Learn about African drumming and build your own instrument with guidance from an experienced woodcarver and drum builder. Then join other participants in exploring rhythms and creating music in community.
A djembe is a rope-tuned skin-covered goblet drum played with bare hands, originally from West Africa. According to the Bamana people in Mali, the name of the djembe comes from the saying “Anke djé, anke bé” which translates to “everyone gather together in peace” and defines the drum’s purpose.
Program Cost: $400 ($245 tuition+$155 meals/accommodations)
Local Price: $306 (program cost without overnight, without breakfast)
Please register at least 2 weeks in advance to secure your place in this program
Born and raised in Weymouth Falls, Pat Jarvis is a self-taught woodcarver and musician, and owner of Ancient Hermit Drums. He was introduced to the African djembe drum in 2004 and instantly fell in love with its rhythms, but due to financial reasons he wasn’t able to purchase a drum at the time. So instead, Patrick decided he’d make one, drawing on his background in forestry, carpentry, lumber processing and construction. He opened Ancient Hermit Drums In 2006, and has both studied and instructed basic African drumming techniques. He also creates instruments using recycled and repurposed materials. Check out Ancient Hermit Drums online.
Rick Gunn Program Resource Group (PRG) facilitator, is a Christian educator and a musician who has worked for the past eight years in ministry with children, youth and adults. He is presently Minister of Youth and Music at Bedford United Church.