*If you are interested in joining the ensemble in March & April, please click here to register for all sessions.
Expand knowledge of hand-drumming technique for djembe and kpanlogo drums, bells, shakers, and stick drums; create full textures of rhythms in traditional West-African genres, and how the layers of rhythms work together to create a conversation.
When you sign up for the West African Drumming Ensemble, you’ll be registered for 7 drumming sessions with no obligation to attend every session. The ensemble will meet each Thursday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for the following dates: March 14, 21, and 28, April 4, 11, 18, & 25
The ensemble is composed of Intro to West African Drumming students and/or those who have attended a community West African Drumming event.
About the instructor: Janice Hunton taught at the Perpich Center for Arts Education for 27 years and led the African Drumming Ensemble there for 15 years. She studied West-African music at the University of St. Thomas, Hamline University, and has traveled two times to the Dagara Music Center in Ghana.
Your instructor will provide the following materials:
- Drums for up to 6 students at a time
- Additional instruments
Students are asked to bring:
- Joy, openness to learning something new, and a djembe or kpanlogo drum if they have one.
Students who have completed the Introduction to West-African Drumming class or who have prior experience are welcome to join the ensemble.
Students ages 12 and older are welcome to attend (ages 12-15 must register with another registered adult). Ages 16-17 can register with parent permission via email to email@example.com. To inquire about students younger than 12, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marine Mills Folk School
550 Pine St., Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047
Tuition: $60 for the 7-week session