Drummers bang up a storm at Dart
By Sarah Barney
The thundering noise of 19 drummers, led by Mike Daniels, filled Dart Auditorium during “La Batterie” on Sunday, March 25.
The drummers, known as The Bash Battalion, played pieces such as “Valhalla” and “Thunder Chicken” to a crowd of around 150. Admission was free and the show lasted around two hours.
Daniels opened the concert by dedicating the performances to his friend’s son, Michael Eyia Jr., who passed away in February.
“La Batterie,” which means the drum, has been around for longer than the Bash Battalion.
“Bash Battalion has been around 12 years,” Daniels said. “I started (“La Batterie”) way before that with four drummers, 10 drummers, you know.”
This year, The Bash Battalion was made up of 19 drummers on stage together. In addition to performances from the Bash Battalion, there were also groups such as Frog and the Beeftones, a blues band, and Orquesta Ritmo, a Salsa/Latin jazz band.
“We have anywhere up to 29 or 30 drummers,” Daniels explained. “Every year I do it, I try to bring a lot of different acts and musical groups from town and out of town. I try to provide all types of music… jazz, Latin.”
Ian LeVine, a Bash Battalion member and LCC alumni, was involved as a co-producer for the show.
“The Battalion is made up of members of all ages and a range of ability levels, including female and male drummers,” LeVine said. “We try to be as inclusive as possible and still maintain musical integrity.”
According to LeVine, Daniels is a very inclusive-minded person.
“Like the variance in humans themselves and through the many challenges we all face, he strives to bring people together through musical diversity and drumming in particular,” LeVine said. “Mike understands the life-affirming unifying power of music and never fails to share that when he performs or teaches.”
Anyone interested in playing in The Bash Battalion can contact the Facebook page, “Col. Mike Daniels and The Bash Battalion.” For information on future arts events, visit https://www.lcc.edu/cma/events/