August 15, 2019
SJC Custom Drums Founder Mike Ciprari stopped by Quinsigamond Community College on August 15 to make a rather unique donation to the college - a Pathfinder drum kit. The welcome addition will be used immediately in the college's music program, which has grown significantly in recent years, according to QCC’s President Dr. Luis G. Pedraja.
The Southbridge drum manufacturer is a good friend to QCC. In 2017, he came to QCC during a Manufacturing Day event to tell students how his business got started. Today SJC Custom Drums has designed and collaborated with some of the top bands in today’s music industry, making the donation a particularly special one for the college.
“We want to thank SJC for this wonderful donation and thank them for helping our students. I’ve heard a lot about SJC and all the drums they’ve made for national bands such as Dropkick Murphys, Justin Bieber, Panic! At the Disco, and so many others. It’s a real honor to receive this donation,” said Dr. Pedraja.
QCC Foundation President Linda A. Maykel said Mr. Ciprari immediately asked what QCC needed as soon as he was approached, and was quick to offer his assistance.
“I’ve known Micah Klayman (QCC Foundation board member) for a long time and obviously I’ve known about QCC and what you do here. When Micah reached out about the music department growing and needing some new drums, I jumped at the opportunity. SJC loves giving back to aspiring young musicians who want to make it in their career and motivate them and show them they can do it,” Mr. Ciprari said. “Quinsigamond Community College is in the midst of creating an incredible music program to foster creativity in young adults. SJC Custom Drums is proud to be associated with Quinsigamond Community College and to donate a Pathfinder drum kit to help these musicians find their path.”
When classes begin on September 4, music students will now have an opportunity to play the same type of drums as their musical heroes.
“We really appreciate this donation and it’s going to have a tremendous impact on students at the college for years to come,” Mr. Klayman added.
Visit QCC Music to learn more about the College's program.