Drumming: Hits Like A Girl ensemble

Hits like a girlHazelhurst Gallery & Arts Centre put a call out for all girls and ladies aged 16 and over to come together to form a drumming ensemble.  The group was to rehearse en masse, using a range of drums, and learn a variety of routines.  The aim was to entertain diners, gallery visitors, families involved in craft making projects and everyone else visiting or strolling past the centre during their summer open evening last night.

I was persuaded by friends to go along and have a go, despite the fact that I know nothing about music except that I like lots of it.  About 50 or more turned up to rehearsal, some already very good drummers but many with no prior experience – such as myself.

Having rehearsed like crazy together (nearly 3 hour blocks) and followed the YouTube videos for 30 minutes each day at home with an upturned biscuit tin (fun stuff!!) I turned up on the night and collected my djembe.

We set up a central section on the stone ‘stage’ with the djembe players flanking left and right.

Stage area

Stage area

Full ensemble with audience arriving

Full ensemble with audience arriving

And, boy, was there a crowd!!


Left to right: Pat, Rita, me, Susan and Carol

Left to right: Pat, Rita, me, Susan and Carol

I don’t think anyone would give most of us jobs in the music industry but we did a very decent job performing and had a lot of fun in the process.  Well, everyone clapped so we couldn’t have been bad and our drum leader was amazing, getting each section into their assigned rhythm just at the right time.

About Claire B

I'm a passionate printmaker, paper-maker and a poor sketcher (which I'm working to improve). I've stitched from early childhood and am a perpetual student, loving learning and participating in everything creative.
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7 Responses to Drumming: Hits Like A Girl ensemble

  1. Nola says:

    What fun! Should be a great stress relief too. When’s the next gig?

    • Claire B says:

      We haven’t got another gig because it was put together just for Friday night but it would be great if they asked us to continue or do something else. A huge undertaking for Sally, the lady who taught us all.

  2. Pat says:

    Great photos! I loved being part of the band even though I consider myself totally without rhythm. Hats off to Hazelhurst and the band leader for pulling this amazing event together. Hope there is another gig soon.

    • Claire B says:

      I wish they had sent a paper around to collect our email addresses so we could be contacted if they want to continue. I thought Sally was amazing considering some of us had never even touched a drum before. Philippe took the photos and did a really good job. I’ve got a few with you in them if you want copies.

  3. Susan says:

    It was a fun evening and those practise sessions were a giggle too. Many thx for posting such great photos. Much appreciated.

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