Wahlbangers Drum Circle Organization is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
(based in Los Angeles, CA.) dedicated to
“Banging down walls” of stress, isolation, and stigma
& building bridges to inclusion, acceptance, and contentment
with the therapeutic benefits of group drumming.
Non-Profit of the Month: Valley Village - Councilmember Mitchell Englander E-Video
Wahlbangers Organization's Services featured in
Percussive Arts Society - Percussive Notes Magazine
May 2016 Issue...
"Rights and Accommodations for Percussion Students with Disabilities"
Article by Renee E. Keller
"Percussion Accommodations In Action" section (pg. 31)...
Founded in 2010 while providing drumming activities at one skilled nursing facility, the Wahlbangers Organization has grown and now serves over 60 client facilities. These enriching activities, using our unique adaptive drums, are accessible to all participants who are encouraged and engaged within their comfort level (prior musical experience is not necessary). Drumming is the universal language, and a great intergenerational activity. The Wahlbangers encourage family members, friends, caregivers, and staff to join together and experience the joy of group drumming with our participants.
Over the years we have addressed the needs of specific populations by creating unique and adaptive instruments: mounted drums designed by Chris Wahl to accommodate participants in wheelchairs, with limited mobility, and with frailties associated with aging; wooden ‘Tongue Drums’ and metal ‘Tank Drums’ designed & handcrafted by Chris Wahl for people struggling with PTSD, Alzheimer’s/Dementia, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Grief, and others who are often put off by the volume of drumming.
In addition, we have also promoted wellness through making music workshops at events and conferences offering CEUs for those in related fields such as Recreation Therapists, Physical Therapists, Activities Directors, and college students in Nursing and Kinesiology departments. We also promote awareness at fundraising and informational events such as NAMI Walks Los Angeles and Special Needs Resource Fairs.
Our drumming activities are highly interactive, encouraging participants at all levels of ability to play drums and various percussion instruments in a group setting...
in Skilled Nursing, Assisted Living, Independent Living, and Memory Care;
See: Benefits for Seniors
Children & Adults with Autism & other Developmental Disabilities
at various schools, centers, and public events;
Individuals living with Mental Illness
at Psychiatric Hospitals and Mental Health Facilities;
in VA drug & alcohol recovery, long-term care facilities, and outpatient clinics;
See: Benefits for Youth
In addition, we present drumming workshops and lectures at
Girl Scout Conferences,
and we have developed a workshop program for Junior Girl Scouts earning their Musician Badge.
A Big THANK YOU to our Wahlbangers Volunteers!
UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS:
Go to Activities & Events page for more
Sunday April 2nd, 2017
Friday April 7th - Sunday April 9th
The Wahlbangers Organization is excited to be facilitating & providing drums for the Festival's "55 Hour" Marathon Drum Circles!!!
Saturday April 29th, 2017
Annual National Multiple Sclerosis Society Walk
The Wahlbangers Organization is honored to again support the
National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Walk MS - Long Beach
by providing encouraging & energizing drum circles during the
Start & Finish Line Ceremonies for walkers & staff
@ El Dorado Park in Long Beach
Saturday October 7th, 2017
Annual NAMI Walks LA County
The Wahlbangers Organization is honored to again support
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Walks Los Angeles County
by providing encouraging & energizing drumming during the
Opening & Finish Line Ceremonies for thousands of walkers & staff
Thank you to all of our Volunteers!
@ Grand Park Event Lawn in Downtown Los Angeles
Visit Activities & Events page for more information
Our drum circles create a stress-free environment of
rhythm, community, and fun...
Everyone can play!
Go to Therapeutic DRUM CIRCLES vs Traditional MUSIC THERAPY Article for more information
"Rhythm is the soul of life... The whole Universe revolves in rhythm."
~ Babatunde Olatunji