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JumpDrum at JoyX classes are currently offered Thursday nights @ 5:15 & Saturday mornings @ 11:30. Click on the class descriptions below to see available dates. And remember to sign-up for our class packages below for the best value!
Contact us to arrange parties, private classes and team building activities as well.
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(Coming soon: When you buy a JumpDrum you get free access to all class livestreams!)
View videos and pictures of our new exercise program being developed specifically for the JumpDrum!
Because of the patented technology of the Thumper (base of the JumpDrum) anyone can be a part of the beat, it's as easy as marching in time! NO RHYTHMIC EXPERTISE NEEDED. No drumming experience need!
JumpDrums are great when used in a Bounce to the Beat class setting (below) or when used solo playing along to a groove (further down).
Keep checking back, more videos being added.
JumpDrum is the handcrafted
full body drum for body and mind.
Made in Connecticut, USA, the JumpDrum is a revolutionary percussion instrument that gives you a great workout just by playing it. It's a hybrid drum set in which the bass drum is played by walking, running, or bouncing atop it while the drums are actually beautifully tuned wooden canons situated on a vertical frame.
The base Thumper is a patented, spring-activated dance/exercise platform in its own right. Adding drums on the upright frame allows users to drum along with their own beat. No need to think about the bass line; just walk, run, or bounce in place. The upright frame is customizable as well, allowing you to add more drums as your budget allows.
Thinking inside the box...
Dunduns are tuned West African bass drums that set the backbone beat in drum circles. David De Palo (pictured left playing dunduns) inventor of the JumpDrum® wanted a way to accompany himself when drumming solo (without the accompaniment of the duns). He'd noticed that playing djembe gave him a great upper body workout, but not so much of an aerobic workout. It occurred to him that if there was a way to march on top of a bass drum he could have a steady beat to play against in addition to getting aerobic exercise. But how to march on a drum without breaking it? The solution turned out to be the patent pending technology built into the Thumper, the base of the JumpDrum apparatus.
It took over two years and many iterations of the actuator and striker mechanism before De Palo realized the solution was to "float" a platform on springs above the bass cajon drum and (in a truly ironic out-of-the-box moment of inspiration) strike the drum from within.
Where can I try a JumpDrum?
As of September 22, 2018, you can try one at JoyX is Westport located at:
1200 Post Rd. E. Westport, CT 06880
Can anyone play/exercise on the JumpDrum?
Not everyone. You must weigh at least 75lbs. and be able to march in time with everyone else. Most can, but not everyone. Watch the video below to hear David’s explanation of how and why (almost) anyone can play JumpDrum.
Can I use drum sticks on the jumpdrum?
Not recommended. Boom whackers work, and our own soft felt mallets. Anything else risks damaging the head.
Is it possible to add a second striker to my thumper?
Absolutely! It's best to order your thumper configured for two strikers, however, it is possible to retrofit. We will send you instructions and the requisite parts.
Is there anyway to tune the drums?
The drums can only be tuned up, and this is achieved by gluing thin strips of wood to the underside of the resonant head where it meets the box.
Is it possible to replace the heads if one breaks?
Yes, but the old head will need to be stripped and the edges sanded before gluing on the new head.
Is it possible to purchase just the upright drums without the base?
Yes. Of course. And you can purchase more frame holders as well.
How long will it take before my order is shipped?
Every JumpDrum is built to order. We ask that you allow up to 3 weeks for fabrication and shipping (although we usually have them made in 4-5 days). The more orders we process, the faster we can make them.
Can the JumpDrum be moved when fully setup?
Yes. Although not pictured, all JumpDrums now come with casters attached to the front which allows them to be tilted and wheeled around. Pretty cool!
Become a JumpDrum Fit instructor…
JumpDrum is in the Startup phase, so if you are fit, musical and love to work with others, please give us a call or come try a class. If you’re a local Westport drummer, percussionist, dancer or music lover, we’d love to meet you! Come see us at JoyX, Westport.