We had an absolutely fantastic drumming session this month working with the University of York Student Admissions and Recruitment service. They organised a special residential for prospective students at the York University campus and called on us to provide a fun and exciting drumming actvity to help the young people interract and get to know each other. For this event we provided our special Boomwhacker Challenge session.
This Boomwhacker Challenge involves everybody coming together to learn the basics of Boomwhacker playing and rhythm making before splitting up into smaller teams to devise a short rhythm, chant or choreographed piece. The teams return to play together again with each team showcasing what they have achieved. The final outcome is the creation of a musical piece, built up from the ‘core’ rhythm and each group’s unique compositions.
The groups came up with some absolutely brilliant ideas! Here is what some of the students had to say about the event:
"Absolutely loved it! I went away tapping the rhythm after the session. It was so fun."
" The tune built up well, and it was great that we could split off into groups to make our own little thing, and then showcase it in front of 50+ people. A very fun and useful session "
Amy Clow - Widening Participation Officer Student Recruitment and Admissions The University of York
The Boomwhacker session was wonderful. Unbeatable Energy were full of energy and enthusiasm, which was infectious. Most of the students were complaining about being tired before this session, but the Boomwhackers woke them up and got them excited.The students enjoyed learning the rhythms and working in their groups to produce their own work. Highly recommended!
Photographs by Ian Martindale