About Bongo boy Recreational Music & wellness Center
The Bongo Boy Recreational Music Center is dedicated to providing a safe and fun atmosphere to experience rhythm, music and movement. Welcoming people from all walks of life, all ages, and with or without a musical background, BBRMC provides people with opportunities to make music and share rhythm & creative expression together in a friendly, non-challenging environment. It is a place where all people, regardless of age, culture or gender, can explore rhythm and play music for pure enjoyment. The purpose of our programs and classes centers on fun, connection, discovery and well being. Most programs do not require practice or training.
About Recreational Music
Recreational Music-Making encompasses music based activities that unite people of all ages regardless of ability, ethnicity, gender, challenges or prior experience. From exercise, nurturing, social support, bonding and spirituality, to intellectual stimulation, heightened understanding and enhanced capacity to cope with life’s, the benefits of Recreational Music-Making extend far beyond music. Recreational Music-Making ultimately affords unparalleled creative expression that unites our bodies, minds and spirits.
The Recreational Music Center provides programs both in house and on location. We have exciting and creative programs for schools, home school groups, 501c-3 organizations, conferences and corporations. We host birthday parties, field trips, retreats and workshops. Explore the rest of our site for more information on any events listed above.
“Customarily people have interpreted good health as the absence of illness or disease, but more
recently wellness has come to a new meaning: Feeling as good as one can feel regardless of diagnosis. This new interpretation of wellness is reflected in a shift from medical professional control and management to individual’s assumed responsibility for ‘feeling good’.
It is broadly understood that ‘being well’ results from engagement in activities that lead to and maintain health.” -Alicia lLari, Ph.D, MT-BC
Our Wellness Programs are centered on group empowerment drumming, music and movement. We offer Music Therapy Services, and have programs for seniors, individuals with special needs and support groups. Explore the rest of our site for more information on any of the events listed above.
Recreational Music and Wellness Center Director
Here's what people are saying about Bongo Boy Recreational Music Center:
President, REMO®, Inc.
"Remo, Inc. is excited and pleased with our association with Bongo Boy Music. Bongo Boy’s wonderful efforts to foster the use of Recreational Music Making as a part of an individual’s wellness and happiness certainly fits with the ongoing worldwide activities of Remo, Inc. Programs such as those being made available by Bongo Boy Music can only help to further the connection of making music and enhancing one’s quality of life".
Lisa G. – Teacher, Perry Township
“It is a pleasure for me to write this letter of reference for Ed Gaus of Bongo Boy Music School. I have known Ed for two years and know that creating music is his passion. Two years ago I worked with Ed to create a program where all of the fifth grade students in the Metropolitan School District of Perry Township would explore Drumming Circles. Ed provided workshops for eleven elementary schools in our township where students encountered hands-on experiences with metals, woods and drums. They played given patterns as well as created their own to play in our drumming circles. To wrap up this exciting experience, Ed facilitated a teacher workshop for the township elementary school music teachers where we engaged in an exciting drumming circle together. Our evening performance was incredible! He incorporated the drumming circle techniques into a fifth grade drumming circle of more than 1000 students. The crowd of over 3,000 people was delighted to also be invited to join in and they played rhythms and echoed rhythm patterns along with the students in a huge drumming circle.”
Rebecca H. – Teacher, Zionsville
“We have had the Bongo Boy School of Music here all week long working with my third and fourth graders and it has been wonderful to see these kids getting so excited about drumming circles and rhythm workshops, learning from fresh faces. I feel like they are really rejuvenated. I know they have been going home and jibber jabbering at the dinner table with their parents which is great publicity for me as well.
We are getting ready to do big drum circles for all grade levels all together. The kids are going to be psyched and I am so excited. This has been a wonderful experience and I would recommend it to anybody!!”
Jo C. – Activities Director, Senior Living Community
“Thirty of our senior residents joined in on a drum circle at our community. Due to Ed and Lisa’s exuberant yet calming demeanor everyone relaxed and readily participated. Thanks for a fantastic evening! We can’t wait to have you back!”
Martin – SKL Leadership
“Thank you SO MUCH for your passion and energy at our SKL event last Thursday morning at Music for All. As this was only the second full day session it was refreshing to walk into something as fun as the drum circle, but also as cleansing and energetic.”
Beth – Summit II
“Thank you so much for providing such an awesome experience for our delegates during Summit II. They gave me rave reviews! The Drum Circle was such an excellent bonding experience and example of community building. I look forward to our organizations collaborating.”
Diane S. – Thursday Community Drum Circle Regular Attendee
“The free Community Drum Circle is the perfect family activity for us. We get to relax, have fun, and act a little crazy together. The facilitators are awesome and the kids love actually being encouraged to be as loud as they want!”
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