Drums of Thunder, the renowned percussion program from Hillside Elementary School in Montclair has been selected to perform at the Super Bowl Boulevard concert stage in New York City on Thursday, January 30 at 7:30 pm.
Drums of Thunder is part of the Hillside School’s exceptional percussion program under the seasoned direction of Mr. Louis D’Amico. Drums of Thunder is an elite group of 4th and 5th grade percussion players whose quality and professionalism is maintained through vigorous daily group practice held in school. This highly acclaimed music program offers public school students at Hillside School a chance to gain valuable musical skills as well as to build confidence through their many public appearances.
Drums of Thunder has traveled throughout the East Coast to perform in a host of prestigious venues from live appearances on NBC’s The Today Show and LXTV, to recent engagements at professional NFL, NBA, the US Open Tennis, as well as at college sporting events including the Atlantic 10 Women’s Championships. They also regularly perform at opening ceremonies like Citipond in New York City and honorary events such the Pac-12 Award Ceremony at Gotham Hall in 2012. Drums of Thunder has also opened for headline acts such as Bill Cosby and Earth Wind and Fire.
“It’s an honor for these kids to be selected for to play at such a prestigious venue like Super Bowl Boulevard. Like all their public appearances, this will stand as a reward for their hard earned efforts and provide them with great positive feedback,” states artistic director and schoolteacher, Mr. D’Amico. “Hillside is the Gifted and Talented magnet elementary school in Montclair,” says principal Mike Chiles, “and Drums of Thunder is a great program for kids to showcase their talents and build their character.”