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I saw a post on Facebook that got my attention the other day, and I wanted to mention it here. Drummers Collective is part of The Collective, a multi-instrumental school based in New York City. In 2010, The Collective had to relocate their facilities for the first time in 26 years. It set them back quite a bit, and the post I saw was in regard to their fundraising effort, designed to offset relocation and legal costs.

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Drummers Collective has a reputation of a solid and valuable facility, and if you look at the faculty roster, you see New York heavyweights. There’s also a Guitar Collective, Bass Collective, Guitar/Key Collective and SOJ Jazz Center.

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When I was 18, I took a train up to New York from Delaware to study with several well-known drummers who were advertising in the Village Voice. It was an extraordinary week, and I did it again the following year. If you’ve never been to the Big Apple, it’s hard to imagine and convey the level of intensity this town offers, but I swear, when you set foot onto Manhattan, you feel like you stepped onto the third rail of a subway. I’ve never visited Drummer’s Collective, but they offer drummers an invaluable training environment in the center of the jazz universe. It would be quite a shame to see that opportunity disappear.

So, here are a few links to the fundraising efforts for you to check out and explore further.

http://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/fiscal/profile?id=6454

http://thecollective.edu/630/Please_Contribute_To_Our_Cause

https://fundanything.com/en/campaigns/drummers-collective-rebuilding-our-school

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Anthony Citrinite, director of The Collective (and also a drummer), has asked musicians to share their message, so, please do this if you believe the school has value to your fellow musicians.This link give you an idea of how the school is continuing to evolve.

http://thecollective.edu/609/The_Collective_Relocation

There’s nothing quite like the power of NYC, and for those wanting to live the artist life, THIS is where you go. Please check out the links, see what’s there, and consider helping out your fellow musicians by keeping a unique learning environment going.