Gabriella Dennery, MD
Musician • Composer • Songwriter

“My mission is simple: When a woman hears a Gabriella groove, she’ll stop what she’s doing and dance just for the joy of it.”

Deeply inspired by the power and passion of percussion, the pure fun of 70’s disco and dance music from the African diaspora, Gabriella jumped from medicine to music, bridging her love of music and healing, for an eclectic rhythmic blend. Along her journey, she added African djembe and Haitian drumming to her skillset, while infusing her violin with African diaspora styles. Gabriella was known for her work as Founder and Director of Grace Drums Womens’ percussion and vocal ensemble, performing for many years throughout NYC.

Since 2006, she eagerly creates djembe workshops for adult women to find out-of-the-box inspiration. Her ongoing class From Zero to Show: Djembe Workshop for Grown Women reaches women from all walks of life. In 2013, Gabriella received a citation from the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office for her work with drumming workshops for domestic violence survivors.

Currently, Gabriella records her original drum stylings. Her pop song ‘Miracles’ was recently published by Soda Box Music. She is looking forward to placing her music in media, fun collaborations across musical genres, and taking her workshops on the road.


Upcoming Events

Rhythm & Connection: A Return to Innocence

It’s not about perfection. It’s about progress. Surprise yourself along the way with what you can accomplish quickly, even if you’ve never played before. Turn your attention away from a world of confusion, even for a few minutes, while saying Yes to life! It’s about having good clean fun, a needed return to innocence.  Connect and collaborate with women from all walks of life to play powerful music. Build your self-confidence, and remind yourself of your joy!

Guess what!  No drumming experience needed, with plenty of drums on site at your disposal.

Zero to Show
Djembe Class for Grown Women
Summer Dates

7p $20 each date
WHERE: YWCA of Brooklyn – Third Ave @ Atlantic Ave, 11217

June 5, 19, 26 • 
July 10, 17, 24, 31

Note: No class on June 12

Beginner friendly. Drums on site!


Cross Continental
Five Djembes


Change is a bear, isn’t it!

On my way across the bridge to New Jersey, ahead of the moving truck containing all our belongings, I discovered that just because I’m still close to good old’ NYC, the world of suburbia is indeed very different. I first found out, much to my horrorification, I can’t order take out after 9 pm. Yup. […]

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So what is happening with Grace Drums?

Well, in a nutshell: After 10 years of directing, and performing with Grace Drums and its predecessor BaTuBa Percussions, I have made the exciting decision to laser focus Grace Drums efforts to powerful djembe workshops for Grown Women. Check out my blog Change is a bear isn’t it! for all the juicy details. Alas, Grace […]

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Book a drum workshop with Gabriella

Featuring collaboration, cooperation, and creativity

Much more than hitting a few notes, drummers in this workshop learn to collaborate with peer, play in a rhythm orchestra, encourage each other, and learn to have fun again.

Let’s talk about what your college, organization, or group envisions for a drum workshop.  As always, no playing experience needed, and drums can be brought in!

For workshop bookings and info
contact Gabriella at