A music act like no other, the Drum Waiters incorporate elements of world rhythms, Stomp and rock'n'roll drums into a unique performance that is perfect for any event whether indoors or out…
A music act like no other, the Drum Waiters incorporate elements of world rhythms, Stomp and rock’n’roll drums into a unique performance that is perfect for any event whether indoors or out…
Following in the best traditions of the singing waiters and the stage show Stomp, the Drum Waiters provide corporate after dinner entertainment in a fresh, highly animated and inventive way.
Dressed as waiters and helping serve dinner guests prior to the performance, at the appointed time they subtly start to reveal their true colours. Spread around the room, the first ‘waiter’ starts to clap a rhythm that is picked up by each of the others in turn. At first there is a degree of uncertainty amongst the guests as to what exactly is happening, but as soon as the waiters produce wine bottles, saucepans, trays and cutlery to create fascinating and impressive sounds and beats they quickly become caught up in the fun rhythmic atmosphere as the performers wind their way around the guests towards the stage area.
The show proceeds with skilfully choreographed moves, a variety of drums and percussion instruments – not to mention large water butts for an exciting Kodo piece – and some familiar rhythms – gorilla masks are donned for In The Air Tonight and hands are raised skywards for We Will Rock You. The performance ends with a powerful high speed finale on drum kit and tom toms.
Throughout the Drum Waiters are energetic, vibrant and dynamic, and a degree of audience participation is always inevitable, with guests clapping along. The Waiters can even be joined on stage by volunteers from the audience for one section of the show…
Lead by Mark Walker, one of Disney’s drummers from the West End production of the Lion King, percussionist for Rolf Harris, and a leading performer on the conference circuit, the Drum Waiters are extremely accomplished and vibrant musicians, whose ability to drum is matched by their ability to perform in an enthralling, engaging, exciting and downright entertaining way…
For some clients a higher degree of audience participation is a requirement. For those who have such a desire, the Drum Waiters can provide boomwhackers for guests to play along on. Boomwhackers are coloured plastic tubes that are struck on the hand (or any other part of the body!) and play musical notes. They are lightweight and great fun. Non musicians can be turned into a wonderful sounding musical boomwhacker orchestra in a very short space of time.
“I am so grateful to you for fitting into the evening so easily, I know that there were lots of ‘I don’t knows’ before the event and thank you for being so flexible. The clients really enjoyed your show as did we and I do hope that there will be a chance to get you all back here sometime in the near future.”
Helen MacInnes, Production Assistant, Grosvenor House
“Thanks very much to you and the guys – you did a great job, it was really good fun and I was amazed at how energetic the performance was. Everybody loved it.”
Claire Peakman, Aston Villa Players’ Awards Ceremony Organiser, 2008
Workshops and Drum Circle
It is also possible for the Drum Waiters to run workshops at festivals and fun days. Suitable for all ages, the Drum Waiters are skilled at turning a group of non musicians into a fantastic drum and percussion orchestra in a very short space of time.