By Radim McCue Originally published June, 2009
With the addition of renowned world percussionists Steve Campbell and Lindsay Rust to its artist roster, Tycoon Percussion adds an exciting new chapter to its history as well as a new level of commitment to serving the needs of the worldwide drumming community. Campbell and Rust, who are widely known as the founders and leaders of Dancing Drum, not only bring a wealth of expertise to Tycoon as performers, educators, authors and facilitators, their extensive travels around the world have provided them with a diversity of cultural and drumming experiences that have influenced and informed their approach to playing, teaching and developing the next generation of drummers and eco-friendly percussion instruments.
“Much of the content presented in Dancing Drum’s programs has been gathered during our travels to Africa, the Caribbean, Asia and throughout the US,” Campbell explains. “One of our goals is to ‘bring the world home’ and we’ve worked hard to keep our efforts authentic yet accessible for drummers of all ages and abilities.”
During a recent trip to Thailand, Campbell and Rust collaborated with Tycoon in designing the Dancing Drum Signature Series line of djembes, djun-djuns, ngomas and accessories. Made from sustainably harvested wood and natural drumheads, the professional, rope-tuned drum line sets a new standard for quality, authenticity and affordability. These drums, along with a full range of Tycoon Percussion instruments, meet Tycoon’s industry-leading wood certification and conservation standards.
In 2007, Dancing Drum became Tycoon’s ambassadors for Educational & Recreational Outreach. The duo was featured at the 2008 Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) in Austin, Texas, and later this year, during PASIC 2009 and in conjunction with Tycoon Percussion, Campbell and Rust will present a special session showcasing their Community Drum Ensemble project. The interactive, hands-on session will showcase Tycoon’s instruments and Dancing Drum’s performance-based community drumming program designed for schools, businesses and social activity centers. PASIC is the world’s largest and longest running gathering of drums, drummers and drumming. The 34th annual edition of the event will take place from November 11-14, 2009 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.