For those who have never heard of a “drum circle,” it is a little-known secret treasure right here in our community. “Drumming relieves stress, it’s a lot of fun, and businesses use it to teach team work,” said drum circle facilitator Nina Ward. “People gather in a drum circle to have fun. It can be a way of healing, or even a spiritual experience.” The drum circle started about a year ago and the meeting places have ranged from parks, to restaurants, to private homes. Attendance has ranged from as few as five to as many as 20 participants. Some bring their own drums but owning a drum is not necessary. Drummers have been creative, bringing buckets, metal chairs, or thin sheets of metal to create a unique sound. The next drum circle meets the second Saturday of each month and the next meeting will be July 10 at the Hilton C. Schott Park, 8510 Will Clayton Parkway, in Humble. The group is looking for an indoor facility to use when the weather is too hot or too cold; they prefer a large room where others would not be disturbed by the noise. “There are different styles of drum circles. Some have dancing, some are just drums; ours has drums and percussion,” said Ward. “The drums just start talking together and you don’t need drumming experience to join in.” The group starts in a circle and everyone has an instrument, usually a drum, but any kind of percussion instrument will do. The group gathers in a circle with their instruments and the facilitator explains the basic beats to the newcomers. Musical games can be played and the group works together to harmonize and make music. A drumming round can last from two to 15 minutes, and there can be multiple rounds during each session. “You can’t make mistakes,” said Ward. “It’s a great escape; it’s my drug of choice.” For more information about the drum circle, e-mail Nina Ward at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Photo: A community drum circle meets on the second Saturday of each month. The next meeting will be July 10 at the Hilton C. Schott Park in Humble.

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