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Druminar

The Ultimate Team-Building Experience

Motivate and Engage Your Team!

No prior musical experience is required to participate!

Druminar™ is a new twist on the concept of team-building and leadership development training. Our certified facilitators are trained to help your team’s engagement, motivation, communication, enhance corporate culture and improve employee performance.

Drum Circles

Regardless of the size, age, or composition of your group, Drum Circles channel the power of music and percussion to bring people from large corporations, small businesses, or students of any age together as a team.

Benefits:

  • Brings team members together to achieve a common goal
  • Emphasizes the importance of each team member’s contribution
  • Promotes cooperation among co-workers
  • Demonstrates the value of effective communication and listening skills
  • Illustrates the importance of diversity
  • Encourages individual creativity within a group setting
  • Breaks down hierarchical barriers
  • Improves critical team management/leadership skills
  • Develops camaraderie among co-workers
  • Relieves stress
  • Fun!

Learn How to Conduct an Orchestra

Our Maestro will demonstrate the significance and importance of clarity, expressiveness, preparation, and confidence needed to be a successful leader and manager. The symphony  conductor is used as a metaphor for your CEO.

I think I speak for the entire group when I say that I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to draw the connection between the corporate and music worlds…

I can honestly say that Druminar provided a very unique opportunity for our team to work together in unexpected ways and that the new perspectives will certainly be carried forward!!

Bradley Fuster

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Keuka College

How it Works…

Using guided rhythmic activities and discussion, participants take team-building to the next level. Everyone on your team is given a unique drum or percussion instrument to play. Our certified facilitators employ an interactive, hands-on approach to help participants gain personal insights and group connections, leading to individual and organizational growth. In addition, our Conductor will teach your team the skills needed to be a conductor and a successful leader.

No prior musical experience is required to participate!

Team Building Exercises

This program is designed to teach both managers and employees the value of highly functioning teams, resulting in increased levels of employee/team engagement and business performance.

Leadership Development

The symphony orchestra conductor is used as a metaphor for your CEO. Our Maestro will focus on developing leadership skills for the corporate environment. Your team will see examples of full conductor scores and learn the basics of various beat patterns used by conductors. Your team will experience the  significance of clarity, expressiveness, preparation, and confidence needed to be a successful leader and manager.

Conferences

Druminar™ is perfect for conferences. Whether it’s for kick-offs or closings, retreats, conventions, or seminars, you will create connections between participants that will last well beyond your event.

Student Sessions

Our student programs are hands-on rhythmic experiences geared towards students of all ages–starting as young as third graders and going through to college and university students..

Pricing

For quotes on our drumming programs, please contact us. We can deliver this unique experience at your venue or arrange a suitable venue for you.

Team Building Exercises

This program is designed to teach both managers and employees the value of highly functioning teams, resulting in increased levels of employee/team engagement and business performance.

Leadership Development

The symphony orchestra conductor is used as a metaphor for your CEO. Our Maestro will focus on developing leadership skills for the corporate environment. Your team will see examples of full conductor scores and learn the basics of various beat patterns used by conductors. Your team will experience the  significance of clarity, expressiveness, preparation, and confidence needed to be a successful leader and manager.

Conferences

Druminar™ is perfect for conferences. Whether it’s for kick-offs or closings, retreats, conventions, or seminars, you will create connections between participants that will last well beyond your event.

Student Sessions

Our student programs are hands-on rhythmic experiences geared towards students of all ages–starting as young as third graders and going through to college and university students..

Pricing

For quotes on our drumming programs, please contact us. We can deliver this unique experience at your venue or arrange a suitable venue for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Drum Circle?
A drum circle is any group of people playing hand drums and percussion instruments in a circle, or similar format to create in-the-moment music. They can range in size from a handful of players to a circle with hundreds of participants.

The drum circle is led by a facilitator who guides the group through various rhythms and rhythm-based activities. A drum circle is highly interactive and does not require any prior musical knowledge by the participants. Because each group is different, each rhythm-based musical experience is unique.

What are the benefits of Drum Circles?
Drum circles can be used for corporate settings, educational groups as well as conferences and events. There are numerous positive benefits of using drum circles, including:

  • Brings team members together to achieve a common goal
  • Emphasizes the importance of each team member’s contribution
  • Promotes cooperation among co-workers
  • Demonstrates the value of effective communication and listening skills
  • Illustrates the importance of diversity
  • Encourages individual creativity within a group setting
  • Breaks down hierarchical barriers
  • Improves critical team  management/leadership skills
  • Develops camaraderie among co-workers
  • Relieves stress
  • Is energizing and fun!
  • Is accessible to all!
Do I need to be a drummer to participate?
No! In fact, you do not need to have any prior musical knowledge. The program facilitators will teach you everything you need to know to participate throughout the Druminar™ event.
How many participants can you accommodate?
Our sessions can range from 15 to 150 participants. It all depends on your location.
Where are your programs held?
For logistical convenience, most sessions are held at Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo, NY. However, we can always come to your facility!
I’m ready to book an event. What comes next?
If you’re ready for a quote on a corporate or educational drumming program, please contact us.

We will deliver this unique experience to your venue or can arrange a suitable venue for you. We provide all the drums needed for your program or event.

Remember–no musical experience is required! Let us provide a powerful drumming experience that will have a lasting effect on your team!

What They’re Saying About Druminar …

It was phenomenal!!! I found it profoundly thought-provoking. I enjoyed your detailed process and how it applies to my daily efforts at work! Our team came together as a collaborative effort. I find that I use the lessons every day at work and in my everyday life.

Jacqueline Henry
Receptionist/Finance Assistant -- Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

Druminar provides a different approach to the team or group philosophy. Similar to a symphony or orchestra, employees in any corporate team setting have to work effectively together to achieve a common goal.  Mark, Jamie, and Paul do a wonderful job using the basic principles of music to illustrate how important it is to utilize every member of the group in order to achieve office or department goals. This seminar gives employees the chance to try something new, outside of their comfort zone, as well as giving the group the opportunity to identify strengths within the team dynamic that may not have come to the surface otherwise.

Sabrina Berdzik
Training Specialist II, M&T Bank

These sessions are outstanding! There is so much energy going on during the drum workshop. Most people were not musicians but were playing the drums together immediately. Everyone was challenged to improve, yet no one was put on the spot or embarrassed. It was creative, exciting and has the power to transform people. It was fantastic!

Ross Coons, Student
State University of New York, Buffalo State College

The Druminar has been the talk of the past few days. I can’t tell you how many of the SDPs have referred back to something that they picked up at the Druminar and used as a link. I had them do a brief presentation this week and it was absolutely overwhelming the learning that came as a result of spending time with you, Mark, Paul, and the rest of the team. I think that you are really on to something very big. Congratulations!

Karen Townsend
Vice President, Organizational Development, M&T Bank

Druminar leadership development sessions are amazing at demonstrating how your team can be resilient, innovative and flourish in any environment by utilizing the compelling leadership qualities of a symphony orchestra conductor.

JoAnn Falletta
Music Director, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

I think I speak for the entire group when I say that I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to draw the connection between the corporate and music worlds. I can honestly say that Druminar provided a very unique opportunity for our team to work together in unexpected ways and that the new perspectives will certainly be carried forward!!

Bradley Fuster
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Keuka College

Our Certified Instructors

Jamie Shrock, MBA, SHRM-SCP, RACR

Jamie Shrock, MBA, SHRM-SCP, RACR

Co-Founder

Jamie Shrock is the co-founder of Druminar and a certified executive Human Resources professional with more than 15 years of leadership and organizational development experience in multiple industries including Banking and Health Care. She is a passionate, resourceful, inclusive, people-oriented leader who develops teams of human resources professionals and senior leaders. Shrock has expertise designing, creating, and leading innovative programs and systems to enhance corporate culture, improve employee performance and support organizational change.  She has over ten different psychometric (personality), recruiting, talent and change management Human Resources licenses and certifications. Currently she is the Director, Talent Management at Elderwood /Post Acute Partners located in Buffalo, NY's corporate headquarters.

Little known fact about Jamie... As a former professional musician, Shrock has held both management and musician positions with multiple symphony orchestras. She has performed as a soloist with many orchestras including the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and also played in prestigious halls such as the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Shrock holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Bassoon performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Mark Hodges, MBA, M.M.

Mark Hodges, MBA, M.M.

Co-Founder

Mark is currently the co-founder of Druminar and the Principal Percussionist of the multiple Grammy award-winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. He is a member of the percussion faculty at the State University of New York, Buffalo State. As an artist/endorser for Freer Percussion and Zildjian Cymbals, Hodges has been a clinician, adjudicator and lecturer throughout the United States including the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC). He has performed in over 35 recordings with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra as well as multiple recordings with the Cleveland Orchestra. Hodges holds degrees from Cleveland Institute of Music, Case Western Reserve University, Capella University and the University of Cincinnati/College Conservatory of Music.

Little know fact about Mark ... Mark has performed many concerts with some of the top rock and pop artists including The Moody Blues, Sarah McLachlan, The B-52s, Johnny Mathis, Stewart Copeland (The Police), Lou Gramm (Foreigner), Burt Bacharach, Olivia Newton-John, The Temptations, and The Four Tops.

Maestro Paul Ferington

Maestro Paul Ferington

Facilitator

Druminar Facilitator Paul Ferington is hailed as a "distinguished Guest Conductor" by the Buffalo News. Ferington conducted the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra for over 25 years as a member of the executive conducting staff. During this tenure, he conducted the orchestra in over 400 concerts in the U.S. and Canada. In addition to his conducting, Maestro Ferington is Professor Emeritus from the Niagara campus of State University of New York (SUNY) and was awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2005. During his 32 years as an academic educator and administrator, Maestro Ferington served in major supervisory roles as Division Chair of Fine Arts and as Vice-President for Academic and Student Affairs. He has supervised over 400 full and part-time faculty, along with support and clerical staff.

Little known fact about the Maestro ...
Ferington has conducted the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and chorus every July 3rd to an audience of over 16,000 people for over 18 years. At his last BPO performance, July 3 was declared “Maestro Paul Ferington Day” in Buffalo, NY by Mayor Byron Brown.

Some of Our Clients

In the News...

Bankers get management training through conducting

 The League of American Orchestras- summary of Buffalo News Article on Druminar

BPO promotes music education to school leaders

National Public Radio WBFO Broadcast Buffalo/Toronto

Drumming up teamwork

Buffalo Business First News