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Virgil Donati drum clinic (noon, Mars music store, 3906 W Hillsborough Ave., free). "Okay," all you thwackers must be thinking, "so this new music superstore's drum department is trying to promote itself by presenting drum stars like Dennis Chambers and Liberty DeVitto last week. But who's ever heard of Virgil Donati?" Only the most out-of-it. Donati is the "Thunder From Down Under," to borrow an apt accolade from one of his recent magazine ads. A longtime clinic star in Australia, Donati has been shocking international drum audiences only within the last few years. During last year's Thoroughbred Music Florida Drum Expo, his sweaty-hair-flinging, face-contorting display of chops brought the USF Special Events Center crowd to multiple standing ovations. On Saturday, Donati-endorsed Sabian cymbals will be on sale. Call 354-1103.

_ MICHAEL CANNING

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