Communication, Engagement, Collaboration, Energisers
We provide meeting energisers for all group sizes, our drumming workshop creates powerful team spirit that will awaken all the senses.
Updated August 2018Our meeting energisers are designed to engage, inspire and excite delegates prior to a conference or meeting. Depending on your requirements our sessions can be used at any time to inject energy, emphasise core values or to reinforce your business message.
Our drumming workshops include a vast array of percussion instruments such as cowbells, boomwhackers and tambourines, plus a number of world musical instruments such as didgeridoos, washboards and pan pipes, not to mention fun sound effects like wobble boards, rain sticks, horns and bird calls, all to enhance the experience and created a memorable event.
Our Meeting Energisers Drumming Workshop
During the warm up of all of our meeting energisers, in order to break the ice and make participants comfortable and confident of their ability to take part, we start with a variety of humorous and simple activities including air-drumming, drumming on hands of colleagues, a Mexican Wave, clapping and stamping rhythms, finger clicking, and repeating fun ‘drum language’ words and phrases.
Part 1 – Drums
After the warm up all the delegates are given a hand drum or sound shape drum and start with a simple uplifting rhythm with everyone playing in unison, accompanied by the drum leader and assistants. Everyone has natural rhythm and is able to participate in the session – much of the initial success comes from the fact that within a minute of commencing, delegates are an integral part of a group creating a wonderful tribal drum beat. This makes for a powerful and inspiring start to the session, with a lot of humour as well.
After this, the delegates are taught a Japanese Kodo style rhythm called ‘Heartbeat’, which is a very energetic and humorous part of the session, and always ends in a huge cheer with everyone uplifted.
Part 2 – Percussion
The delegates are divided into 4 groups and each assigned to a group of musical instruments that have been distributed around the perimeter of the room. These instruments include fruit shakers, tambourines, cowbells, sound shapes, drums, and some unusual fun instruments such as didgeridoos, wobble boards and kazoos. The idea of using different types of instruments ensures the session is interactive and encourages guests to use different muscles and parts of the body – hands and arms can get tired if you’re not used to drumming!
After a brief instruction on how to play the instruments, the participants play a piece accompanied by the drum leader on a drum kit, who provides a strong rhythm to latch onto. During the course of the session the delegates move around the instruments so that everyone has a turn on all the different types of percussion. Using a variety of techniques, including call and response, changes in dynamic and tempo, and generalised world music rhythms, participants create an energising and impressive sound in harmony.
Part 3 – Boomwhackers
The delegates will return to their seats and join in a boomwhacker orchestra. Boomwhackers are coloured plastic tubes that are struck on the hand (or any other part of the body!) and play musical notes. When each colour is given a different rhythm to play a tuneful boomwhacker orchestra is created. They will then use the boomwhackers to create the Close Encounters Of The Third Kind theme tune, which slowly gets quicker and quicker and is great fun.