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September 8, 2006
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March to the beat of your own drummer


What in the world is a djembe?

You might wonder that if you've been reading about djembe classes or if you heard the rave reviews about djembe performances at the Allentown Fair, Mayfair or Musikfest.

A djembe is a hand drum that's as easy to play as a child's whistle. Maybe easier. There are only three tones and there is no such thing as a wrong note.

Djembe classes are growing more popular each year, with people ranging in age from 8 to 80-something finding joy in rhythm.

If you've always wanted to try this hand-drumming, now is your chance.

Moe Jerant, renowned world percussion specialist, is offering that chance on Monday, Sept.18, a celebration of the Fall Equinox.

A free community drum circle will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Dave Phillips Music and Sound, 622 Union Blvd. in Allentown.

Jerant calls the event "a rhythm party where everyone has fun and everyone can play. "You need no experience, just a willingness to have fun," she says.

"This is a great opportunity to meet your neighbors at a rhythm party where you'll be encouraged to experiment, be creative and experience music making in the moment.So bring your drums, shakers and dancing shoes.Extra drums and percussion will be available," she adds.

The last free drum circle at Dave Phillips Music and Sound attracted close to 80 drummers of all ages, many of whom never knew what a djembe was before they held one that night.

"We can't wait for the next drum circle," was the comment repeated over and over when people left the event.

"I plan on doing several free drum circles a year to give people a chance to beat stress and learn how to have fun," said Jerant.

At the September 18 event, new comers will be encouraged to pick out a drum or shaker, grab a seat, and be prepared to beat the everyday stresses of life in a fun happening. It takes about two minutes for smiles to break out all around.

While the event is free, those wanting to attend are asked to call ahead to reserve seating. To reserve a spot, or, for more information, contact Moe Jerant at 610-428-0544. Or, check the web site at

Maureen 'Moe' Jerant * (610) 428-0544
Lv Drum Circle  * P.O. Box 541, Bethlehem, PA 18016