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Pelham Art Center Rocks to Drum Circle Beat

PELHAM, N.Y. – Several parents and their kids turned out to the Pelham Art Center on Saturday for an energetic drum circle event led by Damon Jackson, which had many saying how successful the event was, including gallery and public program manager Laura Koo Nicholas.

“Better than (hoped for) actually,” said Nicholas of the event and attendance, which turned out to be 60 people. Some parents and children banged on drums and bongos while others shook tambourines and maracas. The rhythm was palpable throughout the room as people bounced to the music from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Jackson credited the Westchester residents for creating a fun-filled event.

“The fact that everyone was really into it and really interested (was the best part),” Jackson said. “They made it happen. I just helped. It’s all what they give and I just try and take that and share it everyone.”

Greg DiMiceli of Port Chester attended the program with his four kids and they all enjoyed themselves.

“I thought it was great,” DiMiceli said. “I love the idea of different ages – adults, kids, everybody.”

DiMiceli has been trying to start a drum circle, and attended this one to get a better idea of it. While he had been to other drum circles in the past, the Pelham Art Center’s was the biggest one he had participated in.

Lynn Honeysett, the director of the Pelham Art Center, had seen Jackson perform at a drum circle in New Rochelle and was impressed with his ability to get everyone involved.

Nicholas said that seeing the community and participants so into it was the best part of the event.

“They really just sort of feel welcome and engaged to pick up any instrument and just sort of jump in. I think it makes Damon’s job really easy, which is more than I think one could hope for,” Nicholas said.

Jackson’s organization is called A.L.I.R.A.M. - A Lesson in Rhythm and Melody. He has performed throughout Westchester and is an active member of the Drum Circle Facilitators Guild.

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