Our Instructors

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Martin “Wolf” Murphy, M.A. (English), RYT has been instructing, facilitating drum circles, and storytelling with the drum for decades. He has incorporated a wide diversity of tribal instruments (as well as found and created ones) into his performances and recordings. He has completed the Remo Health Rhythms Facilitator training; is a Rhythmic Entrainment Intervention Authorized Therapy Provider; and has performed, practiced Sound Healing modalities, and recorded from coast to coast.

He has recently published The Encyclopedia of World Rhythms, Vol. 1 (2013); and is launching The Journal of World Rhythms in 2013.

He is a founding member of numerous percussion ensembles including Orlando's Umoja; SHREDD!, and his current project, Flammable Babylon. He has played with Red Shift Mantra; Mizna; Gypsy Caravan and the G.C. Remix Band, The Manteis Project, Chicago Aissawa; Tam Tam Congo, Tam Tam Africa, the Legendary JCs, Liberation 44, and more.

Most recently he completed Shine On Yoga's 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training and has done numerous workshops incorporating drumming for brainwave entrainment with yogic practice, as well as continuing ongoing vibrational energy cleansings and treatments using instrumentation including rattles, singing bowls, bells, and gongs.

He has studied with master drummers from West Africa, the Congo, the Middle East and more. He has trained on ngoma, djembe, and dunun, as well as Arabic/North African tabla, riqq, and frame drums. He produced, directed, and performed in the award-winning "The Extraordinary Fila" for the 2005–06 Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festivals.

As a P.U.R.E. (Public Urban Ritual Experiment) Drum Faciltator he helped found both the Orlando, FL and Portland, OR chapters. He also founded a "Drums Not Drugs" program in Orlando, FL to present drumming as a community and self-esteem building exercise for at-risk and challenged youth at counseling centers and in various schools.

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Thobos Lubamba was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo/Kinshasa. At the age of 15, Master Thobos co-founded BANA-KIN and released a CD for which he did the musical research and on which he played several instruments. In 1984 he worked closely with Percussions ELIMA. Between 1983 and 1987 he founded several groups, including the Ballet d'Institut des Beaux Arts (4-time 1st-place winners of the promo-scholastic competition, and 7-time winners of the festival of fraternities). He was co-founder of TUTA-NGOMA (4 1st-place trophies under his artistic direction). On October 31, 1988, on his 22nd birthday, he created NGOMA I NGOMA (“A drum is a drum”), an experimental ensemble of rhythm and dance, and a school that researched and taught rhythms and dances. He completed an internship in 1992 at the National Ballet of Congo and was then employed for three years as a percussion artist. As a renowned artistic director, Master Tam-Tam and Djembe percussionist, Master Thobos toured and performed throughout Africa, Europe and Asia. Master Thobos left Africa for Orlando in 1997 to fulfill a contract with Disney at Epcot Center with TAM-TAM African group. Two years later, Thobos joined the world beat percussion group DRUMS OF UMOJA which was performing nightly at Universal CityWalk. In 2000 and 2001, he choreographed the opening show for the Jimmy Buffet Tour. In 2005 Thobos was an integral part of the Shredd! Ensemble‚Äôs theatre show, The Extraordinary Fila, which won multiple awards in the 2005 Orlando International Fringe Festival. On the 30th of June 2003, which is Independence Day for the Congolese people, the Tam-Tam Congo group was recreated by Master Thobos Lubamba and a few more Congolese Masters, Dancers, and Drummers. The reconstructed group toured the US,and then returned to Disney in 2005. They are now featured at the Animal Kingdom. Master Thobos, who continues to perform worldwide, now lives in Orlando and teaches dance and drum classes and leads workshops around the United States for adults and children.

You can find Thobos at

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In 2001, Mark graduated the University of Central Florida. He has taught overseas, worked as mentor and tutor, and slowly crafted his own brand of creating music with complete strangers and non-musicians. He has studied and played with world renowed Drum Circle Facilitators and drummers. He is Remo HealthRhythms© trained and has over 7 years of experiencing creating drum circles for schools, diversion programs, parties, teacher team building, and more. He is a founding member of Thee Flammable Babylon Percussion Ensemble(link) and the drummer for Tangent. Through these many experiences, he has dedicated himself to service. 3rd Wheel is a culmination of this dedication.

The phrase “3rd Wheel” is often used as an unwanted guest. But what if the “3rd” was an agent of change and growth and was the combination and complementation in a pair of opposites. On a tricycle, it's the 3rd wheel that keeps the rider from tipping. In rhythmic music and dance, it's the tri-pl-et pattern that teaches balance and coordination. In a tripod, it's the 3rd leg that gives it stability. In a plug, it's the 3rd prong that grounds the cord.

The “3rd” creates new perspectives and attitudes. The “3rd” creates and sustains spirit. 3rd Wheel dot Org strives to serve, nurture, and sustain community through music and movement.