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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – A group of sixth grade students at Lafayfette Elementary School travels to the beat of different drum. They blend their polyrhythms and unique beats into a multi-layered drumline as diverse as the group itself, all under the direction of instructor Thomas Alforque.

"The program that I'm teaching now is called exploratory. We introduce kids to music," Thomas said.

But what makes this job a bit more challenging is that 40 percent of this drumline is either hearing impaired or totally deaf.

"What people don't understand is the music, we can hear it. They can feel it. We want to feel it. You know what I mean?" Thomas said.

The drumline meets once a week, and they've been together about three months. One of the most animated deaf performers is Andres.

"I feel (the beat). I feel it on the ground, through my body," he said through a sign language interpreter.

Their instructor believes all his drummers are created equal.

"You've got to give everybody a chance," Thomas said. "The deaf kids, they can hear. They just hear in a different way."

In three weeks, the Lafayfette Elementary School drumline will put on a series of concerts.

And the hearing impaired members of this ensemble appreciate you listening.

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