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

See Testamonials at the bottom of this page!

Lancaster and Reading Areas….

Spring 2023 Schedule!!

Private Lessons available at various locations, please inquire.

New Classes in Lancaster and Reading!


NEW All Level classes in Lancaster! 


April 24

May 30


Hempfield Apothetique
100 West Chestnut St
Lancaster PA

to register:


Stay tuned for Lancaster summer 2023 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 23

May 7

June 4


Pathways to Healing
1817 Bernville Road
Reading PA 19601

$20 per class

register: contact Tammi Hessen


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

Payment info listed above or:

  • Online at www.tammihessen.com (click on classes) or
  • Paypal tammihessen@aol.com
  • Venmo @Tammi-Hessen
  • Cashapp $TammiHessen


Catch Bumbada Women Drummers in 2023 out at performance events:

Dates So Far:

Sat April 16, noon, Mechanicsburg Earth Day Festival

Sun April 23th, 2:00pm Belly Dance Hafla, 122 Geary Ave New Cumberland PA

Monday May 29th (Memorial day) Harrisburg Artsfest 10:00-10:45am 200 S. Front st  Harrisburg PA 17104

Friday June 16th 6:00-7:00pm Downtown Lancaster @ music Friday

Sunday October 8th 12:00pm Spirit of Oneness Zembo Shrine Harrisburg PA

Tammi playing with other folks:

Bobbi Carmitchell lawn concert series stay tuned!

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