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A Star Is Born... Right Under the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Thursday, September 06, 2012

After a year of scripting, casting  choreography and rehearsals, and several out of town tryouts, the spectacular Giaia Rhythm Show  by Drum Beats made its debut at  Circular Quay on New Year’ s Eve. The rest, as they say, is history!

New Year’s Eve at the Sydney Opera House – what better time or place could there be to launch an exciting new entertainment concept? The Gaia Rhythm  Show is a new entertainment concept from Drum Beats that combines irresistible tribal rhythms with original music, choreography, dancers and adult circus acrobats to provide a very different kind of entertainment experience  - not an event segment or a team building scenario, but a fully fledged show for any size of audience in any location.



Gaia – the name derives from the old Greek word for the planet Earth, builds on Drum Beats proven strengths of international rhythms and music scapes and audience inclusion by adding new original soundtracks, choreography, gymnastics, fire dancing and fire eating. The result is a sophisticated adult circus spectacular.

The Gaia spectacle was developed by Drum Beats Artistic Director and Joint CEO Angela Grima over more than a year of casting, rehearsals and tryouts before making its debut at the new Opera Kitchen precinct at the Sydney Opera House, accommodating five fashionable Sydney restaurants in one unique boardwalk at the foot of the Opera House.

The New Years Eve Programme
Tasked with entertaining a large crowd of diners and fireworks watchers form 6.30 pm to 1.15 am, Drum Beats divided the night into seven separate scenes between 6.30 pm and midnight.

The audience enjoyed a Gaia Rhythm Dance Show with African drummers and dancers; a drumming workshop with 30 audience members playing drums; a graceful adagio acrobatic duet; a Gaia Rhythm show with dancers, vocalists and percussionists; a floor show featuring original music and two fire dancers: and The Gaia Rhythm Party Band performing funky r&b numbers


A slick, large scale show like Gaia requires really professional production and organisation. Drum Beats were able to draw on their many years of staging shows to pull it all together, from the red carpet, lighting and audio systems to understanding and complying with all the stringent OHS requirements of the Sydney Opera House to make it all happen perfectly.

The Future of Gaia – It’s big!

The Gaia Rhythm Show is a unique corporate entertainment concept - part adult circus, part world music event and part pulsating soundscape of percussion and melody. Since our New Years Eve debut at the Opera House this year, we have staged Gaia a half dozen times, and each performance has been different since we shape the show to fit the event and the environment.  For example, a recent three day Gaia Rhythm Show event for an international audience included didgeridoos, break dancers and Haka performers from New Zealand – an exciting and different stand-alone entertainment concept.

We’ll be showcasing The Gaia Rhythm Show in its own website very soon, but if you are interested in staging Gaia for your company in the near future, please contact Rob, Angela or Athill on 1300 749 846

Five Conference And Event Myths Debunked! - Myth 1: The magic won’t work if the venue is too large.

Thursday, September 06, 2012

If you think it is just too chaotic to get an international audience of 800 – 1000 people to shake their maracas and stomp their feet in time, you obviously weren’t at the Standards Australia event organised by Waldron Smith Management in October 2011.

Event: The 75th Annual General Meeting of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)
Standards Australia
Conference Organiser:
Waldron Smith Management
800+ international delegates
Palladium Ballroom, Crown Casino, Melbourne

Drum Beats were briefed to provide the pre-dinner entertainment for the prestigious finale to this fortnight long international conference and were specifically asked for an ice breaker with an international theme to set a mood that would be appreciated by guests attending from all over the world, rather than a single cultural theme such as African dancing.

Even more important than the need to present an international sound, however, was the need to get every one of the 800 audience members involved and participating – the essential element in creating a memorable team building experience. To achieve this, Drum Beats issued each member of the audience with a maraca rattle or a pair of claves or clap sticks, which they could keep as a personal memento of the event.


Alison Armstead, conference organiser for Waldron Smith Management recalls that “I was absolutely delighted at the enthusiasm with which the audience reacted to their gifts – the maracas and the claves – as they entered the ballroom. They were asked to keep them safe because they would need to use them during the performance and this resulted in an immediate sense of anticipation and excitement”.

When the performance began, 800+ members of the audience joined in an exhilarating 30 minutes of interactive percussion performance orchestrated by Drum Beats performers as part of a sophisticated international soundscape. An audience of 800 people was not a problem – especially in a fantastic venue like the Crown’s Palladium Ballroom, which is specially designed to hold larger events like this one!


How a unique, custom-designed presentation helped launch a corporate rebranding exercise.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Corporate Drumming Team Building Port Douglas


Client: The Lion Company.
Objective: Internal rebranding of Lion Nathan as Lion Co.  
Attendees: More than three hundred leaders of Lion Nathan and National Foods companies in Australia and New Zealand.  
Venues: Port Douglas Mirage and Flames Of The Forest Restaurant.


In June 2011,  Lion Nathan National Foods, an amalgamation of National Foods and Lion Nathan, formally adopted a new shared purpose and identity and rechristened itself simply  as Lion. This meant a change in the name of the parent company for many Australian and New Zealand brand leaders from Coon Cheese, Big M, Berri and Vitasoy to Tooheys, Hahn and Steinlager.

Lion’s Strategy and Insights Director Alicia Purtell and her team had selected the Port Douglas Mirage as an ideal location for the 2011 Lion Leader’s Conference which would introduce 350 executives across all Lion divisions to the corporate theme: “Acting in alignment helps us achieve together”.

Alicia, who had worked with Drum Beats before on several individual product  events, knew Drum Beats  could be relied  on to create a drumming opener for Day 2 of the event that would both support the corporate theme and leave this audience enthused, excited and receptive to the new branding.

Creative Development:
The communications objective of the day was to demonstrate to delegates that by acting in alignment under the united Lion banner, all the diverse Lion brands could achieve more, so Angela developed and produced a one-off musical programme of three “lessons” to prove to the 350 participants that this was indeed the case.

Lesson One  - After a short opening drumming session designed to break down inhibitions and raise the emotional temperature, Angela and the Rhythm Doctors (also known as drummers) got to work to prove that diversity could produce harmony. This was done by showing four different sections of the audience how to play four different rhythms simultaneously to unite into an impressivepiece of music.

Lesson Two  - Even the smallest division, the product and the people who produced it payed a vital part in the whole. Audience members were given a cheese wrapper and were asked to make music with it – no luck – but when a team of people crumpled their wrappers in time, and were supported by other instruments; they could and did make a positive contribution to the music.



Lesson Three - The climax! – the debut of the Lion Packaging Orchestra, as members of the different product groups played their packaging – there were beer cans and milk cartons used as clap sticks, ice cream cartons full of beer tops used as shakers and many other strange and wonderful sounds that all magically aligned into a stirring and harmonious Lion Symphony. An important outcome of this exercise worth mentioning was that it introduced everybody in the room to the full suite of products, including the New Zealand market brand leaders in a memorable way.

“Bearing in mind that it was an 8.30am start, people really loved it! It created a great sense of unity and energy to kick off the second day of our conference. We really appreciated how proactive Angela was in suggesting using our products as percussion instruments, which helped to connect our people to the activity” said Lion Co’s Alicia Purtell.  

Grand Finale
Drum Beats also contributed to ending this two day Lion event on a high note by staging their new Gaia Rhythm Show - world music spectacular as the after dinner entertainment at the conference Gala Dinner, hosted at the award winning Flames of the Forest rainforest venue just outside Port Douglas.  Drum Beats drummers and stilt walkers in rain forest costumes were on hand to meet and greet the guests as they arrived at the restaurant and ten solo performers provided the memorable after dinner entertainment, which included a Mongolian throat singer and fire dancing acrobats.

“The Gaia performance”, said Alicia “was spectacular, really interactive, fun and moving. Our thanks to Angela and her team for creating a program and performance unique to Lion and partnering with us in such a constructive way.”




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Australia Wide African Countdown

Sunday, February 13, 2011

What a day!

With shows commencing at 1pm in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth & Brisbane the launch of Nutrimetics new incentive travel destination was a case of all hands on drums! (Nutrimetics is one of Australia and New Zealand’s leading skincare companies)

Following the countdown the drummers commenced & the African dancers burst onto the stage delighting the audiences with their energy & athleticism. As lunch concluded the interactive fun began, each participant had a drum or percussion instrument to play and the Nutrimetics Orchestras were born!

With the new incentive travel destination being South Africa, this was a great chance to bring out our ever popular African theme. Logistically the challenge was to coordinate the 21 musicians but as usual the guys were fantastic & drew a great response.


Check out the photos of the day


Adelaide    |    Sydney     |    Brisbane     |    Perth     |    Canberra     |    Melbourne


And here is what Nutrimetics had to say

"WOW what a successful event we had all thanks to the drum beats entertainment. All states came back with positive feed back on the entertainment and could not say 1 bad thing about any of the states.

I was in South Australia and they were fabulous!!! Jim was my contact and he was great, nothing was too hard for him. The level of professionalism and manner we were working with across Australia is something we here at Nutrimetics are looking for.

Angela, thank you for all your help coordinating the states. Your musicians were all easy going and ready to perform at the best of their ability with no complaints or drama. It's a relief to know that for the next events we do with drum beats we will be happy.

I look forward to meeting you both and also working with you and your team in the future."

Jenna Doumit - Meetings, Promotions & Events Coordinator

NYE 2010 in the Crystal Rainforest

Sunday, January 23, 2011
The brief was to provide high class yet earthy entertainment that would enhance the other world feel of the Crystal Rainforest.

The 860 guests had seen almost everything so from past experiences it was important that the entertainment be different, new and definitely of the highest quality.
New costumes were designed & new music was also written & composed especially for the event.

Images & video will be online shortly but in the meantime here is a quick peek backstage during preparations.