Women Drummers International

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Women Drummers International (WDI) is a non-profit organization based in San Leandro, California. The mission of the organization is to help empower women through drum playing and also to create a positive environment for learning and teaching drumming. WDI provides women with a support network and drumming retreats.[1] WDI also sponsors a drumming camp called Born To Drum in California.[2] The first camp started in 2006.[3] The drum camps take place annually over a weekend in the early summer at Chabot Regional Park.[4]

WDI was founded in 1998 by percussionist, Carolyn Brandy.[5] The organization became a non-profit group in 2009.[5] Sistah Boom, the San Francisco area marching band, is affiliated with WDI.[6]

Sistah Boom[edit]

Sistah Boom is an all-women marching band founded by Brandy in 1982.[7] The band was made up of 40 percussionists,[8] and at one point grew to over 100 members.[9] Sistah Boom dissolved for a time and was brought back in 2008, when Cleve Jones asked Brandy to bring the marching band to the filming of Milk.[6] The band participates in the San Francisco Dyke March,[10] at celebrations,[11] memorials,[12] and in demonstrations.[13]


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  4. ^ "Carolyn Brandy is Born to Drum". San Francisco Bay Times. 2 January 2016. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Haiti Awareness Day and Celebration Tuesday, May 18". Bay View. 17 May 2010. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  6. ^ a b Thomason, Jackie (4 February 2011). "Sistah Boom!". Women Drummers International. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  7. ^ "Sistah Boom Records". Online Archive of California. California Digital Library. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  8. ^ Love, Barbara J., ed. (2015). Feminists Who Changed America, 1963-1975. University of Illinois Press. p. 283. ISBN 9780252097478.
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  10. ^ Kwong, Jessica (9 March 2011). "S.F. Dyke March Needs Funds to Keep Going". SF Gate. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  11. ^ Walker, Pamela Kay. Moving Over the Edge: Artists With Disabilities Take the Leap. M H Media. ISBN 9780977150526.
  12. ^ Gordon, Rachel (2 October 2008). "S.F. City Hall memorial for Del Martin". SF Gate. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  13. ^ Bansai, Vibha (31 March 1992). "Thousands Demonstrate in Support of Abortion Rights". The Spartan Daily. Retrieved 11 January 2016.

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