Welcome to the Boston Djembe Community! We invite you to join us to see just how much fun and exhilarating a drum class can be. We have drum class lessons for all levels of experience. We hold special events throughout New England where we feature guest artists in drum and dance.
Every year for 16 years, DrumConnection meets at the corner of Chestnut Street and on Comm Ave to cheer the runners on with our African style and spirit of drumming. Playing djembe, congas, dununs, taiko, any drum. Everyone's welcome. Bring a drum and a chair. Read More>
World Drumming an World Drums have certainly taken off and we were there when it started and will be there for YOU when you want to learn to drum.
Take a look through our offerings and pick a class. Unsure what is right for you? Please contact us for an immediate answer to help you. We will guide you every step of the way.
We even organize and run trips to Africa with the Grandmaster of the Djembe, Famoudou Konate every year. Trips to Africa: Learn more>
Welcome to Our Transformative World of the Drum!
Arlington Tuesdays Mixed-Level Tuesday Drum Class, begins May 3, 2016 - May 31, 2016 (5 sessions) - Tuesdays at 7:30pm - Thierno Keita
Brookline Tuesdays April 5, 2016 - May 17, 2016
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (6 sessions) - Tuesdays at 7:00pm - Mark Williams - Call BroADED: 617-730-2700
Lexington Tuesdays begins April 26, LHS, Room 247. 6 Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30 pm. $137/Seniors $115. CALL for Spring info: 781 862 8043 - DrumConnection Faculty
Arlington Wednesdays begins April 27, 2016 - June 15, 2016 (8 sessions) - Wednesdays at 7:30pm - Audrey Diallo
Newton Wednesdays begins April 27, 2016 - June 1, 2016 (6 sessions) - Wednesdays at 7:00pm - Lillian Hastie (skip date Feb 17)
Arlington Thursdays begins March 17, 2016 - May 5, 2016 (8 sessions) - Thursdays at 7:15pm - DrumConnection Faculty
Join in really fun class for beginners as well as advanced beginners - many levels; Great, fun classes. No experience necessary but most people play a bit. - Drum rentals available.
Make ups for our Beginner Classes are easy. See our Class Policies for more info.
5:00pm - 7:00pm (6 weeks) $165.-
Extraordinary classes that capture the pure essence of Africa and her rhythms, songs and movements!
Guest African Masters will be teaching the classes. They are calm, patient and filled with humor and the wisdom of the music and the culture of Mali or Guinea. Come on out and see how great a drum class and experience can be!
May 5, 2016 - July 7, 2016
7:30pm - 9:00pm
with Dean Fisher and Alan Tauber
Open to anyone who wants to learn at a faster paced level. Djembe and dunun is taught in a fun, exciting class. You will LOVE this! And you'll love Dean. Dean has traveled with me to Guinea and has had numerous TV experiences including a few appearances on Conan and The Tonight Show! Bring your best djembe or use one of our pro drums to try.
Winter Semester begins Sundays - March 6, 2016 ~April 24, 2016 (8 sessions)
• 10:00 am for the 3-5 year olds
• 11:00 am for the 6-8 year olds
with Audrey Diallo & Thierno Keita
(8 weeks of fun classes with these excellent teachers)
Please don't wait! Classes will fill up; limited enrollment! Registration is required. Drums and instruments provided or bring your own!
Trip To Africa • January 9, 2017 to January 30, 2017
With the Master of Masters The Great Famoudou Konaté! It doesn't get better than this!
Make your plans NOW to travel with us to Guinea! Learn drum, dance, and more.
Join us for the trip of a lifetime, studying djembe and dunun drumming in Africa with Masters of the craft with Famoudou Koanté organizing and teaching all of us. A true cultural and musical immersion in Malinké music with the Master born into the rhythms of dununba and other inner Guinean famouos rhythms that everyone wants to learn, worldwide.
Boston area’s DrumConnection is hosting an unforgettable journey to the birthplace of the djembe. In this 3 week trip you will have the opportunity to delve into the music and culture of Guinea. Study drum and dance, attend festivals and celebrations, learn about the country and its people and discover the magic that IS Africa! More info...
Complete drum repair service. Using Guinean goat and cow skins and traditional methods, we will make your drum like new or really, better than new! We also can repair dunun, (djun-djun), doumbeks, congas, bongos and middle-eastern drums. Call or contact us today. Check our checklist for drum repair.
Let us make your musical instruments better than new!
Learn to play, get good and create community with us. Our music school is traditional African. Africa and her rhythms are alive for all drummers...right here in Boston!
NEW! Day and Evening Hand Drumming for Beginners - Adults and Kids - many cities and locations near you. Drum rentals available. Join us!
Sign up today add some rhythm, joy, community and new friends to your life. Dancing and Drumming are powerful, life-enriching & healing activities. No experience necessary for most classes. Learn how to drum with us! Info on all classes>>
DrumConnection 177 Massachusetts Ave. Arlington, MA 02474 ph: (001) 781-316-8068
4/28/2016 5.0 stars!
Love DrumConnection in Arlington!
Great teachers including the Masters from West Africa; great drums (all kinds) and accessories. Director and owner, Alan, is an excellent drummer himself, friends to all and always willing to share his knowledge. Classes & Workshops at all levels challenging and tons of fun. Serious drumming going on here!
4/27/2016 5.0 stars!
Knowledgeable, and very helpful.
I watched Alan help a gentleman trying to rent an accordion. Yes, this sounds like a Seinfeld script, but it was touching seeing Alan help someone out. Additionally, the store is well supplied, and the prices are quote reasonable for being able to get your hands on what you need right now. Truly, an asset to the community!
Brian C. J.
April 9, 2016, 1:47 p.m.
Friends cannot believe how light it is and how good it sounds. Easy for me to carry. It is also very nice looking, not ornate, just beautiful wooden swirls. Thanks for all your help on this..... kdl
4/10/16 ; 5 Stars
I have spent several wonderful weekends at DrumConnection studying drumming rhythms with various master drummers (djembefolas) and I just want to thank Alan and the wonderful community of people I met at there for a wonderful, fun, inspiring and informative time. If I didn't live on Long Island, NY I would be there every week. 5 star rating from me!
Long Island, NY
2/24/2016 : 5 Stars!
Excellent customer service
The Drum Connection is a wonderful place. Alan is so helpful, thoughtful and kind. The store has a great selection of drums that will help you connect to music from all over the world. Highly recommended!
Jan. 16, 2016 : 5 Stars!
Great experience, no pressure to buy or spend more than I wanted to, just the perfect assistance to help me find the right drum for me - a clear joy for drumming and very welcoming - made me feel right at home.
12/22/2015 : 5 Stars!
A great little store
I was looking for some nifty percussion accessories for my son-in-law and I really didn't want to go the the Guitar Center. What a great place! I got great advice & was able to find exactly the kind of stuff I was looking for! A perfect shopping trip & well worth the trip down from Cape Ann!
Cape Ann, MA
5.0 star rating 12/6/2015 Yelp!
I took a beginner drum class here this fall. I was impressed by the business's connection to West African drumming. Thierno, a drummer from Guinea, was our teacher. If you want to learn drumming, have a weekly class with lots of laughing and meet people from around the world this place is for you.
5.0 Star Rating 12/4/15 Google+
Alan the owner is always friendly and helpful. When I was looking for a drum, he chose 4 drums he thought I might like, each unique. He helped me sort out the differences to find the combination of pluses that added up to the perfect drum for me.
Alan the teacher is a non-judgmental, supportive, and clear instructor whose decades of experience and amazing skill as a drummer combine to provide a safe and inspiring learning environment. I've studied with four other DrumConnection instructors and each is excellent in his or her own ways, and all certified by examination.
A great store and a wonderful school. I recommend it without reservations.
11/15/2015 5.0 Yelp!
The beginner drum class was extra special. Taught by Thierno Keita-what a wonderful escape each week from the work-a-day world into a world of rhythm and movement. Great for the brain and the soul. Alan Tauber, who runs the Drum Connection could not be kinder or more devoted to his art. This has been a postive turn for me and I will continue on this road with pleasure.
5.0 star rating 11/11/2015
DrumConnection is an nook of musical magic on Mass Ave in Arlington. The drumming teachers are from Africa, they sponsor workshops and trips to Africa to learn drumming. Alan the owner is very flexible and understanding with scheduling lessons. The drum selection is fantastic!! I recommend it to everyone I know. What a gem!
5.0 star rating 11/9/2015 Yelp!
Broad selection of percussion instruments from all over the world. Alan, the owner, really knows a lot about the instruments and the music they make.
5.0 star rating 11/7/2015 Yelp!
We have purchased many instruments from Alan. He knows so much about percussion instruments that we trust him with ordering sight unseen and have been pleased with our purchases. Prices are very reasonable. We drive 2 hours each way to shop at the Drum Connection and it is worth it.
5.0 star rating 11/6/2015 Yelp!
You will not find a more beautiful person than Alan to assit you with your journey of learning the drums. I have traveled with Alan to Guinea, purchased various drums, and attended numerous classes. Have not been able to find the joy I felt when I was involved with the Drum Connection. Please open a southern location!
5.0 star rating 10/5/2015 Yelp!
The drum I purchased from Alan several years ago is both beautiful and is a joy to use. The classes are fantastic -- designed for all skills levels and taught by master teachers that are knowledgeable and exciting.
They are patient and know how to break rhythms down to bite size. I have enrolled my 4 year old in the children's drum class and it is dynamic -- teaching movement and African songs. She loves it and loves her teachers."
5.0 star rating 10/19/2015 Yelp!
Purchased my djembe here a few years ago, just bought new skin, Alan and staff always knowledgeable and helpful. The best! Thanks!
5.0 star rating 8/29/2015 Yelp!
I am new to drumming and am having a ball. I went to a Sunday night lecture and lesson on one type of drums and followed that with 2 Sunday night drumming circles with an excellent teacher-but not at the rank beginner level. Still, I loved it and just tried to follow and keep up.
Now I am in a beginner class and I am still enjoying every minute. Alan is a kind and welcoming person. He coordinates to bring in a variety of excellent teachers and classes take place most every day of the week. He gives great advice about what to purchase and has rentals available. Come join the fun!
5.0 star rating 8/24/2015 Yelp!
This is a great little shop. Alan was able to rent me some drums for my autism caregivers retreat and was very accommodating. The drums were gorgeous, beautiful sound. Our group had a great time thanks to Drum Connection coming through at the last minute for me. Thank you!
June 25, 2015
5.0 star rating Excellent Teaching!
This is the first time I took drum lessons. I have taken piano lessons off and on for years. I really enjoy playing the drums. I had two teachers. They both had their individual style of teaching. I found that Alan is an excellent teacher. I would recommend anyone with a desire to learn drumming to check out DrumConnection. I haven't gone to their drum circle yet, but that's the next step for me. I am finishing up my first six weeks of classes, two more classes to go.
August 4, 2015
5.0 star rating 8/4/2015 Yelp!
I'm new to the djembe and drum circles in general. The drum circle I attended last week was a blast. Very relaxed and friendly, the drumming was amazing. Alan and Fanta were both very warm and welcoming. As others have noted, great energy. I'm definitely going back.
July 6, 2015
5.0 star rating Incredible Drums!
I returned to the store today to purchase my first djembe. Alan was more than helpful. He gave a mini-lesson on the spot so I would know how to evaluate the variety of drums, their tonal differences, etc. He also played several of them for me to have a better impression of what it sounds like once technique is mastered. The drum I finally settled on is incredible, love it. My wife was looking for a bodhran, and he gave demonstrations of those as well!
July 8, 2015
Way better than 5 stars!
Alan clearly loves what he is doing and it shows in the friendly, professional and deeply knowledgeable service. Way better than 5 stars.
June 10, 2015
Alan was so helpful. He came highly recommended, and lived up to it. I got a wonderful drum for my nephew - have not yet given it to him, but he is going to love it.
April 8, 2015
Five stars all the way!
Honestly, I can't say enough good things about DrumConnection. Alan and John helped me pick out the perfect drum, and when I came in tonight, Alan talked with me for at least an hour about technique, the history of the djembe coming to America, and more. The place is warm and inviting, and the people who work there are the same. I am confident I chose the best place to start my drumming journey, and I will be back for their classes! Five stars all the way!
March 7, 2015
My son is now starting drum lessons. We stopped in to purchase a drum pad and drum sticks. This is an amazing store. There is much to learn about choosing an instrument that suits you...and we were encouraged not to rush in and spend a lot of money at this stage. The store is packed with drums (mostly hand drums) and each visitor is encouraged to try out items that spark their interest. While visiting, my son tried several thumb pianos as well.
Fanta lead our group of 21 drummers thru two hours of song, dance, and drumming. Everybody was smiling at the end of the evening. What a deal for 10 bucks!
February 24, 2015
Drum Connection is a fantastic place to take African drumming lessons, meet some wonderful people and really expand your horizons by attending workshops with master drummers from West Africa. It's been a life changing experience for me. I am so blessed to part of Alan and Fanta's community.
February 13, 2015
As always Alan was right there to make sure I got exactly what I was looking for. He even sent me a photo/text to confirm that he had the correct size, shape and sound of rattle I needed. This was that perfect combination of personal service and immediate results.
February 5, 2015
Hey just wanted to write you a note to tell you how much I absolutely love the drum! It was the perfect choice for me. The slaps are just incredible and yet it gives good bass response. I brought it to work to play with the children and it was just such the perfect instrument. It’s just the right one for me and I'm really thrilled with it. Thanks so much.
January 24, 2015
Thanks Alan for your undivided attention today as I purchased the replacement head for the djembe I had previously bought at DrumConnection. Could not be more satisfied!