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Meet the spirited members of the World Rhythm Festival organizing team and SWPS board of directors.

Dan Schmitt
SWPS President

Dan Schmitt has attended numerous World Rhythm Festivals as a performer, audience member and workshop attendee.  He joined the board of SWPS with the idea of combining his long experience in the non-profit world with his love of percussion and world music.  Dan works as Associate Director of Development for Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras.  He also plays bass guitar for the Sue Carr Ensemble and l'Orchestra Afrisound.

Billy Graham
SWPS Board Member, WRF Festival Director

Billy doesn't even pretend to drum, but he has been playing the Didjeridoo for since 2010. His youngest daughter Mandy came home from school with a flier for the World Percussion Festival ond day over 10 years ago. Billy and his two daughters have not missed a year since!

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Randy Pomeroy

SWPS Vice President, WRF Program Coordinator

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LindaKLinda Khandro
SWPS Treasurer, WRF Volunteer Coordinator

Linda M. Khandro is something of a mixed salad!  She is a geologist with a Masters Degree in Teaching Earth Science and has been teaching college earth and space sciences since 1991. She has also been playing music and dancing her entire life. Originally trained in piano and voice, she played guitar, dulcimer and cello before settling in with the harp, tamboura (India) and dousongoni (West Africa). She has been playing percussion just as long, and teaches occasional harp and rhythm workshops. An avid improviser, she draws on experiences with the Creative Music Studio (NY) to substantiate her music of the harp at the bedside of people ill, dying, or birthing. Her three cds Transition and Full Hearts, Empty Mind, and Tethys are popular recordings in use by a variety of therapists in their clinical practices. Linda was one of the first performers in the Samsara Meditation Ensemble, founded in 1999 in Seattle. Years of work as a music administrator-type have brought her to the SWPS Board, thanks guys! Go here for more detail than you can possibly want! www.lindakhandro.com.

John Hayden
Folklife Rhythm Tent Coordinator

Since 1995, John has worked with artisans around the world importing musical instruments. His company, JAMTOWN, features multicultural rhythm packs that celebrate the common bond all people share through rhythm. John has written and produced three artisan videos, activity guides, and a children's album - included in the award-winning JAMTOWN Junior Rhythm Pak. He facilitates school, business, and community rhythm events; all populations can benefit by expressing and sharing together. www.jamtown.com

Tammy Wilson
SWPS Board Member, WRF Vendor Coordinator

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Chris Nielsen
SWPS Webmaster

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World Rhythm Festival Art by Don Baker
Building Community Through Rhythm

Festival Art by Don Baker
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