Durga: an unbeatable children’s drum adventure
It’s probably hard to find a fourth-grader who doesn’t admire a superhero or like to bang a drum.
The two are combined in Liz Broscoe’s “Adventures of Durga, Messenger of the Drum.”
“I wanted to bring more awareness to so much information about how drum was used to bring people together,” said Broscoe, who has taught a variety of drum classes at Lake Tahoe Community College since 2000.
She has shared her drum knowledge with people of all ages all across the region since 2006 with a multimedia presentation of Durga. Her book, released a little more than a year ago, is intended for fourth- and fifth-graders.
Durga, whose name is an acronym for Drums Unite Race and Gender Alike, is a six-armed drummer who travels all across the globe on the back of Cyrus, a flying tiger. The heroes get into adventures as they give lessons to six culturally diverse children about how to connect through drums with family and the community. They learn to revere the planet Earth.
“I teach about respect and things I think are important” Broscoe said. “I combined everything I knew about the drums very purposely.”
The graphics were created by Jon Merrell, Broscoe’s 26-year-old nephew.
Broscoe said she dedicated herself to working on the book every day. It took about three years by the time it was published.
“I set aside a three-hour block of time,” she said. “Sometimes I wrote a lot, sometimes just a paragraph or sentence, but that was OK with me because it was progress. I met with an editor consistently.”
Broscoe has visited several schools in the Tahoe, Carson City and Reno areas.
“Kids read it before I arrive,” Broscoe said. “They are excited when I come and combine the music and literature.”
Reno High School English instructor Marie Affinito endorsed the book.
“Broscoe’s story reveals the importance of looking beyond ourselves as we pursue our passions and purpose,” she said. “By the time she gets to the last chapter, she has beat up so much excitement and energy that we want to pick up a drum and join the fun.”
Purchase the book online at www.
Adventuresofdurga.com or at GaiaLicious, 987 Tallac, Ave., South Lake Tahoe.
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