Beat Bus

About the Beat Bus

The Beat Bus brings a one-of-a-kind electronic bucket drumming instrument to festivals, community centers, schools, and libraries throughout New England. Participants are able to make music - from the beats to melodies - just by drumming on a bucket! Professional musicians facilitate the groove making, while any participant is invited to jam while exploring new sounds! 

meet ouR teaching Artists 

We have a team of a dozen teaching artists and assistants passionate about bringing our accessible electronic bucket drumming instrument to the community! Their expertise ranges from song writing to salsa dancing, contemporary saxophone playing to touring with bands and ensembles. Our team is: Alicia Ortiz, Cale Israel, Cody Carson, Daniel Shinde, David Szebeda, Josh Knowles, Julian Loida, Lady Pabo-Szebeda, Mary Joy Patchett, Nicole Pompei, Stephanie Munoz, and Xuefei Qiao. The Beat Bus is lead by Maria Finkelmeier and Greg Jukes. 

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The Boston Globe Business, "All Aboard the Beat Bus," July 31, 2015

WGBH News with Tina Martin, "The Beat Bus," September 2, 2015

Find us

Updating public listings can be found on the upcoming events page! 



What they're saying

Beat Bus provides another innovation to the arsenal of percussion ensemble teachers. Beat Bus teaches an age old lesson of performing in a percussion ensemble, while introducing the technology aspect to the lesson. Using classic 808 drum patches through an interface linked to Ableton software, Beat Bus introduces students to what it now considered standard electronic instrumentation in the genres of hip-hop, EDM and popular music. 
— Dane Scozzari Bravo, Waterbury! Percussion Teaching Artist

The Beat Bus staff were positive with our students and made all the activities fun!
— Timothy Keane, Bravo Waterbury! Percussion Teaching Artist

It was pretty cool to see the guy play the drums. We got to use a speaker to hear new sounds like snare drums and the tambourine. 
— 5th grader Bravo Waterbury!

I thought it was really fun and cool. 
 3rd grader Bravo Waterbury!

It was nice and I really liked it.  
— Kindergartener Bravo Waterbury! 

It was really cool to experience how buckets can make sounds with chords.  
— 4th grader Bravo Waterbury!

Thank you! 

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Beat Bus 2.0 is made possible with funding by the New England Foundation for the Arts' Creative City Program, with funding from The Barr Foundation and with additional support from The Boston Foundation.


Our one-of-a-kind electro-bucket drums sound perfect with the Vic Firth 5B Chop Out sticks! They allow for the trigger to active, while muting the acoustic sound of the bucket. Thank you Vic Frith, for donating these sticks!