A Frame Drum at Grad!

Drummer David Atwood is again making news, and breaking down old barriers!!!  Yess!!!

David has completed the required academic training to become an ordained clergy with the United Church of Canada. During his years in seminary, he experienced the Tar's 'magic' aka the Spirit's pull! He pursued various drum teachers and learned with them. For, he sensed a deep call to integrate this drum with Christian ministry, both worship leadership and pastoral care leadership in particular. 

Here is what he shares with us: 

I performed this piece on the Tar at Rockingham United Church. I also performed it at the Atlantic School of Theology convocation this year. This piece was inspired by my use of the Tar in the healing context during my Clinical Pastoral Education training unit which was part of his required training. 

Check David's drumming out at http://www.rockinghamunited.org/Audio/audios/Papaguan%20Celebration.mp3

May David's drumming continue to bless his ministry and enable our drum to speak once again to the hearts and spirits of every worshipper.


A Welcomed Return!

Here in Ottawa (Canada) recently, we've had very icy weather conditions. One of our drummers fell and broke a femur. Surgery was required, and possibly hip replacement. Our whole group drummed Omalu and Tenfold for her, anxiously waiting for news: did she have the surgery? was it hip replacement? how is she? where is her rehab taking place? When will she be home? 

Then suddenly, our liaison drummer sent out a surprising email: she was home and planning to return to drumming that week! We couldn't believe such news but rejoiced that this could possibly be true!  How wonderful!!! And thus she walked in -not on crutches but merely with a walker! It turns out once in surgery, doctors realized that, with two screws inserted, they could repair her femur! How wonderful x2!

This is a photo of our some of the group presenting her with our gift of welcome. 


Beginner's Workshop !

Our next Beginner's Workshop takes place in Ottawa, Ontario. The Ottawa Intermediate Biblical Drummers will be your friendly and knowledgable hosts!  

Come have fun! Come learn about Miriam and  the Biblical women  who drummed as their chosen form of  prayer and worship! Come hear how Layne Redmond uncovered this tradition and brought it alive again in our day, re-introducing this frame drum in places like Crete, Scandinavia, Brazil, across the US and now in Canada.

The number of drums available is limited, so let us know soon you'd like to be a participant and we will reserve a drum for you!

Further details are in the downloadable poster.

2017 Graduation Citation for our Maritime Drummer!

2017 Citation for the Allan R. Wayte Music and Liturgy Award:

Music is at the heart of transformation. It has the capacity to soothe the troubled soul, to stimulate the imagination, to rekindle long held memories while opening the mind’s eye to new insights.

Music possesses the DNA, or character structure, with the Gospels. For music, like the Gospel comes to life when it is shared. Alone it is no more than a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal, but in unison, in the company of other instruments it becomes a symphony. Therein resides its power and its majesty.

This year’s recipient of the Allan R. Wayte Music and Liturgy Award, embodies the very essence of what it is to share music and in so doing imparting the Gospel.

David Atwood has consistently offered his love of drumming with us throughout his time at AST. Not only has he introduced deep and rich rhythms to the community, and in so doing transported us to places deep in our unconscious—as only the drum can do —he has done so with creativity, good humor and integrity.

Whether we like it or not, percussion is always edgy. It has the ability to actually change our physiological experience of the moment. It can speed up and slow down the heart rate. And so to engage the drum is to invite a conversation with the risky. The Gospel too is dangerous . . . it too, can change our physiological experience of the moment. It too makes demands. It can take us to places that we had not imagined. And while both are risky, both are relationally oriented.

As a student placed at Cole Harbour Woodside Pastoral Charge, David introduced hand drumming to the people of the charge as a part of an educational project. Not only did the project prove to be a wonderful community building project, it expanded the sense of the possible and offered new avenues of liturgical dexterity to the people of Cole Harbour Woodside.

In sharing music, be courageous. In offering the drum, do so without apology. And in being people of the Gospel, know that you engaged in a very dangerous enterprise. David Atwood is acutely aware of these realities. And for the time he was with us, in our community at AST, we were better for it. The 2017 recipient of the Allan R. Wayte Music and Liturgy Award: David Atwood. 

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Our retreat was unbelievably wonderful, filled with laughter, sharing, learning, savouring, and being.  Check out our photos!

Festival Registration News

The closing date for registration at the Second International Biblical Drum Festivaldraws quickly towards us.

We welcome all who are interested in Biblical Drumming, its history and how we are recapturing the Biblical drum today.

A Beginner/Refresher level is available.  Intermediate and Advanced levels are also open.

Come join us for a time of celebration, learning, being with our drum sisters and making new drum friends.

There is no walk-in registration. So book your spot now!

Hope to see you there!

Festival Registration Up

We are pleased to announce the registration process for the 2nd International Biblical Drum Festival is now finalized and available to you! So check our pages under Festival and join in!

Registration is limited and on a first come first serve basis: a total of 60 including 12 beginners. 

Wonderful, gifted and exciting leaders are now ready. And the Ottawa Biblical Drummers are eager to welcome you to Bells Corners United Church and to drum -lots- with you!

Miranda Rondeau is coming from California. Barb and Amy are driving up from Michigan. Let's learn, share, drum and care for the ancient tradition now resting and waiting in our hands!!! 


Introducing Miranda Rondeau!

The Second International Biblical Drum Festival has invited Miranda Rondeau as the Festival's special guest.  Miranda is coming from Los Angeles, California to share her internationally acclaimed drumming skills and her unique style of prayer-singing.

Check out our Festival pages devoted to her!


Lavender Fields Forever!

The Peterborough drummers share a wonderful drum story with us! 

Thank-you, Sylvia!

There is a place near Campbellcroft called Laveanna, which is all Lavender Fields.  Once a year the owners put on a Health and Wellness Weekend. The Mark Street Drummers were invited to participate this year.  Five of us were available to go.   We drummed Omalu  while entering, walking and leaving the labyrinth, which you can see it designed with lavender plants. When we reached the center, (we had already placed our frames there)  we drummed Rattlesnakes one and three several times. Before entering the labyrinth we drummed our meditation, and after finishing, we drummed our meditation again.
There were quite a few visitors as well, and they followed us into the labyrinth, walking to the beat of the drums. One lady wanted to walked it the second time, so we continued to drum Omalu while she was walking and meditating.  All in all even though it was 90 degrees and we were out in the hot sun, we all truly enjoyed the experience.

 Mark Street United Church drummers by Lavender Labyrinth

Mark Street United Church drummers by Lavender Labyrinth

Festival 2016 NEW dates

Our previous date for Festival 2016 include the time of of Passover.  For this reason, the dates for the Second International Biblical Drum Festival have been moved one week earlier to April 15, 16 & 17.

So, re-mark your calendars and come, join in!!!!!

Drumming for Judith's Bat Mitzvah

The Ottawa Biblical Drummers were invited by one of our members, Judith, to drum for Psalm 150 at her Bat Mitzvah! We were thrilled!  It was a beautiful service of worship and our little part went quite well. Congregants were curious about our drums and appreciated our contribution. Below is a photo taken by Jordan Wouk (Judith's brother-in-law)  at this happy event!  Again, Judith, congratulations! And again, thank-you for the privilege of your invitation!  A magnificent lunch followed and in the evening of this auspicious day (March 21) we gathered a second time to celebrate Judith's 70th birthday with a lovely Lebanese dinner! Mazel Tov!  L'Chayim!

Ottawa Drummers ready for Judith (first on left)!

Second International Biblical Drum Festival !!!!!

Building on the wonderfulFirst International Biblical Drum Festival last year, we are pleased to share with you that the Second International Biblical Drum Festival will be held in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, April 15 to 17, 2016. Beginners are most welcome as well as intermediate and advanced drummers who knew and learned with Layne Redmond.

Her very gifted drummer, Miranda Rondeau, from California is our special guest.   An internationally known drum singer, Miranda is a deeply spiritual frame drum artist, and gifted workshop facilitator. She chants with her own unique expression,  knitting the human being with nature's elements, for devotion, relaxation, meditation and prayer.

Earth Day occurs just after our Festival. And so the theme chose for our Festival isthe 4 elements: earth, air, fire, and water, an ancient Nubian practice of associating each stroke of the drum with an element. Layne learned of this association from Hamza el-Din who grew up in Nubia.

So, come, dream and drum, learn and celebrate ! 

The Ottawa Biblical Drummers will be your welcoming hosts!

Details will be published on this site as they become available.