Drums Aloud History
This project came about when Nigel and Mike met up with the Caslon Community team, as all three parties were interested in developing a community drumming
project in the Birmingham/Black Coutry region. In January 2007, the preparation began and the bid was submitted to
Awards for All in May 2007 and the grant of £9,500 was awarded in July 2007. As a result, the organisers
behind this project were able to bring West African djembe & sabar drumming to the Black Country & Birmingham, but primarily centred around Halesowen in the
This funding was used to establish West African djembe & sabar drumming classes by allowing classes to be subsidised and to cover venue hire costs. It also ensured that we had sufficient instruments (see Our Instruments), for a class of at least 18 people. These include djembes, dunduns, sabars, krins and a range of other percussion instruments.
Drums Aloud administration
Drums Aloud is administered by
- Mike Tinsley who is a community adult education officer for Dudley LEA and has led much of the community activity as seen on our References page
- Nigel Sadler who has been involved with charity work in the Gambia (WYCE), and is a very active member of the African drumming community, organising and performing at West African drumming events.