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New Program this fall! October 13, 20, 27 and November 2!

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Soul Drums and Tama Proudly Present : Robert ‘Sput’ Searight

Thursday October 20th, 2016
7pm *** $20 per person

St Louis, The Lounge
5307 Yonge St. North York
Right across from Soul Drums

***Tickets Purchased online will be available for pickup at the Door***

Robert “Sput” Searight is one of the most influential drummers and producers in modern music.

Hailing from a family of musicians in Dallas, Texas, Searight came up alongside artists like Erykah Badu, Norah Jones, and Roy Hargrove at the world-famous Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts.

He won a Grammy Award at age 18 with his own group, God’s Property, who changed the face of Gospel music with their debut album.

Since then, he has proven to be unparalleled in versatility as a drummer, keyboardist, and producer.

Artists like Snoop Dogg, Erykah Badu, Celine Dion, Justin Timberlake, P Diddy, Timbaland, Myron Butler, and Kirk Franklin employ Searight’s talents regularly.


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With Human Rhythmic™ Energy Doug Sole shares his “no experience necessary”
philosophy of how to bring music alive through the drum, guaranteeing fun for all who join the circle. As he shares his passion, Doug teaches seamlessly how drum circles welcome, energize, challenge and lift the soul. With a focus on creativity and care, Doug’s unique approach play’s an integral part in community building and music education.

Leslie Stewart Rose, Arts Lecturer, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto


Doug Sole is a major force in the North American Drum Circle community. His understanding and deep
respect for the power of the drum has been inspirational to thousands of people. His wish for people to
connect – through the drum – in harmony as human beings, has directly led me to follow the same path. What a journey! I can’t WAIT to use the wisdom he offers in the training in my work.

Syd Read, Halton District School Board, Music Specialist, Drama Teacher, and Drum Circle Facilitator


Doug Sole has been a source of inspiration for so many people fascinated with the “magic of the drum” andhas been a major influence on my facilitation style. I’ve learned so much from his years of experience,
dynamic approach and incredible insights into people and rhythm. Having participated in a number of his
world drumming retreats and educational workshops, I can attest to the energetic, multi-faceted, rhythmically diverse, user-friendly, and educationally sound methodology he presents in this training, to making music individually and communally. Doug makes hand-drumming so possible – so accessible – and ENJOYABLE !! He touches the soul of the drummer in everyone!

Jack Barnes, Owner of DRUMANTICKS, London, Ontario

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“Soul Drums was definitely a highlight of the day! Thank-you, Doug!”

Maureen Adamson, Asst. Deputy Minister, Ministry of Health and Long Term Care


Thanks once again for providing such an energetic and dynamic program. The links to leadership were a nice touch. Our students enjoyed their time exploring the harmony of team work through rhythm and music, and everything was so easy from an organizational perspective.

Sonia Mardinly, Training Coordinator, Western University

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The Soul Drums program was well organized and delivered. It generated energy and excitement and linked perfectly to our event theme of “Making Connections”. The leadership activity was very well received and helped to maintain the energy level amongst the group for the entire day! Thank you again for your partnership to make our event successful and fun!

Kelvin Fung, Project Manager, Branch Banking PMO, TD Canada Trust


“THANK YOU, THANK YOU! I feel good. I feel connected. I feel like there are many more like-minded people on our extended team than I previously believed. I learned to remember that CHANGE starts with me. Truly, thanks”.

“This has been a wonderful opportunity for the individuals that work in this care-giving industry to come together in fellowship, to be inspired to do better in our work environments, to not always point fingers but to take some accountability. These workshop opportunities do good for our souls, our minds, because we are all one trying to help the seniors and their families in our communities throughout the Niagara Region.”

Participants at Community Sevices Department Regional Niagara Conference

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“This Soul Drums Program is remarkable! Doug Sole is an inspiring leader, engaging facilitator, and an amazing drummer. We loved his leadership coaching, passionate insights and he is a lot of fun!”

Brenda Zimmerman, PhD; Associate Professor of Strategy/Policy, Schulich School of Business


Doug facilitated a very, very powerful and dynamic session which helped our participants to enhance their understanding of leadership and the human connections upon which leadership is created.

Michel Bourdon
 Director, Leading Transitions and Leadership, CAP, CSPS, 
Federal Government of Canada

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The Soul Drums program was well organized and delivered. It generated energy and excitement and linked perfectly to our event theme of “Making Connections”. The leadership activity was very well received and helped to maintain the energy level amongst the group for the entire day! Thank you again for your partnership to make our event successful and fun!

Kelvin Fung, Project Manager, Branch Banking PMO, TD Canada Trust


“Soul Drums injected spontaneous energy and enthusiasm to our leadership
workshops! We were able to see, feel and experience, ourselves as
individuals contributing to a larger community through a completely new
lens. The importance of our connectivity in achieving our organizations
goals, was revealed in a very tangible and poignant way.

Anne McTiernan, Executive Director, Canadian Cancer Society (New Brunswick)


“Doug is a passionate and inspiring leader and teacher who engages audiences and lifts their spirits, showing them how they can reach their full potential through the metaphor of drumming. He is brilliant and has worked with me in several client engagements as part of the Secretan Center faculty.

Lance Secretan, Founder – The Secretan Centre Inc.

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The Soul Drums Outreach programs inspire and empower students of all ages. These world class programs influence positive change, core value systems and develop life skills. Our programs have created, as well as spawned international programs that have become exciting, fresh and accessible alternatives. Past participants describe the experience as “Multi–Cultural-Music-Made-Easy”, “The creative principals based and values centered leadership tools are tremendous”….our Guidance Departments Leadership Day event of the year! …”, Soul Drums is proud to be a leader, as well as innovate, create and most importantly continue to make these events an affordable extension for the professional education system. 

We offer 4 inspirational programs.

Students will :
develop musical skills commensurate with the expectations of the music curriculum
develop listening and cooperative skills necessary to participate in ensemble performance in class and concert, and in groups in other classes
increase self-esteem, trust, and confidence to participate constructively in groups solo performance, and to express themselves creatively

Teachers will :
expand their ensemble program
Have access to curriculum supporting texts, training manuals and free downloads
gain confidence in facilitating rhythm circles
learn culturally specific rhythms easily
increase literacy and applications to curriculum


‘Everyone loves drums, and I knew this percussion program would be very appealing, but more than that, allow each and every student to achieve a greater degree of success than would be possible with a full band program, Soul Drums fulfilled my challenges!

“Drum circles encourage the development of so many of the skills that we are continually encouraging in our students: communication, listening, risk-taking and leadership; and character traits such as respect, cooperation, self-esteem and self-discipline, courage and perseverance. I have seen this social development as a result of the Soul Drums program at Callaghan. “

We encourage teachers to take classes with Doug Sole, where they learn hand drumming techniques and the facilitation of drum circles. Ninety percent of the teachers in these classes are not university trained musicians, but regular classroom teachers with a strong desire to enrich the creative expression of their students. Doug is a North American leader in drum circle facilitation at the educational, community and corporate levels. Doug’s program are easily accessible for students and teachers.

The Ontario music curriculum is revised to include the benefits of drum circles in the development of character, musical ability, and creative expression. Our students should be involved in Soul Drums programs!


#1 Classroom Performance Play shop:
These intimate workshops are available for class sizes up to 40 students. It includes all instruments, a performance demonstration, and an extensive “hands on” session. The program can be adapted for any age group focussing on exposing and combining the power of self-confidence with the joy of music making in a group setting. This can be offered as part of a curriculum program or an after hours program.Priced from $200 – $800.00

#2 Interactive Concert Performance – “ P.O.P.”
Percussion Optimizes Potential

This exciting duet experience is offered for the school that wishes to expose a large group of students to multi-cultural music making and unique percussion instruments. This particular program is extremely flexible and can offer a multitude of messages that inspire healthy, harmonized community behaviors.
Each Soul Drums P.O.P. Performance is fully customized to fit each schools need. It is designed to build positive relationships, centering on the strengths of others, so as we join together in a passionate event, we formulate an unforgettable magical musical experience. That is the essence of our commitment to you.
Culturally specific drumming and chanting concepts are integrated into the program as proverbs that demonstrate the relationships we share with each other around the globe. We combine activities; multi-cultural drumming, values-centered leadership and recreational music circles, to yield a positive experience with powerful metaphors for life and learning.
Using Human Rhythmic Energy ™, we learn our core values are related and come to understand that the whole group cannot become effectively cohesive without each individual’s diverse contribution.

#3 The Soul Drums “Keynote Drum Circle”

Come and experience the energy of Soul Drums! This exciting “keynote” drum circle is facilitated by Doug Sole includes a series of customized metaphorical messages interwoven into the interactive program. This large group experience (any size) has incredible power to inspire, as it was created through 20 years of experience Doug has in presenting professional speaking engagements for corporate and government clients. Designed for the purpose of making “in the moment” music with drums and percussion instruments, and includes components including social justice, mentorship, values centered leadership to inspire healthy citizenship and community behavior. Drum circles are one of the most powerful and universal tools for human connection. To participate in a drum circle means to co-operate, trust, share, support, create, and have fun, both individually and as part of a whole. It is experientially oriented, not performance oriented, and no strict part playing or skill set is required.

Format A – Focus on Community Building and Career Based Life Skills

This format is wonderful for any sized larger group. We facilitate your message through custom designed applications of boom whackers and drums. These musical tubes help bring to life the skill sets required to work in harmony. The process enables the community to be divided into 8 equal sized working groups, and quickly develop individual and team dynamics. The drums provide a leadership team to be the anchor of the entire ensemble. The hand drum group demonstrated the leadership qualities of cooperative, creative and courageous behaviors required in healthy communities.
The makeup of the group, along with the instrumentation, and the skills of your world class facilitator will determine the direction the rhythm circle, the message and the music will take. Come enjoy a dynamic and energizing group experience in the language everyone can understand – HUMAN RHYTHMIC ENERGY!
Available for any sized group

Format B – Focus on Social Justice and Values Centered Leadership

Drum circles are one of the most powerful and universal tools for human connection.
To participate in a drum circle means to cooperate, trust, share, and create, both individually and as part of a whole. We all have rhythm in us. It is in our heartbeat, our speech, our pace. Children of all ages experience success in drum circles, regardless of prior musical knowledge or experience, intellectual ability or cultural background. The skills developed in drum circles are transferable to the classroom and life in general. They are the skills we must promote daily. They are attributes which allow our students to flourish, not just musically, but in all other classroom subjects, and in their relationships with peers. Doug’s work with Grammy award winning drummer, the late Mr. Michael “Babtunde” Olatunji and his experience of over 15 yrs delivering keynote sessions in the corporate and government sectors, allow him to seamlessly interweave messages of Social justice and Values Centered Leadership. Help your students realize their full personal and citizenship potentials under the guidance of a masterful artist.

#4 Teacher Training Course-
These programs are jam packed with insights and activities to serve the growing need to meet the current curriculum demands of “Drum Circle and Multi-Cultural Integration” using music and rhythm. You will engage in inspirational activities that create fun, innovative and thoughtful games of interaction, as well as applications for inclusion of metaphors to quickly add value to facilitation skills for any community.
Bring to life the lessons and the power of Doug Sole’s highly successful book “Human Rhythmic Energy” through further enhancing your skills as a drum circle facilitator under the guidance of Canada’s Premier Drum Circle Activist. This valuable course provides you with an encyclopedia of techniques to enhance your ability for positively influencing others. Teachers will learn to empower themselves in the challenges of “New Curriculum” and “Character” enhancing requirements. This course will easily guide participants through basic and advanced music curriculum requirements. Through understanding the easy to use iconology card games, the student and the teacher will be engaged in directing the drum circle by using all the elements of music making, from notation, dynamics, timbre, literacy, as well as social interaction, mentoring math skills, and character based leadership skills.   
In this course, you will learn how to apply these fundamentals, which demonstrate the importance of the “human element” in the way people today can come together in creating successful communities and more inspirational members of society. Working through this training, you will begin to realize your voice and the power of your own capacity to serve, these skills will naturally become an extension of who you are as human being, as you travel the path to becoming a more effective and compassionate leader.

About Doug….
Recognized as Canada’s leading educational drum circle facilitators and trainers, DOUG SOLE is internationally recognized as a successful author, public speaker and Co-owner of Soul Drums Ltd. His publications and programs are used exclusively throughout the Simcoe County District School Board, among others and he has trained countless teachers in Ontario to apply his knowledge in the classroom setting. He has facilitated drum circles nationally and internationally ranging from 10 to 3,000 players in size. Doug has designed courses for and trains teachers to help fulfill the new challenges in today’s educational curriculum, including Multi-Cultural Integration and character based educational programs. In this course you will quickly learn the skills to lead drum circle and rhythm based classes in culturally specific and non-culturally specific formats from one of North America’s top authors on Hand Drumming.
 For over 20 years, Soul Drums clients have included The Auditor General of Canada, Canadian Cancer Society, Health Canada, many boards of education as well as fortune 500 companies. Participating in this highly effective training method and understanding the process through his new book, “HUMAN RHYTHMIC ENERGY- TRANSFORAMTIONAL LEADERSHIP FOR CLASSROOMS COMMUNITIES AND CORPORATIONS” will help you actualize your individual and your community’s full potential!

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“The Soul Drums Session was definitely a highlight of the day!”
Maureen Adamson, Asst. Deputy Minister, Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, Ontario

“Your rhythmic program was very impactful, and the halls of Baycrest still echo with your wonderful energy – thank you Doug!”
Waleena Brown, Music Therapist, Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care

Course Benefits Include:

– focusing and listening
– community building
– healthy lifestyle behaviours
– proven medical benefits
– awareness of others
– enjoyment
– expressing feelings
– managing stress
– empathy and gratitude

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