E-drums reach kids in need

Wednesday, 7 March 2018 4:11 pm

digitalDrummer has previously reported on the use of e-drums to combat bullying, but in Mexico, the instruments are helping a broad range of vulnerable kids.

Carlos Adalid is combining his love of music with his commitment to his community in Mexico City.

An amateur drummer for almost 30 years, Adalid has also been an active charity worker, supporting various initiatives for children as well as animal activism.

“The idea of teaching to children in need came to me one day while rehearsing in my home studio. I had switched from acoustic to electronic for the first time,” he recalls.

While playing his Roland TD-9 kit, Adalid came up with his plan for a clinic covering basic drumming elements and different musical styles. The key element was inviting children to come on stage and have a bash.

Through the program, he is trying to encourage kids to learn and, importantly, “to have fun”.

Adalid, who owns a category management agency in Mexico City, sees his clinics as an escape from the children’s problems, if only for a couple of hours.

On the musical side, he teaches that rules and exercises are essential for any style.

Adalid educated his attendees about the genres from different countries, using a PowerPoint presentation to highlight artists from other cultures.

“Kids also learn the value of teamwork,” he stresses.

So far, Adalid has conducted around half a dozen clinics, which he calls Little Drummer Boy, at foster homes and other institutions. His audiences have included orphans and children with various medical conditions, ranging from brain damage to cancer.

“Each clinic has been completely different, with different reactions from the children and their carers,” he says

Electronic drums are well suited to Adalid’s program because they provide access to more than 500 different sounds (congas, timbales, darbuka, windchimes, etc.). “The instrument is portable, flexible and the sound can be adjusted to almost any room without creating a lot of noise,” he explains, adding some patients are particularly sensitive to loud sounds.

Adalid gets no sponsorship for his program, but insists that it has been “one of the best experiences I’ve had as a musician”.

If you want to find out more about the program or would like to assist, feel free to contact Carlos at icebergmexicodf@gmail.com.