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Central Florida Drum Circles Pages

Welcome to the Central Florida Drum Circle Meetup group.

Couple of things you should know.

Most drum circle are free to attend yet donations are accepted to help support the local rhythm community. You will also see and find workshops, performances and percussive events through this site that include fees. These events and facilitators help sponsor the Central Florida Drum Circle community, so if you resonate with their message please support their efforts.

For any of the regular community drum circles, bring your own drum or anything you can make music with... spoons, sticks, empty water jugs, and five gallon buckets make great cheap noise makers as well. The drum circle is not about money is about harmony through unity. If you have an extra drum, bring it out and share, that how we can build community. Anyone can attend to play or just chill and heal to the music.

If you've never participated with a community drum circle and want to know what it all about. Please read the article below written by Arthur Hull.


What Is a Community Drum Circle?
by Arthur Hull
http://drumcircle.com...

The Community Drum Circle, in the context of how we are using it within our non-professional hand drumming culture, is the most basic and simple use of the drum and rhythm. It is the use of a rhythm based event as a tool for unity. A community drum circle in the United States is a noisy and fun, family friendly event, where people come together in order share their spirit by entraining rhythmically as a percussion ensemble. They empower each other in the act of celebrating community and life through rhythm and music. People of all levels of musical expertise come together and share their rhythmical spirit with whatever drums and percussion they bring to the event. Everyone who comes and participates has something to offer the circle, and any one is welcome.

The spirit and magic of rhythm expressed on drums and percussion instruments cuts through all ages, sexes, religions, races and cultures. Rhythm, as Gabriel Roth says, is the mother tongue. Rhythm is a universal language known to every one, even the youngest child, if we can just remember. So in a very objective, yet beautiful way, an interactive rhythm event puts us all on an equal footing with each other and brings us closer together.

Co-operation and collaboration is the basic glue to a community. A community drum circle is a collaboratively self organized musical event created, in the moment, by all the people who participate. When we, as a community, drum together, sharing our spirit in the form of rhythm, it changes our relationships for the positive. As we play together, we give ourselves a rhythmical massage, an a emotional release and a healing. The release and healing is different for every person that is in the rhythm circle, and it happens whether we are entraining ourselves into the circle by drumming, or standing outside the circle and listening while tapping our feet and clapping along with the music. To make beautiful music together, with rhythm instruments, all we have to do is bring to the circle whatever rhythmical expertise we have to offer, along with the excitement of sharing it with other people.

People of all levels of musical expertise come together in a community drum circle and share their rhythmical spirit with whatever drums and percussion they bring to the event. They don't have to be a drummer to participate. They don't even have to have a drum. They can play a plastic water bottle turned upside down with the neck cut off. They can shake a soda can with rocks in it or hit two sticks together. It is enough that they are in the circle and participating.

The quality of the music produced in an event like this is not based on the rhythmical expertise of the players, but on the quality of their relationship with the other people in the circle. The result is those magical musical moments where one powerful voice is created out of the many. In those moments, the players stop worrying about keeping time because time, as they know it, has stopped. In its place is a living breathing entity, expressing timeless joy, passion and release through the power of rhythm.

That is the beauty of a community drum circle.

Copyright © by Arthur Hull


Also, Please read this article on Drumming Etiquette http://drumcircle.com...

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What is a Drum Circle? July 20, 2007 12:32 PM Emily
About Central Florida Drum Circles July 23, 2007 11:04 AM Emily

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