Where it all began

Mystic Drumz began in Toronto, Canada in 1995 with a simple idea of bringing hand drumming and children together in a fun and creative way. Founder Lorne Lampert began to test his ideas early on at local scout groups and relatives’ birthday parties. Lorne went on to create and run a music program in Utica, Mississippi. After returning to Canada, Lorne’s ‘idea’ become a company and Mystic Drumz was quickly hired to design and deliver customized summer programs for North America’s largest daycamp, ‘Green Acres’. Soon after Mystic Drumz began to branch out to other camps and perform at special events. By hiring and training other drummers to continue the education, Mystic Drumz is now able to be in more than one place at a time.

Where it’s grown is incredible! We are active in three countries (Canada, U.S.A. and Mexico) and we service over 20 cities and deliver our programs in English, French, and Spanish.

Founder & CDO - Lorne Lampert

Lorne Lampert, B.F.A., B.Ed., is one of Canada’s leading musicians and educators. Specializing in creating custom rhythm workshops and stage performances, he utilizes fantastical musical adventure stories to engage participation and introduce world percussion instruments to children.

Lorne creates dynamic and imaginative constructs for learning. He has been described as an ‘edge-ucator’ because his approach to knowledge acquisition is at the leading edge of new frontier learning techniques. Lorne continuously brings unparalleled, fresh new experiences to his audience. His energy, enthusiasm and experience have created a high demand for his talent. As C.D.O. (Chief Drumming Officer) and founder of Mystic Drumz, Lorne has earned the confidence of theatres, school boards, daycares, festivals, camps and corporations across North America.

Lorne’s professional background combines twenty years of performing experience, positions in public and private education, and extensive involvement with the community. This coalescence of experience equips him with a unique blend of skills and perspective with which to create, design and deliver musical theatre productions.

Lorne’s academic accomplishments include his Bachelors of Fine Arts Music Performance with Honors from York University. There he studied intensely under virtuosos master South Indian musician Trichy Sankaran for 3 years as his principal student. In tandem he earned his Bachelors of Music Education, giving him a deeper understanding of children and music. He is a member of the Ontario College of Teachers and worked for the TDSB for 3 years as he developed the Mystic Drumz programs.

Lorne’s skills in music have led him into the finest studios in Canada and put him on international record releases. He is called on to perform in many styles and genres with producers from all musically backgrounds. Lorne has studied under many well-known percussionists over the past twenty years including African Master drummer Abraham Adzenyah and Nii Tetteh, Middle Eastern Specialist Glen Velez, and well-known Latin stars like Giovanni Hidalgo and Sal Ferrera. Most recently Lorne completed the Simon Fraser University World Percussion Intensive Program.

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For thousands of years...

people have wondered about the mysterious Marshmallow Island. Legend says that it appears rarely but is essential to the world’s supply of marshmallows. 
Then the marshmallow people throw down an all night rave dance party and dance till their feet are sore. During this rambunctious event marshmallows explode out from the island in all directions and cover the ground surrounding the marsh. It’s then and only then that humans can gather the marshmallows of all sizes and bring them home for use at campfires, rice crispy squares, amores, and more.  
The Mallow plant commonly found in and around marshlands and ponds is a direct result of the seeding from these parties and the leftover marshmallows.

Mystic Drumz Covid-19 Contactless Shows/Workshops 2020

At Mystic Drumz, the safety of our participants (campers, facilitators, students and performers) is always our first priority. We understand that many of you may have concerns regarding COVID-19 and potential implications for their Mystic Drumz programs. 

In developing a COVID-19 action plan and response, Mystic Drumz is actively monitoring and following the guidance of public health agencies across North America. These include the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) along with regional and local public health agencies. This may lead to decisions regarding to delays, or cancellations of programs but are made in the best interest of safety.

Mystic Drumz “Contactless Shows” promise to bring joy and happiness to your children without the worry.  The performer can be anywhere 10-20 feet away from your participants without it affecting our energetic and exciting performances.  When needed, we bring sound systems to accommodate larger spaces where children need to be separated and safely spaced apart in auditorium or gym settings.  We are also able to perform our shows and workshops outdoors.

We are now offering Multi-Pack Mystic Drumz Mini-Shows for the summer of 2020.  The Mini-Shows are perfect for centers that cannot bring their many classrooms together due to COV-19 restrictions. Each classroom can have its own show to accommodate physical distancing. Our performances can take place in one designated space (your gym, multi-purpose room, outdoors, etc). Children will still get up and dance in their spots while learning about amazing new percussion instruments with our signature performance approach. Or the performer can move from room to room with the instruments.  These programs will be offered at the same rates you would have paid last summer for our recommended programming.  Virtual Zoom shows are also available for the first time this summer!
As an organization, we are hopeful that if we all do our part, we contain this situation.  This is a constantly evolving challenge and we would like to thank all of our clients for their understanding and patience during this difficult time.

Please note that as per usual we do not require deposits for booking with us. When things reopen our calendar will fill quickly and summer is a very busy time for us – so save your date. Due to the fluidity of the situation we are NOT going to charge any cancellation fees so you can feel comfortable making your booking.

Keep up to date with the latest updates around commonly asked questions about Covid-19 with regards to Mystic Drumz.

This story sparked a passion in Lorne Lampert, founder of Mystic Drumz, to search out and finally gain photographic proof of this auspicious event. Along this adventure Lorne finds and demonstrates unique and eclectic world beat Percussion Instruments and Drumz from around the globe. Follow Lorne, his pet frog Larry, and all his animal buddies as they retell the adventure that leads them there.  

Parents and Teachers

Enjoy the 16 YouTube mini series “The Legend of Marshmallow Island’ with your children and students, we have a lesson plan you can download from our website.