Valencia, CA - Once again, Remo, Inc. is out in the local elementary schools bringing the benefits of drumming to 5th graders in Santa Clarita and Canyon Country, California. Mike DeMenno, Manager of the Remo Recreational Music Center, is visiting these schools and implementing the Beat The Odds protocol with a variety of other rhythmic activities plus educational information about the origin of drums during April and May. Beat The Odds, a social and emotional skill building protocol delivered in a framework of drumming, has shown through UCLA research, that it can significantly reduce a spectrum of behavior problems in children.
“So far, the response has been unbelievable,” according to DeMenno. “The kids want to know if they can have drumming every week. The teachers also enjoy watching the kids transform from being shy and inhibited to rocking and rolling with big smiles. Some teachers are skeptical at first and I love to watch them transform.”
Mike brings Remo Frame Drums, Talking Drums, Pandeiros, NSL drums and Versa drums to the schools. Mike said, “The new Versa drums are working out just great. The kids love the sound and size of the drums. When I am bringing up to 35 drums to a school, they are a dream come true. They save room the way they stack together and are so lightweight too.”
Not only does DeMenno bring drumming to local students but at the Remo Recreational Music Center (RMC) in North Hollywood, CA, he offers drum circles for Autistic kids, teenagers, and adults. Earlier this month Chris Ramirez and Mike DeMenno each facilitated a drum circle for Autistic kids and teenagers. They had great success with the joy and laughter they experienced; some smiling for the first time in long time, some singing or dancing for the first time. Mike recalls, “It really puts things into perspective and it is quite humbling to do this type work. Our drums definitely do so much good that can be life changing. It is out of the mainstream and not very glamorous, but our drums are making such a positive impact.”