Sessions & Classes

Group Meeting Times and Classes.
New Nights starting July 2019!

Shango Percussion Core

Shango's Gate

The Granary

Shangö Percussion Core

The Core Members of Shangö Percussion typically meet twice a month at 6:30PM on the Second and Forth 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.

The Shango Percussion Core members will locally perform from time to time. Typically by request.

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.

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 and Middle Eastern Hand Drumming, and World Precussion for new and beginning drummers.

The Classes are usually once a month at 6:30PM on the First Monday (New night!) at the New Earth Granary in Berkeley Springs, WV.

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. 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.

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, 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!