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College donate old music kit to charity

Local charity The Door Youth Project was donated a drum kit courtesy of South Gloucestershire and Stroud College last week.

SGS Music Department based on the Stroud Campus applied for and were awarded a donation of £1000 from the EMI Music Sound Foundation towards a new electronic drum kit. Part of the bid included the offer to donate their old drum kit to a worthwhile youth beneficiary.

The College chose the Door Youth Project which has a mission to be the door that opens for young people when every other door has been slammed in their faces.

Claire Bagnall-Hunt, Head of Art at SGS, commented: “We wanted to pass on the feel good factor of being in receipt of someone else’s generosity and felt that EMI would also appreciate their donation benefiting two organisations.”

“The new drum kit has enabled us to create a new drums recording room that does not use microphones and therefore will not disturb other classes.”

Music and Media Tutor from the Door Youth Project, Danny McKenzie, commented: “I would like to thanks SGS for their kind donation of a Yamaha Drum Kit. This will be very useful for teaching drumming techniques and rhythm and timing. We deal with many young people who have been disadvantaged throughout their lives and this gift will enrich their experience.”

Music Technology student, Josef Parkes has just started at the College and loves the facilities on offer. The 16 year old from Dursley has been playing the drums for 11 years now. He comments: “The equipment on offer is amazing and the drums are great. It plays different sounds and styles whilst not being too noisy. You can even jam along to tracks with a real feel.”