This free event will have demonstrations of ethnic drumming including West African music and Afro-Cuban percussion.

The audience will be encouraged to join in as we explore traditional culture through video and hands-on playing of all the different instruments in Latin percussion.

New classes start Jan 14.


Other benefits include:

Makes you Happy: Drumming releases endorphins, enkephalins and Alpha waves in the brain, which are associated with general feelings of well-being and euphoria.  And, it’s fun!

Controls Chronic Pain: Drumming can certainly serve as a distraction from pain. And, it promotes the production of endorphins and endogenous opiates, which are the body’s own morphine-like painkillers

Personal Development: Drumming stimulates creative expression. When you drum in a group, you not only get to self-express, but you get feedback from the other drummers.  It’s the equivalent of talk therapy! Drum circles provide a means of exploring your inner self, and expanding your consciousness while being part of a community.

Boosts Immune System: Studies show that drumming circles boost the immune system. Barry Bittman, MD, neurologist and President of the Yamaha Music & Wellness Institute, has shown that group drumming actually increases natural T-cells, which help the body combat cancer as well as other viruses.


Rhythm Hall 2nd Floor,  Building 5 

Howe Center, Rutland, VT

Saturday, Jan 12, 10am 

There are numerous health benefits of drumming. Dr. Christiane Northrup states, “Drumming is a great workout for your brain and actually can make you smarter because when you drum you access your entire brain. Research shows that the physical transmission of rhythmic energy to the brain actually synchronizes the left and right hemispheres. So, when the logical left hemisphere and the intuitive right hemisphere of your brain begin to pulsate together, your inner guidance system – or intuition – becomes stronger.”


Drum Journeys of Earth and its students are widely known for leading the

Rutland Halloween Parade as the Drumming Skeletons.  Students have also performed at First Night, at the Northern New York NAACP Fundraising dinner, with Soul Bath Trance Dance, and the Twice Baked Orchestra.

 The school offers classes and performances in a variety of ethnic drumming styles, including West African Djembe; Latin; Native American drumming; Middle Eastern Doumbek; Irish Bodhran; and Rhythm, Rubbish, Rush, which is a combination of trash drumming and body percussion. DJE also offers drumming for children. For more information or to join Beginning classes, please call 802-282-2581, email, or log on to