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What is Drum Cafe?

Drum Cafe SouthEast presents unique, interactive music and dance performances, commanding full-audience participation in drumming and dancing shows all around the world.

Drum Cafe is a leader in corporate team building worldwide. We provide interactive drumming events for audiences from ten to ten thousand participants, using the power of rhythm to quickly engage, unite, and inspire any group. For twenty years, our team of world-class musicians and specialized facilitators have used drumming to create unparalleled interactive corporate team building and entertainment events.

Using rhythms originally developed as a method to unite the multicultural workforce in the new South Africa, Drum Cafe motivates change through our innovative leadership practices. By providing a drum to each participant and teaching them how to play as part of a group, Drum Cafe brings people together and promotes community in organizations around the world.

The Experience: An Attendee’s Story

We arrive at the venue and we prepare for the opening of the conference. We start setting up, and by the time we have unpacked fifty drums, a surprised server asks us, “Who is going to play all of those drums?” We smile and say, “Two hundred accountants!”

We place a drum on each of the 200 seats in the ballroom. The attendees are unaware that they are about to participate in communal drumming as they arrive for their annual conference. We begin to play our drums announcing that the program is about to commence.

When the accountants enter the room, they are surprised. As they move through the room to find their seats, the music continues, filling the space and creating an electric atmosphere.

Tentatively, a few brave individuals start beating away on their drums. An enthusiastic person gets carried away with the energy in the room and leaps to their feet for a quick dance to the wild applause and cheers of the group. The rhythm is infectious and soon everybody is tapping on their drum.

Then, without saying a word, our facilitator gets up and starts to conduct the group with a repertoire of body language signals. She brings the two hundred entry-level musicians into perfect unison. This is how a Drum Cafe event begins.

Two hundred drums for two hundred accountants.

During that hour, participants are engaged in playing drumming rhythms that demonstrate how teams, like music, are made of smaller components. When all components collaborate and play together, the effect is magical and we achieve incredible success! We alternate between interactive drumming segments and windows of communication. We speak passionately about the power of teamwork. Our program is message driven and we take pride in customizing our message to make it both relevant and highly valuable to each of our customers.

By the end of the hour, the group has become a percussive orchestra and participants are left feeling energized and exhilarated, both as individuals and as a group.

Why Drum?

The effect of being part of a synchronized drumming orchestra is both moving and highly motivating for each participant.

Leveled Playing Fields

Each person is as important as another.

Barriers are Broken

Barriers of age, race, gender and ability disappear.

Learning to Listen

We learn to hear and listen to each other.

Drum Cafe Testimonials

See what our clients are saying about their experiences with Drum Cafe.


The Drum Cafe event spread enthusiasm like wildfire among my Motorola division. I received more positive feedback from the division heads about this event than any held prior to this. I will definitely be using The Drum Cafe again! Thank you again.

Laura Lazano,

MOTOROLA

The experience was fantastic,and exceeded even my highest expectations and wishes! My staff was stunned, surprised, and enveloped by the magic. They are still talking about it and we are all working together to make the beat go on!

Gail Hansen,

CEO OF SUNTRUST

A unique teambuilding experience, unlike anything we’ve done before. ……….. Truly Stimulating!”

John Lee,

SENIOR VP OF CNN

The Drum Cafe team was simply amazing and had even the most reluctant among us beating a drum with the entire group in just minutes. We’ve had nothing but good comments from the entire organization and many of them are ready to do it again.

Tom Loehr

VP Procurement, Rolls-Royce Corporation

The Drum Cafe rated as one of the highlights of the week. Our teams left energized and very motivated to win in the market. Our objectives were all achieved.

Mark Barnard

VP of Unilever

You did a phenomenal job! The executives and attendees were amazed at how well you incorporated our mission and objectives. I can honestly say that Drum Cafe was the highlight of our conference. We continue to hear comments on how much fun the drumming was and how impressed people were with you. We couldn’t be happier and really wanted to express our sincere thanks for the performance you gave. You truly provided us an uplifting experience that enriched our event!

Kristie Schroeder

Starbucks

“To say the event was outstanding would be an understatement. The team led us through a dynamic, organized session with high energy and humor. This was like no team building we had ever experienced before. Our participants were engaged and energized, and the team building “broke down barriers” in our group to prepare us for the 3 days ahead. Some initial feedback from our participants: “This was the best team building event I have ever attended.” “My favorite part of the past three days was the drumming event.” We had 100% enthusiastic group participation. And even those people we had not expected to participate joined in with excitement.”

Jen Lukitsch

Johnson & Johnson

Thanks to the whole gang for doing such a great job – everyone had a blast at the event, largely due to the Drum Cafe . You guys were the stars of the day!

Paula Heath

Microsoft