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Newport Drummers

Newport Drummers is a community-based drum ensemble modeled on West African instruments and rhythms, and founded on the concept of this music being celebrated, through group ensemble practice and performance, with our community.

Highlights of the Newport Drummers Ensemble include:

  • Musicians, of all ages, are welcome, whether experienced or just starting out.

  • Music is mostly learned though oral tradition and imagery, so European notation skills are unnecessary.

  • Drumming is said to aid depression, Parkinson’s Disease, and people living with dementia.

  • Bring your drum! If you don’t have one, there are drums available for use.


Leader: Martin Case

Martin Case is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, and has served artists and communities around the globe.

Martin performs on saxophones, piano/keyboards, and West African percussion, and has been bestowed the title Master Drummer by Barbara Levy, Mamadou Diop, and griot Aboubacar Djéliké Kouyate.



Thursday evenings 7:30-9pm. We usually run 4 terms per year, the same as school terms. See calendar below.



Newport Community Hub

13 Mason St, Newport


$12 per session or $100 per 10-week term.

See our Covid safe policy for entry conditions.


Contact Martin Case on 0401 889 743 or via email.


Instruction videos

Martin has recorded a set of instruction videos, which you may find useful for practice at home.

Online payment

Term 2 2024

Term fee is $100

You can pay online using Visa or Mastercard.

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