Remo
David Boardman
Percussionist, Teacher, Handbell Director
Country of Residence:
United States
"Because everything about Remo is world-class. The drums are attractive, fun to play, withstand all kinds of punishment, and sound great! Partner that with the HealthRHYTHMS program, and you've got a winning combination that's touching a lot of lives."
Education: Bachelor of Music Education, Florida State University School of Music

Populations Served: Children and adults with serious illnesses and other physical, emotional and life challenges, at Camp Twin Lakes (near Atlanta, Georgia)
Camp Twin Lakes

Affiliations: Percussive Arts Society, American Guild of English Handbell Ringers

Special HealthRHYTHMS Moment:

At Camp Twin Lakes, kids experience transformations through HealthRHYTHMS on a daily basis. Sometimes it takes a while to see the results.

Itís not unusual for kids to bunk with the same cabin mates every summer. The campers form tight-knit groups and grow up together. All year long they look forward to reuniting with their friends at camp.

One particular cabin of girls stands out. They had been together a couple of summers before I met them, and it was obvious how much they cared for each other.

In our first HealthRHYTHMS session, the girls were having a grand time laughing, drumming and dancing. All except one. She sat in the circle with a sort of blank look on her face, staring off into space. She couldnít speak, and she didnít seem interested in what was going on. An adult caregiver was gently encouraging her to participate, but she never did.

The next summer she sat quietly again, staring off for a while. Then she reached for a Sound Shape and randomly poked at it. She put it down and, once again, seemed to lose interest.

This past summer she started out much the same, yet didnít mind when a djembe was placed in front of her. Although she didnít play, her attention was towards the circle. After the group drummed a while, we did some call and response. Someone would play a rhythm, and weíd go around the circle and everyone would individually repeat the rhythm.

When it came to her spot in the circle, she suddenly let loose and played the rhythm note for note. The entire circle erupted in thunderous cheering, clapping and congratulations. This went on for several minutes, and was repeated every time she played!

At the end of the session, she smiled. She always needed anotherís arm to lean on to steady herself while walking around camp. That day she was standing a little straighter and moving a little easier. She was radiant!

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