Woodstick Big Beat 2015: Hundreds of drummers help support Crime Stoppers of Tacoma/Pierce County music program

TACOMA -- More than 500 drummers playing to the same beat may not even sound possible – but the annual ‘Woodstick Big Beat’ proves it is! The event brings talent of all ages and sizes together for fun, love of music and to raise money for Crime Stoppers of Tacoma/Pierce County’s program called ‘Groove - Music for Youth’ that provides instruments for schools in need and at-risk kids.

Organizers of the massive drumming event, who this year included the Emerald Queen Casino and Donn Bennett Drum Studios, bring in big names to teach, play and learn from the best – like REO Speedwagon drummer, Bryan Hitt. “I don't know where I would be without drums in my life. I started playing in the 5th grade at school, thank God they had drums then in my school, but some schools don't have that and some schools don't have music programs anymore, so we're trying to support that." Sunday's event sold out, raised $15,000 and had support from several drum industry sponsors. CLICK HERE for more information on Groove – Music for Youth and how you can donate. CLICK HERE for more information on Crime Stoppers of Tacoma/Pierce County.