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James Cannon

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North Charleston SC

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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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