Spring 2023 Calendar

Drum Circle Fundraiser for Mason Colburn this Saturday, May 20th, Roswell GA

LOCATION: A Mindful Movement Yoga Studio, 12030 Etris Road, Suite C-200, Roswell 30075

(Above Marco's Pizza and Menchie's Frozen Yogurt) members-

         Mason Colburn, the son of one of my friends, was severely injured by gun violence in March and is facing a long recovery. I will be leading a drum circle fundraiser to support the family with their immense medical and legal fees on Saturday, May 20th at A Mindful Movement Yoga Studio in Roswell this Saturday, May 20th.

I haven’t known Mason a long time, but in the time I’ve spent with him I’ve come to know him as a beautiful soul. He’s the boyfriend of the daughter of one of my best friends. At a time when they should be celebrating high school graduation and getting ready to start college, they are instead dealing with an unfathomable tragedy. You can read more of the details of Mason’s recovery plan in the GoFundMe at


Mason is facing up to six months in intensive care and possibly two years of medical care for recovery. His family’s health insurance is only going to cover part of that, and there are legal fees to help assure justice as well. Please support Mason and his family by attending the fundraiser where you can contribute financially in person, or by making a financial donation through the GoFundMe. Please share this message widely.

SCHEDULE: 5pm- West African drumming class (45 minutes)

Bring your djembe, ashiko, dunun and conga drums for instruction in traditional West African drumming. We’ll cover the history and culture, sound technique, some warmups, and a traditional rhythm with song

6pm- Open drum circle jam session (45 minutes) Bring any percussion instruments including found percussion (buckets, pots and pans, etc.) Some percussion instruments will be provided

7pm- Closing: Living Mandala of Rhythm A moving ceremony in which participants will be facilitated to form concentric circles and through chanting, stepping, and tapping in a variety of interlocking rhythms, create a prayer vortex to lift up Mason and anyone in need of healing

West African Drumming on Thursdays will be on summer break until early August members-
          A new six-class beginner djembe series begins on Thursday, April 13th, at Shallowford Presbyterian Church and runs for six weeks on Thursday evenings, 7-8:30pm. The series ends with final class on May 18th. Cost is $90 if registered by April 10th, and $105 afterwards. We will LIKELY meet in the covered, outdoor Pavilion behind the church starting with first class, temperatures permitting. Drop-in fee for any single class is $20. Please see the Group Classes page for more on payment options, registration details and all information.

Emerson Drummers- Tuesday nights in Marietta  members-

        The Emerson Drummers are now playing in their 27th year together!!  This group was begun with members of the Emerson Unitarian Congregation, and has grown over the years with hundreds of drummers of all levels passing through the group.  It is not strictly a beginner class, but we do have brand new drummers regularly joining the group.  The group has a strong welcoming spirit and sense of community sharing.  And with many experienced drummers taking part, you will really be lifted by the power of the rhythm. 

7-8:30pm every Tuesday night, $20 per class drop-in rate for new members. Your first class is FREE. When you are ready to join the performing group your discount fee is $65 per month with your commitment. We meet in the warm months, including April, at East Cobb Park in Marietta, in the pavilion closest to Roswell Road just behind the kids' playground. In cooler months (November-March) we meet in the Fellowship Hall at Emerson Unitarian Congregation, 4010 Canton Road, Marietta GA 30066. Loaner drums and sale drums available by prior request for class- please let us know. 

        NOTE: The listings in this calendar are provided as a service to those interested in drum and dance as well as world music, and are as accurate as I can make them at the time the calendar goes out.  Always be sure to check with the instructor, performer or venue if there is any doubt about the accuracy of what you find here.  If you wish to *subscribe* to receive this calendar automatically as an email, simply send an email to chuck@kumandi.com, and I will add your address to my list.    








































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