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& Len -
The DRUM GUYS
At left: photo of Stu and Len courtesy of The Colony Library
STU and LEN are two good friends, both longtime professional
musicians, who just LOVE drums and rhythms from around the world, and
they have big fun sharing this with others. They have been doing programs
together since 1997, and bring many years of performance and teaching
experience to each show.
They realize that when they are dealing with kids, its all about FUN,
to best let the learning happen. The pace is brisk. No long lectures here.
They pack a few props you don't normally see, too, and depending upon
the age and temperament of the audience, they throw them into the mix:
funny hats, hula hoops, creepy sound effects, bubba teeth; hulk heads,
giant eggs; you never know what you will see next when you go see the
Drum Guys... They might corner the kids' favorite teacher or librarian,
put a goofy hat and sunglasses on her, hand her a talking drum, and tell
her she's about to get a call on her African cell phone..not to hang up..
tells about the 'Drum Guys' summer library program:
"Basically we bring a big batch of drums from all over the world:
Africa, Brazil, Latin America, Egypt and Pakistan and India and China,
and so on. We bring frame drums, goblet drums, cylinder drums, a big gong;
We bring homemade stuff they can make, too, and we show them how to make
a big interactive show and tell, with volunteers from the audience. It's
very informal. We clown around a lot, and there are lots of demonstrations,
questions and answers. At the end, we have a question or two for the audience,
with book and/or instrument prizes. The finale is a mass jam session with
boomwhackers sound tubes for everyone to play.
Some librarians have expressed interest in the "Drum
Circle" style format, where we all start in a big circle, and everyone
plays from the very beginning. This is also an option; simply mention
it when you contact us."
to read: About RHYTHMWEB
[At left, Len talks to the kids about the goatskin used
to make the Djembe drum.]
The beauty of these presentations is that they are backed up with over
300 pages of online information and hundreds of links to relevent websites,
newsgroups, and so on, through RHYTHMWEB. If they are interested in one
of the drums we showed them, they need only go to
..and they can continue their journey into percussion by reading
about it. It is the same for dozens of major instruments
and percussion cultures, from drum circles to gourds to frame drums..you
name it, all at their fingertips to read about! Please have a look at
the website. Rhythmweb is an integral part of what we are doing.
Some of the libraries having us back again this year have chosen two shows
in one day, or two consecutive days. We must be doing SOMETHING right.
"Thanks so much for considering us for your summer
program. We hope to hear from you soon."
- Stu and Len -
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