Monica Hofer

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Jordan Hanson 
Hand Drum Rhythms 


Royston Community Hall 
3902 Island Hwy RR 1
Royston, BC V0R 2V0
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Three female drumming students


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Take your playing to the next level!

Drum camp – a drumming extravaganza… Three days of drumming workshops in the beautiful Comox Valley (Royston Community Hall). Learn from expert World Beat instructor Jordan Hanson from the University of Victoria’s School of  Music.

  • You are welcome to mix & match workshops - take as many or as few as you would like.
  • The workshops are open to all levels of playing experience. 
  • Instruments are  provided for all of the workshops, including djembes, krins, bass drums and xylophones.
  • Any Two Days for $215
  • All Three Days for just $299


FRIDAY, June 15th

Balafon Basics 3-5 pm $40                                  

Drums & Balafon 6-8 pm $40                                                        

Easy Djembe Rhythms that make you sound good 8-9:30 pm $29 

SATURDAY, June 16th
Balafon Simple Variations 10 am-12 Noon $40

African Bass Drums (Dunduns) 1-3 pm $40                

Djembe, Bass Drums & Balafon 3-5 pm $40

SUNDAY, June 17th
Krin (Log Drums) & Bass Drums 1-3 pm $40

African Rhythm Ensemble 3-5 pm $40                       

Djembe Improv Skills 6-7:30 pm $29

Workshop Details

Beginner Balafon (Friday 3-5 pm)

Learn the basic of balafon playing. African xylophones are so beautiful and rich in their melodies. If you have experience already, this workshop is also worth attending because we will be doing NEW rhythms not covered in previous classes.

Drum & Balafon Rhythms  (Friday 6-8 pm)

Learn how to properly combine the djembe and balafon patterns together. Options to learn on either instrument. Understanding this will make your djembe playing more melodic and musical, and for balafon players, this will connection will help lock you in with the beat. 

Easy Djembe Rhythms that make you sound good!  (Friday 8-9:30 pm)

Some of the most effective rhythms are the easiest to play! Learn simple djembe beats that you can play in traditional settings as well as with other situations like drum circles and jam sessions!

Balafon Simple Variations (Sat. 10 am-Noon)

By special request – easy patterns that allow you to develop your playing on balafon. No previous experience required, we will start from the basics. New rhythm patterns for African Xylophone..

African Bass Drum Conversations  (Sat. 1-3 pm)

Did you know that bass drums talk to each other? Between the three sizes of drums, the different voices carry on musical conversations. This traditional way of playing is very fun to learn, and will enhance your understanding of African music.

Djembe, Bass Drums & Balafon (Sat. 3-5 pm)

Put together the different patterns & instruments... It is very rare in North America that you can learn all the patterns for these traditional Africa rhythms and how they fit together. This your chance at Island Drum Camp!!

Krin (Log Drums) & Bass Drums (Sun. 1-3 pm)

Krin are slit drums made of of hollowed logs, played with sticks. They are dynamic and fun to play! Interlocking rhythmic patterns plus a soloist create rich and beautifully melodic rhythms.

African Rhythm Ensemble (Sun. 3-5 pm)

In this workshop, we put together the parts from the rhythms we have learned, including breaks and intros, and variations. 

Djembe Improv Skills (Sun. 6-7:30 pm)

How to look and sound good on your drum! Everyone wants to feel confident playing on their drum - this special workshop will give you insider tips on how to play well in any situation. Exercises for speed, soloing ideas, and how to play djembe with different styles of music!.


Island Drum Camp 2018 - Royston, BC

Please note that all registrations are non-refundable after Jaunary 1st, 2018