Drummers with Attitude: Teacher helps take students to new heights

- Kevin Travers loves to drum, sometimes spending hours on a set in his Rockledge home.

His dining room works as a makeshift concert hall, helping him find that perfect rhythm for the last four decades. 

Whether it’s up on his electric set, or in his basement, he’s been imitating his drumming heroes, even when he didn’t have drums to play.

“I would go to my house and steal my Brothers and sister’s records, The knack, The Who, Hendrix. I would go down stairs and I would play on this bar table and I would use the lamp as a cymbal and I would just play for hours,” Kevin explained, “I couldn’t imagine myself without music or drumming. I really don’t know. The passion I have for it is unparalleled.”

Every week Kevin shares his passion for drumming in the Bristol Township School District.

He doesn’t do it with drum sets, and instead uses buckets.

The group is called Drummers with Attitude, and for the last 18 years, students there have been given the chance to shine.

Made up of middle and high school students, Drummers with Attitude started with just six members, and over the years Kevin has seen thousands walk through the doors, helping kids reach their full potential by thinking big.

“Why think big, because I think it helps people realize that why can’t they think they can accomplish anything they want to accomplish. I grew up with a lot of teachers in the Philadelphia school district that thought I would be dead or in jail. Now look at me,” Kevin said.

Kevin helps the group not just perform in the classroom, but in places, he never could imagine, like mid court at a Philadelphia 76ers halftime show.

“One of the things I am most proud of is that it has kids with all nationalities middle and High school and they kind of look out for each other.  Kids who wouldn't talk to each other, being part of the group they do,” Kevin said. 

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