Through these bands I have had the privilege of touring throughout Ireland, the UK and Europe and the once in a lifetime opportunity to headline the 2011 Syncronicity Festival in Kanpur India.
Here at Glasgowbury I am pleased to be able to offer a range of services including one to one drum kit lessons, group workshops in African hand drumming and group workshops in Samba drumming. All lessons and workshops are offered to people of all abilities.
One to one drum kit lessons
With one to one lessons the end goals are set by the individual students whether they want to study for grades or just want to be able to jam with some friends. Drumming will increase your self co-ordination through the use of all four limbs, will decrease stress and anxiety levels and keep you fit all at the same time.
African hand drumming workshops
Using simple rhythms and vocal patterns we aim to improve the team work within a group where participants are encouraged to help each other and work together to create a unified sound. Hand drumming techniques will help improve hand to eye co-ordination and activates both sides of the brain in what is an enjoyable communal experience.
Samba drumming workshops
Originating in Brazil the up tempo rhythms of samba rarely fail to make an audience move. Through these workshops the groups will use a variety of percussion instruments playing simple counter rhythms to create the overall sound. This encourages team work on two levels as each section must maintain their own rhythm and stay in sync with the group as a whole. Another way to improve self co-ordination and have some fun while making music and exercising you’re never to old to unlock the rhythms within.
Small But Massive Samba Band
Founded in late 2013 the Small But Massive Samba Band has grown from a small group of drumming novices to a 22 member strong, energetic drumming troop. With rehearsals every Thursday night in the Cornstore Creative Hub the band work hard to bring the “drum shine” with up lifting carnival rhythms to a wide range of community events including Derry City’s Banks of the Foyle Halloween Festival, Draperstown Busking Festival and Dungannon’s Picnic In The Park.
With plans afoot to create a junior band and creating new performance pieces we hope to keep the beats pumping for many years to come.