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What is a drum circle?

A drum circle is a rhythmical event in which people come together to play drums and other percussion instruments. Drum circles are gaining in popularity here in the United States and all over the world. They are a fun and accessible way to play music in a group setting.

There are three types of drum circles:


1) Culturally specific drum circles in which the participants are expected to know and play certain rhythms from different parts of the world.


2) Non-facilitated drum circles in which the participants are encouraged to play whatever rhythms they choose, often creating them on the spot, and in which there is no leader or facilitator.


3) Facilitated drum circles in which the participants are encouraged to play whatever rhythms they choose, often making them up on the spot, and in which there is a trained drum circle facilitator who helps the group to achieve a higher level of musicality through gentle direction.


Carroll Rhythms uses this third model in all of its community drum circles. We often sustain our rhythms for twenty minutes or more. In addition, we play at a comfortable volume, we vary the tempo and types of rhythms we play, and we use a lot of different instruments. In the past, we've incorporated all instruments that people have brought to our drum circles, including:

-djembes, ashikos, bougaraboos, cajons, congas, bongos, nadals, talking drums, riqs, doumbeks, djun djuns, buffalo drums, tars, and bodhrans

-trumpets, saxophones, harmonicas, conch shells, didgeridoos, recorders, penny whistles, ocarinas, and flutes

-shakers, rain sticks, and ocean drums

-mbiras, berimbaus, and jaw harps

-guitars, mandolins, dulcimers, harps, violins, and electric bass

-glockenspiels, singing bowls, chimes, tambourines, hank drums, and bells

-pianos, accordions, and keyboards

-rasps, cabasas, and washboards

-tongue drums, slit gongs, cajitas, clave, and udu

-Boomwhackers

-Theremin


We also encourage people to dance and sing!

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  • Dec 17, 2016 · 7:00 PM

    Drum Circle

    2 Drummers

    7:00 to 9:00 on the third Saturday. Check our Carroll Rhythms Facebook page for the most updated information. Bring an drum or just yourself. Some instruments are... Learn more

  • Nov 19, 2016 · 7:00 PM

    Carroll Rhythms Drum Circle

    5 Drummers

    7:00 to 9:00 on the third Saturday. Bring an drum or just yourself. Some instruments are provided. This event is free, but we accept goodwill donations for the church.... Learn more

  • Sep 17, 2016 · 7:00 PM

    Drum Circle

    4 Drummers | 5.00

    7:00 to 9:00 on the third Saturday of every month. Check our Carroll Rhythms Facebook page for the most updated information. Bring an drum or just yourself. Some... Learn more

  • Aug 20, 2016 · 7:00 PM

    Drum Circle

    3 Drummers

    7:00 to 9:00 on the third Saturday of every month. Check our Carroll Rhythms Facebook page for the most updated information. Bring an drum or just yourself. Some... Learn more

  • May 21, 2016 · 7:00 PM

    Drum Circle

    3 Drummers

    7:00 to 9:00 on the third Saturday of every month. Check our Carroll Rhythms Facebook page for the most updated information. Bring an drum or just yourself. Some... Learn more

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