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The Donating Drummer

On his quest to find ways to use music as a vehicle for giving back to others in the world, percussionist Mark Powers became aware of a waiter in San Francisco who was funding random projects through the tips he made one day each month. Immediately inspired to repurpose and develop this idea, The Donating Drummer was born.

Readers are encouraged to submit their own personal project or goal at TheDonatingDrummer.com and, once a month, Mark contributes $100-150 from a performance, recording session or educational workshop to make that goal a reality.

Via these online submissions, in its first year, The Donating Drummer raised funds for the ASPCA … helped launch a new website … paid off a student loan … put on a pizza party for homeless families (and did bucket drumming with the kids!) … gave someone sailing lessons … bought some little girls outfits for their dance recital … supplied drums to a music therapist … teamed up with some real life superhero crime fighters … picked out Christmas presents for families in need … and much more.

Mark Powers

No strings attached and no idea too crazy, Mark's two hopes are that this program will help people accomplish a variety of goals (which something as simple as $100 has, up until now, stood in the way of) and inspire others to find ways to use their own life's passion(s) to contribute to the world- in both small ways and large ways, both locally and globally.

Mark Powers is a percussion artist/educator, currently drumming for The Afrodisiacs and The Spazmatics. He has shared the stage with artists as diverse as Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen, Devon Evans (of Bob Marley and the Wailers), Rolling Stones saxophonist Tim Ries, Bad Company’s Lynn Sorensen and America's Polka King- the late Frankie Yankovic.

To learn more about Mark, visit him online at PowersPercussion.com.