Familiar beat returns as drum recital returns after lengthy COVID-related hiatus

ROME — After a three-year hiatus, drum teacher and local musician Corey Colmey will present his 11th student recital from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 16 at Rome Alliance Church, 920 Turin St.

Since 2001, Colmey has inspired students of all levels, ages and musical backgrounds, but his business has been hit hard by the pandemic.

He said while 2020 had brought a lot of fear, anxiety and awareness to the world, Corey Colmey Drum Instruction, 227 W. Dominick St., was one of many neighboring businesses that had to adapt to difficult times.

“When the pandemic hit, all the lessons stopped because we were in an uncertain time and didn’t know what was going on,” Colmey said.

“For the first few months, all of my students had to interrupt classes for security reasons, coupled with the fact that I was not offering virtual classes due to my hands-on style that I adopt when teaching. It took so far to revitalize my teaching practice and rebuild a student base close to what I had before.

Colmey students will serve a mix of pop, rock and blues tunes for the Saturday recital, with free entry. Audience members are encouraged to take photos and videos of the performances.

“On a personal level, the past few years have been difficult and forced me to remember what’s most important,” said Colmey, adding that he and his students are grateful the annual recital is back after so much uncertainty. “I love teaching and I know how powerful music is, so it’s important to take it seriously. Music is a language accessible to all, and when you learn to speak it has a tremendous healing power.

The instructor said drumming is a skill his students or fellow musicians can grow in, and it’s also a way to share the “power” of music with the community.

“Drums are just one of the ways we can grow within ourselves and share that power with our community. It’s not my job. It’s my responsibility,” Colmey said. “And I couldn’t feel more humbled and honored to have the opportunity to continue doing what I love.”

Colmey is an active drum educator, performer, clinician and recording artist based in Rome.

His teaching experience includes private lessons in drums, concert percussion, world percussion, as well as ensemble programs for children and adults. In 2016, Colmey co-founded the organization Lead With Rhythm. In addition to his private teaching activity, Colmey has teaching positions at Utica College and Herkimer College. As a performer he has traveled all over the United States and abroad, sharing the stage with artists such as G Koop, Fiber, Edan, Solstir, Don Grusin, Jeff Palmer, Rick Montalbano, Joe Magnarelli, Swamiko , Cooter Stew and Marc Seales.

The recital is sponsored by Project Fibonacci Foundation, Inc. and ANDRO Computational Solutions. For more information on recital or drum lessons at Corey Colmey Drum Instruction, see the instructor’s website at www.coreycolmey.com.

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