Phoenix grad and rising musician hosts EJD drum clinic

Kayleigh Moyer, a graduate of Phoenix schools and a rising star in the music industry, teaches Emerson J. Dillon Middle School students the art of drumming during a recent clinic she put on at the school.

PHOENIX — As a John C. Birdlebough High School graduate, Kayleigh Moyer has deep roots in the Phoenix community and its music scene, so it was only natural for her to return to the district and show Phoenix students some tricks of the drum trade.

According to middle school band teacher James DeMauro, he had a hunch Moyer was destined for success when she was in middles school.

"You just knew she was something special when she was in fifth grade, and now she is on her way to becoming a world-class star," he said.

Although Moyer is busy recording and performing in Nashville, Tenn., she recently made time to teach Emerson J. Dillon Middle School students some of the techniques she uses to impress music critics. She performed a solo on the timpani drums and showed students the differences in sound that the drum can make based on where it is struck.

In addition to receiving instruction from a rising star in the music industry, De-Mauro said he wanted Moyer's visit to serve as an inspirational tool for his students.

"Hopefully they will be inspired and realize that, as with anything, if you put the time and effort into it, you can do anything," he said.

The up-and-coming star is entering her senior year at Belmont University, where she is studying commercial music percussion.

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