As the nights start to draw in, some people do not look forward to the darker days of winter. Some people with mental health issues find winter particularly difficult, which has prompted me to write about the Boomwhacker session we delivered at a major mental health conference last month.
This blog is for the benefit of anyone actively studying or teaching West African djembe drumming and for those who attend an African Drumming class. It could also be useful for teachers as well – expert instructors, school teachers and anyone who uses West African drumming to support their teachingprofession.
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This month our two fabulous facilitators Dimitri and Laura showed how to come on stage with a bang! Here they are both in action - giving a loud drumming entry before a wonderful Boomwhacker Ice Breaker session for REL Field Marketing.
The video is the culmination of a workshop where the entire group of 110 delegates split up into 5 smaller teams to device their own rhythm composition. Their compositions were then incorporated into one big group drumming piece.
What a wonderful time we have had this month delivering drumming team building for Timberplay in Sheffield, the Bakkavor group in Peterborough and the Specsavers branch in Chesterfield. They were such fantastic teams who were so good at listening and connecting with one another. See some of the highlights here!
What do you need if you are a drumming teacher and you wish to provide a banner to teach a group the words to an African song, but want to use the same hands that are holding up the banner to play a backing rhythm on a djembe? Well, you need the new ‘Song Helmet’ of course!
When we were contacted by REL Field Marketing to see if we could provide something light and fun for the afternoon of their annual conference, a Boomwhacker team building session seemed to fit the bill perfectly!
We spent five whole days last week at the Chapel en le Frith primary school. This is a lovely little town in Derbyshire, just on the outskirts of the Peak District, and we had a brilliant time working with the children.
One of our biggest recent corporate drumming events was for the Charter Housing Association in Newport, Wales. This was a fantastic drumming session: it took place in an absolute wonder of a room - a big wide space, just perfect for a drum circle.