West African Drum & Dance Camp

An Unforgettable Learning Experience - Become a Better Drummer & Dancer
May 6-12, 2024. 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
  • Drumming for Dance classes

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  • 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. Long-term teachers at this retreat include Bolokada Conde, Fode Lavia Camara, Abou Camara, Mohamed Diaby, Amo Soumah, Robin “Bountou” Leftwich & Will Ridenour, with a rotation of additional guest artists.


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


  • All classes are 90 minutes long. Click link to view the sample 2023 Schedule
  • Rental drums are available.
  • A deposit of $120 per person is required to hold your space, which is applied to your balance and requested after your application has been submitted.
  • For cancellations up to March 15th, the deposit is returned, excepting a $65 service fee.
  • After March 15th, 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.


We have limited scholarships & are accepting requests to be an assistant to Tom at his drum tent. Please email Julie to inquire.

Single Occupancy – 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 $870 $1370
     Tuesday 6PM $860 $1360
     Wednesday 6PM $810 $1240
     Thursday 12 Noon $706 $1056
Youth, AGE 6-12, Arrival
     Monday 6PM $435
      Tuesday 6PM $430
     Wednesday 6PM $410
     Thursday 12 Noon $375
Children, Age 3-5, Arrival
     Monday 6PM $280
      Tuesday 6PM $275
     Wednesday 6PM $260
     Thursday 12 Noon $230
Children, Age 0-2 Free
Daily Commuter  Limited
     Adult Per Day $120
     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.”