At Graduation, Professor Williams Marches to the Beat of a Different Drummer

| May 9, 2013


When it comes to graduation, School of Communications academic advisor Linda Williams marches to the beat of a different drummer, literally.

As a tenor drummer in the bagpipe band that will lead the graduates in at this Saturday’s Commencement on May 11, Williams will be listening for the beat of the bass drum, and then working to add to the complex rhythms.

“The tenor drums add flourish in between the beats,” Williams said. But it’s more than that. The tenor drummers also synchronize how they twirl their sticks, so that the performance is enhanced visually.

“That takes a lot of practice. When I was first learning it, I hit myself in the face with my sticks often, and even managed to get one of the bag pipe players.”
She has improved significantly since she started drumming about 26 years ago and says no one is in immediate danger of her twirling drum sticks Saturday.



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