Beach Drum Circle - Family friendly - North Jax Beach - Every Friday- All Summer

Come join the Jax Beach Friday Drum Circle at 18th Ave North on the beach in Jax Beach. Starts on the first Friday of April (4/5/13) at 5:30 PM and continues every Friday all summer long. No Experience Necessary. Please register now.

Starting this spring we will groove every (dry) Friday all summer long. Our goal is to create an opportunity for people who love music, surf and sand to come together, a fun place for all to share their musical spirit.

Blending percussion, strings and maybe some woodwinds and dance, all are welcomed to come, share and enjoy.

Music is gift. Please bring extra instruments (drums, bells, shakers) to share (or to sell if you wish) so that we may grow the group. Like a potluck dinner, the drum circle gathering is musical soup that is created by the flavors of all who contribute. The rhythms we each contribute to the circle shall lead the way. We drum and dance together while sharing positive flowing energy to last throughout the week.

Drum Circle Etiquette Guidelines

1. Please do not touch someone's instrument without asking permission.

2. Instruments placed in the middle of the circle are offered for the community to play.

3. Remove all hand and wrist jewelry to prevent instrument damage when playing somebody else’s instrument.

4. Always listen for the pulse of the rhythm, feel the groove, and support it, do not try to dominate it.

5. Listening to each other in the key to communication.

6. When in doubt, keep it simple. Use the heartbeat to anchor the groove.

7. If you are a beginner, do not play cowbell, clave, or loud shakers. These instruments need specific rhythms with perfect timing.

8. If you solo, share the solo space, give others a chance while you take turns playing the supportive accompaniment.

9. Let there be space in the music, allowing room to communicate.

10. Do not intentionally change the rhythm, or tempo, this may happen naturally, as a group.

11. Be aware of your body positioning which can block the view, sound and energy.

12. Be aware of your playing volume.

13. If you choose to smoke please outside the circle, and downwind.

14. The inner circle is for the dancers.

15. If you choose to drink please do so inconspicuously.

18. If there is a bonfire, keep a safe distance from the fire, and be aware of the fire keepers' path.

19. Most of all... smile, enjoy, stay positive, and feel the groove.  In our little community drum circle, we are all teachers, and we are all students.

Thank you,

Michael

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  • Michelle

    Yes, I will be there on our next meeting pending we have a nice weather. I do little bit of Tihitian dance and some hula dance (Little Brown girl).Whoever wants to learn I can teach. Tihitian music is very fast drumming. It will be fun:)See ya!

    May 4, 2013

  • Samantha P.

    I was thinking about attending but was wondering if I could bring my hula hoop? I do hoop dance and live on amelia island. There aren't any drum circles here so it'd be a quite a drive but it seems worth it!

    April 29, 2013

    • Dan

      I think you should! In my opinion we need hula hoopers! :) someone did bring one to the first drum circle.

      May 1, 2013

    • Michael H.

      There are lots of hoopers in Jax. We only have a few dancers that come to our the circle but I would like to invite you to come and share your spirit. Before we can have a group of drummers we needed one. Before we can have a group of hoopers, we have to have one. Be that one. If you come we can reach out to other hoopers to join you!

      1 · May 3, 2013

  • Heather

    We can do a rain dance instead! :)

    May 3, 2013

  • scotie

    I will be there, also if anybody wants to broing a bass drum to play (I wouldn't mind playing that for a while, get some bass floatin around at the beach , does every body feel me

    1 · May 1, 2013

  • Marilyn

    Pretty sure I Can't make it this Friday...keep the beat though...this is a fabulous circle and much needed.

    1 · April 24, 2013

  • Barb

    Have a graduation to attend. Hope you all have a great time.

    April 20, 2013

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