Zhu Zong Qing Percussion Society
Touch Peoplea��s Heart with the Musical Notes
a�?Drumbeats are like heartbeats,a�? says Professor Zong Qing Zhu, which explains why percussion and drumming, as one of the classical music, can easily affect people. The member from the first generation of Zhu Zong Qing Percussion Society, Yan Huang, explains that with limitless possibilities, percussion gives people room for imagination, whether they are the performers or the audience; thereby, it makes it easier for people to accept percussion.
However, the life of being a percussionist is not just to perform with a drumstick but also to do everything starting from moving equipment behind the scene, arranging the musical instruments, and every duty in the group activities. That is, a percussionist works 24 hours for the Society. As a result, the Society has never recruited anyone from the public; in other words, each member joins since they are students and starts from the entry level. Therefore, every member has at least ten years of experiences.
Every Member is a Versatile Performer
Many people wonder why the members need to be trained for so long. Yan Huang thinks that a percussionist, compared to a recitalist, needs to know various percussion instruments. It is like a girl who usually stands in the front row will be okay to play bass drum; a boy who typically plays drums is also good at xylophone. The Society adopts the mentoring system that every senior member is responsible for coaching younger members.
As to the tight performance schedule, Yan Huang says that the first and second ranked groups have over a hundred and forty national and international performances. In addition to that, the Motion Percussion Society by university students will have tours to campus or local areas; this is like teamwork between the baseball major and minor league. The second ranked group leads the popular Childrena��s Concert, which was established because Zong Qing Zhu has found that many concerts impose age restrictions, and he decides to design shows for kids and break the stereotype that people have to sit up straight in the concert hall. At Childrena��s Concert, kids can sing along with Baby Peas and learn music theory. The show was established since 1989 and has been adding more dates every year.