Undeniably Brilliant

 Undeniably Brilliant

BY Alyssa Schnars

Drummer Jim Donovan, a musician, educator, and inspirational trainer visited Fort LeBoeuf High School to guide students through an experience of music and communication.

 Jim Donovan is a world-renowned percussionist, best known for his role in the band “Rusted Root”. He has also toured the world and preformed with artists such as Dave Matthews, Carlos Santana, and the Grateful Dead. He is a full time instructor of music at Saint Francis University in Loretto, PA and the current director of Saint Francis University World Drumming Ensemble.

This unique experience put the participating student on the auditorium stage, making music alongside Mr. Donovan. The goal was to work together and practice communication skills. “It was nice to all get together and make a piece of music and it was great having him here,” sophomore, Daniel Kovalevich explained.

Junior, Sami Weryha also agreed it was an exciting experience: “I liked how he encouraged us to do our best; this experience was about team-building and having fun.”

Jim Donovan gave tips to the students on how to make music and how to it perform as well; he gave good advice and was able to get the students to open up more a lot more than when they had come in..

He inspired students to be “undeniably brilliant.”

Mrs. Mroz and her students are honored and grateful for this opportunity to work with Mr. Donovan.