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At Rock Falls High School, they got the beat

Published: Monday, March 3, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST
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(Michael Krabbenhoeft/mkrabbenhoeft@saukvalley.com)
Miles Nawrocki, 8, of Sterling, plays on drum set for a judge Sunday at Rock Falls High School during Percussion-Palooza 2014. A number of drummers of all age levels performed in the solo and ensemble competition at the school. The event was sponsored by Rhythm-Quest Performance Ensemble. There were exhibitions by Rhythm-Quest, and The Knights Drum and Bugle Corps Alumni Drum Line.
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Washboard Jo teaches Josie Adams, 8, of Rock Falls, how to play the washboard during Purcussion-Palooza 2014 on Sunday at Rock Falls High School. Washboard Jo, renowned as a washboardist extraordinaire, songwriter, singer, and entertainer, was a guest percussionist and clinician at the event.
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(Michael Krabbenhoeft/mkrabbenhoeft@saukvalley.com)
Lucas Velasquez, 13, of Rock Falls, does some serious drumming for a judge Sunday during Percussion-Palooza 2014. There were competitions for snare drum, melodic percussion, multi-percussion, and drum set for Middle School (grades 5-8), High School, and Senior (post-secondary) percussionists.
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(Michael Krabbenhoeft/mkrabbenhoeft@saukvalley.com)
Christina Mullin, 17, of Geneseo, plays a snare drum solo for judge Kevin Donka at Percussion-Palooza 2014. Donka, the 2013 D.C.A. Solo Snare Drum champion, was a guest percussionist, judge, and clinician at Sunday's event.
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(Michael Krabbenhoeft/mkrabbenhoeft@saukvalley.com)
Elizabeth Wolf, 16, of Annawan, practices her xylophone solo before performing in front of a judge Sunday at Percussion-Palooza 2014 on Sunday at Rock Falls High School.
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Kevin Donka, the 2013 D.C.A. Solo Snare Drum champion, explains to an audience at Percussion-Palooza 2014 the importance of proper form and technique when playing the drums.
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Washboard Jo plays for an audience at Percussion-Palooza 2014 on Sunday at Rock Falls High School.

Miles Nawrocki, 8, of Sterling, plays on drum set for a judge Sunday at Rock Falls High School during Percussion-Palooza 2014. A number of drummers of all age levels performed in the solo and ensemble competition at the school. The event was sponsored by Rhythm-Quest Performance Ensemble. There were exhibitions by Rhythm-Quest, and The Knights Drum and Bugle Corps Alumni Drum Line.

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