life with an open mind and soul - along with passion, drive and purpose
- and you will be amazed at the opportunities and wonders that cross your
path." -- DL
Darren first learned
about the didgeridoo while visiting relatives in Australia in 1999, his
fourth of many trips Down Under. He bought his first didg while visiting
Aus in 2000, and felt an immediately deep connection with the termite-hollowed
eucalyptus trunk. Upon returning to the U.S., he taught himself how to play
and decided to share the didgeridoos positive vibrations with as many
people as possible.
In 2001 he founded Didg
Revolution, dually a didgeridoo-percussion musical trio and a movement focused
on expanding awareness of the didgeridoo and the rich Aboriginal culture
behind it. In 2002 he created Didgeridoo Down Under, an Australia-themed
edu-tainment program. He and his mates perform at schools, libraries, festivals
and other venues throughout the U.S. Since 2003 they have combined to present
more than 4,900 shows and workshops ... at 2,000-plus venues ... for well
over 400,000 viewers and participants.
Darren graduating from
the University of Florida in 1994 with a journalism degree. He has worked
as a newspaper journalist, freelance writer, freelance photographer and
athletic trainer. He encourages everyone, regardless of age, to pursue their
passions with creativity, zest and vigor.
Darren is a native of
South Africa. He lives with his wife, Sarah; son, Jack; and daughter, Ella,
in Tampa, Fla.
years of formal music training shaped and honed his skills as a musician,
and set him up perfectly for playing the didgeridoo. He first heard the didg
while watching a PBS Special at age 3. He rediscovered this interest in 1998
while traveling in Peru, when he heard a fellow traveler playing this incredible
instrument on the streets of Cusco. Upon returning to the U.S. he purchased
his first didg, and has been playing ever since.
Jeremy is a founding member
of Didg Revolution and a part-time DDU performer. Jeremy also specializes
in making and selling custom-crafted didgeridoos of all wood types.
Jeremy is originally from
upstate New York. He lives on a sailboat in Longboat Key, Fla.
Raihan has been a
DDU edu-tainer since 2008. He is committed to fostering appreciation for
cultural diversity, empathy and cooperation. He incorporates worldly musical
instruments into his performances for a truly multicultural experience.
the didgeridoo in 2005, and he's been a dedicated disciple ever since. Originally
a drummer, he has been playing Middle Eastern percussion and specializing
in the Arabic tabla (doumbek) since 2002.
Raihan's shows also
feature his pet reptiles. He uses the reptiles, including Jellybean the
Australian blue-tongued lizard, to educate about Australian ecology and
Raihan is a school
teacher who lives in St. Petersburg, Fla., with his wife and kids.
was DDU's most prolific performer from 2006-2013, presenting almost 2,000
programs in 20 states. He still performs part-time for DDU, mostly in Florida
and the Southeast. He's also a founding member of Didg Revolution, and creator
of Giving Tree Creations.
began playing the didgeridoo in May 2000 after hearing about its connection
to the Australian Aboriginal people on a public radio program. He
celebrates the didgeridoo as a musical, cultural and global icon. He strives
to bridge racial and societal gaps, and to open the heart and mind to new
possibilities, through his music and presentations.
with his wife, Raina, and their two daughters, Tulsi and Indira, in Alachua,
The multi-talented duo of
Rob Thomas and Tanya Gerard are true didgeridoo pioneers in the U.S., having
played and made didges for more than 20 years. Theyve performed throughout
the country, have recorded several CDs, and have produced music for numerous
films, including the IMAX movie Sacred Planet. (www.inlakesh.com)
Tanya grew up in Australia,
and both she and Rob have traveled extensively abroad. They lived in Santa
Fe, N.M., for 22 years before moving to North Carolina in 2013 to work full-time
with DDU. Theyre especially excited to help kids become better global
citizens through motivational messages about character building, environmentalism
and literacy. Tanya
has written a children's book, The Adventures of the Wild, Wild Wolf,
Rob & Tanya
live with their five dogs in the enchanted mountains of western NC.
** Rob sometimes
performs solo, depending on venue location and other factors. **