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Franklin Woman's Club Sponsors Hand Drum Program at the Quail Brook Senior Center

Posted by on August 13, 2018 at 11:25 AM

“Imagine a group of people, picking up a drum or some percussion, and the next thing you know, everyone is jamming! The air is filled with motivating sound and movement. You are floating and really feeling the beat! The sound is healing! You are part of the drumming and rhythm.” This was the image that Dave Miller created in an interactive drumming circle program he recently presented with Dana McCurdy at the Quail Brook Senior Center (625 New Brunswick Rd., Somerset NJ). Dave and Dana are drum facilitators and members of the EarthMovers Drum Collective.  This unique program was funded by the Franklin Woman’s Club, a nonprofit service organization committed to philanthropic initiatives to help the community.

Quail Brook Senior Center Manager, Allyson Toth, welcomed 38 guests including Franklin Woman’s Club members, to the event with a summary of the growing body of research on the health benefits of drumming, (i.e., relieving stress, lowering blood pressure, stimulating brainwave activity and positively benefiting one’s emotional wellbeing). Afterwards, Dave and Dana taught participants basic drumming techniques such as hand positioning to maximize drum resonance and how to achieve tonal variations. Attendees learned about the beautiful array of solid wood or fiberglass hand drums (djembes and ashikos from Mali, Ghana, the Ivory Coast of Africa, Indonesia and America). The drums, works of art themselves, featured beautiful carvings and goatskin heads stretched using special ropes that served a functional as well as decorative purpose.

The Quail Brook Senior Center, (located on the Quail Brook Golf Course, Somerset), is operated by the Somerset County Office on Aging and Disabilities Services and is one of six facilities with others located in Basking Ridge, Bridgewater, Hillsborough, Montgomery and Warren. All centers offer a wide assortment of educational, recreational and wellness activities, volunteer and community service opportunities plus lunch in an uplifting, social atmosphere for people age 60+. Transportation is available for those unable to drive. For more information about Somerset County’s Senior Centers, visit


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