Blue Heron Drums
P.O. Box 645
Hancock, MI 49930
906.523.7065
blueherondrums@gmail.com

We are always happy to hear from you. It is best to reach us by phone, but we answer email too. Please call before 8pm (EST). If you live in the area, we welcome visitors to stop by our percussion parlour and sample whatever we may have in stock, please call first.

(image bill anderson)Bill Anderson started out in the drum supply business by applying his upholstery skills to constructing highly padded drum bags to protect drum heads. With his love of drumming and drums it was a natural progression to start crafting the instruments themselves—and Blue Heron Drums was born.

Bill's drums have graced the stage of nationally know bands such as Rusted Root, Donna the Buffalo, Whole World and others.

He operates Blue Heron Drums with love and support from his partner Eileen. Together, Bill and Eileen have helped establish and support community drum projects for the last 20 years. Bill lives with Eileen and their son Thor in the Upper Peninsula Michigan.

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(image of Eileen Sundquist at loom)Eileen Sundquist is the invisible force behind Blue Heron Drums. In Bill's words: "She ties up all the loose ends." Eileen is a textile designer and fiber artist.


Drumming Résumé:

Ziyad & Co. Gallery - June 2013 First Friday Event
Drum Circle Facilitator
Calumet, MI

Michigan Tech 2013 Great Lakes Youth Symposium
Opening Ceremony & Workshop Instructor
Houghton, MI
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Michigan Tech University International Night (2012, 2013, 2014)
Keweenaw Community Drum Project Performance
Houghton, MI

Oak House Inc - VSA Arts Program
Drumming Workshops (2011, 2012, 2013)
Hancock, MI

Keweenaw Bay Ojibway Community College - 2012 Black History Month Celebration
Drum Circle Facilitator
Baraga, MI

Keweenaw Family Music - Grand Opening
Drum Fun Circle for Families, 2012
Hancock, MI
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Presentation on the benefits of community drumming and history of Afro and Afro-Cuban drumming
Michigan Tech Univeristy, Global City group
Houghton, MI
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Gahu Drum and Dance Ensemble
Design/build drums for ensemble
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Infinity Performing Arts (Website >) & Chautaugua Region Community Foundation
Design/Build drums for Infinity
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Day of Drumming Children's Drumming Workshop
Event sponsor and coordinator
Reg Lenna Theatre, Jamestown, NY (Website>)
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Jamestown Community College Earth Day Festival Opening Drum Circle
Facilitator
Jamestown, NY
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Rhythm Renewal Drum Workshop with Jim Donovan (Website >)
Facilitator community drum circle
Reg Lenna Civic Center - Jamestown, NY (Website >)

Night of Drum At the Dash Inn
Facilitator community drum circle

10 Billion Beats - Drummers Circle the Earth to Increase Peace
First Lutheran Church, Jamestown, NY
Website >

The Great Rhythm Revival
3-day drumming retreat and transformative workshop
Event Co-founder
Sherman, NY
Website >

Uninvited Guests - Drum & Run
Performer
Jamestown, NY

Joint Neighborhood Project Summer Program
Facilitator of Rainstick Construction Workshop
Facilitator of Hands on Drums Workshop
Jamestown, NY

One Heart Community Drum Circle
Founding member
Ithaca, NY
Website >

Chautauqua Area Musician's Showcase
Performer
Jamestown, NY

Juneteenth Celebration
Community Drum Circle Facilitator
Jamestown, NY

Week of Rhythm Solstice Celebration
Coordinated Drum Raffle for Infinity Performing Arts (Website >)
Jamestown, NY