Our Drum Shop-Arlington, MA
Our Drum Shop-Arlington, MA

New England’s Premier Hand Drumming School serving the rhythmic community for over 29 years. 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.


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. DrumConnection offers a unique experience into the rhythms of the continent.


Our close ties to Guinea, West Africa and in association with my personal master, Famoudou Konaté and with my first master Mamady Keita, with Mamady ‘Wadaba’ Kourouma, Sayon Camara, Nansady Keita, Babara Bangoura, Bolokada Conde, Koungbanan Conde we bring you a rich heritage from the Homeland, the birthplace of the drums. Join us!


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Alan & Fanta Keita Tauber
Alan & Fanta Keita Tauber



Travel to Africa planning and implementation, in-school drumming program ages 7 up, public and private school administration of percussion programs, healing with drumming (34 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.

Store Hours

DrumConnection Retail Store and Workshop space is now closed!


All days are By appointment only for drum lessons on djembe, conga or drum kit. 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 >


Don't be afriad to call us and see! 781-316-8068



PO Box 293

Wayland, MA 01778

The One Video to Watch

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 big thanks to Bjorn Warning and Thomas Bonenkamp for allowing us to feature this very important film. I thank them to no end for this. My love to you is very deep.

Student's Experience on our Africa Trip 2012

Video Credit: Stu Mendelson, former instructor at DrumConnection.

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