Foo Fighters rockstar rocks out with local elementary students

The drummer serves as an artist mentor for the Turnaround Arts program.

Posted: May 16, 2018 8:55 PM
Updated: May 17, 2018 6:12 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - It's like looking in the mirror.
"I just look out in the audience and I see a bunch of me's at that age. I was inspired by watching the same thing, watching other people play," explains Taylor Hawkins, the drummer for the Foo Fighters.

He and The Lovin' Spoonful drummer Mike Arturi spent the day with Riverside Elementary students giving lessons on drumming and talking about the importance of being involved in the arts.

This is Riverside's second year as a Turnaround Arts school. Turnaround Arts provides high-need, low-performing schools with arts resources. The strategy appears to be working, as after their first year, Riverside saw a 43% decrease in suspensions, and a 69% decrease in behavioral referrals.

The program is funded with the help of the National Endowment for the Arts. Riverside Elementary Principal Matt Ruzek says this funding is important for the school. "The only agenda that we have is that the community is better and our kids are better for it. So if you can find somebody to argue that, we don't want them here at our school."

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