The last Big Beat in 2013 generated $8,500, as 60+ drum sets were packed into the LC gym. The funds went to Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, who will then select a qualifying school in the Lake County area. (Previous recipients are: Cleveland All City Drumline, Willowick Middle School, Ashtabula Lakeside High School, Painesville Heritage Middle School, Geneva High School) Total raised through 2013 is a little over $50,000.
This was the 6th annual Big Beat presented by Stebal Drums. The event assembles drummers for a world record attempt of the greatest number of drummers playing in unison. The participants raise money through pledges by family, friends, employers, etc. Local companies also sponsor the official Big Beat Shirts, and donate food for the event. Stebal Drums contacted major drum companies who donated over $10,000 worth of drum gear, which was used to award top pledge raisers, and raffled off at the event.
Founded in 1996, Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation donates new and refurbished musical instruments to underserved schools, community music programs and individual students nationwide, in an effort to give youngsters the many benefits of music education, helping them be better students and inspire creativity and expression through playing music. Since its inception, MHOF programs have benefited more than 500,000 students and have enabled hundreds of dedicated teachers to provide a better learning experience in school.