquito D’Riveria, Hilario Duran, David Foster, Dave Grusin, Herbie Hancock, Olivia Newton John, Molly Johnson, Chaka Khan, Pat LaBarbera, Donnell Leahy, Natalie MacMaster, Bob Mintzer, Peter Murphy (Bauhaus), Donny Osmond, Danilo Perez, Chris Potter, Jovino Santos Neto, NOJO, Bonnie Raitt, Maria Schneider, John Scofield, Ron Sexsmith, Mike Stern, Soul Stew, James Taylor, Susan Tedeschi, Ian Tyson, Gino Vannelli, Carol Welsman and his own Juno award nominated band, The Jazz Exiles. Mark runs “Groovy Drums Studio” where he records drum tracks for many artists around the world. To date he has played on over 285 recordings.

Aside from playing many TV and radio jingles and movie soundtracks Mark has also been featured in Drums ETC, Canadian Musician, Drumhead, Drum Scene and Modern Drummer magazines. Mark has also been a featured clinician/performer at the Montreal Drumfest, IAJE, Musicfest, KOSA, Percussive Arts Society, Regina Drum Festival, The Stickman drum experience, Whack Bam Thudd festival, Victoria Drum Festival and the Cape Breton Drum Festival.

Mark recently released his first instructional drum DVD entitled, “Musician First, Drummer Second” to great acclaim.

River East Percussion Ensemble

River East Collegiate Percussion Ensemble

The River East Collegiate Percussion Ensemble is comprised of seven 14-18 year old musicians in grades 9,10, 11 and 12 at River East Collegiate in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

The ensemble performs a wide variety of repertoire encompassing many styles and eras of percussion history. They have performed at numerous local, national, and international events and have received many awards and accolades for their performances.

The ensemble has also commissioned and performed new works and new arrangements of existing works for percussion ensemble from within the local percussion community.

The members of the ensemble maintain busy lives in addition to their percussion studies, with many excelling musically, academically, athletically, and artistically. Present members and previous alumni have begun and established careers as professional musicians, composers, arrangers, and educators in a variety of musical genres.

Most importantly, the group is bound by the love of music and the joy it brings by sharing it with others.

Winnipeg Blue Bomber Drum Line

Winnipeg Blue Bomber Drum Line

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