Disabled drummers told: Don?t give up
By MIKARLA THURECHT
PROFESSIONAL musician Glenn Thomas doesn't like to see musical creativity stifled in any way ? es- pecially when it's for a good cause.
Mr Thomas contacted The Morning Bulletin after reading a story about a dispute between the Capricor- nia Respite Care and a Cambridge Street neighbour, who asked not to be named.
The centre had been forced to postpone its volunteer-run drumming sessions after the neighbour complained about the noise to the police four times.
Police instructed they would have to confiscate the instruments if called again.
Mr Thomas lives nearby the respite centre on Albert Street and said he was familiar with the once-a-week drumming session.
He said he had no idea the session was for people with disabilities and had been impressed by their rhythm.
"They really get the rhythms going. They just sound like people playing African drums. I had no idea it was such a worthwhile cause,'' he said.
Mr Thomas, who plays piano professionally at Rydges Capricorn Resort, said he had no problem with the people wanting to play the drums for one hour every Tuesday from 10am to 11am.
"It's in the middle of the day. It's maddening that they can't play.''
Mr Thomas said he also had run into problems with neighbours complaining about noise when he prac- tices piano.
He said the centre should use sound-proofing.
"Don't give up on the sessions.''
The centre will go ahead with this Tuesday's session and test noise levels.