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by Petra Chesner Schlatter, Buckslocalnews.Com

The Bristol Pilot (PA) - June 26, 2008

Drummers With Attitude, a percussion and dance program run by Ben Franklin Middle School in Bristol Township, gave a powerful performance at the Bucks County Commissioners' meeting June 18 at historic Pennsbury Manor.

The students were led by faculty advisor and teacher Kevin Travers, who has been teaching Special Education in the Bristol Township School District for 14 years.

While earning his degree at LaSalle University, he knew he wanted to make a positive influence with today's youth. In 2000, Travers developed a mentoring program from which Drummers With Attitude (DWA) emerged.

"In the beginning, the group consisted of about six children," Travers said.

The members are at-risk students and fellow graduates of Bristol Township school district. "They come from a wide variety of ethnicities and backgrounds," explained Travers. "They have learned teamwork and cooperation through DWA.

"Instead of finding trouble, these wonderful students have made the positive choice to join the group in hopes of connecting with other kids they never would have before," he said.

DWA has been performing since 2000 in Bristol Township school district. The group has performed at the Wachovia Center for the Philadelphia 76'ers halftime show, the Philadelphia Soul, the Camden Waterfront for WXPN-FM's All About the Music Festival, as well as various community events such as the Multicultural Celebration and Peace Week.

The group has also been featured on FOX local news. Action News, NBC 10, Comcast SportsNet and the WB17.

DWA consists of approximately 75 students from middle school and high school in Bristol Township school district. The group includes boys and girls of all ages as well as beginners and intermediate players.

At the end of the meeting, the commissioners voted to give $3,500 to DWA.

For more information or to schedule a performance, call 215-949-8903.

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