The main crux of LET THERE BE DRUMS features drummers playing a kit. But we certainly understand there are multiple other percussion outlets that should be displayed during these two days. That is why Aaron Tafoya of Empowered Percussion has been asked to provide a series of displays and performances between our main events, to perform, display and educate with a multiple array of other percussion instruments.

Here is a complete list of activities on The Target Stage on Harriet Island during the set up of the main event at 6:00 pm!

Sept 20 Performance Schedule

Noon – 1:00pm Glen Helgeson from the MN music therapy association discusses music therapy  and other guest.

(10-15 min change out – Business/sponsor acknowledgements)

1:00pm – 2:00pm. Tim O’keefe and Aida Shahghasami performs masterful Mediterranean/Persian percussion arrangements incorporating various middle east finger style frame percussion. After their performance it turns into a free “interactive” frame drum workshop experience. Drums are provided!

(10-15 min change out – Business/sponsor acknowledgements)

2:00pm – 3:00pm Marc Anderson – Bucket Drumming interactive for the entire family! All bucket drums and sticks are provided and this is free as well!

(10-15 min change out – Business/sponsor acknowledgements)

3:00pm – 4:00pm Rhythmhood – Comprised of McNally Smith students, the Rhythmhood is a group of rotating drummers backed by a band. Combining sounds from their various backgrounds and different genres, they bring the noise and the leave you wanting MORE!

On the Island in the grass: 

1:00pm -4:00pm Brian Vantassel: Brian is engaging anyone who wants to join his array of west African percussion instruments. Instruments are provided and this is a free interactive drumming experience. 

 1:30pm – 4:00pm Empowered Percussion Cajon circle: Open cajon drum jams through out the day. 

 EP Cajons:

EP Cajon Drums for charity:

Charity video:

Background information: 

Music therapy association of MN

Glen Helgeson from the MN music therapy association discusses music therapy with a Q&A with host Aaron Tafoya. This guy is amazing… Glen has his masters in education and music therapy and his certification in neurological music therapy. Glen is also a composer and performer and has performed in more than 25 countries with a fusion of sounds on guitar.

 Mission statement of the Music Therapy Association of Minnesota, a 501(c)3 organization, strives to enhance quality music therapy services in the state of Minnesota through providing engaging and relevant education opportunities to members and the public, supporting the professional community, advocating for professional recognition, and fostering community partnerships.


Tim Okeefe

Aida Shahghasemi

Brian Vantassel:

Marc Anderson:

Rhythm hood:

Aaron Tafoya of Empowered Percussion: