By Cathy Taylor
Children’s Motivational Character and national celebrity Ron the Drummer spent the day in Farwell this past Tuesday entertaining the students in the Farwell School system.
Thanks to the efforts of Michigan State Police Trooper Michael White and Clare County Sheriff’s Deputy Erica Vredevelt, Farwell was fortunate to be one of the stops in his month long Michigan tour. Rob the Drummer gave three performances for the kids at Farwell—one at the high school, the middle school and the elementary.
Rob has spent the last 25 years educating and enlightening young audiences as to the dangers of drugs and alcohol, the effects of bullying, self-esteem issues as well as an array of other social issues that plague our youngsters today.
As his name suggests, Rob utilizes his extraordinary talents as a drummer to emphasize his messages to the children. His mission is to strengthen the positive life choices that school children make through music, sports, academics and creative arts while, at the same time, addressing the issues of drug and alcohol abuse, bullying and low self-esteem. He does not approach these issues from a negative perspective, but rather as a proactive offering of positive alternatives.
As evident from his Farwell performance, Rob the Drummer is extremely effective as a performer and an educator. He ignites the students’ imaginations from the beginning of his performance and holds them captive to the very end. And his overall message to his young audience —”be the best that you can be.”
Rob the Drummer, or Robert Gottfried, has made guest appearances on Sesame Street, MTV, Romper Room, Entertainment Tonight, the Nickelodeon and Fox networks, and various other national and cable TV programs far too numerous to mention. He has performed several times at the White House, once in front of an audience of 25,000 children.
Rob gave his performance for the Harrison school district on Monday. He spent Tuesday in Farwell, moving on to the Clare Public Schools Wednesday. He plans to finish out the week performing for students in Mt. Pleasant on Thursday and Friday.
Rob the Drummer’s Michigan tour was made possible through the generosity of Dr. Roger and Coco Newton and the Esperanze Family Foundation. The Newton’s are dedicated to improving the quality of life for the children of the greater Ann Arbor area, the state of Michigan and the nation at large.