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

See Testamonials at the bottom of this page!

Lancaster, Harrisburg, and Reading Areas….
All-level, Fundamentals, and Boot Camp West African Drumming with Tammi

Fall 2018 Schedule!!

New Classes in Lancaster, Harrisburg and Reading!



in Lancaster PA

New Sessions start in Lancaster!

This all-level drumming class will start where you are at—at the basics and beyond— of the West African Djembe and Dununs. Tammi will lead you through some of the ancient traditional rhythms and inspire you to express the rhythms in your own soul. This class includes instructions in djembe and dununs, and Tammi encourages people to try both to gain a better understanding of the music. Also, these classes feed into a performance group, so who knows, you might be on stage some day soon! If this is your first time, contact Tammi and plan to come early for review of notes, etc.

Regular 4-class Session Time 5:15-6:30p:

Summer Session II:

August 21, August 28

September 4, September 11 (at longs park)

Fall Session I:

September 18th (at grandview heights United Methodist Church in Lancaster, 888 pleasure road)

September 25 (back at St. Peter’s)

October 2, October 16

Fall Session III:

October 23, October 30

November 6, November 20

Lancaster Location:

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
10 Delp Road
Lancaster, PA

$15 per class, $55 for 4 sessions if you register for 4 in the first class


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:

September 30

october 21

November 4

November 18

December 9


Pathways to Healing
1817 Bernville Road
Reading PA 19601

$20 per class


All Level Classes in Harrisburg, PA

Studio Solomon 310 South 10th Street Lemoyne PA 17043

All Classes are on Wednesdays, from 7:15-8:45pm. Cost $20 per class if pre-paid

September 5

September 19

October 17

November 7

November 28

december tbd


Pay Online at StudioSolomon.com or stop in the studio with cash or check!


FUN!damentals of Djembe and Dunun playing

FUNdamentals of African Djembe and Dunun playing is an action-packed and FUN class designed to provide you with a foundational set of skills and knowledge of this life-changing art form.
This class is not for first time beginners—however, whether you have previously had 1 class or 20, Tammi and her FUNdamentals of African Djembe and Dunun playing will provide you with:

• the tools you need to feel more confident on the drums,
• some background/history about the instrument,
• techniques to improve your sound quality,
• basics in timing,
• basics to help you play together with others, and
• a good foundation that will set the stage for future classes and drumming experiences.

All FUN!damentals classes are being held @ Studio Solomon on Wednesdays from 6-7pm


August 29, September 5, September 12, September 19

September 26, October 10, October 17, October 24

November 7, November 14, November 28, December 5

$55 for 4 sessions if prepaid for 4, $15 prepaid for 1, $20 walk-in, please let us know you are coming and if you need to rent a drum!

http://www.studiosolomon.com to register

Students do not need to to take all 4 in the series, but a price break will apply for payment up front for 4



Fridays once per month at Studio Solomon, a technique/workout/musical extravaganza of a class!! See below for description

Fall schedule tbd


Djembe Boot Camp – 3 hours of Djembe fitness!

Take 1, 2, or all 3 hours! (See below for details and pricing)
$15, $20, and $25 – prepaid by the deadline
$20, $25, and $30 Regular price, cash or check at the door

What is Djembe Boot Camp?

The purpose of djembe boot camp is to make you a better drummer:
• improve your sound
• increase your speed
• build your stamina
• enhance your dexterity

Of course, it can’t all happen overnight, but this session will provide you with tips, tools, and feedback, as well as drills and exercises you can use at home to work your way to your personal drumming goals.

But what is a boot camp if it’s not a workout?

Tammi will work your hands, your mind, and your spirit!

Who should attend?

This class is not for beginners who have never drummed before, as you must have an understanding of the 3 notes on the drum. Other than that, all are welcome!

Djembe Boot Camp does not focus on individual rhythms and learning about the cultural context – it is about your hands and your drum, working it out.

First hour 6-7pm: WORKOUT recommended for lower intensity workout and for beginner level drummers. Focus on sounds, learning rolls, more focus on downbeat & offbeat. This is the only hour you can take by itself. $15 by itself.

Second hour 7-8: SWEAT recommended for beginner (with first hour) and intermediate/advanced level (paired with third hour). More intense workout, drills are more challenging, working on timing and some rolls. You can take this with first hour or with third hour.

Third hour 8-9: DRENCH recommended for intermediate to advanced drummers. No focus on sound, only on rolls, techniques, drills done intensely and with speed. You can take this with the second hour only.

What does it look like for you?

• Beginner level–Take either first hour alone ($15) or the first and second hour ($20) for a perfect workout!

• Intermediate level—take either the first and second hour, or the second and third hour ($20)…push yourself!

• Intermediate/Advanced level—take the first, second, and third hour for maximum workout ($25)! Or, take second and third hour for a great challenge ($20)!

** All prices listed are for pre-registration.

Contact Leigh Wisotzkey at StudioSolomon@aol.com or call or text 717-329-2955 to pre-register. You can pay Friday at the door (cash or check only) or Pay Online at StudioSolomon.com

Drum Rental
Rental drums are available upon request at least 12 hours prior class. For ongoing all-level classes, small donation for rental is appreciated. Drums also available for purchase




To Register for classes other than those at studio solomon (please do so that I know you are coming), contact Tammi Hessen (tammihessen@aol.com ) or 717.824.9392or 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)
  • In person at class


Catch Bumbada Women Drummers out at performance events:

April 21 sat noon earth day mechanicsburg

April 27 Thursday 1:00 wernersville state hospital performance for the volunteers

April 28 sat morning 9:45 soldiers grove race against racism/humanity fest

May 17 12-1 Thursday diversity day at harrisburg capital building

May 27 12-12:45 Sunday Harrisburg Arts Fest, Riverfront park

June 23 Baltimore at Pratt Library

June 30 Saturday time evening tbd Amethyst retreat center after/with Indian summer jars

July 28 Saturday 1:00 central pa pride fest Harrisburg

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