Music in the courtyard summer music project

By Kim Butowicz, Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response

Thanks to everyone who came and participated in our music session Thursday, Aug. 13 in the frog pond courtyard.

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"Michael was right, I have no rhythm and I had a good time and understood what was going on."

We had lots of fun during the facilitated drum circle.

It was a very interactive event – we all played drums and percussion instruments.
Many attended with no previous musical experience and everyone had a great time! We hoped you enjoyed the music.

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Drum circle participants play in the frog pond courtyard.

For those not familiar with the process, a drum circle is any group of people playing hand-drums and percussion in a circle.

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And from my director "Great job on the music event…I came and listened and felt the high energy and excellent engagement on the part of the participants."

They’re distinct from a drumming group or troupe in that the drum circle is an end in itself, rather than preparation for a performance.

Typically, people gather to drum in “circles” with others from the surrounding community. These circles include people of all ages. The DOH circle was very typical in that we had DOH staff, young people, and drummers from the community who came to facilitate and play.

Do you like music? Do you play an instrument? Are you looking for something fun to do during your lunch? If so, come join us for more music sessions at the Tumwater campus.
Watch the Multicultural site on the agency intranet for more information on these events.

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"People were also talking about how just as the drum circle started the clouds went away and the sun came out. Okay, maybe you do have superpowers."

Hi Michael,
A quick note to say thank you (seems really inadequate) for yesterday’s event.

I have always compared the “training coordination” part of my job to not much different than throwing a big party. You plan, send invitations, hope people show up, and most importantly, hope they have a good experience. Well, you rocked the courtyard! I don’t think it will ever be the same. I came back to my desk and the silence was deafening.
Lots of comments yesterday, and people are still talking about it this morning. (I understand the view and sound from the “balcony” was equally good, although I think you had to be there making music to really understand the dynamic. Here are some:

  • From Human Resources to Jovi—what does that cost? Can we do this more often – at team meetings, or agency events?
  • Can we put drums in the wellness room?
  • Best music event DOH has ever done.
  • Can we do this every month until the weather gets bad?
  • What a great stress reliever!
  • Michael is an incredible facilitator – how did he get us to do that? (My response – Michael has magical powers and uses them for good and not evil).
  • So much fun – thank you for putting this together.
  • and my favorite – who were those people and how did I not know about them before?

I explained to everyone who asked that you do this for a living and that this one was gifted but future events would need some dollars attached. There was also talk from some of the participants about people pitching in to come up with funds to do this again before the weather gets bad.

Thank you from me personally for the gift of your time and talent. This agency has been good to me and it was amazing to be able to give back something so incredible.

Kim Butowicz – Training Coordinator
Washington State Department of Health

Department of Health August 13, 2009

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