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Making Music in Hartford: Kirk Woodard

May 2, 2018

Not only will Hartford be filled with music on June 21st, but it will be filled with drumming. From Dueling Drums on Bartholomew Ave, to a Brazilian percussion workshop at Trinity College, Hartford’s Proud Drill & Drum at Ropkins Library and jazz drummer Kirk Woodard leading bucket drumming lessons in two spots. We had a chat with Kirk to learn more about his connection to music. 

Who’s making music? 

Kirk Woodard

Favorite part of making music? 

Definitely coming together with other people and making something together.

Why did you choose the drums? 

I didn’t really choose it. It chose me. The drums were what I was naturally attracted to as a kid. 

Music’s impact on you

Since the age of 13 music has become more and more a part of my life. The more I do it, the more I fall in love with it. 

Best part of teaching drums? 

First, I’d have to say seeing the long term growth of my students. Also it’s getting to help them out, whether it be with the drums or life, anything I can help them with that makes a difference. That’s the best part. 

Living musician you’d like to collaborate with 

Herbie Hancock 

Where will you be on June 21st? 

I’ll be leading bucket drumming lessons in two spots during Make Music Hartford. I’ll be at the kickoff concert from 10 – 10:30am, and then at Barbour Street Library from 4 – 4:45pm. I’m also a part of the Art on the Streets House Band so I’ll be a part of the Community Jam Session in State House Square from 11:30am – 1:30pm. 

Random questions…

If you were a crayon, what color would you be?

Blue, it’s my favorite color and it’s calming. It makes me think about the ocean. 

What song are you loving right now?

A song I’m really into right now would be “Chance” by Kenny Kirkland

Best album artwork you’ve ever seen?

“Demon’s Dance” by Jackie McLean