Being a part of the gang reduction plan for the North Hills area, we rack our brains from time to time to come up with extra-curricular activities that will appeal to our youth. We do this in hopes that students in the area would find Cloud and Fire a positive and influential place to be, and that they would choose to come to our center after school, rather than spending time on the unsafe streets that surround us.
One of the most recent activities that we have implemented has been our drum circle. A volunteer, from Remo Drum Center in North Hollywood, comes each week and facilitates a rhythm drum circle. We play a variety of drums, from bongos, to tubanos, to jimbaes, and more. The students are enjoying this activity very much and beating on a drum is so much fun to them. How could one resist the privilege of creating VERY loud noise? Each student has their own drum that they play, and as the facilitator starts a rhythm, everyone else joins in. The group keeps the rhythm and meanwhile, the facilitator selects a few students to stay on beat, but drum to a slightly different rhythm. The end product is amazing.
Ex. 15:2 The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.