“Musical play may boost understanding and long-term learning in babies” was the Guardian’s headline that caught the eye of Channel 5’s Saturday Show team last week. This led to a researcher finding our details and calling to see if we would like to be a part of the show. They loved the idea of having a short interview about how drumming, and music in general, benefits children and adults. To view the video, click on the play button below.
Of course, this was perfectly right up our street because we have years of practical evidence of the effects that drumming has within our team building and conference activities. Also, we have had the opportunity to work with many different types of charities, each with their own groups. Furthermore, because of our involvement with the Remo drum company, we have had first-hand access to all the latest medical studies and developments in using drumming in all manner of therapy and rehabilitation.
After many texts and calls with Karen from the Channel 5 production team, I arrived bright and early at 7.15am in central London.
A TV set is by its very nature an exciting place, with a great buzz, but the minute we unpacked the drums, everyone just wanted to see, touch and tinker with them! This is the unexplainable magic of drums; people are just drawn to them.
Our live TV plan was quite daring. All of the show’s celebrities would have a drum, and, in only seconds, I would show them a rhythm to copy and build a mini drum performance.
The presenters of the show, Gabby Roslin and Matt Barbet, were utterly charming and couldn’t be more welcoming.
I’d swotted up all the night before with fascinating research about how playing music affects, and enhances, the brain.
However, there is never really available time on live TV to go that deep so, after a few quick questions, we were into the real live action of getting none other than pop icon Ronan Keating, Sally Lyndsay, Nick Knowles and stars from the hit drama Line of Duty Daniel Mays and Craig Parkinson all playing together.
In seconds, I had everyone, including Gabby and Matt, all playing together. We had impromptu screams from around the set and even a surprise dancer, Melvin Odoom, jumped in front of the camera! Gabby clearly loved it and obviously had a great time. It was a pleasure for Creative Team Events to be involved.
I hope this short performance proved to TV viewers all the fun and excitement drumming can instantly bring, generating a positive reaction in such little time. Hopefully, some of those watching may think about using drumming as a team activity in the future.
I had only seconds to get everyone playing together. Can you imagine the depth and feeling of success a group would get to in a typical team building session of around an hour?
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