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Drumming classes available in Errington, Coombs

The Arrowsmith Community Recreation Association (ACRA) is offering marimba and African hand drum programs for beginners, beyond beginners and, for the first time, a marimba program for youth, ages 9-12.

Veteran Kumbana Marimba player Caitlin Duggan will be instructing marimba classes at the Bradley Centre in Coombs (957 Shearme Rd.) Wednesdays until March 14.

Marimba music lifts the spirit and gets people dancing, say organizers. No musical background is needed to join the classes.

Introductory Marimba will run from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at $75, Beyond Beginners from 2:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. at $109, and the brand-new youth program from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. for $60.

Drum Diva Monica Hofer is back with two of her very popular programs: Introductory and Beyond Beginners African Hand Drumming (djembe drums), both offered at the Errington War Memorial Hall (1390 Errington Rd.), Mondays, Feb. 26-April 23 (no class April 2).

The introductory program includes basic hand drumming techniques and rhythms and jamming among a circle of friends. Participants do not need drumming experience, just a willingness to learn and have fun.

The beginner program is offered from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Beyond Beginners class is better suited for players with some background with djembe playing.

The class moves at a faster pace and explores more complex rhythms. This program runs from 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. The cost for each eight-week program is $112.

For more information or to register, contact Arrowsmith Recreation co-ordinators Kim Longmuir at 250-248-8515 or kimlongmuir@telus.net, or Kristine Stephenson at 250-927-3985 or stephenson@live.ca.

— Submitted by Kim Longmuir

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