International Drum Month
November is International Drum Month
I love drums and the sound of drums but I was sure surprised to find out that there is an International Drum Month - November. In fact, there is an organization called the Percussion Marketing Council (PMC), a non-profit corporation, that sponsors International Drum Month each year in November. Last year (2012), it celebrated its 17th year. This great organization promotes percussion instrument awareness encouraging the understanding, enjoyment of drums and percussion instruments. By visiting their Web site, you can find drumming and percussion news, retailers, contests, upcoming events and more.
Last year, PMC offered a free gift (either sticks or a hand percussion) to those who what to know more about percussion instruments just by doing the following: download a coupon, either from their site or one of the participating magazines, taking it to your favorite music store, have the store employee sign it and attach one of their business cards to the coupon. Then, you mailed in the couple to PMC and you would receive free Beginner's Pack. You can't beat that (excuse the pun)!
Beat! Beat! Drums!
By Walt Whitman
"Beat! beat! drums!-blow! bugles! blow!
Through the windows-through doors-burst like a ruthless force,
Into the solemn church, and scatter the congregation,
Into the school where the scholar is studying,"
Credit: Continue Poetry Foundation
"Life is about rhythm. We vibrate, our hearts are pumping blood,
we are a rhythm machine, that's what we are." Mickey Hart - American
percussionist and musicologist.
Buddy Rich - One of the greats!
Some fun videos based on Drummer Boys
What's New In Drumming?
An Amazon of Drums
What kid doesn't like to beat on a can, box or any thing that will give back a sound. Drums have been around a long time. History indicates as far back as 6,000 B.C. Excavations in Mesopotamian have revealed cylindrical drums dating back to 3000 B.C.
Need more information - you are in the right groove.
I have tried to include links that involve all sites conceivable to drumming and the organization IDM. I hope you enjoy your journey.
- Drummer World
Just about any drummer you want to talk about - info here.
Article - International Drum Month
- Drum Magazine
Promotion International Drum Month
Moms sharing about International Drum Month and its promotion.
The story of Charlie Coulson, Drummer boy as told by Dr. M. L. Rossvally, Surgeon in the United States Army (you can hear this on my You Tube posting below - excellent footage)
A history take on drums.
- Play Drums.com
Sponsored by Percussion Marketing Council - learn about them and drumming.
- Drum Bum.com
How to buy drums and more.
Trust Yamaha for drums.
- Enable Drums.com
Great article: Engineer's Guide To Tuning and Damping Drums
- Drum Circle.com
Newsletter on Village Music Circles - all types of drumming.
- Remo.com drum talk
Remo: For over 50 years, Remo has constantly and consistently broken new ground when it comes to industry firsts.
- Modern Drummer.com
Modern Drummer magazine
- Drum Cafe.com
We offer many world-class programs that are perfect for your teambuilding, training or event. Each person gets a drum, and learns to work in harmony...
Drumming was the only thing I was ever good at. John Bonham
Setting Up Your Drums and More
I have added some great videos on drumming, everything from selecting your sticks, setting up your drums, beginning lessons to a few pointers from Ringo!
Be sure to watch the video - click on the length
Take a moment to enjoy sights and sounds of percussion ensembles presented by WGI World Championships - Winter Guard International, sport of the arts.