drumming is in your hands….but it starts with your heart!

See Testamonials at the bottom of this page!

Lancaster, Harrisburg, and Reading Areas….

Winter/Spring 2020 Schedule!!

Private Lessons available at any location, please inquire!

New Classes in Lancaster, Harrisburg and Reading!


NEW All Level classes in Lancaster! 

All Level, Lancaster

in Lancaster PA
Stay tuned for Lancaster summer 2022 dates!


All Level —Reading PA 

Save the dates! This is an All-Level class that focuses on traditional hand and stick technique from West Africa. Rental drums are available, but you must RSVP that you are coming and request a drum!

Sunday Session Dates for Reading All-Level:


April 10

May 15

June 5


Pathways to Healing
1817 Bernville Road
Reading PA 19601

$20 per class


**Classes in Harrisburg, PA*


Tammi Hessen (tammihessen@aol.com ) or 717.824.9392 or facebook message me


  • By check: Mail payment to Tammi Hessen, PO Box 20, Blue Ball, PA 17506 (also email me or call that you are coming)
  • Online at www.tammihessen.com (click on classes) or just paypal tammihessen@aol.com or Venmo!
  • In person at class


Catch Bumbada Women Drummers in 2022 out at performance events:

Dates so far:

April 16, noon, Mechanicsburg Earth Day Festival

April 24th, Belly Dance Hafla, Carlsisle, PA (time and location coming)

June 25, Yoga Love Fest, Amythest Retreat Center, Duncannon PA, time tbd

Tammi playing with other folks:

May 28, June 25 & July 23 with Bobbi Carmitchell @ her Lawn Concert!

many more to come!

see the “bumbada” link on this page!





Testamonials to Tammi

I’ve had many teachers, but the uniqueness of Tammi’s instructions has influenced me to infuse the techniques, and rhythms that she have taught into my own fundamentals of learning and developing skills as a percussionist. –L.F.

Having Tammi as a teacher has been a real pleasure and an important part of my life for the past ten years. Tammi’s creative skills are evident through her music. I feel blessed to have her share her immense talents with me. –D.T.

Tammi is not only has a mastery of drumming, but is a master teacher as well. She knows how to teach all levels of learners with patience and encouragement. She is great at breaking down rhythms to digestible parts, and she brings a joyful spirit to all of her classes. Under her skillful tutelage, I have progressed further with my drumming than I ever dreamed possible!—E.O.

Tammi once told me that we are all responsible to continue in the traditions of why rhythms are played and to make sure they are not forgotten. She has instilled this in my heart as well as all her students that I just watched in their awesome recital at F&M. As these students continue in their lives they will remember, play and instill the traditions to whomever will listen. Watching Tammi with her students gave me a feeling of wishing my youth back and being able to have the opportunity to learn the djembe earlier.

I have been learning from Tammi for 4 years now. Her patience and perseverance resonate through her mastery of drumming skills. Whoever has learned from Tammi has truly been blessed. Thank you for sharing your talent and skills with us all.– A.D.

Tammi is a gifted djembe drummer and instructor; her inclusive teaching style is balanced with an ability to instruct through different methods until everyone “gets it.” –K.W.




Testamonials to Tammi