All at the College are invited on Wednesday, April 4, to enjoy and maybe even participate in a drumming circle led by DrumGlory.
DrumGlory will demonstrate drumming 7:30-8:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium on the Hardin Valley Campus. The free event is one of the student activities that revolve around the theme of Africa and this year’s Common Book, “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope,” by William Kamkwamba.
The drumming group’s genesis came when Catrina Adams, then a 46-year-old Pellissippi State student, asked her instructor if she could write an assigned research paper about her latest passion: hand drumming. Ed Francisco, English professor and writer-in-residence, agreed.
Adams not only did the research—showing that drumming is connected to a rise in serotonin and endorphins—but she also got two other class members to join her in demonstrating the skill to Francisco’s Survey of American Literature.
“The essence of the drumbeat starts in the womb with your mother’s heartbeat,” Adams said. “Research proves that those addicted to alcohol will improve with hand drumming. A drum manufacturer chose to invest in the science of drumming. With one hour of drumming, natural killer cells activity increases and stimulates the brain to produce more serotonin and endorphins.”
The research paper was two years ago. Since that time Adams and fellow students Harold Puckett, 49, and Lynn Wall, 42, have launched DrumGlory. They also have used it to benefit the community. The group has facilitated drumming at Dollywood and has worked with Cornerstone of Recovery and the 4-H Center in Grainger County.