West African Drum & Dance Camp

An Unforgettable Learning Experience
May 8-14, 2023. Click Here To Register Now!Click Here To Email Registrar


  • Four levels of djembe classes
  • Classes in balafon, dunun, kora, singing, shekere, and krin
  • Drum-maintenance, building, blinging, re-heading, and tuning led by Tom Harris
  • Open community drumming under the moon and stars


  • Two levels of dance classes
  • Percussive dance instruction on Duns
  • Free morning yoga classes
  • Massage and healing arts practitioners
  • Grand Finale talent show and concert
  • Guinea-style folklore celebration

Wildacres Retreat, Little Switzerland, North Carolina

The Monday before Mother's Day through Mother's Day morning, yearly


You are invited to come and experience the warm, high-energy sense of community created at the annual Community Sound West African Music and Dance Camp. Join long-time attendees and first-time friends to create an inviting atmosphere of fun, play, learning and togetherness in the spirit of West African drum and dance. Enjoy a full week immersed in the community, music and culture, or come for a shorter time – various packages are available.


The experienced and highly talented staff of dedicated Guinean & American instructors is brought together by Julie & Andrew Moore, to satisfy everyone from the beginning beginner to the advanced-level participant.


This event sells out quickly after registration opens, and is highly regarded by participants & instructors alike . . . don’t miss out!


  • All classes 90 minutes long. Click link to view 2022 Class Schedule
  • Rental drums are available.
  • A deposit of $100 per person is required to hold your space.
  • For cancellations up to April 1st, all but $50 of the deposit is returned.
  • After April 1st, no refunds, except for health emergencies.


All of this takes place in the natural spring-time beauty of Wildacres Retreat in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway northeast of Asheville. All accommodations are in very comfortable, double-occupancy hotel-style rooms with private bath.  Delicious family-style, dining-hall meals include vegetarian and vegan options.


Rates were adjusted to accomodated Wildacres’ request to reduce our arrival options. We now pay Wildacres the same whether a participant arrives on Monday or Tuesday, with Tuesday now having more class offerings than in past years. We also rasied the built-in per-meal tip Wildacres staff has receives. (It hadn’t changed in 20 years!) We have limited scholarships & are also looking for an assitant for Tom at his drum tent. Please email Julie to inquire.

Registering for camp indicates your acceptance of having a roommate. Single rooms will only be issued two weeks before camp starts, based upon availability.

Adults/Teens, Arrival ***Hold Cell Phones Sideways*** Double Occupancy Single Occupancy
     Monday 6PM $830 $1385
     Tuesday 6PM $820 $1375
     Wednesday 6PM $770 $1275
     Thursday 12Noon $690 $1176
Youth, AGE 6-12, Arrival
     Monday 6PM $395
      Tuesday 6PM $390
     Wednesday 6PM $365
     Thursday 12Noon $335
Children, Age 3-5, Arrival
     Monday 6PM $240
      Tuesday 6PM $235
     Wednesday 6PM $220
     Thursday 12Noon $190
Children, Age 0-2 Free
Daily Commuter  Limited
     Adult Per Day $145
     Age 6-12 Per Day Free
     Age 3-5 Per Day Free


Scholarships are very limited but do exist.  If needed, please send an email to the registrar.

Mail Checks To:

“Community Sound” at PO Box 175, Tigerville SC, 29688

What People Are Saying About Camp:

“Joy! Amazing teachers and drumming experiences; meeting new friends and connecting with old friends; enjoying the wonderful vegan food; reconnecting with nature at Wildacres.”

“The community and acceptance of everyone. Felt very welcomed and the learning was wonderful.”

“I really didn’t know what to expect since it was my first time to go to a drum camp. I felt it was an amazing exposure to so many things! Truly enjoyed the overall experience!”

“The attendees and the instructors. How well everyone accepts and helps each other. It is a real family.”

“Much new information to work on & practice over the next year.”

“Drumming fun and challenges and the best people anywhere!”

“Where the Takosaba dunun and sangban fit together.”

“Aside from better drumming skills, a better understanding of West African culture.”

“If you are not getting what you hoped for, just ask!”

“The teachers were inspiring and dedicated, and the drumming community (participants) were friendly, welcoming, and fun.”

“Krin threw me into the deep end because I had never played it before, but I managed somehow!”

“The folklore celebration really helped me find a love of the dance and how it fits with the drums. I have never been a dancer, but now I want to be one.”