Thursday, November 18, 2010

Percussionist Ed Haggard on We Are One In Spirit Podcast

Join us today as Firesong interviews drummer Ed Haggard on We Are One in Spirit Podcast.

Ed Haggard is a percussionist, drumming teacher, drum circle facilitator who loves to play! Ed leads a performing percussion ensemble called, The Love Drums which has instilled the irresistible urge to dance in many people. They have played at many venues including Nashville Shakespeare Festival, Nashville Zoo, Martha O’Brien Center, St Luke’s, Tennessee Summer Solstice Festival, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, Nashville Art Crawl, Celebration of Cultures.

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Ed and The Love Drums are inspired by drumming traditions from around the world, especially west Africa. The Love Drums have three CD’s available, the latest being Dance Wild! It was recorded live in April of 2008 at a Nashville monthly event called The Love Drums Community Drum and Dance WhizBang. The WhizBang is a very popular community drum and dance event event held the third Saturday of every month in Nashville. Ed created this event and it’s the only one of its kind in the area.

Teaching is a large part of Haggard’s work. He has taught over 4500 drum classes and workshops. He is a trained professional drum circle facilitator and he’s facilitated many drum circles for various kinds of groups at Oasis Center, Global Education Center, Vanderbilt University, David Lipscomb University, and many churches in Tennessee. He is a percussionist in a kirtan band called Samavayah. Ed has accompanied a bunch of singer songwriters. He delights in spreading the joy of getting a groove on.

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Ed was the Nashville Poetry Slam Champ of Nashville for three years in the early nineties. He is a former president of the Nashville Branch of the Screen Actors Guild. Ed has done many commercials, voiceovers, a lot of theatre, and has had many appearances in movies and TV. He wrote, produced and performed his critically acclaimed one man show, "Son of White Man: The Naked Truth" over 70 times in a dozen cities. He is an Interplay leader and a challenge course/ropes course facilitator for Adventureworks, Inc.

Web links:
The Love Drums on YouTube
The Love Drums on Facebook

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