What is a drum circle? Free entertainment, free education, free drumming! For drummers who focus only on the drum set, high school marching percussionists, or rudimental drummers, the drum circle can provide an alternative to the structure of playing with a live band or a five-person snareline.
Simple and welcoming for beginners and advanced drummers the drum circle is just that, a circle of drummers playing drums. Many drum circles may have a theme or even a restriction on the type of instruments they allow. Many may specify native american drumming or afro-cuban drumming but all have a common theme of hand-drumming.
Mickey Hart, Grateful Dead drummer had this to say about drum circles:
"Typically, people gather to drum in drum "circles" with others from the surrounding community. The drum circle offers equality because there is no head or tail. It includes people of all ages. The main objective is to share rhythm and get in tune with each other and themselves. To form a group consciousness. To entrain and resonate. By entrainment, I mean that a new voice, a collective voice, emerges from the group as they drum together."
A drum circle is a chance to play with other drummers that many people who play in live bands may not get. Check one out!
Here is a list of drum circles in Evansville, Indiana. If you know of others or have updated information please contact me.
- Evansville Yoga Center (west)
- The goal of this drum circle is Raise The Vibration drumming. This circle as hand drums, rattles, and Native American flutes. Fun drumming, jam sessions, and drumming with intent and good intentions. This drum circle is hosted by Matt Wolf and Regina Reiter.
- Drum cirle meets the second Saturday of every month 7:00p-8:30p at the westside studio. Bring and hand drum, rattles, and everything in between!
- Evansville Yoga Center (east)
- Reiki Drumming at the Eastside Yoga Center is loosely centered around aboriginal beliefs.
- Reiki Drumming meets the first Saturday of each month 6p-8p. Hosted by Karen Yoe and Fred Corbett
- The Bead Angel
- This "fun drum" is very loose and open where people talk, socialize, and drum.
- Drum circle meets the second Sunday of each month 5p-7p. Hosted by Jack Schneck and Doug Luzar . Be on time! The store is closed that day and the door will be locked after they start.
- Unitarian Universalist Church
- These drum circles are centered on native american beliefs and hosted by Fred Corbett
- Drum circle meets on the first and third Friday of each month 6p-8p.
There are many types of drumming and hand-drumming in drum circles (or other drums) is another facet of percussion for you to explore. Hand-drumming is unique in that the it is the only type of drumming in which the drummer has a direct impact on the drum; there is no stick between the drummer and the playing surface and in a sense, a greater connection between player and instrument.
Thanks to Regina Reiter for providing information on the area's drum circles.