Client Testimonials

Melissa Bielinski, Atria Woodbriar

 As the Engage Life Director of Atria Woodbriar, I am always looking for exciting, new programs to try with our residents. Especially ones that can improve health and wellness. When I heard about the success Sam was having at the Mashpee Senior Center, we decided to give it a try. Our  residents responded very well to the program right from the beginning. Staff started to report less agitation in the afternoon after the drumming sessions and improved sleep on those nights we had drumming with our Memory Impaired residents. We have been holding the group now for almost 2 years.Sam is a great instructor. He is full of energy but also patient and kind. He gives every participant the tools to be successful. I also appreciate how he adapts the group for our residents with Alzheimer's. I highly recommend it.

Nancy G.

 Sam has been coming to our Day program for over a year now and has been tremendously successful in getting our individuals to participate in Drumming. The songs, beats and activities are engaging and upbeat! Sam is a great teacher and is wonderful interacting with our population. 

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Drumming Through Trauma

  When I was in my early teens the sound of the drums always attracted me. I knew nothing about playing them and never thought that I could. When I was 21 I went to the World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows New York. I saw an African dance and drum group called Olatunji and the Drums Of Passion. Listening to this group gave me a feeling of supreme happiness and I didn’t want the music to end. Skipping ahead I got to join a drum class at the Cotuit Center for the Arts on Cape Cod. The class is called Drumming Through Trauma taught by Sam Holmstock who is an accomplished drummer. You can learn the conga or African Djembe drum. The class was formed to heal Vets and First Responders with PTSD problems. This class is really special because learning to play these drums is spiritual and healing. Once you learn the basic hand patterns you might feel the spirit of the rhythm. This is when the drum can have healing powers. This is a different state of mind. I guess this state of mind is a spiritual feeling. Once you experience this feeling, this new state of mind, this higher dimension, is always within your reach if you strive for it. --Russ, Vet  

Drumming through Trauma

 Hi Sam, I want to take this opportunity to tell you what joy you brought to my Dad and me with your Drumming through Trauma. When I first emailed you to see if my dad, who was an Army veteran suffering from Alzheimer's disease, would be able to attend your Drumming through Trauma class you responded immediately and with enthusiasm, "Absolutely Yes!" On our first day my Dad was a bit nervous but as soon as we walked in you welcomed us and got him set up with his drum. I drifted off to the side to get a cup of coffee and sit on the couch when suddenly your voice boomed, " Oh, you are welcome too, come sit and drum with us." Your kind, gentle way and acceptance  of all skills and abilities made it the highlight of our week. My dad looked so forward to going to drumming and I loved seeing his happy face as he drummed with such enthusiasm! Sam, so often we touch the lives of others and don't realize what a huge impact we have made. You have done this with me and my dad and we are so thankful. We lost my dad, Gene, in February ,2016 but I will always be grateful to you and the many gifts you gave to our family. I miss you and the drumming gang and hope to get back to you someday.  Sincerely, Linda Paltrineri
 

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