A different drummer

By MOLLY WILLIAMSON State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Elkhorn Middle School math teacher Jim Tyler said he is not a very good drummer, even though he has played since he was 8.

He said he constantly practices to improve himself.

However, his students were pretty impressed Friday when he hauled out his "rather large" drum set and serenaded them with drum solos that illustrated them how math is found everywhere, even in music.

"He's good, I have to give him that," said Silas Hardin, sixth-grader. "He's real good."

Silas followed along each song, drumming on his knee. When Tyler announced what he would play next, what familiar songs it would incorporate and how it would probably sound, Hardin always said, "This is gonna be good."

Tyler played several songs, including a warm-up piece, "China Tom Seven," "Cake," "Amazing Grace and Alps," "Swinging Alone" and the totally improvisational "Seven Up" for the sixth, seventh and eighth grade Friday. He said he performs every year and sometimes takes his show on the road to other schools.

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