Sunday, January 26, 2014

Community Drum Circle at the Library

Drum enthusiasts Scot Pope, Julie Melton, John Baker, and Chris Hansen have recently organized a community drum circle to meet in the library.  The group meets bi-monthly on Tuesday evenings from 5:30  - 7:00 p.m.  The next gathering takes place on January 28 and everyone is invited to join the celebration of drums, exploring the soul and spirit of music! The drum circle offers equality because there is no head or tail. It includes people of all ages. The main objective of participants is to share rhythm and get in tune with each other and themselves.

Don't let lack of a drum or noisemaker stop you from being a part of the circle.  One need not possess or purchase a drum to participate. There are all sorts of drums and a variety of percussion instruments available to share the rhythm with everyone.  And, practically anything that can be banged on to make noise can be used as a percussion instrument such as cans, buckets, pipes, etc.  Clapping hands and stomping feet are also welcome!

Chris Hansen noted that, "We all may march to  a different beat and have a unique rhythm, but each one of us has a universal beat inside, the beat of our hearts." 

 As individuals join together, a collective "voice" emerges from the group when everyone drums.   The music of the drums is improvised and exciting to hear and watch as the circle comes alive.

Teresa Hansen tells how drumming in a group brings unity and positive vibrations,
"I have seen people meet in drum circles from very different walks of life and become lifetime friends from the unity and camaraderie that they felt in the drum circle.  In a drum circle everyone is collaborating with their own beat resulting in music that lifts the spirit.  For some it’s a trance, it’s an energy that feels good its happiness communicating with the people around you. I've never seen anyone sad in a drum circle. For that space and time everyone is in harmony with the people around them creating something beautiful and that makes everybody feel good."

"Get Rhythm When  You Get the Blues"
 "The Beat Goes On"

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