The universal language of drumming has many layers to it. The rhythm and beat to drumming is beautiful, exotic, and spiritual. For some cultures, drumming helps with the lines of communications within their group or other tribes. Some cultures see drumming as a way of healing. For most folks, hearing the rhythmic drumming symbolizes good times, and have individuals gather around to dance with another, laughing, smiling, and being carefree. Places like the legendary city New Orleans will have groups of drummers play in the streets all day and night. These type of events that Peter Benkendorf and the group The Collaboratory got the idea that will come to life this Saturday night at Courthouse Square in Dayton. The affair is titled Drum Dayton-Feel the Beat.
The Collaboratory is part of Benkendorf’s own group which he founded, Involvement Advocacy. Involvement Advocacy was born in 1992 in Chicago, and the mission was to provide citizens the opportunity and resources to address systemic challenges facing the community, by providing frameworks for new possibilities and collaborative action. According to Involvement Advocacy’s website, they are fostering imaginative, pioneering, civic engagement and community building initiatives that touch on issues ranging from public housing and urban renewal, to the arts and the environment, from youth development and cross-cultural connections, to technology advancement and community gardens. “We really want to get everyone back to coming out and really supporting this great city”, Benkendorf explained. “This city has a lot to offer and we want people to witness that themselves.”
Drum Dayton will be presenting drum lines, drum groups, individual drummers, and collaborations, followed by a community “drum circle”. The goal is to present the elegance of communicating through drumming, and present to attendees the rich history and splendor that drumming offers. “We wanted to have everyone come and see drumming that they haven’t witness before”, Benkendorf said. “We want people to maybe even get influenced to the point that they maybe would like to get involved in drumming.”
The tentative schedule for Drum Dayton is:
4:00 Chaske Hotain Native American Drummers
4:30 Joseph Glenn Steel Pan Duo
5:00 Michael Bashaw’s Bamboo Stick Orchestra
5:30 University of Dayton Drumline
6:00 Wright State University Percussion Ensemble
6:30 Baoku – Nigerian Hand Drummer
7:00 Dayton Phil. Orchestra Percussion Trio
7:30 West Side Drum Corps
- Dakota 3DI
- Dayton Young & Gifted
- T.R.S.S. Drumline
8:30 DrumDayton Collaborative
9:00 Community Drum Circle
Don’t worry, food trucks will be at the event all night for those who develop a hunger of watching the show. The vendors who will be there are:
Drum Dayton will be providing the community a shot of fresh life that will once again give the people in town even more reason to say that they live in one of the best cities in the United States.
For more info, click on the event Facebook page here.