What do sixty secondary school pupils sound like when you give each of them an African drum to play?
If you're thinking that this sounds like a mad idea, well we thought so too. However we love mad ideas at Unbeatable Energy, so when Manchester Communications Academy called on us with this grand proposal, we leapt at the opportunity to find out what it would sound like!
So off we went to the Manchester school on a Friday morning with a van crammed full of Djembes, Bugaraboos and Dundun bass drums. So what does a troupe of sixty drummers sound like? The answer: absolutely awesome! It was a real pleasure to share our joy of drumming with such enthusiastic participants.
Here's what Year 7 teacher Mr Reed had to say about the event:
“Unbeatable Energy came to run an African Drumming workshop as part of our international mother languages day; they ran 4 sessions with 60 year 7 students at a time and were very accommodating of our timetable! The sessions themselves were very well managed by a group of enthusiastic drumming instructors who kept the students' attention very well for the full time and left them all with huge smiles on their faces as they came out!''
What the students had to say:
"The drumming was really good fun, my hands are red now!" "I enjoyed the drumming workshop- it was great having so many people drum at the same time" "It was way better than maths!"