Recent Events & Articles (Our blog)


  • Team-Building: Leadership Jax Opening Retreat in St. Augustine, FL

    On August 18th, 2017, members of the Leadership Jax class of 2018 got a fun surprise at their opening retreat at World Golf Village in St. Augustine – a drum circle!  Since they had just spent the day getting to know one another, a team-building drum circle was just the thing to solidify connections.  Our 5-step process took them through some energizing drum rolls, a relaxing warm-up, a listening and communication activity, drum jam, and an activity to strengthen bonding.

    According to their website,  “Leadership Jacksonville educates, connects, and inspires diverse leaders to build and strengthen their communities.”  Since connection, diversity, and creativity are the cornerstones of Just Add Rhythm’s events, this was an ideal blending of organizational values.

    Activities included:

    • Give a Little, playing one’s neighbor’s drum and injecting upbeat energy into the group (short video here!)
    • Drum jam where participants made up their own rhythms and led the group using volume cues (short video here!)
    • Number Walk, which encouraged participants to think on their feet and adapt quickly to change (short video here!)

    Participants shared that the event helped them to relax and connect, and they also drew parallels between the Number Walk activity and examples of adapting to change in work-related and personal experiences.  Plus, they had tons of fun – just look at those smiles!

    Photo credit:  Steve Ramcharitar

    Interested in adding some rhythm to your team’s next event?

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  • Jacksonville: A Team-Building Event for The Girls Inc. Mentoring Program

    We had the pleasure of drumming with some very inspiring girls and women at Girls Inc. of Jacksonville’s Mentor/Mentee Kickoff Party on February 17th!

    Mentors, mentees, and parents had the opportunity to meet, mingle and drum, with the goal of breaking the ice (and drumming up excitement, pun intended!) for their mentoring program.

    During the drumming portion of the evening, participants got to:
    • Learn to make up their own rhythms on a variety of drums and percussion
    • Lead the group with volume, start/stop, and grouping cues
    • Support one another both musically and emotionally
    • Get over those ‘first-day jitters’ and release stress
    • Have lots of fun and be a little playful!

    Drum circles are a wonderful way to kick off an event, especially for a program that brings people together from a variety of backgrounds.  After the drum circle, participants had the opportunity to share how they were feeling. Many reported they were feeling more relaxed, less stressed, more connected, and more excited for the mentoring program to start.  The group was able to achieve a sense of unity at the end of the evening that pumped them up and allowed everyone to feel supported.

    Check out the photos below, and contact us if you want to find out how your group can benefit from a team-building drum circle!

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  • Pompano: Indoor Summer Drumming Activities – Camp Zion

    Two back to back indoor drumming sessions with Camp Zion in Pompano were just a blast!  Kids enjoyed the rhythm games and controlling the drum circle volume.  Learning leadership, teamwork, and rhythm without breaking a sweat!

    Engaging activities during the drum circle:

    1. Icebreakers – the facilitator starts everyone drumming right off the bat through activities that are designed to elicit smiles, giggles, and outright laughter.
    2. Drum Jam! – participants learn to listen to, play together and support each other as a group. They also have the opportunity to lead the group by utilizing signals to control the volume level and the groups playing.
    3. Interactive games – participants focus on social skills and nonverbal communication skills through games that encourage teamwork. During these games we utilize props such as Boomwhackers percussion tubes, egg shakers, balls, and a crowd favorite, the ‘magic wand.’
    4. Emotional connections – the workshops often end with participants expressing their feelings on the drum by connecting with a specific memory or goal. They then get an opportunity to share their experiences and what they’ve learned – plus do one more group drum roll for one last opportunity to make noise!

    Like what you see?  Book us for your next event!

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