Jaqui Mac- Jacqui MacMillian
Jaqui MacMillan found her passion for African drumming thirty years ago. Over a span of fifteen years, she studied privately with many African drum masters, including Babatunde Olatunji, Mamady Keita and at the Tam Tam Mandingue School in Washington, DC. She began sharing her joy of drumming with others by performing, teaching classes and facilitating community drum circles. Since 1993, Jaqui has taught thousands of students across the USA, both privately and through her Drum for Joy! workshops. Over the years, Jaqui has performed and recorded with some of the top names in the business and has an extensive discography, and WAMA awarded her the “World Music Instrumentalist Award” every year from 1995 through 2002. In 2006, Jaqui moved from Washington, DC to Westminster, MD where she created Magnolia House Arts, Crafts, & Music Studios. She currently teaches and is the director of The Drum For Joy! Orchestra.
“If you can say it, you can play it!” This is the foundation for the Drum For Joy! class. In this class, you will learn the language of the drum, basic hand drum technique and how to make your drum sing. Jaqui presents the drum songs in a way that make it fun and easy to learn. By building and playing drum compositions in all of their parts, (rhythms, breaks, solos, and vocals), you will experience the magic of music making and the joy of drumming in a group! All levels of experience are welcome. From the beginning beginner to the experienced player, the Drum For Joy! classes are enjoyable for everyone! Recording and note taking are welcome and encouraged.
Dance Pavilion, Thursday 3:30 pm
Take your drumming to the next level! In this class you will learn exercises to help improve your drum technique and really make your drum sing out. We will work on rolls, complex phrases, and how to use space to make your solos more interesting. Each participant will have a chance to practice using these new techniques by soloing over a solid rhythm held by the group. Learn to breathe, relax, and take that leap to fly with your solos! There are no mistakes! Come have some fun! (Ages 14+) Dance Pavilion, Friday 1:30 pm