Festival Of Drums

Festival Of Drums

NOTE: DRUM FOR CHANGE IS NOT A PERFORMANCE ENSEMBLE. The artist brings real instruments for every student. Session sizes are limited to 50 so that EVERYONE has the opportunity to drum TOGETHER. Perfect for international nights and seasonal festivals, this program offers “lots of bang for the buck!” Choose from two different two-hour programs: Format A: RHYTHMATIZER: Maximize contact with five 20-minute sessions over a two-hour period so that everyone gets hands on drums. This quick overview of African drumming features rhythm games and songs to quickly build active engagement and a cultural overview of how and why people drum down in the village. Format B: DRUM PETTING ZOO: Students explore a world of rhythm. As docent, I’ll demonstrate drums and percussion from a variety of cultures. The instruments are on display in stations so that students can try all the options: hand drums, frame drums, bells, shakers, and blocks of all shapes and sizes.

Artist Background

Greg Whitt has received three competitive Regional Artist Project Grants from United Arts, two for the study of folkloric music in the Caribbean and one to support specialized drumming in wellness settings. With a graduate certificate in Transformative Leadership from the Maryland University of Integrative Health, his programs are actually hands-on philosophy about how we can live, work, and play well together in community. Only they’re cleverly disguised as music. And they’re delivered as interactive and engaging fun. Working in corporations, congregations, communities and classrooms, Greg facilitates team building, education, and wellness programs using music as the metaphor for life in rhythm and harmony with one another and with the world around us.

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