is Power of the Drum?
Power of the Drum was founded in 2006 by professional drummer/percussionist
Dennis Cotton. Its purpose is to use recreational drumming as
a metaphor to achieve the goals and intentions of a specific population.
(See chart below)
Team Building, Boost Moral, Stress Relief
Expression, Experience of Unity
is a Group Drumming Event?
A Group Drumming Event is a structured rhythmic experience that
allows all participants to feel welcomed and valued. It is a fun
entry-level learning experience that is accessible to anyone.
Participants express themselves collectively by using a chorus
of tuned drums and percussion to create a musical rhythm song.
Drums were the first musical instrument and are easily accessible
to all ages and populations. Rhythm is a universal language; nearly
every culture in the world plays some type of drum. Drums are
easy to learn, readily produce pleasant sounds and are playable
by people of many different abilities. They provide the kinesthetic
response humans instinctually respond to.
is Dennis Cotton?
Dennis Cotton is a renowned drummer/percussionist who has made
a name for himself as an elite music educator, session player
and accomplished performer. He has recorded over 30 albums
and toured worldwide as a member of the Blues/Rock group Savoy
Brown. He has also performed with Commander Cody, Duke Robillard, The
British Blues All-Stars and countless others. Dennis studied
Drum Circle facilitation with legendary artist and teacher Arthur
Hull, and trained with Dr. Barry Bittman of the Mind, Body Wellness
Center in Meadesville, PA to be a REMO Health Rhythms facilitator.
can I expect from a Power of the Drum event?
Dennis Cotton orchestrates a mixed group of people into an improvisational
percussion ensemble. His role is to assist the drum circle in
reaching its full musical potential. By keeping the activity fun
and stress free, Dennis will use a “teach without teaching”
technique to guide participants through all the necessary skills
needed to be a fully functioning rhythm orchestra. With his abundant
energy, Dennis will unlock the inner musician in all participants.
Dennis’s easy going style and compassionate manner will
make all feel comfortable and relaxed. A Power of the Drum event
is sure to be the highlight of any groups’ schedule.
do I contact Dennis?
Drum Circle Facilitator / Educator
Cotton is a proud member of:
The Drum Circle Facilitators Guild, American
Federation of Musicians and a trained REMO Health