Brass bands today use many percussion instruments from all over the world. Above
all drums from South America and the Caribbean, like Congas and Bongos, were played
in nearly every brass band, as they have a modern repertoire including swing, pop,
rock and world music, where these drums play a dominant role.
As with every other instrument in the brass band it is important to develop the correct
playing technique and to learn how to tune your congas, bongos and other percussion
instruments properly. Do you know, that you can play up to 8 different tones on a
Above all this workshop is addressed to the members of the drum section in brass
bands. However it is also designed to show other musicians and everybody who is interested
in drums and drumming, how to play and feel the rhythms of other cultures.
How to hold, tune and play your drum properly?
Which rhythms are typical?
Which other percussion instruments can be played along with the drum in a specific
How can we use these traditional rhythms in a more modern context?
You will find the answer to all these questions in this workshop. Furthermore I will
tell you about the historical and cultural background of the rhythms and drums. In
that way you will develop a deep understanding of percussion music.
The workshop can be held half-day, one day or two days.