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About Miami Drums
12 September 2006, 2:35 PM
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Hi all,
My name is Diego Waisman. I started this blog while looking for drum resources on the internet. I wanted to do something local, reach both arms, connecting people and music.
If you have a drum event or something that would like to share, please, fill out this form to submit it.

2015 Update
In case you haven’t noticed, the blog is not being updated on a monthly basis due to a number of issues, mostly the lack of time for this project. As a clarification, this blog and myself have never organized any drum circles and its sole purpose is to connect people that want to find local events in South Florida.

email us: info(at)

27 Comments to “About Miami Drums”

  1. Yves says:

    Hi there,

    I wanted to send you a quick note to say that I’ve started a blog aggregator, basically a site that reads some content from different blogs and posts them on the site.

    From there, users click on the subject to read the title and are directed to the author’s blog.

    This site is a drum site. I’m doing this purely for fun on my own server space. I will add new features from time to time.

    There are some fine drum sites out there… I’m just trying to make my contribution to the drumming comunity.

    Anyways, I have added your blog’s feed. If you know of any other drummers who have blogs and would be interested in being linked, please let me know.




  2. Beverly says:


    I am wondering in Buda is the name of the drum or of the mic in your first page about recording. Thanks for providing a useful resource. I will be waiting with interest for future articles.

    I don’t have a website yet, but I do have a blog that is concerned with drumming and Native American flute. It is dominantly information oriented. It is:



    • rolando montes de oca says:

      I’m moving to miami in about a week,and i will like to be connected to a good drum circle and if it include nativeamerican music,better ,i used to live in Safford Arizona and was well connected to the Apache Nation,,sincerily..Rolando.

  3. Corinna says:

    Hey there —
    Please add the IFE-ILE Afro-Cuban Dance & Music Festival to your list of events ( — bata drumming workshops are offered during the festival, which takes place here in Miami (all workshops in Coconut Grove). Also, please list Ezequiel Torres as an instructor, and his phone # as (305) 651-3966. He’s one of the most renowned bata players in the world, and is considered by many to be the best craftsman of bata drums here in the U.S. (he’s in Miami, too). His Web site (which needs updating) is

    I applaud you for creating this site and helping drum circle addicts like myself find our kindred spirits. I hope Miami starts a lot more drum circles this year!

    Thanks —

    • hillary says:

      Hi Corina –
      I have moved to the S.FLorida area to help my friend who is ill . In order for me to stay strong and to help hinm I need to stay connected with others who are familiar with African , Afro CUban , Haitian …dance and percussion .
      I you have any leads on dance classes, references ,instructorrs I would be greatful if you could pass any information along.

  4. Mark says:

    in “MiamiDrum Yahoo! Group”, MiamiDrum is one word. Could you correct it?

  5. Mike R says:

    Hello, great site, I have a question, do u know of anybody who plays the cajon peruano in peru? or at least where to get instruction in south florida?

  6. Hector says:

    Hello fellow drumers,
    Id like to come out and jam some time, but i was a bit confused about the coconutgrove groove, is it sat or sun, at 4pm.
    Also the full moon circle sounds great!!!

  7. Diego A says:

    Hi Hector,
    Check the Coconut Groove drum circle page. Drum circle starts every Sunday at 5 Pm, unless weather conditions are bad.



  9. Mark says:

    The Floating Drum in Miami will be held from 5 to 7PM this Saturday at Peacock Park in Coconut Grove. This is an open drum circle. It’s in a public park, so you’ll need to bring your own seating. It’s by the playground just in case drummers have any kids attached.

  10. Lars says:

    Greetings. We will be down Oct 19-22 and would love to see some great drumming. Is there any way to subscribe to your blog, or get a listing of events for the dates we are down?


  11. Diego says:

    Hi Lars,
    I don’t have a specific idea of what’s happening in town on that week, but I’ve just inaugurated a email subscription system. So you can be informed as soon as new information comes this way!

  12. Hello, I would like to bring your attention to our event this comming 13th and 14th of October at The Coral Castle in Homestead.

    ” A Celebration Of Nature,Earth Spirits And Magick”

    Our mission is to have the heartbeat of our events be the drumcircle.

    We have setup the inner circle to our vendors village for open drumming all day.

    Inside the white tent in the center you will find plenty of seating.

    Entrance is only $5.00 if you bring any instrumment ( regular $9.50 Adults)

    More info at

    Thank’s allot and Brightest Blessings. Hope to see you all there.

  13. Mark says:

    Here’s a link to a locally produced documentary on the 85th street drum circle on the beach:

  14. Dear Diego,

    Would you list our website on your site under ‘pages’?

    Name: SE Florida Drum Circle Newsletter

  15. Ben Miller says:

    Greetings from Fushu Daiko. We are a group of Japanese Taiko Drummers formed in South Florida in 1990. We’ve been practicing and performing the art of Wa Daiko in our dojo located in Dania Beach. We are always accepting new students for basic taiko classes. To catch a performance take a look at our website. This time of year there are many great festivals to see us at. Ren Fest, Hatsume Fest, Asia Fest Come on out and introduce yourself. Thanks for putting together this great blog. With respect, Ben Miller, Artistic Director, Fushu Daiko

  16. Ernesto says:

    hey, a friend call me asking me about the drum circle tonight (02-21-08). are you guys going tonight?

    let me know please so i can show up to the party.



  17. James says:

    Hi Diego,

    I don’t think I have congratulated you on your blog yet…. well done. It looks great!

    Could you please send me an email at jamespfarrell at gmail – dot – com

    I’d like to chat about a few ideas I have.


  18. Jim says:


    I was wondering if you could send me an email so I can contact you. I think I have something that you would be interested in!

  19. Fort Lauderdale Drum Circle says:

    July 4, 2008 Drum Circle Festival at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, from 8:00a.m. to 8:00p.m. Don’t missed this Holiday Event. As seen on Channel 7 news. Further info at:

  20. Luke Bass says:

    I wanted to thank you for your responce to my question on Djembe L-list. I was told it was summited privatly so your responce was not approved but a one of my teachers is a moderator so I did get it in an email.

    I will try it with a click. 🙂
    Here is the short thread:

    I want to try to record an african rythem by myself. Mostly becouse I
    can. I have a recording studio and all the drums I need. Alas I am
    but 1 person. At first I thought maybe to a metronome but I really
    don’t like that idea. It would not let the music breath (speed up and
    slow down).

    What I’m thinking now is playing the basic djembe part (standard
    accompaniment) with arangments and breaks and then building the Dun
    Dun and other djembe parts around that. That way I can listen for the
    breaks to know when to do the changes.

    Any ideas out there?

    Luke Bass

    Hi Luke,
    you have to play to a click. There’s no other way around it if you want to
    play everything yourself.
    If you want to be able to change tempo, you either program that into the
    click or you record two version with the alternative tempos. Then you can do
    a transition from one to the other.

    Good luck.

    Diego A Waisman

  21. I am an up-and-coming Latin pop artist and I will be performing at a showcase for the Latin Billboards on the 21. I am looking to do 2-3 songs acoustically and need some Percussionist to join me. This is a non paying gig but should be lots of fun and great experience!

  22. Missy says:

    Looking for a drummer for a christian worship team-sunday mornings and other events

  23. Martin Zagbo says:

    CAMP AFRICA FLORIDA 2013! Do not miss this annual unique, family friendly, high energy African drum, dance and cultural experience – CAMP AFRICA FLORIDA March 14-17, 2013 at the Sertoma Youth Ranch in Brooksville, FL, centrally located between Orlando and Tampa. Picture yourself immersed in the sights, sounds and flavors of an African village without ever leaving the continent. More than twenty professional African Drum and Dance Masters come together to host, entertain, perform and lead workshops in their arts. Learn the secret rhythms from African Masters of Drum (10 workshops available). Learn the lively and spirited dances and the history behind the movements from African Masters of Dance (10 workshops available). Learn to play ancient African hand-made traditional instruments, such as the Balafon, Dodo and Kora (6 workshops available). Attend youth classes. Join African song classes. Listen to storytellers share their experiences, those of their ancestors and the mysteries and lore of traditional African life. Sample African cuisine. Shop for arts, crafts, musical instruments and food from a variety of vendors. Thrill to the nightly entertainment of four professional African performing groups in their colorful native costumes. See legendary masked dancers perform their unique cultural ceremonies. Drum with the Masters at the nightly drum circle around the bonfire. Set up your tent and camp amid moss draped live oaks. (Primitive camping included in the price of admission) This value-packed event is an experience of a lifetime that you will never forget. The only African camp in Florida! Purchase your tickets early and save! Our Tribal Chief is ready to welcome you to our Village! Find out more at

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