Sessions & Classes

Group Meeting Times and Classes.

Shangö Percussion Core

Shangö's Gate

The Granary

Black Cat Music

Monthly Schedule

Drumming in Berkeley Springs, WV

1st Monday @ 6:30
Shangös Gate, beginner's class
RSVP required to attend

2nd Monday @ 6:00
Shangö Percussion Core

3rd Monday @ 6:30
Come and Drum!- Open Community Drum Circle. All welcome! All Levels! Sponsored by Shenandoah Rhythm Jamscurrently suspended.

4th Monday @ 6:00
Shangö Percussion Core

Please Email Us for more information or with any questions.

Learn Taiko!

Shangö Taiko Player Kurt Griffith is interested in cultivating more local Taiko players. More players, more fun, more DON! Please contact us if you are interested in workshops or regular classes in this dynamic and expressive Japanese drumming.

We periodically offer Taiko Workshops   in Berkley Springs. Drop us an email for more information or to get a head's up! DON tsuku Don Don! - Find out more here!


Update – August 30, 2020 – We have cautiously resumed our regular sessions on Monday, June 22. Shangö’s Gate Classes resumed on Monday August 3rd (RSVP required to attend).

Please wear your masks, and Black Cat sessions currently have a venue limit of 8 persons. Drum safe!

Kurt is still taking contributions to the Corona Matusri Uplift Project to lift our spirits and keep the heartbeat going. Please check it out.


While our groups are small, our folk tend to be older drummers. The safety of our drum community is always our first priority. In the Meantime, please take all appropriate health precautions and practice good hygiene and steps to prevent illness as recommended by the CDC. We look forward to drumming together again soon!

We miss you all! Drum safe! Ashé!

Shangö Percussion Core

The Core Members of Shangö Percussion typically meet twice a month at 6:00PM on the Second and Fourth Mondays (New nights!) at the New Earth Granary in Berkeley Springs, WV.

The Core Members of Shangö Percussion are intermediate to advanced level drummers who are familar with most of our base rythymns and have reasonable facility on the djembe, doumbek, or their chosen instrument/s. Core Members have made a commitment to learn and study these rythymns. Shangö Percussion is led by instuctor and facilitator Bob Marggraf, a lifelong drum enthusiast.

Shango Percussion Core members will locally perform from time to time. Typically by request.  Contact us if you’d like us to come teach or perform.

Participants are strongly encouraged to have their own instuments, but there are often extra drums and percussion instuments to share.

While we are each keenly aware of our limitations and weaknesses as always-learning drummers, we realize that it's easy for beginners to feel overwhelmed by the “Wall of Sound”, and intimidated by complex polyrythymn. We offer a Beginner‘s Class for new drummers! But if you're willing to push yourself, check it out. Regardless of your ability level, we have a place for you.

Contact Bob Marggraf if you are interested in attending a session.

We are currently open to new members, so if you can rock the beat, and are willing to study and learn, come on down to a session and check us out!

At the Morgan County Expo, September 2018.

Shangö’s Gate

Shangö’s Gate is our beginner‘s “Boom Camp” for the drum.

We offer an entry-level open class in African, Middle Eastern, and World Drumming and Percussion, for new and beginning drummers, or for anybody wanting a dose!

The Classes are usually once a month at 6:30PM on the First Monday at the Black Cat Music Cooperative (new Location!) in Berkeley Springs, WV. Sessions at Black Cat currently have a venue limit of 8 persons. For COVID-19 mitigation, we are considering meeting outside, weather permitting. RSVP Required for attendance.

All are welcome! No previous experience is required, just enthusiasm, a desire to learn, and willingness to study. Material will consist of fundamental techniques on the Djembe, Ashiko, Doumbek, and related instruments, and basic and classic African, Middle Eastern, and World rhythms, sometimes even Japanese Taiko! We feel new drum-heads are not going to appear by magic, so we need to help build ‘em.

Classes are offered by Shangö Drummer Kurt Griffith, an experienced multi-cultural drummer, sacred bard, and ceremonial singer.

Please bring a drum if you have one, but there will be a few drums available to share. We can also help hook you up with Drum vendors. The Monthly classes are ongoing and new students can start anytime. Drop in whenever you like!

Donations humbly requested to cover use of the space, very much appreciated!

Contact Kurt Griffith for information about the classes. Walk-ins are absolutely welcome!


The New Earth Granary

A precious and unique local resource in Berkely Springs for performance and creativity. New Earth believes, “that everyone is born with a unique ability, an individual part to play in the orchestra of life. This gift is just waiting to be discovered and developed and NewEarth Now can help you find it. We have created a supportive environment where individuals can develop their gifts and awaken to their true selves with opportunities to perform, experiment, collaborate and share their awakened spirit.”

The converted grain barn offers Monthly Granary Showcases, Open Mics, Tuesday Night Jams, Practice Sessions for Performers and Bands (including Shango!), Classes for Musicians, Community Concerts, Poetry Nights and More.

The New Earth Granary is located at 143 N Mercer St, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411
A block off of Rt 522, just off the intersection of Merecer and Independence streets, and the next block over from the Morgan Arts Council Ice House, across the street from Black Cat Music. Nice neighborhood!

Call or email Johnny Robinson for more information. | 304 820-8499 | Granary Web Site

The Granary does not charge us for using their space, so donations to the Granary are more than appreciated!

Black Cat Music Cooperative

Right across the street form The Granary, Black Cat Music Cooperative and Black Cat Music Shop are more wonderful musical resources here in Berkley Springs.

Black Cat Music Cooperative offers music classes, personal instrument instruction, mentoring and performance opportunities to young people in a safe, nurturing environment where they can develop and express their personal creativity. We have an active outreach that fosters mutually supporting relationships with other non-profit and volunteer organizations.

Call for more information: 304-500-2696 | Visit Black Cat Music Cooprerative

Black Cat is offering their space, on a rental/donation basis, so donations for our sessions there are respectfully requested and very much appreciated!

Black Cat is also hosting Come and Drum!, open Drum Circle with Tracy Seffers on the Third Monday! Check it out at Shenandoah Rhythm Jams! It‘s a good time, get a dose!


BCMC is an outgrowth of Black Cat Music Shop, a family owned, independent music shop and studio that opened in Berkeley Springs, WV in 2009, dedicated to serving fellow musicians, and those who want to learn. In the shop you'll find a comfortable, creative environment and a friendly, knowledgeable staff that will help you find the best instrument or accessory for your needs.

Black Cat Studio offers recording services, and great rates on studio time. Black Cat hosts events, and open Mic Nights and the amazing School of Rock. Check them out!

Call for more information: 304-258-4440 | Visit the Black Cat Music Web Site

The Black Cat Music Cooperative and Black Cat Music Shop are located at 155 Independence St., Berkeley Springs, WV 25411
A block off of Rt 522, on the intersection of Mercer and Independence streets, the next block over from the Morgan Arts Council Ice House, across the street from The Granary. Nice neighborhood!