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I wanted to take a minute to thank you again for setting us up for an amazing meeting. The meeting was a huge success (the best meeting ever is what I am hearing…but I am partial!) and the first day did set the tone. Everyone on Monday night was asking me if you had a teleprompter since you were right on with the messages that we wanted our reps to hear. If you decide to go into biotech sales let me know!
Thank you.

- Paule Garon

Team Bonding Activities | team bonding activities |Team Building Texas | Team Building Louisiana

Leaving a lasting impression with audiences

I just wanted to send a big "Thank You" to you and your team at Drum Cafe.  Our seniors really enjoyed the activity and we appreciate you all coming to Hutto High School!

Ms. Erica Blando
College and Career Advisor

Hutto High School
Hutto, TX

Just wanted to say how wonderful your group did at Las Lomas last Friday.  Your enthusiasm and passion for music and the kids shine bright, and your energy was fantastic and contagious!  Thank you for a great experience and we hope to have your very talented group perform for our students again.  Thank you and may your success continue.

Kristie Doderer
Las Lomas Elementary PTA, President

NEISD San Antonio, TX

Our 1,000+ faculty and staff members at Uplift Education were blown away by the Drum Café’s performance at our Convocation ceremony this summer.  [The Drum Cafe team] gave an interactive performance that engaged our audience and actively showed them the importance of collaboration and community within our network.  Many staff members thought the Drum Cafe facilitator might have been an Uplift employee by how well in tune she was with our organizational mission and goals.  Drum Café’s performance was a fantastic start to our school year!

Ms. Cassie Hubbert
Fundraising & Event Coordinator
Uplift Education

Just wanted to let you know how much the students and teachers LOVED the show Friday evening!!! I can't even begin to tell you how many students as well as teachers have stopped by the library today and commented on how AWESOME the show was. Thanks so much, we all enjoyed the Drum Cafe and were so energized by it!!

Sarah Walz, Librarian
Charles L. Kuentz, Jr. Elem.
San Antonio, TX

WOW!!! What an AMAZING presentation! I want to personally thank Sevylla and her amazing team! Our students were so pumped up and positive about the experience. I hope we can do it again next year!  Thank you again!!

Ms. Ellen Willoughby
Principal, Decker Elementary School

Manor ISD
Austin, TX

Thank you Dale for coming to Ben Bolt today! Our kids and staff walked away pumped up and motivated to get back to work! The kids are already asking "when are they coming back?

Ms. Marta Salazar
Director, Curriculum & Instruction
Ben Bolt ISD

The Drum Cafe program was AMAZING. Everyone had a great time – and your team did an outstanding job blending in the message for the audience....It was great!

Ms. Cindy Teske
Office of the Executive MBA 

University of Texas at San Antonio

 "The girls had a blast with the Drum Cafe and can't stop talking about it!!!  It is just what they needed.  Thank you!!"

Valeria R. Sisson
Dance/Drill/Pep Team Director
Reagan High School
San Antonio, TX

Just wanted to say THANK YOU for a phenomenal performance.  Teachers and district staff are still talking about Drum Cafe.  Many have said that this was the best convocation ever!  Drum Cafe's performance was better than anyone could have ever hoped for, and set the school year off to a great start.

Jenny Hale
Director of Communications
Schertz Cibolo Universal City ISD

The Drum Cafe presentation was AWESOME!  On a personal note, I loved the presentation and it made me happy to be a part of the school.  As far as my campus is concerned, my campus administration and teachers really, and sincerely, enjoyed the performance.  The teachers really got into the presentation and they seemed happy, as well, and were smiling...which is no easy feat for some of them. Overall, we "hit a home run" with the campus staff.

Sandra  Rodriguez, TAMIU
Site Coordinator
Office of Special Programs (Gear Up IV)
Cigarroa High School
Laredo, TX

The students and faculty had a great time! They loved the message and how it was presented! 
Thanks for coming out, and we look forward to having you out again!

LeAnne Hutchins
Assistant Principal

Rudder Middle School
San Antonio, TX

I wanted to thank you again for the wonderful program that you did for Jacksboro Elementary School. Our teachers and students said it was the best assembly we have ever done!

Patricia K. Zeitler

Jacksboro Elementary School

Just a very quick note to tell you how wonderful, energetic, and exciting your merry band of percussionists were today for our back to school convocation.  I have been in education for 30 years and I have never been to any more exciting and on-target opening ceremony to celebrate success and to generate motivation.  You and your staff are to be commended and congratulated for the outstanding job you do. 
PS: The little drums were a very big hit.

Babette Eikenberg, Ed.D.
Associate Superintendent for Instructional Services
Montgomery Independent School District

Thank you once again for the wonderful program.  As I stated before, I think this is the best program I have scheduled in my 9 yrs as a principal.   My staff is pumped and ready to go.   Do you guys have a 2nd year program?   I'm already thinking of next year.

Darrell Alexander,
Manvel High School,
Alvin ISD

Thank you for the inspiration your program brought to our teachers, and in turn our children.

It was the BEST program I have ever attended or certainly organized for a staff. I have no words of advice for improvement, only some questions for you...When can we do it again? Do you often have follow-up visits? What about a program for children?

Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!!!!!!!!!

Lisa C. Butler

Mary Marek Elementary School
Alvin ISD

I just wanted to thank you for an outstanding presentation yesterday.  The district staff is still talking excitedly about it.  Several school board members received phone calls complimenting the whole day’s activities and commenting on how inspirational the Drum Café had been.  I don’t know how I can top this next year.  We do want to have The Drum Café present to our students in January.  I will be contacting you at a later date.  Thanks again.  You made me look good.

Olga G. Carrillo
Director of Curriculum & Instruction
Benavides ISD

I cannot thank you enough for such an amazing keynote on Thursday. I have heard nothing but rave reviews from attendees. You and your group have left a lasting impression to motivate and celebrate learning with the elementary principals of Texas. I’m grateful you were able to weave in so much relevant information about our organization and create such a strong sense of community. There was a joy spread throughout the conference after your session that left us all smiling…I still feel the glow. Thank you for making me look like the hero as the person who wanted you to come. If I can ever be a reference or assistance to you and drum café please let me know. I wish you a wonderful summer with joy and success at your fingertips. TRULY AMAZING!!!THANK YOU!!!

Kirsten Hund | Director of Programs
Texas Elementary Principals & Supervisors Association
Austin, TX

-Thank you for coming to our School – the Drum Café is great and I liked learning how to play the drum.   -   Sincerely, J.P.

-Thank you for coming to the intermediate to do a program for us.   We all enjoyed it, especially me.   Thanks for calling on me to play something.   I’ve never been called on before in a program. Thanks again!   Your friend, Lexie, 5 th grade

-Thanks Drum Café! You gave me a good idea of what I want to do when I retire from my job.   5 th grade loved playing those drums.   Rock hard!     -T.J.

-Thank you Drum Café!   This was one of the best assemblys I ever had cause this one was interactive and not one of those boring ones where you had to just sit around and watch somebody tell you something.   Ps…keep drumming!

-I think you did a spectacular job.   I liked being able to play the drums, dance, and sing!   You guys did an awesome job. Thank you so much for coming to our school.    P.S. I was sitting in the front row next to the girl you called on.   You Rock!   -Bailey

-You rock Drum Café! Thank you for coming today!   -From Football Player #60

-You rock The Drum!   -Your friend from LHIS (in 5 th Grade)   My name is Olivia

-Thank you for coming to our school and spreading your talent, it was wonderful!   -Your friend at Liberty Hill Intermediate (6 th Grade)

 -Dear Drum Café, Thank you so much for the amazing program and I really enjoyed it.   You were wonderful!   Your friend, Sedona, 5 th grade

From the 5 th and 6 th Grade Students 
Liberty Hill Intermediate School
Liberty Hill, TX

Thank you for helping to kick off our year at Paschall in such a phenomenal way.  You are extraordinarily gifted and I so appreciate you for sharing your talent and insight with us.  The lady who came in towards the end of the program is the associate superintendent for Judson. She will contact you about presenting to all of the administrators at some point in the future.

Sharon Newman

Paschall Elementary
San Antonio, TX

Thanks to you and the Drum Cafe team for giving a great experience for both students and teachers! They are all still talking about it this morning! Definitely was a great way to end the year.  Can’t wait for August to bring them back!

Cristina Martinez,
GEAR UP Coordinator, United Middle School and Clark Middle School, Laredo, TX
Texas A&M International Univ.

WOW! What an amazing experience. The Drum Cafe team were wonderful – the men who set up and the men who performed. Their skills and energy made the performance memorable. The crowd loved it – I have heard more compliments about that session than I think I have ever heard about a performance. Our Superintendent loved it too! I just want to say thank you for the great wrap up to a great day. I hope we can carry that same energy into the new school year.

Tracee Grigsby
Professional Development Coordinator
Alief ISD

Wow! The drum circle was one of the most charged experiences of my life! What a unique and amazing gift you have – I have no idea how we could possibly ever follow that!!!! These teenage kids were talking about it for the rest of the weekend -and Father Conor referenced the Drum Cafe at mass the next day! Thank you for allowing God to speak through you so effectually! We are still so stunned …in a good way and grateful to you and the guys who came with you! –and the beat goes on….

Susan Ramsower
Youth Minister
St Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church
San Antonio, TX

Thank you so much for a wonderful day last week! Our staff are raving about what a great time they had!

Thanks again. It was a pleasure working with you!

VP of Human Resources
St. David's Health Foundation
Austin, TX

Words do not adequately express the success, excitement, motivation, fun, that the Drum Café presentation gave our employees. It was the most fantastic opening of school we have ever had. Of course, I knew it would be, but it was REALLY over the top. Our Superintendent was most impressed because they addressed all the anxieties and challenges that teachers are facing right now, which dovetailed into his speech that followed. It was just great and I appreciate your working with us on the cost, making it possible for a small district like Blanco to get the best that Drum Café has to offer. I love Drum Café.

Kay Fraser, Business Manager
Blanco ISD

The Drum Café program was such a hit with our staff as we were inundated with positive comments!  We even had employees ask if you were a staff member because you knew our District so well!  We had great participation from all sectors of our staff, a feat rarely accomplished!  I hope to invite you back again in the future…Thanks again for a great program and being so easy to work with.

Ms. Jo Nell Mellody
Foundation Executive Director and Community Relations Director
Royse City ISD

I would like to thank you for speaking to the students at Gonzalez and United South Middle School. Your Participation made a real difference in our effort to educate, motivate, and empower the GEAR UP class of 2017.

We are looking forward to working with you in the future.

Thanks again for inspiring our students.

Bethsi Granados
GEAR UP IV Site Coordinator
Office of Special Programs
Texas A&M International University

You did a great job! I was so impressed with how you incorporated everything I told you about our school!

Julie Weiss 
RL Stevenson Elementary
Alvin, TX

The teachers commented that this was, by far, the best convocation in 20 years! It all built in to what we are trying to accomplish. They left on a high note and it carried on for the entire week! Thanks so much!

Peter Griffiths
Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction 
Dayton ISD

It was a great event and as always, the staff loved it!

Elizabeth A. McClarty
Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction 
Big Spring ISD

Presentations were AWESOME!  We got excellent feedback!... totally awesome job, please let the guys know.

Roberto G. Sanchez
Office of Special Programs
GEAR UP IV Site Coordinator
Texas A&M International University

Thank you so much for helping us celebrate our retreat with a wonderful experience.

Ms. JoAnn Wood, Principal
St. Monica Catholic School

Thank you for coming out and supporting the 4th Annual YELL Youth Summit. Look forward to a continued partnership! See you at our next event! You guys were amazing! Absolutely phenomenal! Thank you so much!

Janie E. Lopez, PHR

We had a great time on yesterday and all of my teachers and staff raved about how much fun they had. It was a great team building activity that I truly feel bonded us as a campus. You and your staff were awesome. Thank you once again for coming, and I look forward to working with you this year.

Courtney Colvin, Principal
Overton Early College Prep , Austin, TX

Drum Cafe was as great as I anticipated! Thanks again for all your help in getting this together, and I am sure that we will be contacting you for future events!

JD Barbara
Christian Brothers School

New Orleans, LA

The Drum Cafe day for Red Ribbon Drug Awareness week was a huge success!  Best our school has ever had. People are still talking about it, and my (Middle School) Principal wants them back..  Our Superintendent said this was one of his best days in Education in 30 years!  

Ms. Tina Brown,
Kennett Public Schools No. 39
Kennett, Missouri

Hello! My name is Abby Blachman, and I am a student attending the Emery/Weiner School in Houston, Texas. I went to a Drum Cafe Session at "Lonestar Regional Kallah", a BBYO event that took place in Houston last May. The interactive drum circle was an unforgettable experience, and I thought it was so awesome that I wanted to bring it to my own school….Thank you so much for an enjoyable, unforgettable, time at Kallah.

Abby Blachman
11th Grade Student at the Emery/Weiner School
Houston, Texas

On behalf of ATPE, I wanted to personally say thank you for being a part of our first-ever ATPE Summit. Drum Café was the PERFECT way to close out our event. Our members have been saying so many wonderful things about their experience. Please share our many thanks with your talented group!

Andrea Davis, CMP
Meetings and Conferences Director 
Association of Texas Professional Educators  

Drum Café offers a spectacular assembly and are instrumental in igniting a passion for learning with their energy and attention to details! The Drum Cafe team facilitated an enthusiastic presentation while incorporating every aspect requested of them through the planning process. The students, faculty, and administration were captivated by their energy and powerful message! Our students left inspired and ready to learn.  Sensational performance, Drum Café  "beats " all the rest!"

Ms. Sharon Candelaria
VP Programs

Canyon Ridge Elementary
San Antonio, TX

Thank you for coming to Ben Bolt today! Our kids and staff walked away pumped up and motivated to get back to work! The kids are already asking "when are they coming back?

Ms. Marta Salazar
Director, Curriculum & Instruction
Ben Bolt ISD

What an incredible experience!  Thank you so very much for assisting Galveston ISD in launching in such a meaningful way the power of coming together as an ensemble.  Sevylla, you are a blessing! Your energy, your passion still resonates among us!  Everyone is still talking about The Drum Café!!!!!!
Thank you for stirring our souls!

Dr. Annette Scott
Assistant Superintendent
Curriculum and Instruction
Galveston ISD

Thank you so much for making the Drum Café experience happen at Moreno Elementary on such short notice. Our teachers were so excited and talked about the surprise the rest of the day and even into the weekend!!!  They absolutely loved it! They cried, laughed and were re-energized! The energy and enthusiasm that your team carried during the presentation was phenomenal!  Thank you again!!

Ms. Adriana Villareal, Counselor
Moreno Elementary 
Houston ISD

I'm hoping I already sent a thank you, but in case I haven't, please accept my sincere thanks for an incredible start to the school year. The Drum Cafe program was everything we hoped it would be. Dale is a master at his craft.  As I was walking down the boardwalk last week, I overheard two teachers discussing a tricky student and using the phrase [from the Drum Cafe program] while developing their plan of action! Thanks so much for all you've done for our school- You're awesome.

Ms. Emily Vitris
Assistant Head of Middle School
Rawson Saunders School
Austin, TX

Your people were so kind and courteous, and the show was simply amazing!  Fantastic! Awesome! Wonderful! And the drums are just the greatest! We love them! Thank you so very much! Couldn't be more pleased!  Our people loved that they each got to have a drum to play during the show. I can still see Sevylla floating all over the stage! What an inspiration! We have heard nothing but great comments! You get an A++!   Oh, the small drums were a super hit! Just love them!  Thank you so very much! I’m still movin’ to the beat!

Dr. Pauline Hargrove, Superintendent of Schools
Little Cypress-Mauriceville ISD
Orange, TX

I wanted to send a big THANK YOU to Drum Cafe.  We had a super ending to our first day.  Sevylla and the team went above and beyond for Huntington ISD.  We had an unbelievable afternoon.  The "vibe" was AWESOME.  I could not have asked for a better ending to our day.  We ROCKED the house.  I appreciate you very much.

Mr. David Flowers, Superintendent
Huntington ISD

The reviews were great.  I think our group was truly inspired and motivated in a way they haven't been before to start the workshop.  They were especially impressed with your knowledge of what they do and the way you integrated it in to the opening.  Bottom line...  You all nailed it! Thanks again.  We truly appreciate you all coming out.

Mr. Ryan Almon, 
Balfour Yearbooks

I want to thank you for the outstanding performance on Saturday! You and your group were fun and exciting! Also your words of encouragement to live life to their fullest was awesome! I had countless compliments for you. I am hoping next year when we have a San Antonio Conference, you guys could come again. I will let you know. Thank you again, Dale. You are a blessing in all that you do to promote enjoyment in life and belief in self.

Dr. Anna Gould
JDRF (Formerly Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation)

We were very fortunate to have Drum Cafe come to Becker for our staff and students.  Nothing else this year yet has topped your performances.

Rebecca Herrera
Administrative Assistant II
Becker Elementary

I heard wonderful things about the afternoon.  They all were amazed about how much you knew about our school and our focus areas for the year!

Juli Noeldner
Jo Ella Exley Elementary

The opening of the NACEDA conference in San Antonio with Drum Café is absolutely the best conference opening I've been to in 40 years of conferences.

Joseph B. McNeely
Executive Director

Our group loved the Drum Café.  Every aspect of this event was an enormous success. Our members talked about the Drum Café’s performance the entire weekend. Not only were we impressed by the overall professionalism of your group, but we were also impressed with every individual performer in your organization.  They were friendly, efficient, and positive.  [You] did a fantastic job incorporating our theme into the program and in uniting our membership.  This program perfectly set the tone for the entire convention.  [Drum Cafe's} energy was infectious and inspirational.  I am confident our members will be talking about the impact the Drum Café had on our group for years to come.

Missey Head
Co-Convention Director
Texas Educational Theatre Association

I just wanted to follow up and say how pleased everyone was with the Drum Café at our retreat last week!  I’ve received such positive feedback from a lot of attendees (see a few pieces of feedback from a general survey about the overall retreat below).  Several of our School Leaders have inquired about having a similar activity with their entire school staff either to wrap up this school year or to kick off the next school year in August/September.

Ms.  Annie Marhefka
Vice President of Human Resources for Connections Education

Thank you so much for coming to Eden!  We had a wonderful time and everyone we have seen since the event has been very positive about the experience!  We have already passed on your info to a couple of groups.  Most impressed were our visitors from our State Senator and State Representative offices- they thought it was fantastic!

Ms. Celina Hemmeter
City Secretary/Administrator
Eden, Texas

I just wanted to share a couple quotes from our evaluation of our conference by conference participants: 'Love the Drum Café' and 'The Drum Café was worth the 12 hour drive (this was one-way …24 hours round trip)!'  Thanks again!

Mr.  Luis H. Saldaña
Extension Program Specialist
4-H Youth Development
South District 12

I wanted to, again, thank you for the outstanding Drum Cafe experience with our church leaders.  They have been raving all over social media, especially Facebook and Instagram. The positive energy has transferred throughout our ministry, already.  We have so many pictures from the experience and are confident that it will propel us to a greater appreciation for our mission to carry out the message of Jesus Christ.

Pastor K
Faith Worship Center
San Antonio, TX

[Drum Cafe] was PHENOMENAL…..It was great. I only wish we had more time….!

Dr. Yolanda Young, HR Director, Talent Management
Fort Bend ISD

Thank you so much to you and your team for an amazing presentation this morning!  It really was MORE than what we expected.  You nailed the message, moved about the room ensuring everyone’s involvement, and made it fun and interesting.  We were very impressed with the fluidity in which you shared your knowledge of the district and education in general.   There was a lot of positive feedback from staff and I am sure there will continue to be more as I move about the district this week.

Ms. Valarie Londrie  
Executive Director of Academics
Los Fresnos CISD

I have been meaning to tell you that the session was beyond amazing!!!!!!!!!!! Exceeded everyone's expectations and is the shining star of foundation week. So amazing!

Ms. Leah Jenkins, Human Resources Manager
Michael and Susan Dell Foundation

[Drum Cafe] was a great experience, and I think everyone truly enjoyed it. Sevylla is an awesome leader, and she and her team delivered a wonderful, energetic, interactive and enthralling experience! Our whole team definitely felt more connected after our retreat day, and I know Drum Café was a big part of that!

Ms. Blair Ortmann, Donor Relations Manager
SAMMinistries, San Antonio, TX

The Drum Café was a fantastic way for us to start off our 2015-2016 school year.  Tell everyone we greatly appreciate their time, energy, connecting/relating to our staff, and the Christ-like love they shared. Keep up the great work!

Mr.  Rickie Baker,  Vice Principal St. Anthony High School
San Antonio, TX

The [Drum Cafe] team did a phenomenal job!  The kids loved it and were actively engaged throughout the program.  The teachers, administrators and district big wigs participated and thought the messaging was right on.  The team worked hard to make sure everything went well and their passion and energy made all three shows memorable.  Drum Cafe will be remembered as a highlight of the year!  The valuable message of team work, non-violence, and being drug free will stay with our students for a lifetime.  Thanks to the team and for your work in coordinating over the past several months!

Ms. Holley Miller
VP of Programs, Vandeventer Middle School PTA
Frisco, TX

Thank you again so much for the wonderful programs yesterday. The students really enjoyed it and the teachers did as well. We love having you all out and I am hoping we will see you again soon.

Ms. Jaime Estrada
Primary Music Teacher, Westlake Academy
Westlake, TX