Rock Band's Drummer Donates Drum Kit To SLU


A drummer from a well-known rock band has donated a custom drum kit to his alma mater, St. Lawrence University.

Matt Burr '03, drummer for Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, commissioned a custom drum kit for SLU.

Painted in the university's colors of scarlet and brown, the kit comes from Green Mountain Drums in Vermont.

Burr delivered it in person to campus on Thursday.

He told students that the kit is made partially from reclaimed Vermont maple salvaged from a former factory, along with modern stainless steel.

"Now, when you're inspired, you can just jump up there and play," Burr is quoted in a news release. "Sometimes you want to try things out, but you don't have an instrument available. I wanted to give this kit to St. Lawrence so that anyone who wants to can play."

Burr inscribed the interior of the kick drum with the words "May these drums bang hearts and expand minds," adding the signature sign-off that the late Louis Armstrong used in correspondence, "Red Beans and Ricely Yours, Matt Burr."

Spending an hour or so with the students talking music, great gigs and favorite bands, Burr told them as he departed, "Just have fun and make beautiful music."

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals was formed on campus, when Burr and Potter were students.

Potter will receive an honorary degree from St. Lawrence at Commencement on May 18.

Friday, December 2, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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