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The new Kumandi EIGHT-week class series at Shallowford Presbyterian begins March 14th, 2024.

This new class will be held on Thursday nights, 7 - 8:30pm, at Shallowford Presbyterian Church at 2375 Shallowford Road, Atlanta GA 30345. It's warm enough now in the evenings to move the class back to the outdoor pavilion behind the church. Please bring a folding chair to sit on, as the picnic tables are very heavy and hard to move, and the height of the benches may be too low. A minimum of seven students is required for the class.  

Some rental and sale drums are available for the class.   The new EIGHT-class series begins on Thursday March 14th, skips April 4th for spring break, and finishes with a final class on Thursday May 9th. We will learn one rhythm over each two classes, for a total of four rhythms over the eight classes of the course. We will cover all aspects of each different rhythm over two weeks: break, djembe accompaniments, dunun music, bridge and song.

When you pull into the big parking lot, drive up the LEFT side of the church to the back. There are several parking spaces at the top of the hill, near the short walkway to the pavilion. If those are taken, continue a little further and there are more spots near the playground.

Some rental and sale drums are available for the class if you need one to get started. If you do, please register early so I can make arrangements to provide a drum for you. **I currently have several really nice drums for sale!** 

Payment: The price for the 8-class course is $135. Drop-in to any single class for $20. Service charge of 3% will be added to Paypal and credit card payments.

Payment options: If you don't have a Paypal, Venmo or Zelle account, you can mail a check payable to "Kumandi Drums" to my home address, which I'll send you by email. Or you can call me at 404-966-5800 and give a credit card number. 

For maximum convenience, use these Paypal buttons for registration and drum rental fees.


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IMMERSION WORKSHOP: The Joy of Drumming #2, May 18th

We had a great day of drumming with 20 participants on March 2nd, and the feedback was so good we have decided to schedule the next one. This one will be in the pavilion outdoors! Save the date!!

Good friends and longtime drumming colleagues Amy Jackson of DrumRise, Dee Desnoyers of Atlanta Drum Club, and Chuck Cogliandro of Kumandi Drums will lead an Immersion Workshop in West African Drumming!!

Saturday, May 18th, 2024

Shallowford Presbyterian Church in Atlanta.

9am to 3:30pm, with lunch break

We won't have access to a kitchen this time, so if you bring your lunch pack it in a cooler.

Cost: $100

Join these three instructors and their students for a day learning all aspects of a traditional West African rhythm, including:
-djembe accompaniment rhythms
-dunun music
-solo phrases
-short performance by instructors
-and more!

Location: Shallowford Presbyterian Youth Building
2375 Shallowford Rd., Atlanta GA 30345

When you pull off Shallowford Rd. into the big parking lot for the church, drive up the left side of the church to the back.  You'll crest a hill just as you have to start turning right. If you went straight you'd come to the pavilion where we'll meet. There are a few parking spots there, and more further over in front of the kids' playground.

Prepay with the Paypal button below, and your spot will be reserved. If you'd like to pay with Zelle, Venmo, or credit card, please send an email to Chuck at chuck@kumandi.com to receive those payment details.


--> The Emerson Drummers are now playing in their 28th year together! 

Your first class is FREE, so you can decide if it's a good fit. 7-8:30pm every Tuesday night, $20 per class drop-in for new members after your first class. For those ready to join the performing group, the Sustaining Member status gives you a discount price of $65 per month with a commitment to attend and pay every month.

In the warm months we meet at East Cobb Park on Roswell Road, in the pavilion closest to the road and just behind the kids' playground.  If that pavilion is already taken we move to the smaller pavilion, at the back of the upper parking lot. During the cold months, including November-February, we meet in the Fellowship Hall at Emerson Unitarian Congregation, 4010 Canton Road, Marietta GA 30066. Loaner drums and sale drums available by request made prior to class. 



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