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Drumming for the Boston Marathon!

  • Apr 16, 2012 · 10:00 AM
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The Boston Drummers MEETUP group is invited to join the amazing annual...


This is the 10th year we've been drumming at the start of Heartbreak Hill. Organized by your Meetup leader, John Tracy and drummers from DrumConnection. There are usually about fifty drummers or more.

Runners say it's the highlight of their run! Some even like us so much they stop a moment and play the drums.

Onlookers smile, police and military wave, TV cameras pass by, children dance.

Really special! Don't miss it!

Please RSVP so we know how to set up the space.

No drums? We will have a few extra, and people will share.

Please arrive by 10am to get through the Police Lines. Tell them you are with DrumConnection. Park close to where we are (see map). PLEASE bring a folding chair, drum, water, you will need sunscreen, of all things and a hat! The sun is usually very intense, unless it rains. Right now they are predicting 70 degrees and SUN! A blanket, money to buy from food vendors, your cell phone, John's cell number in case you are lost or stolen (just for emergencies)[masked] John Tracy.

We will take turns drumming and NOT drumming to create peace in our area of the community setting. John will lead you all in this fantastic event!

All I can say is BE THERE!

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  • Alison K.

    I loved every minute of this! Thank you everyone for making the magic happen. Will definitely come out for it next year.

    April 17, 2012

  • Petr K.

    Three hours of Fanga ( rhythm without stopping: What could be more fun!? As Tom (one of the drummers) pointed out: This must be a New England record for continuous Fanga playing.

    April 17, 2012

  • caroline l.

    iNSPIRING! Five hours of drumming with a few short breaks. Sunny day - gentle breeze & high spirited drumming. with a two hour Fanga compilation. Many runners demonstrated their appreciation as they sped by, incorporating dance steps into their run, clapping, waving, giving thumbs up, snapping photos, leaping in the air or stopping for a few seconds to play a djembe & even one awesome back flip! Who could ask for more?

    April 17, 2012

  • Mike M.

    What an amazing drumming event day. Lots of happy runners as they went past our location. The runners who acknowledged us danced, smiled and gave 2 thumbs up. One guy did a hand stand in front of us and another stopped to quickly bang on the djembe. What I mostly remember are the runners mouthing the words 'Thank You' and they ran by. They were grateful for our support.

    Now, if I can only get FANGA out of my head. That's what playing the same rhythm for 4 hours will do to you : )

    April 16, 2012

  • Alan

    Just got back from drumming for the marathon. Abput 42 of us there. I'm tired, hot, exhausted but happy.
    Today was
    Many many many runners were so happy we were there - waved, took photos of us, smiled, yelled thanks, got renewed energy. Us, the runners, the other spectators, and the rhythms... all created amazing commuinity and goodwill and JOY. Will soon post videos and photos.

    April 16, 2012

  • Colin P.

    I learned from last year, if one wishes to use the "T", use the green line "D" train and get off at Waban, then walk north/east on Beacon, then Chestnut to Commonwealth

    April 12, 2012

  • John T.

    I think the police barriers are set at 9:30. Print a map of local streets so you can find a clever way to bypass them. We are an official event at the marathon and sometimes if you say you need to get thru with your instruments you may find a courteous policeman. ME? I am conservative and arrive at 8:30 so I can part right there then relax and take a nap. If delayed, this goes on a long time so whenever you get there it is fine. See you! WASSA! WASSA! John

    April 11, 2012

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