Welcome to the official site for the Let There Be Drums event, a once in a lifetime spectacle of music and compassion. We’re hosting a two-day event full of clinics, trade shows, camaraderie, and most of all drumming!

To participate in this remarkable even, simply text 71777 and put DRUMS in the message box.  It takes one minute!  

This free event is a fundraiser for The 30-Days Foundation, www.the30-days foundation.org.  This Minnesota-based charities has helped over 70,000 Minnesota families in real-life financial crisis with a one-time financial grant made payable only to the service provider requiring payment.   The 30-Days Foundation will donate their portion of what is raised to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana   

Join hundreds of drummers performing with a nearly 40-piece band including the legendary Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, Jimmy Paxon, Jay Williams, Sandy Gennaro, Charlie Adams and many other nationally known drummers, performing with hundreds of drummers on Harriet aisland in St. Paul in a once in a lifetime music spectacle.   


The World’s Most Recorded Drummer – Bernard “Pretty” Purdie

BERNARD PURDIE was born June 11, 1939 in Elkton, Maryland as the eleventh of fifteen children. Purdie began already as a six-year-old to bang out rhythms on improvised equipment. At 14 years of age he purchased his first real drum set and became the most important provider for the family – earning his pay with country and carnival bands. This “schooling” enabled Purdie to “feel my way into nearly every kind of music, ’cause I had to know all styles and was never afraid to try something new. Continue reading “The World’s Most Recorded Drummer – Bernard “Pretty” Purdie”

The Huge Band (And hopefully 1000 drummers too!)

This historic musical event will feature a 40 piece band along with a goal of 1000 drummers performing at the same time on a 140 ft stage!. The two featured songs will be; The final medley from The Beatles iconic album ‘Abbey Road’ (Golden Slumbers, Carry That Weight and The End), and our second song, Rock Steady, led by the man who recorded this classic Aretha Franklin song, Bernard “Pretty” Purdie and his amazing rhythm section.   Also witness the entire park full of drummers perform the legendary and iconic groove, “The Purdie Shuffle”.   Come to Let There Be Drums and be a part of a documentary film about the incredible life of Bernard Purdie because he is putting footage from our event in his film!