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Will Calhoun Masterclass & BMS Drum Recital

May 4 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm


Brooklyn, NY (April 16, 2019) — The Brooklyn Music School welcomes acclaimed drummer and Bronx native, Will Calhoun, to the stage on Saturday May 4th, 2019 at 5pm where he will give a master class prior to the annual drum recital by BMS students. This is a free event with a suggested donation of $5.

When asked about the upcoming event, Piruz Partow, BMS’ Executive Director commented, “We are thrilled and honored to have Mr. Calhoun at BMS. In recent years, BMS has hosted jazz greats Victor Lewis and Mickey Roker, as well as Steve Shelley from Sonic Youth. This is yet another monumental occasion for BMS’ students to learn from, perform for, and interact with a world class musician. I am so excited for our drum students, families, faculty,  and community.”

Following the master class, BMS students will showcase all they have been learning in their annual drum recital. BMS Drum department has grown tremendously under the leadership of Brian Woodruff, who also co-chairs BMS’s thriving Jazz department.

The master class and recital will be held in BMS’ landmarked  Playhouse Theater located at 126 St. Felix Street, Brooklyn, NY,  This event is open to the public and sponsored by Sabian Cymbal Company.

You can RSVP to the event here: https://will-calhoun-masterclass.eventbrite.com

Will Calhoun, the widely acclaimed drummer from the Bronx, New York, graduated from the Berklee School of Music in Boston, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Music Production and engineering. He was also the recipient of the prestigious Buddy Rich Jazz Masters Award for outstanding performance by a drummer.

Will Calhoun’s unique blend of improvisational and hard rock drumming can be found on each of Living Colour’s four Epic releases: the groundbreaking multi-platinum debut, Vivid, the critically acclaimed sophomore LP, Time’s Up, the Biscuits EP, and Stain, as well as their latest release on Sanctuary Records, CollideØscope. A prolific songwriter, Will has co-written many Living Colour compositions and wrote the critically acclaimed song, Pride, on the Time’s Up album and Nothingness on the Stain album. As a member of Living Colour, Will received a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance by a group and another Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance. Living Colour also won an International Rock Award for Best Rock Band.

Not many artists have the vision and artistic energy to be Grammy winners and contribute to so many genres: jazz, rock, hip-hop, ambient, et al, while concurrently producing, touring, creating new projects, working on films, and continually pushing the envelope. Will Calhoun has this creative vision, and he is doing an extraordinary job keeping music a spiritual and motivating force in his life.

About the Brooklyn Music School

The Brooklyn Music School views music and performance as the birthright of all people, an essential way that human beings connect with others and explore their creativity. The study of music has been demonstrated to enhance academic learning and helps to develop discipline and confidence that will serve children well throughout their lives. As part of the vision of reinventing the community music school for the 21st Century, BMS is dedicated to:

  • Making high quality musical instruction approachable and affordable to a wide range of students,
  • Creating frequent opportunities for performance for our students and cultural enrichment for our community,
  • Representing a wide range of musical traditions, including European, African, Middle Eastern, and American to represent the diversity of Brooklyn’s musical talent, and
  • Offering a warm and welcoming space for families and individuals to explore new talents and make lasting friendships.


May 4
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm


Brooklyn Music School


The Brooklyn Music School
126 Saint Felix Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217 United States
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