New England’s Premier Hand Drumming School serving the rhythmic community for over 27 years. The DrumConnection offers excellence in djembe and dunun instruction from private classes to exciting workshops and performances.
Drums are likely the oldest form of musical instrument known to mankind. So old in fact, that researchers from the National Academy of Science suggested that drumming is part-and-parcel to our species- other primates also drum on objects to communicate. Drumming might very well be something we as human beings have evolved to do.
The art of drumming has also in various forms, become an integral component of cultures the world over, from East Asian war drumming , to the talking drums of Sri Lanka and West Africa. These instruments are not only universal in nature, but they are tied to our very humanity at the deepest level.
The DrumConnection (Boston, MA) links students with a very specific part of our human heritage- the djembe drum music of Guinea. Guinea is just a small nation on the west coast of Africa yet it looms large on the world stage. The DrumConnection offers a unique experience into the rhythms of the continent.
Our close ties to Guinea, West Africa and in association with Famoudou Konate, Mamady Keita and Mamady ‘Wadaba’ Kourouma, Sayon Camara, Billy Konate and Nansady Keita we bring you a rich heritage from the Homeland, the birthplace of the drums. Join us!
Travel to Africa (Guinea) planning and implementation, in-school drumming program ages 7 up, public and private school administration of percussion programs, healing with drumming (22 years experience) treatments with elder population, special needs children, kids at risk, depression, anxiety and more profound emotional and psychiatric conditions. Please ask for your specific needs.
We can outfit your school or church with drums at wholesale prices for non-profits.
New Hours February 2017 : Tuesday thru Friday - Noon to 6pm.
Saturday: - Noon to 5pm
By appointment only for drum lessons on djembe or drum kit: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday. Schedule an appointment with Alan to study the drum or to select the perfect djembe or drum kit, cymbals or accessories. 781-316-8068 or Contact >
Many nights we are open later, often till 9pm! Don't be afriad to call us and see! 781-316-8068
177 Massachusetts Ave
Arlington, MA 02474
By car: You can easily find us about 0.5 mile from the Rt 16 intersection at Mass Ave where Cambridge becomes Arlington. Across from Lake Street (off Rt 2) and the Capital Theater. Directly across from the great restaurant, Flora.
Parking: 2 hour free parking right outside our door on either side of Mass Ave. No spaces? Try a right-hand turn onto Winter St. and park on the Right. Or take Winter to the end, a Right on Broadway and your 1st Right onto Cleveland St. Go near the Mass Ave end and park on the Right or Left.
Secret spots! Across the street from DrumConnection is Cambridge Savings Bank and a parking lot. You can park there till 9:30PM. Easy. There are other side streets and more parking on the Quebrada Bakery, Capital Theater side of Mass Ave. More secret parking as we find it.
By MBTA: Take the Red Line to Alewife (the West end of the line). Walk the bike path to Thorndike Street and walk up Thorndike to Mass Ave. Take a Left onto Mass Ave and we are up on the Right about 4 blocks. Takes 13 minutes to walk and feels good!
Or grab a bus from Alewife or Harvard Square.
MBTA buses: #77, #79, #350, #87
#77 (Mass Ave/Winter)
#79 (Mass Ave/Winter)
#350 (Mass Ave/Winter)
If there was one video to watch to gain a better understanding about Africa and drumming, this would be it. We are grateful to be able to share this with you. Take your time with it and it should answer your questions you may have as you learn the drum.
Thanks to Mansa Camio, a teacher of mine for a few days, and to Bjorn Warning and Thomas Bonenkamp for allowing us to feature this very important film. I think them to no end for this. My love to you is deep.
Video Credit: Stu Mendelson, former instructor at DrumConnection.