NOTE: DRUM FOR CHANGE IS NOT A PERFORMANCE ENSEMBLE. The artist brings real instruments for hands-on experiences. Session sizes are limited 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 to play. This quick overview of hand drumming features rhythm games and songs to quickly build active engagement and a cultural overview of how and why people drum in rhythmacultures all over the planet. Format B: DRUM PETTING ZOO: Students explore a world of rhythm. As docent, I’ll demonstrate drums and percussion from a variety of world music traditions. Students can try all the options: hand drums, bells, shakers, and blocks of all shapes and sizes.
Greg Whitt has received four competitive Regional Artist Project Grants from United Arts, two for the study of folkloric music in the Caribbean, one to support specialized drumming in wellness settings and one to support a collection of essays featuring positive affirmations set to music and illustrated with video. With a graduate certificate in Transformative Leadership from the Maryland University of Integrative Health, Greg’s 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.