“Drumming is the simplest thing that groups of people can do to come together and unite in peace, harmony and love.” - Babatunde Olatunji—musician, educator and recording artist
Recreational Community Group Drumming Workshops
We ALL are musical beings…our bodies are wired for rhythm, starting with our heartbeats. Drumming helps us all to connect with our inner being and with each other. Group Drumming builds community and the communities we build support and empower us all. Group Drumming promotes well-being and self-empowerment. Together we are stronger…LET’S DRUM!!!
Family Drum Jam
Are you ready for a music making experience you won’t soon forget? Family members and friends of all ages will come together to experience a fun, rhythmical, recreational drumming experience through a Community Drum Circle. Everyone is welcome; regardless of age or musical ability…everyone will experience the joy of drumming, music making and sharing in a family-friendly, welcoming, and collaborative community environment! Some drums will be provided or feel free to bring your own! Join John Stolfe, teaching artist, rhythm facilitator, and drummer for a unique and unforgettable family drumming experience!!! Children 5 years and up. No musical experience necessary...Instruments will be provided! Children should be accompanied by an adult.
Maximum amount of participants: 15
Cost: $5/person or $20/family
Adult Drum Jam (Is Drumming the NEW Yoga?)
What would it feel like to truly “unplug” from your day-to-day routine? Does stress, anxiety, or tension rule your day? Isn’t it time to unwind, play and have fun? It’s your time!!! Join us for a truly unique, creative, interactive, and aesthetic experience which will provide you with 60 minutes that will help you unwind, unplug and re-charge…while also giving you the opportunity to reduce stress, connect with others and HAVE FUN!!! Teaching artist, drummer and trained Remo Health RHYTHMS facilitator John Stolfe will share a Community Drumming experience, that brings people together from all walks of life, regardless of musical experience or background, to create an empowering, restorative and entertaining recreational music experience! No experience necessary...all are invited and are welcome to attend!!! Drums are provided or bring your own!
Maximum amount of participants: 15
Cost: $15 per person
Please register and pay in advance...classes will fill up!
John Stolfe, a Chicago native, is a teaching artist, musician, rhythm facilitator and health coach. He is the founder of Stolfe's Portside Percussion Studio and UpBeat Wellness, both based in Kenosha, WI. He studied percussion performance and music education at the Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University while earning a BSBA in Management from the Heller College of Business - Roosevelt University. He has completed additional studies in music education at Carthage College in Kenosha, WI.
Since 1987, John has provided educational/consultative services to schools and music programs throughout Illinois and Wisconsin. John has helped to inspire and educate students of all ages through private percussion lessons, master classes and group ensemble instruction. He and his students, as well as his student ensembles, have had the honor of performing at many historic and well-known venues throughout the US and Canada.
Since 2003, he has facilitated various leadership, team building and organizational development workshops. Utilizing drumming and percussion instruments as an effective teaching tool for delivering a memorable and effective learning experience, John has led group instruction in corporate/organizational settings, not-for-profit organizations and in academic settings. In 2016, John became a trained HealthRHYTHMS facilitator, combining his passions for recreational music and wellness arts.
In addition to his work with music and music education, John is an active wellness entrepreneur and certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach (INHC). You can learn more about John’s work at stolfepercussion.com and UpBeatWellness.com.