The Remo RMC is a Recreational Music Center. What is a Recreational Music Center? Imagine a YMCA or a Tennis Club, but instead of sporting equipment, basketball and tennis courts, the room is filled with fun percussion toys, drums, bells, tambourines, shakers, piano, singers, dancers and more. And just like when thousands and thousands of people go out each day to enjoy a game of tennis, a round of golf, or a pick up game of basketball; you now have the opportunity to make music with the same fun and enthusiasm. At the REMO RMC anyone is welcome to stop in and play, to play without feeling intimidated or inhibited, to be in an environment where your creative voice is allowed to be expressed and to be heard. The REMO RMC is a place where music making is not about perfection, but about the process. It is about expressing and not about performance or impressing anyone. It is impossible to make a mistake. Without the normal pressures one might feel when playing an instrument in front of others, you begin to realize that you and everyone around you has rhythm. If you are breathing, you have rhythm. Just one tap on a bell while a group of other people tap on their drum or shake their shaker can be exhilarating.
Remo Belli, the owner and founder of REMO Inc. had a vision long before Recreational Music Making became as popular as it is today. He saw the drum as a tool, a life enhancement tool; a powerful tool that is used to build communication, break down social, race, and political barriers. With that vision, over ten years ago Remo Belli created the very first Recreational Music Center in North Hollywood CA. It all started with a weekly community drum circle. Arthur Hull, a world renowned Drum Circle Facilitator describes a drum circle as, "A tool for unity. It is NOT a drum class. It's NOT using culturally-specific rhythms. A community drum circle in the United States is a fun, family friendly event, where people empower each other in the act of celebrating community and life through rhythm and music. People of all levels of musical expertise come together and share their rhythmical spirit with what ever drums and percussion they bring to the event. They don't have to be a drummer to participate. Everyone has something to offer the circle, and any one is welcome." Almost fifteen years ago REMO was the first instrument manufacturing company to hire a full-time Music Therapist. REMO developed HealthRHYTHMS, a group drumming protocol based on proven scientific research that recreational drumming can help build the immune system, reduce stress, reduce burnout, and the HealthRHYTHMS Group Empowerment Drumming participants showed a statistically significant increase in natural killer cell activity after a one-hour group session. Natural Killer cells (NK) are the white blood cells that seek out and destroy cancer and virally infected cells.
We all love to see and hear a master musician, a virtuoso, or a talented entertainer. Nothing can be more inspiring than hearing your favorite music by your favorite performer. However, if life choices do not put us on the path of becoming a virtuoso or a professional musician, just like the recreational tennis player, we all have permission to make music for personal enjoyment. The RMC also offer classes, workshops, and concerts. We provide group classes in a variety of cultures from Asia, to Africa, to South America, all across the globe from Taiko drumming to drum set drumming. Recreational Music Making means a family might start their own band, a mom singing with her kids in the car, a group of friends playing music at a school or local club, drumming in the park, drumming on your lunch break, or drumming for corporate team building. Everyone has the right to play music and everyone can make music and create rhythm. As Remo Belli states, "No matter which percussion instrument you choose to play, you'll find there's a world of creativity in your hands."
At the REMO RMC we find that when people attend a drum circle or a class something wakes up inside of them. Maybe they become routine visitors to drum circles. Or maybe they finally learn to play African rhythms, or the drum set. And for some it awakens other creative channels. They finally do something they always wanted to do, like play the guitar, or learn to play a drum set, or write songs. Once the creative channels are opened within, anything is possible.
Nowadays, Music Therapy and Recreational Music Making are becoming household terms. More and more renowned artists are taking time when they are not touring or recording to visit schools to play music with kids and visit hospitals to play music for those that are ill.
Remo Belli has run his company for over fifty years always concerned about the environment. Remo is always concerned about recycling and utilizing all resources to conserve energy and materials. Fifteen years ago other music manufacturing companies turned their heads to Music Therapy and Recreational Music Making and now it is hard to find a company that is not somehow supporting Music Therapy, music for schools, for the elderly, and kids at risk. We're helping to improve the human condition one drum at a time. It doesn't matter what drum you play or who makes it, at REMO, we truly feel that playing a drum or any instruments makes the world a better place.
Experience the magic of making music, creating music in the moment, getting out of your head and into the rhythm. We hope to see you at the REMO RMC at one of our drum circles, classes, concerts, or events. And don't forget to check out our Free Kids Drum Circle every Saturday at 9:30AM to 10:05AM and 11:00AM to 11:45AM. For a complete list of events visit the Calendar section.