A lot has happened over the past few months, and most of it has been inside our homes, sheltered from the winter that won’t seem to end. But, spring is upon us and the signs are clear; the sun is peeking out, there are flowers in bloom, and your djembe drum is calling your name!
Here in Austin, the home of X8 Drums, we have already begun planning our next Community Drum Jam, and are so excited to see familiar and new faces as we celebrate spring, show off our new drums and just enjoy the rhythm of togetherness. We welcome everyone and cannot wait to start of the drumming season with a bang!
Outside of the Austin area, finding your own local drum jam or drum circle can be just what you need to get back into the spirit of drumming. There are plenty of resources available online that can help point you in the right direction to finding your drumming tribe. Local music stores, coffee shops, schools, community centers, churches and parks may also have information about where local hand drummers are gathering together. Many of these drum circles and drum jams are scheduled events, but, you never know when you may stumble upon an impromptu drum circle.
Of course, you could always begin to organize your own drum circle or drum jam and begin to cultivate your own drumming tribe. Print out flyers, send out a message through social media or make a few phone calls! You could be surprised at how many people are just waiting for an invitation or an event to grab their drums and join in the fun.
As we all begin to look forward to summer, and enjoy the first warm breezes of the year, one of the best ways to celebrate the new season is to get back to drumming. Whether you are local to Austin and can join us in April, or you find your own community of drummers, the most important part is to just let the rhythm guide you. A community that is involved in drumming and rhythm is a happy, healthy community, and we cannot think of any better way to dust off this past winter than to drum up excitement for all of the good vibes, grooves and sick beats ahead.