Ed Francis graduated from the Austin Graduate School of Theology, Austin, Texas, USA. After years of marching in high school bands, competing in the Jr. Drum Corps, touring with the USAF World Wide Talent Contests and performing in local bands, Mr. Francis decided to bring his passion for percussion into the heart of his community where he began teaching as a drum coach at Round Rock Drums and also co-founded Rhythm Workshops. The latter being a non-profit dedicated to bringing musical experiences into the community, at no cost to the children – focusing on groups of people who have little access to making music.
Mr. Francis never forgot how music and drumming helped him to work through the pain of growing up in an abusive and dysfunctional home environment. The scars may have run deep, but the power of having a positive outlet helped to build his self confidence and slowly release the otherwise debilitating anxieties building up in the young man. While working with Rhythm Workshops Mr. Francis relates his experiences to young people everywhere. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ed’s deeply personal story and his transition ‘From Bullied To Brilliant’ can be found in the book or listen to the audio below.
Find out more about Ed, his team and some of the marvelous things they get up to here:
Round Rock Drums website: http://roundrockdrums.com
“What It Means To Be A Drummer”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=loG0m11iCwQ
“Dress Rehearsal For America’s Got Talent”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAQetoFmMYs
“What’s Round Rock Drums?”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wjin8JVdzp4
“The Magic of Drumming”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O82nhwWnEAU
“Glowing Gone Wild”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNRyz1vIaCM
“Ed Francis Brings His Magic to Drum Talk TV”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCHIw5nL8yQ
“Drumming and Dancing”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-n3DjlS-Muw
“Ayden and Mr Ed play a duet”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ou2ssBlbZE
Round Rock Drums: http://impactnews.com/austin-metro/round-rock-pflugerville-hutto/round-rock-drums/