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yamabiko taiko  :: Yamabiko Taiko :: Beginners' Night, Monday Jan 6,  2020 :: Kelowna

Yamabiko will be holding a beginner practice on Monday May 20! Find out about Japanese Taiko drumming, and experience both the music and physical vigor! The practice starts at 7 pm sharp. Wear loose or flexible clothing and be prepared to sweat a bit! Bring a water bottle to stay hydrated. Please arrive a few minutes early so we can start on time.

  • Beginner practice fee: Only $6.32!! Ensure your spot by registering on eventBrite
  • Practices are held on Mondays & Thursdays from 7-9 pm at the Kelowna Buddhist Temple. Anyone may drop in and observe a practice for free.
  • New members are welcome! First, complete a dedicated "beginners' practice", usually held at the end of January and September.
  • Details of dates, times, costs, etc. are at the Yamabiko web site:
  • Yamabiko Taiko practises and performs Japanese taiko drumming throughout the Okanagan.
Drew Makepeace  :: Beginner West African Drumming  ::  Winter 2020  :: Penticton
  • Learn to play traditional West African rhythms on the djembe (a goblet-shaped hand drum).
  • This introductory series is aimed at complete beginners. It will teach you how to play the three basic sounds, develop a sense of rhythm, and play authentic West African rhythms in a group setting. Later in the series, dunduns (bass drums played with a stick) may be introduced to complete the musical ensemble.
  • Next session:
      Jan 28 - Mar 17 (Eight Lessons)
  • Time: Tuesday evenings: 7-8 pm
  • Location: Penticton Recreation Centre, 325 Power St in Meeting Room 4
  • Loaner djembes are available for the first twelve registrants. Participants are welcome to bring their own djembe* as well (please let staff know when you register so that the loaner drum can be assigned to someone else).
    *djembes only please; other types of hand drums are not suitable
  • Instructor: Drew Makepeace.
  • For more info contact Penticton Rec Centre at 250-490-2426, or in person at the front desk. See page 62 of the Recreation Guide
Trevor thumb :: Trevor Salloum :: Middle Eastern Drum Classes :: Kelowna :: January 2020
  • Classes are open to anyone who would like to gain experience in Middle Eastern rhythms. Instruments will include the Doumbek (Darbuka, Derbeki, Arabic tabla), Riq, (Arabic tambourine) and Dar (frame drum) will focus on the common rhythms (Beladi, Maqsoum, Chifte Telli, Masmoudi, Sa'idi, Ayube) and techniques used in creating the beautiful sounds of these unique instruments. Topics include Nomenclature, Finger Exercises, Combinations, Improvisations, Fills, Positioning and Basic Notation..
  • Topics include Nomenclature, Finger Exercises, Combinations, Improvisations, Fills, Positioning and Basic Notation.
  • About Trevor: Trevor Salloum studied music at York University. His studies have taken him to Lebanon, Syria and Jordan. He has studied with Mohammed Sadek, Michel Merhej Baklouk, Dr. George Sawa and Ebrahim Eleish and worked with dancers Diane Calenti, Nahida, Hadia, Rahma, Sarita and other dancers of Raq Sharki. He is a best selling author with Mel Bay Publications including "The Art of Arabic Drumming”. He has taught drumming for over 25 years in Canada and the United States. See
  • Cost: By Donation
  • Date/Location: EVery Sunday, 10-11 am, starting Jan 5 at Kelowna Drum Studio
For more info contact Trevor at 250-763-3951 or see Also, check out this video by Trevor about Arabic Drumming.
Bobby thumbnail  :: Nankama Drum & Dance :: Classes :: Penticton :: 2020
    Nankama performs throughout the Okanagan, providing performances in African Drum and Dance. In addition, Nankama can provide interactive drum circles with audience participation, including you and your group.

    Nankama Drum & Dance Troupe in Penticton - Instructor: Bobby Bovenzi

    • A typical session will begin with a warm up and technique instruction for the beginners. We will learn drumming techniques and traditional West African Rhythms on Djembe and Dunun stick drums. Dance lessons will be available specific to the rhythms being taught each month. There will also be opportunities to rehearse with our performing troupe and then perform at various events throughout the Okanagan Valley.
    • Contact: .
    • Thursdays 7 - 9 pm
    • Dates: Jan 2 - March 26
    • Cost: Drop-in fee $15
    • Loaner drums are available for the drumless.
    • Location: Concordia Lutheran Church, 2800 South Main St.

    Nankama Performances:

    • One World Festival, Penticton, BC at the Lakeside Resort. Saturday Feb 22.

    For more information on these events, visit or email .

copeman  :: Feel the Rhythm Weekly Drum Circles with Jim Copeman  :: Kelowna
  • Feel The Rhythm Community Drum Circle is now in its tenth year at the Rotary Centre for the Arts in Kelowna. We welcome everyone who wants to participate in recreational drumming regardless of experience. Our intent is to be inclusive and we welcome anyone who wants to experience the energy of group drumming.
  • Every Wednesday, 7-9 pm, at the Rotary Centre for the Arts in Kelowna
  • Drop-in fee: $10. Some drums are provided.
  • Jim Copeman, drum circle facilitator for Feel The Rhythm Drum Circles and world fusion percussionist, hosts this event.
  • Please contact Jim for more info at 250.763.1017 or 250.808.3110 or,
raven  ::  Kamloops Drum Connection  :: Kamloops
  • Drum Circles - Djembe Django, Kamloops Drum Connection Beatniks, and Ujamma are facilitated by Raven
  • Drum Circles include intention setting, drum skills, rhythm sharing, jamming fun, songs, hand held percussion, and vocals.
  • Djembe Django and the K.D.C. Beatniks meet most Mondays from 6:30 - 8 pm during Sept to June. Drum circle dates and random outside drum times are listed on Facebook.
  • Phone for the venue. 250.318.0963 The drum is calling you!
  • Information: Kamloops Drum Connection on Facebook and These sites contain info on dates, djembe basics, drum circles, events, lessons, and performances.
  • Raven is a teacher & facilitator. Raven’s quest is to introduce people to drumming, to uplift spirits, invigorate the body and mind, and have people “djembe django” together.
  • Email Raven and join the Kamloops Drum Connection E Mail List to find out what’s up and coming. All are welcome to be a drum buddy!
  • Raven guarantees success; djembe rhythms and lesson skills are easy to remember, resource sheets are given, and phone, email contact, and review continues. Students learn about music and how to be part of a drum community. Lessons are also available through Skype.
  • Contact Raven to book lessons, facilitation, percussion experiences, & entertainment by Djembe Django at : 250.318.0963 or