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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 believes life is richer when we communicate, cooperate, and collaborate with one another and with the world around us. Because he believes this, he facilitates programs to help people live, work, and play well together. He works with corporations, congregations, communities, and classrooms that want to shake things up a bit in order to create more-meaningful connections. Greg has been an arts educator since 2002. He is a two-time recipient of the United Arts Council's Regional Artist Project Grant for folkloric study in Cuba (2011) and Belize (2014). Greg holds a graduate certificate in Transformative Leadership from the Maryland University of Integrative Health. He is president of the Drum Circle Facilitators Guild.

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