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Mystic Drumz to visit Sugar Grove library

SUGAR GROVE – The sound of drums will come alive at the Sugar Grove Public Library, when Mystic Drumz will host a workshop that will include a drum circle for those in grades one through five from 11 a.m. to noon April 29.

The library is located at 125 S. Municipal Drive. The event will take place in Meeting Room C.

Mystic Drumz, based in Toronto, has drum facilitators that travel throughout Canada, the United States and Mexico.

According to the Mystic Drumz website, part of its mission is to “reinvent music education and interactive entertainment.”

Mick Archer, “edu-tainer” for the Midwest for Mystic Drumz, will lead the library’s drum circle.

Other hats Archer wears include being a columnist for Chicago Jazz Magazine and vocal and piano teacher at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago.

“The most important thing is for people to have fun, to just enjoy the event,” Archer said. “But the takeaway from it is a new appreciation of the patterns and numbers that exist in music.” 

Archer said that when he teaches children he emphasizes that music is the best form of pattern recognition.

“There’s something going on,” Archer said. “It’s not just sound; it’s not noise. There’s a pattern. And to recognize these patterns and to respond to these patterns with your mind and with your body, it’s really fun and it integrates elements of dance, as well as playing music, because all rhythms come out of the body.”

Lorne Lampert, chief drumming officer for Mystic Drumz, called the upcoming workshop “all-ages fun.”

“We’re blending sounds [from] different parts of the world into a unique song … ,” Lampert said. 

Attendees will be able to play at least one drum.

According to Lampert, the drums include West African djembes, Cuban bongos, American cowbells and triangles, and South American maracas and clave sticks.

Lampert said that Mystic Drumz takes an orchestral approach to the drum circle.

“We’ll start like an orchestra, and we’ll come in section by section,” Lampert said. “Another example is we’ll finish the song with [a] big drum roll … so, we’ll get the feeling of what it feels like to be in the pit of a real orchestra.” 

Archer anticipates incorporating a song with boom whackers, tambourines and bongos.

Interested participants need to register with their Sugar Grove library card and can do so at by calling 630-466-4686.

Caregivers and siblings of participants are invited to observe the workshop.

“We are really excited to have music as part of one of the library programs,” said Alison Schwarz, library youth services associate. “Music should be a big part of everyone’s life. And it’s really cool that we’re able to offer a program like this, where the students are able to play instruments that they might not otherwise have access to and be instructed in how to play as part of a drumline.” 

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