“Here’s Your Drumfun Kit!”

Sure, Bambam Drumfun is mostly about sharing the joys and benefits of syncopated rhythm-making. We learn and play simple coordinated rhythms together. Lots of them.

We also make and decorate our own sticks, shakers and drumpads together. So you can take your drumfun kit – the sticks, shaker, drumpad and rhythm cards – home and practice, practice, practice!!!

After all, it is the practicing the many fun rhythms and beats we learn that does a drummer good … for the mind, body, heart and spirit. I guarantee it!

Only Bambam Drumfun lets you make, decorate and take home your rhythm instruments.

No other drum program combines drumming and artsncrafts so artfully.

Here are some Bambam Drumfun program materials:

A drumfun kit in every students’ desk … music and art together

There is nothing else like it anywhere in music therapy, art therapy, recreational drumming, traditional drum circle programs, or any related programs.

Anywhere. I’ve checked.

And there’s songs.  Simple, catchy little ditties that are fun to sing, short and sweet, and tell Drumfun classes what we’re doing & how to do it!

Like this shaker maker song …

More songs … more sticks … more shakers … more more more!!

Patience. The Driving Force Behind the Design and Development of Bambam Drumfun

Almost 6 years later, it’s patience.

Patience to get it right. Patience to wait for the right opportunity. Patience to allow handicapped clients to get to their seats. Patience to wait for a check months over due. Patience to give an EZBeat rhythm design the time and concentration necessary to make it right for printing.

What you see below are collections of various BBDF program elements that took me but a few hours or so do arrange and design. It’s your basic presentation layout.

The creation of the individual elements and the thinking, research, trial and error development time it took me to get all the particular components just right for my brand … we’re talking hundreds of hours, folks.

Creating something truly out of the box like Bambam Drumfun requires patience. Sacrifice. A vow of poverty. At least a temporary one.



‘Ready, Set, Drum’ … How Drumming Got Me Back in the Game

Every now and again I revisit and repost a blog that helped me some time ago. Groove, where are you?

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My first drum lesson. 11 yrs old. A store-front music lesson shop. My instructor, Pete, had a moustache, an overbite, and a cool calm collected nature.

From that day on I was hooked.

  • singles
  • doubles
  • paradiddles

Fast-forward 40+ years. I wonder why I ever stopped. So glad I continued for all those years through high school. Sure, I could have studied music in college and worked in music in some way. But that wasn’t my path.

I was not meant to play drums for a living. I was meant to struggle, to wander, to meander and take the slow road.

So now, I look back and smile at those early drumming years, and how the lessons learned outside of drumming perhaps provided the blueprint for Bambam Drumfun and all the good things that have sprung from it.

Drumming has always been there for me. And now it has opened up…

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Introducing ‘Shaker-Maker’ Rap’n’Tap from Drum Captain Scott

During every Bambam Drumfun class, we make things …                  Music, rhythms, shakers, memories, wholesome interactions. Here’s a little instructional ditty I wrote featuring the basic steps involved in making and decorating our standard 2″ cubed cardboard bean-filled shaker.

You can read it like a poem, sing it like a song, or rap it like a rap.

Music and Art, Together at Last with Bambam Drumfun.

Let’s drum.

Let’s practice our Latin dance rhythms.

Let’s decorate our shakers. Together.

Connecting in rhythm.  That’s Bambam Drumfun.
Music and art go together so well, whether it’s in the activity room, at the rec center, or in the classroom. And there’s no enrichment arts program that combines the benefits of music and art together like Bambam Drumfun. 
That’s the main idea behind my Bambam Drumfun classes.
And, with 2000+ 1-hour sessions in the books from South Miami to Tallahassee since launching in the fall of 2013, it’s certainly caught on here in the Sunshine State.

These joyous music-making classes continue to bring together folks of all ages and abilities for an engaging hour or so of simple beats and fun rhythm games.

And since adding arts’n’crafts in the fall of last year (2016), Bambam Drumfun now provides clients with a comprehensive arts engagement program.

During our classes, special events and workshops, drummers of all ages and abilities have the opportunity to participate in a dynamic cultural arts activity. Recently, I’ve come up with a simple way to explain the overall program and it’s component parts. 


That’s what we do, not always all together or in that order. But more or less, it describes the 3 categories of activities that make up BBDF. It also gives administrators, foundation heads, activity directors and program directors a quick sense of what we’re all about.  

We learn and play rhythms . . . together.
We make and decorate sticks, shakers, and pads . . . together.
We share what we’ve made and played . . . together.
For 2019, Bambam Drumfun now seeks new ways to share the joys of Make, Play, Share with a broader market.

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MAKE, PLAY, SHARE . . . So many ways to connect through rhythm & arts’n’crafts, together.

That’s Bambam Drumfun … learning and playing simple rhythms and drum patterns … making and decorating sticks, shakers, pads, and various rhythm print pieces, and sharing what we’ve made and played with others …

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1800+ CLASSES SINCE 2013!

The idea for Bambam Drumfun came about during my year as interim music instructor at Colbert Elementary in Hollywood. After some trial and error, and some broken paper-plate shakers that resulted in dry beans being spilled on to the floor in hallways across campus (with apologies to the custodial staff), I eventually came up with a simple, fun and low-cost drumming / arts’n’crafts activity that has worked well for all ages and abilities.

By combining music-making & arts’n’crafts in one activity, Bambam Drumfun provides an ideal sensory engagement activity for all ages and abilities, especially exceptional learners and seniors in independent living, memory-care settings and adult community centers.

Below, a writeup from Palm Villa of Covenant Village, where my wonderful client shared a little about my program in their monthly magazine.

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My drummers call me Drum Captain Scott, but I am open to a name change.   Scott Bambam sure has nice ring to it, don’t you think



Our shakers can be utilized in many creative ways, for instance as blank canvas for message delivery or as a learning tool (think of a 6-sided white bean-filled 2″ cardboard cub covered with various themes). The decorative and artistic possibilities are endless. And, at about 20 cents a piece raw cost, our homemade shaker raw costs are as budget-friendly as they are fun to make and decorate!

Interested? Here’s my card.


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Hallandale Beach Seniors Rockin’ to the Beat with Bambam Drum & Drum Captain Scott


It was the spring of 2014, Mondays at 11 a.m. at Seaside Retirement on Hallandale, Beach. Each week, we would transform the activity room into a scene from a senior version of ‘Drumline.’

This wonderful, lively group of golden oldies included at least a few folks in their 90s, and one lovely lady who I believe at the time of this photo had recently celebrated her 103rd birthday.

I remember when Karen, my client, mentioned this to me. I felt a chill thinking that I had been blessed to share my personal joy for drumming with this entire group, and of course with Rose.

The regulars were loyal. At least a dozen each week. I remember them all so well because from day 1 they were always glad to be there. And I treated them like family, making sure they were all comfortable and engaged with me, each other, and my little rhythm class.

Some were not always up to the drumming. After all, though we kept things simple, Bambam Drumfun requires basic hand-eye coordination, fine- and gross-motor activation, and memory-tasks from pattern recognition, call and response, and stick technique.

Each week, we’d learn and practice the same basic rhythms with subtle variations and new wrinkles every now and then. And in between the practice beats and songs we’d eventually be drumming to there were riddles, trivia questions, and chit-chat.

For some, it was the chit-chat they most enjoyed. Me too. I learned so much from these folks. They were eager to share their lives, and I was a good listener.

Bless them all.

This facility would later be sold to a powerful Canadian family looking to develop high-rise condos. The residents, I later learned, would all be relocated to facilities across South Florida. Some had lived there for years, and as their minds and bodies declined, I can only imagine how confusing and traumatic the move might have been for them.

Our weekly classes together became 2x a month, then once monthly. Then  . . . one dark day, no more Bambam Drumfun. No more Drum Captain Scott. No more door knock beat. No more silly riddles. It was a sad day for me.

But the memories will last a lifetime. For a while, that activity room was jumping. The staff would show up just to see it all. It was everything I’d planned for Bambam Drumfun, and more.

They loved Bambam Drumfun, and the feeling was mutual. I can still remember Roses’ big smile as she shuffled into the room, asking me every week as I greeted her, “Excuse me, what’s this?”

It’s Bambam Drumfun time, I’d tell her with a smile.

Bless Rose, bless this group, and bless Karen the Activity Director at Seaside for hiring me and making sure I got paid.



newcardThe latest business card for Bambam Drumfun features the graphic theme elemental to my EZBeats rhythm music notation.


It’s not rocket science, and certainly not worthy of a TED talk. Yet dot-based EZBeats provide a simple, bold rhythm notation system that’s a snap.

I’ve searched long and hard for a similar graphic language used to communicate basic rhythms. So far, Scott’s Dots has no competitor.

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