A WOMAN from Ilminster is celebrating 15 years of running drumming workshops by converting an American school bus imported from New York into a mobile venue.

Organic Rhythm, a business run by Sharon Stone, has imported the bus from the Big Apple to be converted into a space to hold interactive workshops in a variety of settings, including schools and weddings.

The Drum Bus is affectionately named Yellow Bird in tribute to Sharon's parents, Nina and John Stone, formerly of Ilminster.

It will officially launch at a celebration event on Sunday, July 3 at Yeovil Rugby Club.

Chard & Ilminster News: Sharon (right) with members of her team at The Octagon Theatre's concert for Ukraine.Sharon (right) with members of her team at The Octagon Theatre's concert for Ukraine.

Alongside the Drum Bus unveiling, there will be drumming performances and other entertainment.

Sharon says she and her team from the Yeovil African Drumming Group are “delighted” to be back in the community after the pandemic “nearly wiped the business out”.

Organic Rhythm recently appeared on-stage at the Octagon Theatre and at the Dart Music Festival in Dartmouth, south Devon. 

Sharon has worked at many local events such as the Royal Bath & West Show and the Somerset County Show as well as schools, fêtes, and other celebrations.

She has also led team-building sessions at BBC Studios, with Rick Stein's management team, and with chief scout Bear Grylls at an international jamboree. 

Sharon is currently offering fun African drumming classes in Yeovil, Ilminster, and Horton. 

Tickets for the Drum Bus launch are available to buy online at www.bookwhen.com/organicrhythmdrumming.

You can learn more about Organic Rhythm by visiting www.organicrhythm.co.uk.