We arrive at the venue to prepare for the drumming component
of the conference. To the surprise of a waitress, we start
unloading drum after drum and by the time we get to 50, she
asks, "Who is going to play all those drums?"
We say “200 accountants”
We unpack the 200 drums and form a circle
of chairs. The delegates are completely unaware that they
are about to drum and are now beginning to arrive at the venue
for their annual conference.
begin to play our drums announcing that the program is about
to commence. When the accountants enter the room, they cannot
believe their eyes. In front of them, they find a drum set
out on each seat. While they move through the room and find
a seat, the music continues, filling the room and creating
an electric atmosphere.
Tentatively, a few brave individuals start
beating away on their drum. An enthusiastic person gets carried
away with the energy in the room and leaps into the middle
of the circle for a quick dance to the wild applause and cheers
of his peers. The rhythm becomes infectious and soon everybody
is tapping on his/her drum.
Then, without saying a word, our facilitator
gets up and starts to orchestrate the group with a repertoire
of body language signals, bringing the 200 entry-level musicians
into perfect harmony.
This is the beginning of the magic of the
Drum Café drum circle … For an hour, participants
are engaged in a co-operative activity that leaves them feeling
energized and exhilarated both as individuals and as a group.