Designed for veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It is also open to anyone struggling with trauma of any kind: brain injury, stroke, dementia, and PTSD.
Drumming through Trauma is comprised of weekly 60-minute classes using Conga drums and hand instruments. The class focuses on drumming as a group, and each week begins with a warm-up and runs through a series of rhythms designed to balance brain waves and body rhythms, increase neuroplasticity, and stimulate the brain’s production of neurotransmitters that produce focus, attention, and relaxation.
Group drumming is an ancient healing practice used for thousands of years for stress reduction, self-expression, and community building. Group drumming is also supported by ample scientific research to mitigate veterans’ symptoms of PTSD. Drumming Through Trauma is a unique drumming program that gives participants a physical and emotional outlet to relieve feelings that may be unexpressed.
Sam Holmstock, a founding member of the band Entrain, has taught Afro-Caribbean drumming for 35 years. For the last eight, he has taught on the Cape at Cotuit Center for the Arts, Cape Cod Community College, and at the Brewster Treatment Center, a residential program for incarcerated teen boys.