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Asheville Downtown Association to Present Gift to Pritchard Park Drum Circle

Asheville Downtown Association

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Asheville Downtown Association (ADA) will present several drums and musical accessories to members of the Asheville Drum Circle on Friday, May 22 at 7pm.

"We are so fortunate have this group of people who create this music in Pritchard Park. The circle encourages participation and we are donating instruments to support their activities," says Byron Greiner, president of the ADA Board of Directors.

The drums donated by the ADA will be available to attendees and passersby to get in on the fun. The largest gift, a 55-gallon dun dun, provides a rhythmic foundation for the group. The association also donated two djembes, an ashiko, a cowbell, three sets of claves and three shakers.

"We’re really grateful for the support of the Asheville Downtown Association and downtown businesses. This donation gives people who come without an instrument a way to connect to the group," says Larry McDowell, one of the event’s organizers involved with the drum circle since its beginning in 2001.

The Asheville Drum Circle cranks up Friday nights beginning about 7pm in Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville. With dozens of drummers and hundreds of spectators, the circle has become one of Asheville’s most popular events.

"The Asheville Downtown Association supports the cultural diversity of our downtown. We encourage all Ashevillians to come and listen or even better join in the fun at the park," adds Greiner.

The Asheville Downtown Association is a membership organization committed to being the voice of downtown. For more information, call 828-251-9973.

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