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The Insiders: Drumming up some fun that can’t be beat

Generally speaking, we prefer to march to the beat of our own drummer. Although it can get weird trying to navigate the sidewalks of Main Street with a full drum set behind you. But you don’t want to hear about our problems, you want fun stuff to do. So head to the Concord Community Music School tonight at 7 for the percussion department’s senior recital and choose your own drum beat to march to.

More than 20 students will take the stage in various arrangements to play all sorts of percussion, including traditional drums, African drums, hand percussion, timpani and marimbas. The youngest drummers are a group of 6-year-olds that CCMS President Peggy Senter described as “exceptionally cute.” Or was she referring to our impromptu attempt to perform the drum solo from “Wipeout”? We’ll never tell.

John Faggiano, percussion department chairman at CCMS, promised a diverse program that will include songs like “Meet The Beaters,” performed by the Fabulous Four – that’s Beatle-themed pun fun for the aforementioned 6-year-old cutesters to deliver – as well as “Two Beats are Better Than One,” which, after careful calculation, seems to check out.

Other highlights include the African drumming group the Songweaver Drummers and additional offerings from “instruments of the percussion family,” Faggiano said. One can only imagine how many students that family has enrolled at CCMS over the years.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit ccmusicschool.org.

If all this talk of drumsticks has you craving a bite to eat, imagine how you’ll feel after you stop at Gibson’s Bookstore tonight for the book release party for The Adventures of Buffalo and Tough Cookie, a hiking memoir. The book chronicles a journey through New Hampshire’s “52 with a View” trail list through the eyes of a man and his 10-year-old neighbor, to whom he became a part-time caretaker. The event begins at 7 p.m.

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