The Downtown Delray Beach Drum Circle, a group of local drum and yoga enthusiasts who convene using events on Facebook, performed Tuesday evening at a commission meeting to share their music — and message — with the city.
About a dozen people opened the meeting by playing drums, maracas and other instruments while many danced along. This is the same group that meets at Old School Square every Wednesday to perform and encourages the public to participate.
The group recently struck a deal with the Delray Beach Parks and Recreation Department to perform at a different park one Saturday per month. They played at Veterans Park, at 802 NE 1st St, last Saturday.
“Our drum group has people from every single ethnicity and every single age group, from little, teeny people to people in their 80s and beyond,” said Michael Teller, a coordinating member of the group.
The group, which has been performing at Old School Square for more than four years, has drawn as many as 50 people to recent meetings. They plan to participate in a worldwide event Oct. 1 called “World’s Largest Drumming Circle,” Teller said.
People from different countries of the world perform in drum circles at the same time “to promote people getting along, peace and unity,” Teller said.
The city commission thanked the group for the performance and commended them on bringing music to the city’s downtown.
“What I like most about it is the way that the sound goes through the downtown and gets stronger and louder and softer depending on where you are,” said Mayor Cary Glickstein. “A lot of people don’t know where it’s coming from and it’s nice to hear.”