Dana Maguire Drums

At Dana Maguire Drums (DMD) we build custom hand drums and percussion using locally grown woods. We

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Music & Events - Strings Bar & Grill 12/12/2022

Music & Events - Strings Bar & Grill

Looking forward to doing another feature set with my new clam brother Quahog Jack We will be at Strings Bar and Grill in Johnston. Wednesday December 28 at 7pm. Come on down to the open mic and play a few tunes yourself. It is hosted by the lovely Lori Silvia who I am looking forward to hearing play and sing again.

Music & Events - Strings Bar & Grill Strings Bar & Grill is a unique full-service restaurant & bar featuring great drinks, tasty food, and live music by talented local and regional musicians.


Had a wonderful time leading the drum circle at All That Matters yoga + wellness winter gather and mingle event. The folks who run All That Matters know how to make people feel welcome and appreciated. I am grateful to be part of the extended family there.
Keep an eye for potential drum related workshops in the late winter early spring.


Let’s drum next weekend!!!


Saturday, December 10th from 4-8pm, join us for a free open studio event!
We’ll have some festive cheer, spirited libations + bites, an interactive drumming circle with our friend Dana Maguire starting at 5pm, tarot readings with Cartier the Queen, angel card readings with Erin Leone, create your own ATMY+W merch + some fun giveaways! And while you’re here you can shop small while supporting local artisans next door at s’OM.
Let's celebrate our one-year of ATMY+W's evolution to a nonprofit 501c3, together

315 Main St
Wakefield, RI


I made this black walnut ashiko cajon for Carlos Adames many years ago. Glad to hear him make it sound so sweet.

Photos from Dana Maguire Drums's post 08/26/2022

Played a little accompaniment for a kirtan after yoga class yesterday, a first for me. It was at a fundraiser for All That Matters yoga + wellness being held at Shepherd’s Run Winery. Such a beautiful event at a lovely location. Sam snapped a photo of a couple DMD - Dana Maguire Drums ashiko cajons. The other photo is of part of the winery and Zen Den. He said put his finger in front of the lens for a second before taking the photo. Happy accidents. I love the effect.


Have drums will travel. Drumming brings hearts, hands, feet of all ages together in a joyful way. Drumming can be a fun group activity at special occasions such as birthdays, graduations, family reunions, company retreats/picnics, whoopie parties, etc. Send me a message for more info


Just want to thank the folks at All That Matters yoga + wellness in Wakefield for having me down to facilitate drumming circles this summer which were free and open to the public. We had such a good turnout for all three. Community does indeed matter!


Our last summer session at All That All That Matters yoga + wellness was a blast!!! Kids at heart of all ages were there playing to their hearts’ content. Looks like we will be continuing into the fall. I will keep you posted. There are a lot great offerings at the All That Matters. Keep an eye on their site.

I will also be doing a little accompaniment for a kirtan at at a fundraiser for All That Matters this Thursday at Shepherd’s Run winery in South Kingstown.


Good fun news. I will be facilitating drum circles at All That Matters Yoga studio, Main St. Wakefield, RI. on Thursdays July 28 and August 18. We will get started around 6 and do a few sessions into the evening. These are both RiverFire nights so there will be lots to do in the village. Live bands, vendors. These are truly the best summer nights. Free, family friendly and open to the public.


Today’s office Arcadia management area. Rhode Island is so beautiful!


Yesterday morning’s office, Stepping Stone Falls, Escoheag, RI


Drive to the office yesterday


Did our command performance at Wyatt detention center today. We also got the warden and many other employees there playing. At that point when everyone was playing and smiling, we were all just human beings enjoying each other’s company. The folks working there were impressed by the guys’ skills and togetherness.

After the show and drum circle The warden asked the guys what they got out of the experience.

Paraphrasing some responses:

A chance to free their minds, in a positive way, from their every day reality

Gratitude, never thought they would be offered an opportunity to do anything like this while in there

A sense of community

A connection to humanity

A meditation


Feeling of accomplishment

Brought back good memories of playing in the jazz band in school

It is hard to express in words the joy I feel

These were more eloquently spoken by the guys but I hope you get the idea. As for me, I am full of joy to be a vehicle and have the drum as a vehicle to touch and connect hearts.

Photos from Dana Maguire Drums's post 06/22/2022

Building drums at Acadia management area amongst the woods, water lilies and Indian pipes (only plant without chlorophyll. Peaceful


Today’s office, Acadia management area


Doing another performance with the Therapeutic Drumming Collaborative at Wyatt detention center tomorrow afternoon. The Warden couldn’t make the first one. Command performance!!!
Got word that the program will continue!!!


Join me Thursday evening at 6ish and again later in the event for a drum circle at All That Matters Yoga and Wellness studio Main St Wakefield, RI. This event is all ages and free and open to the public m.
If you have a drum or percussion instrument feel free to bring it. If not, I will be bringing quite a few more than what is on the cart.

This will be a super fun evening as it is the summer solstice kickoff of RiverFire series. Come enjoy some live music, the fires, food and the great stuff the vendors In Wakefield have to offer.


Our Therapeutic Drumming Collaborative did a performance today at Wyatt detention center. The guys did a great job. We are going to do another one next week so the warden and others can attend. We did a piece I taught them and two pieces from rhythms which they came up with. One was a Middle Eastern rhythm and the other a Hip Hop groove. Next week we will add an each one teach one where the guys will mentor others in creating a rhythm on the spot.

Warden says it looks good to continue with the program!!!


Fun at Nico Bella’s for PVD Fest. Drum circle starts at noon.


I have drumming events coming up if people are interested in coming out. ALL of these events are FREE and open to the public.

Saturday June 11 from 12-1pm I will be leading a drum circle sponsored by and in front of Nico Bella’s restaurant during PVD Fest. I will be bringing lots of drums and percussion instruments. Bring your own too.

The flyer here is for the workshop on Sunday June 12. This should be really cool. The focus will be in creating a drum and percussion piece which creates an atmosphere. We will be perform it with the Notable Works ensemble. If you don’t feel like drumming you can take a poetry writing workshop with published poets. It all starts with a tour of the Audubon sanctuary in Bristol, which is a beautiful place. It is for people over 18 and registration is limited and required.

Thursday June 23 I will be leading a few drumming sessions at the rededication of All That Matters on Main St in Wakefield. We will get started around 6pm. I will have more specific details soon. This will be taking place during the Solstice Riverfire in Wakefield. All in all this will be a wonderful evening.



Getting my little elementary school students at Nathanael Greene in Pawtucket ready to do a drum performance this Thursday. Each grade, 1-4 will be doing its own act. 2nd grade drum and dance (original choreography by the second grade girls), 1st grade a little roots riddim and some dub styley fades, 3rd grade singing and playing Fanga Alafiya, 4th grade a groove like the intro on Santana’s Toussaint L’overture.


Just finished my first drumming session at Wyatt detention center with 10 guys. They were great! I feel fortunate to be put in this position of service. Good to see them feeling free.

Poetry, Music and Performance at Audubon 03/23/2022

Poetry, Music and Performance at Audubon

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Poetry, Music and Performance at Audubon This Free Event includes an Audubon Nature Tour, a Poetry and a Music Workshop, Plus a Performance by Participants & Workshop Leaders.


My proposal to do a pilot drumming program at the Wyatt Detention center has been approved!!! Starting soon.



Please share with your K-8 teacher friends in Rhode Island. Our show Rhythms of Resilience will be streamed March 28-April 15,2022. It features musicians and music from several countries.
It is listed last on the schedule.



Wrapping rings for new djembe builds accompanied by the soothing sounds of Malian maestros Toumani and Sidiki Diabate on Kora.


RIP Tutu. Such a wise, determined and kind man.

Until we can forgive the person who harmed us, that person will hold the keys to our happiness; that person will be our jailor. When we forgive, we take back control of our own fate and our feelings. ... We forgive for ourselves. Nobel Laureate, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

I had the honor and joy of playing for Bishop Tutu back in 1999 when he came to Providence to do a special service. At that Tutu was receiving treatment for cancer. His service was touching and meaningful regardless of what one’s religious beliefs may be. By the end of the service he was dancing in the aisles leading a group of children singing and playing percussion while we drummed. After the service he greeted and hugged every single person who wanted to meet him. There were around 900 people in attendance.
The moment felt big to me as we began playing, almost too big. A moment later a feeling of joy filled me, a feeling of deservedness and being exactly in the right place at the right time.
The gratitude and care in the look and hug that he gave me are with me still.


Piloting a new drumming program at the Wyatt detention center with inmates who are in recovery. Should kick sometime in January. Excited to say the least.


Hand carved Mali Lenke wood super quinto for my friend Adam. Just have to shave and crank it up.

The Benefits of Drumming | Project Resiliency 08/24/2021

The Benefits of Drumming | Project Resiliency

At DMD we have the drums! Let us know if we can help you experience the benefits listed in the article and more. We have spread these benefits in preschool, elementary, middle, high and home schools, adolescent treatment facilities, prison, universities, camps, community building and social justice causes, corporations, nursing homes, retirement communities, Alzheimer’s and adult day care centers. We offer customized integrated curriculum programs utilizing drumming and drum building to teach math, science, geographic and cultural literacy, social emotional development for K-12 and home schools.

The Benefits of Drumming | Project Resiliency The Benefits of Drumming The word rhythm in Greek means to flow. Drumming is a path of healing that guides us into experiencing the flow of our mind and emotions so we may grow to experience more about our soul. Synced Rhythm, Masoud – Tanzania Drumming gives us an experience where we can be free ...

Ginger Baker in Africa (1971) 08/20/2021

Ginger Baker in Africa (1971)

happy Birthday Ginger August 19

Ginger Baker in Africa (1971) don‘t mean to harm anyone‘s copyright claims. just tell me and i'll take it down.

Mickey Hart's Rhythm of Life on PBS My Generation 08/13/2021

Mickey Hart's Rhythm of Life on PBS My Generation

Rhythm of life

Mickey Hart's Rhythm of Life on PBS My Generation Mickey Hart, the drummer for The Grateful Dead, making music out of sound waves from outer space and the human brain to demonstrate the theory behind "good v...

Photos from Dana Maguire Drums's post 08/07/2021

Some shots and a little clip from filming day of Rhythm Kitchen’s show “Rhythms of Resilience” done in collaboration with Crocodile River Music. This will be streamed into the RI school system in the coming academic year. The show features music from West Africa, the Dominican Republic, Cuba and the U.S. Artists participating are from Mali, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Kenya, Tanzania, the Dominican Republic and the U.S. I am in complete gratitude to all who participated. Can’t wait to do another one.
Issa Coulibaly
Zachariah Combs
Jesus Andujar
Marlon Carey
Yacouba Diabate
Thierno Camara
Antoinette Mutuyimana
Wangari Fahari
Charlotte Rosen
Matthew Zajac
Matt Crane
Che Cartafalsa
I want to extend thanks to Dana Brazil, Betsy Rinaldi, Amanda Motta and the sound, light, film, security and catering folks at the Providence Performing Arts Center for their support. Rhode Island middle schoolers are in for a treat.


Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, but as a body percussion epic played by hundreds of schoolchildren

We are the instrument

Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, but as a body percussion epic played by hundreds of schoolchildren Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, but as a body percussion epic played by hundreds of schoolchildren 19 June 2021, 13:47 Body percussion Beethoven. Picture: Saint-Michel-Garicoïts de Cambo school By Kyle Macdonald Five months of rehearsals lead to a stunning performance of claps, clicks and thumps, wor...

Photos from Dana Maguire Drums's post 06/13/2021

Couple of new DMD Ashiko cajons nearly ready for sale. Demos soon as well. Have a couple more black walnut drums coming. Sweet sounding.

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Yesterday morning’s office, Stepping Stone Falls, Escoheag, RI
Drive to the office yesterday
Today’s office, Acadia management area
Sam builds a djembe for himself
Home school
Drum wall
New DMD cajon. Just before finishingm
Jesus Andujar on new DMD cajons!!!
New DMD cajons!!!!





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