PULSE – Open Call to Aspiring Drummers


Calling all aspiring drummers in Athenry, Ballinasloe and An Spidéal…

Children, Young People, Adults & Groups can tap into weekly community percussion programmes!

A new percussion programme, known as PULSE, will be offered to children, young people, adults and groups attached to communities in Spiddal, Ballinasloe and Athenry from November and will be overseen by staff from GRETB’s Music Generation and Community Education programmes.

These percussion programmes will utilise the instrument bank (known as Gaillimh) which was given to GRETB and Music Generation by Galway 2020 as part of its legacy programme. This percussion bank is currently being used across a variety of contexts as part of Music Generation’s performance music education programmes with support from Galway Culture Company.

As part of these community drum programmes, individual groups will learn specific percussion parts and later as part of a large-scale collaborative performance they will unite with their counterparts from other parts of the county. It is envisaged that the amalgam will give rise to a powerful percussion performance from the extended ensemble performed to members of the public.

GRETB’s Community Education programme works with Community Groups including Men’s Sheds, Women’s Groups, Community Development Groups, Active Retired Groups, Migrant, Refugee and Asylum Seeker Groups, Disability Groups, Traveller Groups, Homeless Groups and LGBT Groups. If you are attached to such a group and want to get involved, feel free to let us know.

Speaking about the project Eric Cunningham, Music Generation officer, with Music Generation stated that “it’s hugely rewarding for us to see these instruments being utilised by so many communities and young people, our overall programme reaches into every corner of the county giving access to so many young people and communities.”

Separately, the PULSE workshops will also be delivered to groups of children and young people (ages 8-18 years).

The following are details of the 3 different programmes:

An Spidéal:

Venue: GRETB Media Training Centre (Eircode: H91 N524)

Day: Mondays (weekly)

Children & young people’s programme: 6.15pm-7.00pm

Adult programme: 7.15pm-8.00pm

Open evening: Monday 13th November


Venue: Coláiste an Eachréidh (Eircode: H65 WD54)

Day: Tuesdays (weekly)

Children & young people’s programme: 6.15pm-7.00pm

Adult programme: 7.15pm-8.00pm

Open evening: Tuesday 14th November


Venue: Ballinasloe Town Hall Theatre (Eircode: H53 A2N7)

Day: Wednesdays (weekly)

Children & young people’s programme: 6.15pm-7.00pm

Adult programme: 7.15pm-8.00pm

Open evening: Wednesday 15th November

Those who wish to participate should register here:


Enquiries can be directed to musicgenerationgalway@gretb.ie

Apply here