South Carolina Arts Commission

South Carolina Arts Commission

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James Cannon

SCAD ID - #125

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For 11 years, James Cannon has provided residencies throughout South Carolina that are student-centered, hands-on, percussion-driven experiences that focus on West African drumming. A typical residency lasts 5 days and culminates with a student led performance on the final day. James Cannon studied West African drumming with Mohamed DaCosta and Dr. B. Michael Williams at Winthrop University. James Cannon lives in Charleston, SC, where he works with the band programs in Berkeley County, providing high-quality percussion instruction on concert percussion, drum set, and world music. He is an active musician, playing jazz drum set throughout the Lowcountry.


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Devon Forest Elementary School

James Cannon has been coming to my elementary school annually for 11 years! His residency engages students with drumming, singing, and lots of fun information about the West African countries and culture. His rapport with students is amazing and our entire school looks forward to this performance!

(January 5, 2022)

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