Roger Squitero

CIRCLE RHYTHM WORKSHOPS

Roger Squitero created the Circle Rhythm percussion workshops after traveling to Brazil for Carnival in 1991. Having played Drums since 1968 Roger was well aware of the healing effects of drumming, but seeing large groups of people playing together, (The Samba Schools often have up to 300 drummers) convinced him of the power of group drumming.

"I often noticed that after playing percussion for a while that I felt calm, relaxed and peacefull, This was especially true if I was involved with other drummers. I began to realize that the vibrational effect of drumming had an influence on the Body/Mind. I really felt this in Brasil while participating with the Samba schools and I noticed the effects on others as well. I thought it would be great to be able to bring this experience to people who don't have the skills necessary to play Drums. I needed to find a way for the average person without musical training to be able to participate in a drum circle, so I began making simple percussion instuments that could be played without having to put in months practicing hand and stick drumming techniques. I found that using these instruments , playing simple rythyms I could augment the sound with other professional drummers and we could achieve a strong rythmic pulse."

Circle Rhythm has had success working with Schools, Business groups, and Corporations alike. The skills necessary to achieving strong rhythms are very similar to those needed in any group dynamic. A complex rhythm is made up of simple parts working together. If everyone contributes by playing his or her part, the greater good is served. Another advantage for people who work together participating in a drum circle,is that while they are drumming they are all on the same level regardless of their status within a company.This translates back to the workspace and improves the group dynamic. The drum circle fosters a sense of togetherness.

Roger has led Circle Rhythm workshops for PEPSICO, MARS, REUTERS, THE COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL of BUSINESS, THE SANTA BARBARA WOMEN'S ECONOMIC COALITION, THE ARTS CONNECTION, SHORELINE CONSULTING, SAWYER CREATIVE and FLANTECH Corp.

 


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