~ Promoting Unity through Drumming ~
Rockaway, NJ 07866
A life-long musician whose musical talent was evident early on, Mark Wood started playing trap drums 25 years ago. He has played everything from Southern Rock to Punk to Do-Wop. He later turned to Latin drums, playing and studying the conga with Glen Webber at the New Jersey School of Percussion.
Discovering and studying the djembe
In the 90s, Mark began studying djembe, the African drum he now plays. Mark began studying at the Djonibe Centre in New York and with some of the best African drumming teachers in the area-- Michael Markus and M'Bemba Bangoura, where he learned about the African traditions. He began to see and experience the power of the djembe and its special way of bringing people together. In 2009 Mark ventured to Senegal, West Africa to deepen his practice. He continues his studies of health and wellness as well as traditional drumming.
In addition to facilitating numerous drum circles and teaching workshops in local communities (libraries, churches) as well as privately, Mark also provides health/wellness drumming experiences to cancer support groups, mental health facilities, hospitals, special needs mentoring programs, austism/ADD/ADHD and the visually impaired. Mark, whose down-to-earth style puts people at ease, facilitates a drumming experience that creates a sense of community and unity in which deep relaxation, joy and healing takes place.
Promoting Unity through Drumming
Mark’s personal mission is to share the power of drumming with communities including educational institutions and medical facilities. The work that Mark has done to date, has made a tremendous impact on people’s lives. Continuing to bring the healing benefits of drumming to communities as well as helping people to connect, is his way of promoting unity through drumming.