Djembe Drumming:

Students took part in two all-day djembe drumming workshops in June led by drumming instructor Don Culp. Students were taught the basics of djembe drumming by classroom, and then those interested in taking their experience to the next level participated in a "master's class". The Djembe is a skin-covered hand drum shaped like a large goblet and is meant to be played with bare hands. The name of the djembe comes directly from the saying "Anke dje, anke be" which literally translates to "everyone gather together" and defines the drum's purpose.

Don's discussions with the students highlighted the
importance of determination, dedication, respect, responsibility and open mindedness as it relates to drumming but more importantly to happiness and success in anything they wish to achieve in life.

Don holds the rank of 8th degree black belt teaching his own concepts in a style called Shizen-do, is a certified personal trainer and the head instructor of Don Culp’s Karate Studio/Whole Arts Training Center in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. He is a song writer, respected session drummer/percussionist, as well the production coordinator for concerts and has also invented, patented and successfully marketed a dog related product called the Pro-Leash. For more information about Don check out his website at