Drumming for Jaqui

The sign at the gazebo read “Drumming for Jaqui —  a fundraising benefit drum jam to help a beloved friend with emergency medical costs.”

Stream Ohrstrom from the House of Musical Traditions led the Oct. 30 drum circle, with help from the animated dancer/conductor Kristen Arent.

Jaqui MacMillan, a djembe teacher for many years at HMT, was recently diagnosed with a large abdominal tumor and is scheduled for surgery in late November, though she is without health insurance.

HMT is donating 15 percent of its djembe sales through Nov. 13 to Jaqui’s surgery fund and there is a Facebook group that lists more ways to help: