Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Get Rhythm at East Lake!

From ancient times to present day, drums have played a vital role in every culture. The oldest documented drum comes from 6,000 B.C. in Mesopotamia (modern-day Iraq). African tribes used drums as a way to carry complex messages back and forth. “Drum circle” as a term originated in the late ‘60s/early ‘70s as a term for groups of individuals who gather to sit around and play music.

Drum circles have evolved as a way of therapy, meditation, and fellowship - and even alternative therapy for diseases; as with all instruments, cooperation and learning to play as a cohesive unit are essential to good music. Sharing the magic of drumming with us here at the East Lake Branch Library is John Scalici, a drum circle leader based in Birmingham.

Scalici is an award winning teaching artist, author, internationally recognized facilitator, musician, and a member of the John C. Maxwell Team of certified speakers, coaches, and trainers. Though he empowers himself through drumming, his passion lies in empowering others through rhythm.

The event, "Get Rhythm," runs Wednesday, March 16 at 3:30 p.m., and a number of instruments will be provided. Check out the event on the East Lake Branch Facebook page at the following link: https://www.facebook.com/events/530402740475604/

John's website, Get Rhythm Programs, can be found here.

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Christina Tidmore

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