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Henry County twin drummers promote music education, mentorship
by Nneka Okona
May 09, 2013 11:09 AM | 4555 views | 0 0 comments | 131 131 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Floyd brothers drum for youth
Darroll Floyd plays the conga drums at Shiloh Baptist Church in McDonough where he and his brother Pharoll teach percussion to youth.
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To identical twins Darroll and Pharroll Floyd, drumming is second nature.

The Floyd twins, who have made a career out of mastering the percussion instrument, recently extended their commitment to music education and mentoring further.

On April 20, they held an event featuring the drumline of Shiloh Baptist Church in McDonough, where they are members.

They invited the marching band of Alabama State University, their alma mater, to perform alongside the church’s drumline.

The event began at 4 p.m. and included the 42 members of the church’s drumline and an additional 500 people as spectators of the music-filled event.

Although the twins continue to nourish their love of music and playing their drums in the local community, they attribute the birth of their love of music from when they were students in Henry County.

“My brother and I wanted to play the drums at an early age,” said Pharroll Floyd. “We had to pick another instrument. I was hurt.”

It wasn’t until high school that he and his brother were able to fully restore the love of playing the drums that began during their elementary school years.

“Our junior year in high school, the band director asked who wanted to play the drums and we raised our hands quick,” said Floyd.

The drums were special for a few reasons, said Pharroll.

“It kept us out of trouble as a kid,” said Floyd. “We didn’t have the Internet so being able to play and beat the drums was fascinating to us.”

When the twins chose to major in percussion performance at Alabama State, it was no surprise.

Neither were the heights the duo reached in their careers, including performances with Jay-Z, Nelly, Ludacris and cadence composition for the 2001 film “Drumline.”

Despite their success, returning to their roots and passing on the knowledge they have gained remains important.

“We wanted to let the kids know that even though you grow up in McDonough, you can achieve a lot with hard work and dedication,” said Floyd.

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