At the end of our drumming events, there is often a wall of smiling faces, a line of friendly hands to shake and heartfelt words of thanks for the head facilitator and the team. We never take this for granted and really appreciate these moments.
The impact of our drumming workshops on people taking part is often very strong. It must be remembered that, particularly with smaller groups, we spend a very intimate and intense time together. Over the average period of ninety minutes to two hours, facilitators and participants go from being complete strangers, to having a teacher-pupil relationship, to then becoming musical collaborators together. If time allows, we even swap roles so that participants have the opportunity to lead the facilitators!
These different phases are designed to allow every individual to feel secure in a new musical environment, while facilitating growth. By the time we are done, everyone (including the facilitator) has completed an accelerated emotional journey. This is why drumming is such an effective team building experience.
Participants, still exhilarated after the session, often ask, “How can I do this more?” and “Where can I buy a drum and continue drumming?” This is always fantastic to hear, firstly because it shows us that they found the workshop personally beneficial and, secondly, because the world can always use more drummers!
There are so many recognised social and health benefits associated with regular group drumming that there is a constantly-increasing range of creative outlets. Within a thirty-mile radius of almost every major town in the UK, you will probably find a network or sub-culture of drumming activities available to join that you never knew existed, including:
Drum circles. You just show up and join in as the facilitator creates magic with a range of skills, from beginner to advanced.
Samba bands. The country is full of organised evenings aimed at creating percussion spectacles.
African drumming groups. There are countless such ensembles, which are always looking to train new people and add to their ranks.
Jam nights. Many venues have evenings where all new musicians come along and contribute in a no-pressure environment.
Drum shops. Most will hold regular events and/or offer lessons. At the very least, they will give you lots of ideas to get you started playing with others.
YouTube. The Internet contains a never-ending supply of lessons, tips and interviews with teachers to set you on your way with your new hobby.
So, if you have been inspired in one of our drumming events, then try something different for an evening out and go drumming instead!
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