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Unique after-school program teaches Austin kids the art of drumming

Unique after-school program teaches Austin kids the art of drumming

Editor's note: CultureMap is proud to present the latest installment in our partnership with KLRU's documentary series Arts in Context Shorts. This unique series celebrates stories about the arts in Austin and the people who make this such a vibrant and creative city.

Every time Sevylla del Mazo walks into a classroom, she considers it walking onto a stage. With an impressive career as a drummer, playing in the Latin jazz trio Acoustic Jungle and performing onstage with legendary musicians like Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction, del Mazo has found that the most important thing she can do as an educator is to teach her students the love of learning. 

This is exactly what she does at the Austin-based Roots & Rhythms a cultural arts and music education after-school program. With drums created from recycled buckets, the students of Roots & Rhythms collaborate, create and have some fun all while learning the basics of percussion. Roots & Rhythms inspires hope for students in Austin's neediest neighborhoods by celebrating what makes them unique, special — and worthy of a bright future.  

KLRU-TV, Austin PBS is dedicated to telling stories that entertain, inspire and change our lives. KLRU highlights what makes Austin unique — whether music, arts or public issues — by creating and distributing award-winning original content. KLRU produces several series including Austin City Limits, Arts In Context, Central Texas Gardener, Civic Summit and Overheard with Evan Smith. As a nonprofit educational organization, KLRU also prepares children to succeed in school and creates lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Roots & Rhythm
Roots & Rhythms after-school programs teach kids the art of drumming. Photo courtesy of KLRU-TV/PBS
Roots & Rhythm
Roots & Rhythms founder Sevylla del Mazo at work. Photo courtesy of KLRU-TV/PBS