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FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Submitted by John Angel.

1. Why is there a FAQ page here?
Everyone likes reading FAQs don't they? Well, maybe not, but I think it will help answer a lot of questions that I see and get from new people joining the group.

2. Do I have to pay a whole dollar every time? Why?
No. Meetup.com charges $90 to the organizer of each meetup group every six months. I ask for contributions from members so this cost is spread out among members. I start collecting in February and again in August, and I stop after I receive $90. If each member contributes $1 at the first meetup that they attend in each six month period, the fee would be spread out among 90 members. If you want to contribute more often or more than $1, that's ok. If you feel compelled to contribute remotely, PayPal is available for that. See http://www.meetup.com... for more info.

3. Do I need to own a drum or something else to play?
I would say .... yes .... eventually. If you have not bought a drum yet, don't know what you want to own, or are a guest, you can still come to a circle and you will usually find something extra to play. You can ask members to let you try out their drums to help you decide what to buy. I don't want our circle to become a place where people go to use all of the extra drums without the intention of owning their own.

4. Are the drum circles always outside?
No. I like to use indoor locations during the colder months especially when we have events that happen in the evening. We have used various homes and the DeFrank LGBT Center in San Jose. If you know of a free indoor venue, please let me (the organizer) know.

5. How does a drum circle work?
Please see the pages labelled How to Play in a Drum Circle and Drum Circle Etiquette.

6. Why don't you have your drum circles on the same day of each month?
Many drum circles have fixed schedules. Doing it that way could prevent some people from ever attending due to work schedules or other commitments. Having a flexible schedule gets around that, and makes it possible to have drum circles that coincide with holidays or other community events.

7. When was this meetup group started?
This group was started on May 17, 2008 by an avid drummer named Ariem. He organized and attended over 100 meetups and is largely responsible for what this group is today. He was the organizer until February 2012, when I became the organizer.

Table of Contents

Page title Most recent update Last edited by
Videos of BADC on YouTube September 15, 2016 11:29 PM DjembeJohn
FAQ July 22, 2015 7:44 PM DjembeJohn
How to Play in a Drum Circle April 11, 2016 3:42 PM DjembeJohn
Drum Circle Etiquette July 22, 2015 7:46 PM DjembeJohn
Video of one of the first drum circles. August 16, 2015 6:06 AM DjembeJohn
About Bay Area Drum Circle July 25, 2015 6:54 AM DjembeJohn

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