Arts, Dining & Entertainment

Drum Journeys holds free open house

Friday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m.—RUTLAND—Drum Journeys of Earth will hold an open house on Friday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. This free event will be held in Rhythm Hall on the second floor of Building 5 at the Howe Center, Rutland. There will be demonstrations of ethnic drumming including West African music and Afro-Cuban percussion. The audience will be encouraged to join in. Explore traditional culture through video and hands-on playing of all the different instruments in Latin percussion.
Why drum? There are numerous health benefits of drumming. Dr. Christiane Northrup states, “Drumming is a great workout for your brain and actually can make you smarter because when you drum you access your entire brain. Research shows that the physical transmission of rhythmic energy to the brain actually synchronizes the left and right hemispheres. So, when the logical left hemisphere and the intuitive right hemisphere of your brain begin to pulsate together, your inner guidance system—or intuition—becomes stronger.”
Join the open house to find out about other benefits of drumming, including increased happiness, chronic pain control, personal development, immune system boost, and more.
Drum Journeys of Earth and its students are widely known for leading the Rutland Halloween Parade as the Drumming Skeletons. Students have also performed at First Night, at the Northern New York NAACP Fundraising dinner, with Soul Bath Trance Dance, and the Twice Baked Orchestra.
The school offers classes and performances in a variety of ethnic drumming styles, including West African Djembe, Latin, Native American drumming, Middle Eastern Doumbek, Irish Bodhran, and Rhythm, Rubbish, Rush—a combination of trash drumming and body percussion. DJE also offers drumming for children. For more info, call 802-282-2581 or visit

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