06.11.2007 // Frenship High School sponsors Bill Bachman Drum Clinic!

The Frenship High School Band sponsored a free clinic by professional drummer Bill Bachman last Thursday and hopes to bring more expert musicians to the area.

“Hopefully this will be the first of many such things,” said David Speer, an assistant band director and percussion coordinator for the high school band.

Speer said the new school bond, which was passed in early May, will help bring professional musicians to Frenship. Some of the bond funds are earmarked for a new band hall and theater.

“We’ll have better facilities to do it ... Especially when we get the new theater built, it will be a perfect venue,” he said.

Bachman brings years of knowledge and experience to share with the students. He studied at the University of North Texas and graduated from the Berklee College of Music.

Bachman said he travels the world doing clinics sponsored by drum companies.

The Frenship drum line also had the opportunity to work with Bachman before the clinic on Thursday and Friday.

“He’s really teaching some important fundamental things. These kids are already very talented at a lot of things, but there’s some sound, fundamental things that we needed to work on and that’s Bill’s specialty,” said Speer.

Speers said band members will also go to Jones AT&T Stadium on August 1 to see the Drum Corps International performance. He sees the performance as an opportunity for the students to see more professional-level musicians.

“There aren’t a lot of opportunities for kids in this area to see people of this caliber play,” he said.