I was super slammed yesterday. Here was my schedule:

9:30 – 10:30 AM: Prove to a new administrator that music therapy is worthy of keeping in the budget. [✔ Success!]

12:30 – 1:30 PM: Facilitate a corporate drum circle with 60 engineers. [✔ Success!]

4:30 – 5:30 PM: Celebrate a year anniversary for a retirement community client by facilitating a performance by our drumming group. Then stroll around for 30 minutes singing old jazz tunes while the residents eat and dance. [✔ Success!]

Corporate Drumming

Facilitating Teambuilder in Pacific Beach on the bay ~ July 13, 2011

It sounds easy enough, but with all the various tasks and mindset shifts that had to take place in between all the sessions. Oh my goodness. I was brain dead and comfortably tucked into bed by 8:30 last night.

The gig that really wiped me out was the corporate drum circle. That drum circle made me do some brain acrobatics and prepping like you wouldn’t believe. All for the best: It turned out to be a smashing success! Lots to learn, but it was very well-received.

After processing through it all, I realized that I shouldn’t ever do a corporate teambuilder without giving this away ~


Of course, we had a crazy amazing time drumming, and we gave thank you rumbles to my assistant, the organizer, the venue, the manager, the beach, the sun, etc. In fact, when the manager spoke before any facilitation, the group independently rumbled in new members to the team!

And inwardly and personally, I was thinking deeper about gratitude.

A few faces popped up in my mind. A couple of days ago, I reached out and requested help from an outstanding community of drum circle facilitators. The feedback and input I got back from reaching out was… flooring. I felt so supported, encouraged, confident, and prepared because of these people. Here is my personal thanks to this amazing group of people, in no particular order:

Greg Whitt of Drum For Change
Erik Dunton of Hands-On-Drums
Chrystine Julian
John Walter of Drum Crazy
Jeni Swerdlow of Drummm Rhythm Events
Mary and Ju of Rhythm Expansion
Jim Greiner of Hands On Drum
A few talented anonymous drummers
And no virtual thank you drum rumble would be complete without thanking Arthur Hull, Christine Stevens, and my friend John at the Remo drum company.

Seriously, go rub shoulders with a few of these people. You won’t be disappointed.

Now, a question for you: Who are your mentors and supporters that help you through tough times?

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