Tuf (pronounced toof) Francis began playing music on a single Middle Eastern drum, called a derbeki, 29 years ago. He added many percussion instruments to his repertoire (including djembes, bongos, and congas) and participated in and led drum circles throughout the country. He has since broadened his musical repertoire with guitar, drum kit, and song writing and recording. Professionally, he was a public high school teacher, youth group leader, and praise leader from 1997-2007. He then took a seven-year hiatus from music to finish a doctorate in teacher education at the University of Michigan (inevitably making him an insufferable Michigan football fan). Currently, he is a family man, tenured professor, scholar, public speaker, and active musician. His research interests focus on initial teacher certification, education program development, and building partnerships with inservice teachers. His speaking and musical efforts focus on helping churches and other organizations raise money for philanthropic causes. View his music video, To the Party, on youtube.com. Learn more about Tuf and his music: @TufFrancis and www.tuffrancis.com.
|Fri 6:00pm - 7:00pm||Drum Circle||Portal|
|Sat 6:00pm - 7:00pm||Drum Circle||Portal|